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The Blue Jays have some looming bullpen decisions come September

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Julian Merryweather #67 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Julian Merryweather #67 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – JUNE 16: Matt Gage #91 of the Toronto Blue Jays leaves the field and walks to the dugout during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on June 16, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Best of the Rest – 40 Man Roster

Matt Gage 

The left-hander was surprising not called up when Mayza went on the IL but alas, Matt Gage continues to dominate in AAA. He currently owns a 1.41 ERA through 32.0 innings and has limited opponents to a .174 batting average. At the MLB level, Gage was pitching well between being optioned and being brought back, allowing just two earned through 13.0 innings.

Tayler Saucedo

Another LHP in the mix, Tayler Saucedo has not appeared in a game since August 6th, dealing with shoulder fatigue for most of the season. He has struggled with the Jays but is finding success down in AAA, earning a 0.61 ERA through 15 outings. Saucedo is currently scheduled to throw a bullpen in Buffalo on his way to returning to regular game action.

Trent Thornton

Right-hander Trent Thornton has ridden the options bus a lot this season but still has 44.0 innings under his belt with the Blue Jays in 2022. He has found some success with his 4.30 ERA and has more experience compared to his AAA counterparts, which might put him towards the top of the list with a tough schedule upcoming in September.

Foster Griffin

Acquired from the Kansas City Royals in mid-July, right-hander Foster Griffin has put up solid numbers since joining the Buffalo Bisons. He currently owns a 2.61 ERA through 10.1 innings with nine strikeouts.

Off the 40-Man

Hayden Juenger

Although he is not on the roster, right-hander Hayden Juenger has risen through the Jays’ farm system at lightning speed after being selected in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB Draft. He was recently promoted to AAA and owns a 3.68 ERA through eight outings with the Bisons, racking up 18 strikeouts through 14.2 innings of work. A bit of an outside shot given the current roster picture but stranger things have happened.

Honourable Mentions: Adrian Hernandez (RHP); Yosver Zulueta (RHP)

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