Blue Jays 2024 Season Preview: Starting Pitchers

With pitchers and catchers set to report on Feb. 15, we take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays starting pitchers, with most of the incumbents and a fresh face poised to compete for innings next season.

Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages
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Wes Parsons

Wes Parsons is a really good story in MLB. Parsons struggled in the early part of his career and decided the best way to rehabilitate his career was to pitch in Korea with the KBO. He had previously logged 39.2 innings in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves before hitchhiking overseas. It was a smart decision on his part and other pitchers who have made a similar decision.

2021 was one of his better years as he posted a 3.72 ERA in 133 innings. Last May, the Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract and he saw the majors in 2023 during the last game of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays. Facing a lineup of MLB hitters, he got lit up for nine earned runs, ten hits and three walks in four innings pitched. The result of that game meant nothing for Toronto as they had already locked up a date in the Wild Card series with Minnesota.

Working as a reliever in previous years, he has accumulated a 7.01 career ERA in 34 games at the highest level. In 2024, Parsons will continue developing his pitch mix as it is unclear whether Toronto views him as a starter or reliever. For a team that will be in need of depth, Parsons could factor in more towards the end of the regular season.