Toronto Blue Jays: News from the Nest – Sunday, June 20

Jul 10, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Kevin Smith (78) fields a ground ball during an intra-squad game in summer training at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Kevin Smith (78) fields a ground ball during an intra-squad game in summer training at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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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) /

Vancouver Canadians – High A

Record: 23-18

Performing Well:

Cameron Eden – OF

Currently leading the Canadians in terms of average (.295), outfielder Cameron Eden also leads the roster in RBI (27) and has 21 stolen bases on the season. His .809 OPS is behind only Tanner Kirwer and also leads the team in hits with 43. Eden’s slash line is .295/.378/.432 through 146 at-bats on the year.

Parker Caracci – RHP

Parker Caracci has been the bullpen’s top arm for most of the season, crafting a 1.31 ERA through a team-leading 15 appearances with three earned runs with 13 walks and 17 strikeouts over 20.2 innings.

While the walks are still a concern, Caracci continues to find ways to keep runs off the scoreboard and has taken over as the team’s closer, converting five saves over six opportunities this season in High-A.

Rough Outings:

Sean Wymer – RHP

Struggling to begin the season, starting pitcher Sean Wymer is still in a funk as the season heads into month number three. Wymer currently sports a 10.17 ERA with 13 walks and 23 strikeouts through seven starts and 25.2 innings pitched. Four of his seven outings have seen the right-hander surrender 4+ earned runs while giving up a home run in each of those rough outings.

Adam Kloffenstein – RHP

One of the Blue Jays’ top prospects (#9), right-hander Adam Kloffenstein has recently had some rough appearances after a strong start to the season. He currently sports a 6.39 ERA with 25 walks and 30 strikeouts through 31.0 innings and eight starts.

The command has been his biggest issue this season, as Kloffenstein is almost on par when comparing walks to strikeouts this year (25 vs 30). He has six outings where he has put up 3+ walks and has three outings where he put 5+ earned runs.

Philip Clarke – C

With the Blue Jays possessing a boatload of catching talent, Philip Clarke is further down the food chain as he struggles through his second professional season. He is slashing .188/.336/.214 with three doubles and eight RBI through 117 at-bats and his .549 OPS is one of the lowest on the team amongst qualified players.

Transactions:

Retired

RHP Luke Gillingham has retired. He only appeared in one game this season before being placed on the injured list.

Injured

RHP Nick Fraze placed on the 7-day injured list.

RHP Edisson Gonzalez and SS Trevor Schwecke were transferred from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL.

Promoted

LHP Sean Mellen and RHP Adrian Hernandez were promoted from the Low-A Dunedin Blue Jays