Blue Jays: It's time to put some respect on Adam Cimber's name
Adam Cimber, a reliever for the Toronto Blue Jays, remains one of the most underrated bullpen arms in the league.
He is entering his third season with the Jays and has quietly been one of the most efficient relief pitching options the club has ever had.
As a matter of fact, Cimber has the lowest ERA by a reliever in Blue Jays history (minimum of 100 innings pitched).
His 2.42 ERA beats out Tom Henke (2.48), Jordan Romano (2.58), Scott Downs (2.59) and Mark Eichhorn (2.83) and says all you need to know about Cimber and how great he's been since coming over to the club via trade.
Acquired in 2021 in exchange for infielder Joe Panik, Cimber immediately got to work with his new club, posting a 1.69 ERA in 39 appearances with a 266 ERA+.
Last season, he elevated his game even further, making a career high (and league leading) 77 appearances and winning an unheard of 10 games out of the 'pen. He was the most relied upon weapon by both Charlie Montoyo and John Schneider down the stretch and figures to fill a similar role this season.
Cimber does not possess a fastball that will blow hitters away, but he doesn't have to. His unorthodox sidearm delivery throws hitters off enough as it is, and he relies much more on the groundball than he does the punchout.
With the pairing of Erik Swanson and Jordan Romano in the back end of the bullpen, Cimber could be just as dominant in 2023 if he is given clean innings instead of trying his hand out in the ninth inning or in super high-leverage moments. Last season, he was forced into a role that an arm like his may not be best suited for, so it will be interesting to see what he can do when he isn't relied on to be something he's not.