The Jays Journal staff returns with our yearly Top 30 prospect rankings, the #9 spot on the list goes to a hurler who made his MLB debut in 2018.
Sean Reid-Foley was selected in the 2nd round, 49th overall in the 2014 amateur draft from Sandalwood High Scholl in Jacksonville, Florida. Reid-Foley signed for slot money at $1.128 million and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional career.
Name: Sean Reid-Foley
Position: SP Age: 23
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 220 lbs
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Reid-Foley possesses a four-pitch arsenal with a fastball that sits in the mid to high nineties, the big-right hander also has an above average slider and a curveball that is a work in progress. The 23-year old still needs to harness his control if he is going to be a factor at the major league level.
The native of Guam still has a tendency to lose the handle on his fastball from time to time contributing to an elevated BB/9 rate throughout his minor league career. Reid-Foley recovered nicely last season rebounding from a disastrous 2017 campaign that saw him go 10-11 with an inflated 5.09 earned run average in 27 starts with Double-A New Hampshire.
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Prior to his call-up in 2018, Reid-Foley had righted the ship posting a 2.03 earned run average in 8 starts in Double-A. The hurler continued to impress in Triple-A going 7-5 with a 3.90 earned run average in 16 starts with the Bisons.
Reid-Foley made his MLB debut on August 13th, 2018, the first of seven starts going 2-4 with a 5.13 earned run average, however, he did strike out 42 in 33.1 innings of work.
In four of his seven starts, Reid-Foley allowed two or fewer runs including two10 strikeout performances versus the Marlins and Yankees.
The additions of Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard this offseason more than likely means Reid-Foley will not begin the season in the Blue Jays rotation. Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Borucki in all probability will round out the top five.
Steamer Projections tabbed Reid-Foley to go 6-7 with an improved 4.73 earned run average in 18 starts this season.
Reid-Foley projects as a number four but sports the repertoire and fastball to stick in a major league rotation if he can hit the strike zone consistently. He is definitely someone to keep an eye out for once he gets the opportunity to start in 2019.