Tuesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had designated Ryan Borucki for Assignment.
The 28-year-old has had two separate stints on the injured list so far this season and has been hampered by several injuries over the last few campaigns. Borucki has made just 11 appearances this year for a total of 6.1 innings allowing seven runs and a total of 13 base runners, including two home runs to the tune of a 9.95 ERA.
The 6’4″, 210 lbs left-handed pitcher progressed through the Blue Jays minor league system after being selected as a high school player in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft. Borucki had his biggest progression in 2017 when he pitched at three levels of baseball which led to an 8-8 record and a 2.93 ERA over 150.1 innings pitched with 157 strikeouts.
He made his Major League debut in June 2018 and would finish the season in the starting rotation. To finish out his rookie campaign, Borucki threw 97.2 innings and started 17 games, however, injuries kept creeping up and he was unable to stay healthy for the years to come.
Between 2019-2022, Borucki had tossed just 53.1 innings at the Major League level and had an ERA of 5.57 and WHIP of 1.613 over that period of time, while also throwing 27.1 more innings in the minor leagues.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Blue Jays Designated Ryan Borucki for assignment after 10 years in the organization. It is unclear what his next step will be.
At this point, it will be a wait and see if another team will take a flyer on Borucki or if he will accept his demotion. He has been able to prove at the minor league level he was a capable pitcher and has a career 3.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP down in the Minor Leagues
With Borucki being DFA’d, the Blue Jays have recalled Trent Thornton from Triple-A Buffalo. Thornton made the Blue Jays out of Spring Training but because he has options left to be sent down without concern he was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons on May 14. Through the first portion of the Blue Jays season, the Thornton was used as a multi-inning reliever. He has made 10 appearances and has posted a 3.52 ERA and struggled with the walks as he has given up eight free passes in 15.1 innings pitched.
What are your thoughts, do you think we have seen the last of Ryan Borucki in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform?