The Toronto Blue Jays are in desperate need of starting pitching, however, farmhand Sean Reid-Foley may soon force his way back into the conversation.
Sean Reid-Foley has struggled with control issues in a couple of cups of coffee with the Blue Jays over the past two seasons. The hurler sports a 5.60 earned run average in eight MLB starts, the inflated stat line also includes 23 free passes in 35.1 innings on the bump.
The 23-year old has only made one start this season with the Blue Jays and stumbled out of the gate with the Bisons to begin the campaign. However, Reid-Foley appears to have weathered the storm and has been pitching much better of late.
With the recent struggles of Edwin Jackson and Clayton Richard, the young hurler may get a shot at a redemption tour sooner than later. The former second-round selection tossed seven scoreless innings in his last outing with the herd striking out six while only walking a pair.
Reid-Foley has allowed three runs or less in five consecutive starts and seven of his last eight outings while lowering his earned run average to an almost respectable 5.72 after flirting with double digits not that long ago.
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The right-hander is fanning more than a batter an inning in Triple-A and fanned 11.5 per nine innings at the MLB level. Reid-Foley has always possessed swing and miss stuff but the walks have been his Achilles Heel.
There are opportunities north of the border if Reid-Foley can continue being consistent while limiting the free passes for an extended period. Edwin Jackson’s days are presumably numbered so the likes of Reid-Foley or even Patrick Murphy could be called in the very near future.
Reid-Foley possesses the talent to get him back to the major league level, now he just needs the polish to remain there.