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Blue Jays: Potential options from the minors when the rosters expand

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Nate Pearson #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks to throw a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field on September 25, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team due to the Canadian government"u2019s policy on COVID-19, which prevents them from playing in their home stadium in Canada. Blue Jays beat the Orioles 10 to 5. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Nate Pearson #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks to throw a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field on September 25, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team due to the Canadian government"u2019s policy on COVID-19, which prevents them from playing in their home stadium in Canada. Blue Jays beat the Orioles 10 to 5. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
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Jul 19, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Kay (47) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Borucki – LHP

A few seasons removed from his stellar 2018 campaign, southpaw Ryan Borucki is now a relief pitcher for the Blue Jays and has found his fair share of struggles this season on the mound. Multiple injury stints and a 5.12 ERA through 20 appearances this season with the Jays saw Borucki be sent back to the minors on August 8th and has been on the Development List ever since. A bit of a long shot at this point to rejoining the roster given the other current options.

Julian Merryweather – RHP

After a great start to the season with the Blue Jays that saw him collect two saves and seven strikeouts through 4.1 innings of work, injuries once again caught up to Julian Merryweather and the right-hander has missed most of the season on the IL.

The hard-throwing relief pitcher is currently on a rehab assignment down in the lower levels of the minor leagues but considering he has not pitched for almost a full season, it seems very unlikely a return this year at the big league level is in the cards.

Anthony Kay – LHP

Another victim of the options game, Anthony Kay has been transferred between the major league squad and AAA numerous times this season. The only player left from the Marcus Stroman trade, Kay has struggled this year at both levels and will most likely finish the season in the Bisons rotation.

Bryan Baker – RHP

One of the Bison’s most effective relievers this season, Bryan Baker has been great in the bullpen. Through 31 games, Baker sports a 1.41 ERA through 32.0 innings with 16 walks, 38 strikeouts, and nine saves. His biggest obstacle to making the active roster is that he is not on the 40-man roster, meaning somebody would have to be designated for assignment for him to slide in. A tall order given the current roster but one that could happen if the Blue Jays decide to call upon him to finish out the year.

Dany Jimenez – RHP

Another strong arm in the bullpen down in AAA, Dany Jimenez has found a groove to the tune of a 2.86 ERA through 34.2 innings pitched. With three saves and 54 strikeouts on the season, Jimenez is also not on the 40-man roster and would need a spot in order to make the Blue Jays.

Hobie Harris – RHP

Leading the Buffalo Bisons in appearances, right-hander Hobie Harris is another contender to be called upon if a 40-man roster spot opens up in the near future. Through 32 games and 32.2 innings, Harris has thrown to a 3.21 ERA with six saves, 12 walks, and 41 strikeouts with a 1.01 WHIP.

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