Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Ryan McBroom – INF
A 15th-round draft pick of the Blue Jays back in 2014, infielder Ryan McBroom spent parts of four seasons in the Jays’ minor league system before being traded at the 2017 trade deadline to the New York Yankees in exchange for Rob Refsnyder. He eventually made his big league debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2019 and across three seasons, the righty power hitter amassed a .749 OPS with 14 extra-base hits and 16 RBI through 164 at-bats.
The Royals released McBroom following the 2021 campaign to allow him to sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and so far this season, the infielder is taking full advantage of the playing time and opportunity. Through 54 games and 194 at-bats, McBroom has 12 doubles, six home runs, and 31 RBI with a .278 batting average. He is currently tied for the team lead in RBI and leads the Toyo Carp in home runs.
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Tyler Chatwood – RHP
Signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the 2020/2021 offseason, right-hander Tyler Chatwood fell out of favour amongst the fanbase due to his performance on the field as well as some outbursts on the mound. After 30 appearances and a 5.46 ERA, the Jays DFA’d and released the reliever and he finished the season with the San Francisco Giants.
Chatwood decided to take his talents to Japan and joined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks this past offseason. This year, the California product has not spent time with the Giants and is down in the Western League affiliate. It appears that Chatwood has transitioned to being a starter once again and through six outings, he has allowed just seven earned runs through 24.1 outings and has amassed a 2.59 ERA with 18 strikeouts. The California product has struggled with his command, owning a higher walk-to-strikeout rate at 7.8 BB/9 compared to 6.7 K/9.
Freddy Galvis – INF
Infielder Freddy Galvis only spent one season with the Blue Jays back in 2019, appearing in 115 games and amassing a .743 OPS before being claimed off of waivers in mid-August by the Cincinnati Reds. Galvis spent a few more seasons in the big leagues with the Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Softbank Hawks this past offseason on a two-year deal.
Galvis has split time between the minor leagues and with the Hawks so far this year at 26 and 22 games respectively. Through those 22 games, the switch-hitting infielder has struggled to a .129/.228/.186 with a .414 OPS. He has gone 9 for 70 at the plate with just one home run and four RBI while sporting a clean 1.000 fielding percentage at third base.