Blue Jays news and notes from Canada Day 2019, including the signing of a 2019 MLB draft pick and updates on Daniel Hudson and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Blue Jays sign Dasan Brown
According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays have signed Oakville, Ont. native Dasan Brown, who was the team’s third-round pick in this year’s draft, for $800,000. Brown, 17, was selected out of Abbey Park High School in Oakville and has been lauded by draft evaluators for his athleticism and speed.
Daniel Hudson stellar as of late
Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the team in March, has been fantastic out of the bullpen over his last 11 appearances. Since May 26, Hudson, 32, has allowed just a single earned run in 13.1 innings, striking out 17 and walking six.
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Updates on former Blue Jays
Former Blue Jays farmhand Gift Ngoepe has signed on with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a minor-league deal; former top prospect turned trade chip Jeff Hoffman has been optioned to Triple-A once again by the Rockies; Zac Rosscup had his contract selected by the Dodgers on Thursday.
Red Sox “quietly surveying the market for pen help”
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Boston Red Sox, who have notably struggled this year late in games, are “quietly surveying the market for pen help”. With the Blue Jays potentially looking at moving Ken Giles, who is off to a tremendous start, could the Red Sox be a possible destination for the closer?
Blue Jays confirm Guerrero Jr. in Home Run Derby
After a report from Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae on June 21, the Blue Jays confirmed on Twitter that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be participating in this year’s Home Run Derby in Cleveland. It was later confirmed that Blue Jays major league coach John Schneider, who managed Guerrero Jr. at Double-A New Hampshire, will be pitching to him at the derby.