The Blue Jays have yet another minor leaguer who is outperforming the Triple-A level

Wes Parsons is enjoying a fine season at the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, with the veteran righty leading Bisons pitchers in several categories.
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Wes Parsons has experienced an interesting professional baseball career to date, pitching for organizations based in Atlanta, Colorado and even South Korea. This year, his journey continued with the Blue Jays after signing a Minor League deal in May.

Parsons was understandably delighted to get the opportunity with the Blue Jays. Speaking at the time to Jays Journal, he said:

"I am very excited to join this organization. Everyone from the trainers to the staff to my teammates have all been welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. I feel like I will gain a lot from being part of the organization and I cannot wait to see where the rest of this season goes."

Just win baby

The 30-year-old has since gone on to prove the Blue Jays were correct to have faith in him. He's been doing an excellent job in Triple-A Buffalo, often keeping the Bisons in games.

This is best exemplified by leading the team with eight wins, resulting in a 8-2 record in 14 starts. Parsons also leads the Bisons in strikeouts, highlighted by a stunning performance in his last outing on Saturday.

The Clarksville, Tennessee native produced a season-high 11 strikeouts in just 5.0 innings versus the Indianapolis Indians. He also allowed just only hit, one walk and no runs in the 7-3 win.

The one walk might not seem like much of a deal, but it's important given this is the one area where Parsons has struggled in 2023. To date he has accrued 36 free passes in 68.2 combined innings, which equates to 4.7 per nine innings.

This has contributed towards a 1.238 WHIP which, while not terrible, is something for the righty to work on. Overall though he is pitching well for the Bisons, also allowing a 3.80 ERA and a batting average of just .195. (His opposing batting average would also lead the International League if he'd pitched enough innings to qualify.)

Another chance at the Majors?

This leads to the question of if Parsons will get another opportunity in the Majors? To date he has 33 combined appearances to his name in The Show, with the Braves and Rockies.

The Clarksville High School graduate produced a 5.67 ERA and 1.765 WHIP in his 39.2 innings during 2018 and 2019, all out of the bullpen. Interestingly though, he has been used more as a starter in the Minors and during his time in South Korea.

Based on his play this season, Parsons at least deserves the chance to show what he can do at the Major League level. Whether that comes with the Blue Jays remains to be seen, although he's arguably done enough to warrant another contract with the organization.

NB - All statistics up to and including September 4