Toronto Blue Jays: Taking a look at where all the 2019 starters are now
The heavy lifters
Blue Jays: ERA: 2.96 Record: 6-11 IP: 124.2 WHIP: 1.227 bWAR: 3.2 GS: 21 of 21
To begin the 2019 season, Marcus Stroman was the Toronto Blue Jays de-facto ace of the rotation. He would have a fantastic season at the front of the rotation, pitching to a 2.96 ERA while striking out 99 batters and being the Blue Jays only all-star in 2019.
Stroman and the Blue Jays management had a back and forth battle all season regarding his contract status and whether to extend the New York native, and this would eventually lead to Stroman being traded to the Mets a few days before the deadline. He will begin the 2020 season with the Mets, and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Blue Jays: ERA: 3.66 Record: 2-3 IP: 39.1 WHIP: 1.144 bWAR: 0.9 GS: 14 of 23
Wilmer Font would be acquired by the Blue Jays midway through July from the New York Mets for cash considerations. Being used as both a starter and reliever throughout his career, Font would spend a few outings in the bullpen before being thrown into manager Charlie Montoyo’s opener strategy for most of August and September.
Font would never go on to pitch more than 2.1 innings when he started a game and would transition back to the bullpen in mid-September once the rosters expanded. For the 2020 season, Font is competing for a spot in the Blue Jays bullpen and the ‘opener’ strategy will most likely be a thing of the past given the recent rotation additions and young starting prospects in the minors.
ERA: 4.38 Record: 5-5 IP: 78.0 WHIP: 1.326 bWAR: 0.9 GS: 13 0f 16
The 6’6″ right-hander was acquired in 2018 in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies and would spend the rest of the season down in the minor leagues. When injuries arose on the MLB pitching corps, Jacob Waguespack would find himself starting for the Toronto Blue Jays and would have a successful season. He would go on to pitch to a 4.38 ERA with 63 strikeouts and a 1.326 WHIP while finishing the season as a starter on the Blue Jays roster.
For the 2020 season, Waguespack is currently in the mix for the 5th starting rotation spot on the MLB roster. If he were to lose the competition, the Blue Jays do plan to keep him stretched out as a starter in AAA Buffalo instead of moving him to the bullpen.
ERA: 6.56 Record: 2-5 IP: 59.0 WHIP: 1.492 bWAR: -0.3 GS: 12 of 12
Clay Buchholz signed a 1-year contract with the Blue Jays during the 2019 spring training, a move that added some veteran presence on the young roster. He would start five games on the team before finding himself on the injured list (IL) due to right shoulder inflammation, going on to miss most of May, June, and July before returning to the rotation in late August.
Unable to shake the injury bug that has been dogging him the past few seasons, Buchholz became a free agent at the end of the season and is still a free agent to begin the 2020 season.