RHP Wes Parsons
Wes Parsons signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays early in the 2023 campaign. The right-hander previously had made 33 big league appearances in 2018 and 2019, so that past experience was seen as valuable.
The 31-year-old has always had issues with walking batters and that did not change during his year in the Blue Jays organization. However, he continued to show a promising trend in his H/9 and HR/9 - both rates were down from what had become his career norm in years past.
A 9-4 record with a 4.55 ERA and 10.6 SO/9 earned him a shot in the big leagues. On the final day of the regular season, he came up and made his first big league start. Things ... did not go according to plan. In 4 innings of work, Parsons allowed 9 runs while striking out and walking 3. Going in to the start, it was already known that he would be 'held out to dry', so to speak, in this outing. The team needed to get as many innings out of him as possible.
Going forward, it's difficult to see where Parsons factors into the Blue Jays' plans. All of this past year, he was minor league filler, so the odds of him playing an impactful role on the 2024 big league roster are slim. He's a reliable arm to keep in the high minors, so if he is passed through waivers, it'd make a lot of sense for the Jays to keep him around in Buffalo.