A.J. Cole – RHP
A solid arm in the Blue Jays bullpen last season, A.J. Cole returned to the club this season and while he didn’t make the club on Opening Day, he pitched well when he was activated on May 8th before finding himself on the 60-day IL, appearing in six games and allowing only one earned run through 8.0 innings while posting a 1.13 ERA. Currently on a rehab assignment in AAA, the right-hander has allowed three hits and one earned run through 4.0 innings while striking out one batter with one walk.
Cole could find himself being DFA due to 40-man roster space being limited but the upside is there if he can remain healthy once the rehab assignment is complete.
Kirby Snead – LHP
Making his major league debut back in July, left-hander Kirby Snead has been solid in both the majors and the minors this season. Through 7.2 innings with the Blue Jays, Snead has thrown to a 2.35 ERA with two earned runs, seven strikeouts, and two walks. The southpaw has given up his fair share of hits (seven) and opponents hold a .259 average on him this season but he has been able to keep the damage to a minimum so far this year.
Riding the options bus twice already this season, the roster expansion could provide Snead a permanent spot in the bullpen to finish out the year, especially if fellow left-hander Brad Hand continues to struggle.
Anthony Castro – RHP
While he did not make the Opening Day roster, Anthony Castro was fantastic through April, striking out nine batters through 7.1 innings while only giving up three hits with zero earned runs. The issue for Castro this season has been staying healthy, as the right-hander has experienced multiple stints on the IL and really started to get hit around in June/July, with his ERA now sitting at 5.31 through 20.1 innings.
Currently down in AAA on a rehab assignment since August 14th, Castro has pitched well through five relief appearances, allowing two earned runs through 5.0 innings while striking out six batters with zero walks. The biggest tests for Castro will be his ability to stay healthy and to find his old form if he wants to make his way back to the Blue Jays bullpen when rosters expand.