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Blue Jays: Prospect pitchers who could crack the roster in 2021

Jul 19, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson (87) delivers a pitch during summer training camp batting practice at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 19, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson (87) delivers a pitch during summer training camp batting practice at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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TORONTO, ON – JULY 09: Simeon Woods Richardson #87 of the Toronto Blue Jays wears a mask during an intrasquad game at Rogers Centre on July 9, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

Simeon Woods-Richardson

One of the Toronto Blue Jays prospects fans are very excited to see pitch this spring, Simeon Woods-Richardson is one of the younger players at this year’s camp but appears to be in a good position to use 2021 to advance up the farm system.

The Blue Jays 4th ranked prospect, Woods-Richardson was acquired in 2019 in the Marcus Stroman trade and found himself pitching with the Dunedin Blue Jays in Advanced-A ball (Dunedin is now the Blue Jays Low A affiliate starting in 2021 with the juggling/elimination of various farm teams across the league), pitching to a 2.54 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a 0.882 WHIP over 28.1 innings and six starts.

This season should see SWR head to AA in New Hampshire, with a possible quick promotion to AAA if he can pitch well like scouts are raving he can. Mature beyond his age at just 20 years old, there is a legitimate chance that Woods-Richardson could find himself in the Blue Jays bullpen this season when rosters expand in September. The Blue Jays could (and hopefully) will be fighting for a playoff spot come August/September and having a hard-throwing pitcher like Woods-Richardson in the bullpen could be a boost that helps the team win games later in the season.

While we could see SWR on the major league roster this year, don’t be disappointed if the Blue Jays choose to save him for next year where he will most likely be competing for a role in the starting rotation rather than a spot in the bullpen with a few veteran starters off the payroll.

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