3. David Paulino is the best Blue Jays reliever in 2019
I’ve always been a huge fan of David Paulino and was ecstatic when the Blue Jays traded for him in the Roberto Osuna deal. Paulino’s stuff is excellent, but the problem for him is that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy (for more info on Paulino’s pitching arsenal, here’s Jays Journal’s prospect report on him).
While developed as a starter, the Dominican native seems destined for a bullpen role in 2019 – one that could save his career. In pitching shorter outings and lesser innings, it should theoretically be easier for Paulino to stay healthy for a full season.
Furthermore, in 1-2 inning bursts, Paulino’s already-excellent arsenal has the potential for even more improvement. A bold prediction would be to expect Paulino to produce something along the likes of a mid-to-low two ERA and an elite K/9 in 60-70 innings of work.