Hagen Danner: Since his promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, number 22-prospect Hagen Danner has had to quickly adjust to a rough start and has done a fine job. After giving up five runs in his first 3.1 AAA innings, Danner has rebounded effectively, allowing just four runs (three of which in one game) in his next 10.2 innings. Danner did have an issue with hard contact allowed in June, giving up six extra-base hits (five of which were homers) with the majority of his struggles coming against lefty hitters. So far this season lefties are hitting .286/.342./.657 or a .999 OPS against the righty. Contrast that to .200/.273./.317 or a .589 OPS and you can see why his overall numbers are so bloated. Danner won't turn 25 until the end of September so there's plenty of time to address his struggles, and with a high 90's fastball and effective slider, a promotion should occur either this season or next.
Jay Jackson: After one incredibly effective appearance for the Jays in early June (2.2 innings, two hits, four strikeouts) Toronto sent down Jay Jackson to call up more rested arms capable of going multiple innings. Jackson had a streak of five consecutive scoreless appearances for Buffalo (including a save) before giving up four earned runs in his last two games in June. Jackson has done a superb job of limiting walks (only one in the entirety of June and it came on June 30th) and did a much better job of limiting hard contact (only three XBH given up, and all coming in his last two games). Another pitcher capable of going two innings, he finds himself in the same situation as Trent Thornton, and more than likely will receive another look at the Major League squad sometime this season. Hopefully not against Aaron Judge.
Zach Pop: An early season success story, Zach Pop suffered from a couple of rough outings before finding himself placed on the 15-day IL back on May 5th due to a right hamstring strain. Brampton's Pop started out with three scoreless appearances for Class-A Dunedin before being moved to Buffalo on June 20th. Since the move Pop has really scuffled, allowing five earned runs in five innings, and issuing four walks and a HBP in the process. Maybe it was a sense of pride because it was Canada Day, but Pop's most recent appearance on July 1st was his best one, throwing 1.2 shutout innings, walking one, and striking out three. Toronto continues to watch his rehab carefully and his impending recall seems to be coming very soon.
As for the hitter, a couple top prospects are really turning things around and making things interesting in the depth charts.