While the Blue Jays pitching staff has been a sore spot at times this year, it remains an overall solid unit. At least that's what the stats say, sometimes the pitchers don't pass the eye test, but that's neither here nor there.
While the bottom of the bullpen on the Blue Jays' active roster has been a revolving door this year, the results haven't been as disastrous as one may think. With each of Trent Thornton, Mitch White, Zach Pop, Bowden Francis, Thomas Hatch and Jay Jackson filling in at some point this year, there's one common trend amongst the group: they are all right-handed.
While Erik Swanson (.143 batting average against) and Trevor Richards (.183 average against) are two right-handed pitchers that handle left-handed batters well, Tim Mayza remains the only left-handed pitcher on the roster. While Mayza has been utterly dominant this season (AL-leading 35 appearances, 1.40 ERA, 1.99 FIP and 294 ERA+), this is a bullpen that could use one more lefty.
Looking down in Triple-A, the Blue Jays have five-year MLB veteran Paul Fry in Buffalo who is currently on a minor league deal. The 29-year-old signed with the club back in January and has been off to a solid start for the Bisons.
In 19 outings, Fry has posted a 2.96 ERA whlie striking out 27 batters and walking 10 in 24.1 innings of work. Historically, he has done well at limiting home runs and he has a history of being a high-strikeout pitcher that the Blue Jays love to utilize so dearly.
As of right now, the southpaw is on the injured list. He was placed on the 7-day IL by the Bisons back on June 1st to make room for Wes Parsons on the roster. Since then, he has yet to be activated by the club, so any campaign to get him on the big league roster is going to have to be put on pause for now.
Once he makes his return from the injured list, it's worth pondering if Fry could be one of the next arms in line to take slot into the bullpen. To this point, the Jays have been playing a game of musical chairs with its relief pitchers, so anything is possible.