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Toronto Blue Jays: Taking a look at where all the 2019 starters are now

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Trent Thornton #57 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch during first inning of their MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on September 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Trent Thornton #57 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch during first inning of their MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on September 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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FORT MYERS, FL- FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Kay #47 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins on February 23, 2020 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL- FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Kay #47 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins on February 23, 2020 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Late season call-ups and spot starts

Derek Law

ERA: 4.90     Record: 1-2    IP: 60.2    WHIP: 1.665     bWAR: 0.1    GS: 4 of 58

Another reliever by trade, Derek Law would make four spot starts for the Blue Jays in 2019. Acquired in the Kevin Pillar trade, Law would be used as an opener for all four of his starts, going no more than two innings in each outing.

At the end of the 2019 season, Law was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays and became a free agent. He would later sign with the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal for the 2020 season.

T.J. Zeuch

ERA: 4.76   Record: 1-2    IP: 22.2    WHIP: 1.456     bWAR: 0.3    GS: 3 of 5

Drafted in the 1st round, 21st overall in the 2016 amateur draft, T.J. Zeuch made his MLB debut in 2019 when the rosters expanded in September. He made three starts, but would also follow the opener twice, going more than 4.0 innings in each of his five appearances. He would also rack up 20 strikeouts and only gave up two home runs while facing some tough teams like the New York Yankees (x2), Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Atlanta Braves.

Zeuch will join a host of other starting pitchers in fighting for the 5th rotation spot on the Blue Jays roster, but will most likely be starting the season down in Buffalo versus moving to the bullpen if he does not earn the last rotation spot.

Anthony Kay

ERA: 5.79  Record: 1-0    IP: 14.0    WHIP: 1.429     bWAR: 0.1    GS: 2 of 3

One of the players acquired during the Marcus Stroman trade midway through last season, Anthony Kay was called up to the Blue Jays active roster when the rosters expanded and made his first start on September 7. He would make two starts and would follow the opener once, pitching to a 5.79 ERA with 13 strikeouts, five walks, and no home runs given up.

Kay is fighting for a spot in the rotation this season and stands a very good chance of making the team out of spring training. If he does not make the team to start the year, Kay will most likely head back down to AAA where he will continue to start and be one of the first names on the call list if anybody becomes injured on the MLB squad.

Ryan Borucki

ERA: 10.80  Record: 0-1    IP: 6.2    WHIP: 3.150     bWAR: -0.4    GS: 2 of 2

2019 was not a kind year for pitcher Ryan Borucki. A year that saw the left-hander miss most of the season due to various elbow related injuries, Borucki would only make two appearances in July before being shut down for the season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow.

After a successful 2018 season, Borucki was looking for the 2020 campaign to be something of a redemption year. Unfortunately, he is currently experiencing elbow tightness in spring training and was expected to compete for a starting rotation spot before the injury flared up. He will now be starting the season in the minor leagues in order to get some more innings under his belt before possibly rejoining a very crowded rotation.

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