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Blue Jays acquire RHP Paxton Schultz to complete Derek Fisher trade

LAKELAND, FLORIDA - MARCH 04: General view of baseballs in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen during a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 04, 2021 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FLORIDA - MARCH 04: General view of baseballs in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen during a spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 04, 2021 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Paxton Schultz from the Milwaukee Brewers as the “Player to be Named Later” from the Derek Fisher trade which occurred back on February 15th of this year.

Drafted in the 14th round of the 2019 draft by the Brewers, Schultz spent three years at Utah Valley State before moving into professional baseball. In his one season of pro ball with the Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie League) in 2019, Schultz pitched to a 3.86 ERA in nine appearances, one of which he started. He would throw 23.1 innings and would surrender 10 earned runs, two home runs, and seven walks while striking out 22 batters over those nine games.

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With the minor league season canceled last year, Schultz would not be selected to the Brewers 60-man player pool and would instead head to Australia, suiting up in eight games for the Brisbane Bandits. He would pitch 13.2 innings while crafting a 3.29 ERA and a 1.098 WHIP while striking out 17 batters. The righty will most likely report to the Blue Jays Rookie League affiliate the Gulf Coast Blue Jays or head to Low-A in Dunedin.

Heading to the Brewers was outfielder Derek Fisher, who was originally acquired by the Blue Jays from the Houston Astros in exchange for Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, and Cal Stevenson back in 2019.

As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Fisher would find mixed results and would spend most of his time shuffling between the major league roster and the alternate site/minor leagues. Known for taking a fly ball off his face a few days after being acquired, the speedy outfielder would hit to a .177/.295/.395 line with seven home runs, 19 RBI, and a .690 OPS with one stolen base.

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Since joining the Brewers, Fisher had a productive Spring Training (.273/.333/.545 in 24 plate appearances) but would start the season on the injured list with a left hamstring injury. He has yet to make an appearance for the Brew Crew this season while former Blue Jay Billy McKinney has taken his spot on the roster, playing to a .234/.279/.422 line with three home runs and five RBI in 68 plate appearances.

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