Bowden Francis – Buffalo Bisons
Blue Jays fans got a quick glimpse in early May of Bowden Francis, who is the prospect the organization acquired along with Trevor Richards in exchange for Rowdy Tellez last season.
He made one relief appearance and faced three batters, striking out one and allowing one base hit. It has not been a kind journey since returning to Buffalo as the 26-year-old had an 11.12 ERA in May and has an even higher 12.71 ERA so far in June. Francis has been moved to the bullpen and has not been able to string together multiple successful appearances.
In his five relief appearances since being moved to the relief role, Francis has allowed 14 earned runs through 9.0 innings. Overall, his 2022 Triple-A season has him posting an 8.53 ERA and 1.816 WHIP so far this year.
Adrian Hernandez – Buffalo Bisons
If Marcus Stroman taught us anything, it is not to worry about the height of the pitcher.
International free agent signing Adrian Hernandez stands just 5’8″, but has been climbing the organization mountain over the last two seasons. In 2021, Hernandez played at three levels of affiliate ball and he continues to rise in 2022.
The 22-year-old started the season in New Hampshire but has found himself pitching in Buffalo for most of the season out of the bullpen. Hernandez has made 15 appearances and collected five saves, along with three wins. In Buffalo, he has allowed an earned run in just two outings which has led to a 1.10 ERA and 0.612 WHIP. He currently sits second on the team in saves and third in wins.
Is there a pitching prospect not on this list that has gained your attention that you have some high hopes for?