The Blue Jays' lack of depth is a serious concern
By Charles Kime
What depth options are there if the Blue Jays suffer further injuries?
Unfortunately the Blue Jays minor league pitching depth options aren’t very appealing. Starters Casey Lawrence, Zach Thompson, Drew Hutchison and Hayden Juenger are all getting lit up in Triple-A. From that group, only Thompson is on the 40-man roster.
Other 40-man roster names include hard throwing Yosver Zulueta, who’s walked 17 batters in only 18.2 innings, and Trent Thornton, who remains Trent Thornton-like. 30-year-old lefty Paul Fry has been pitching well in relief for Buffalo, with 24 Ks in 21.2 innings and a 2.91 ERA, but the front office would have to purchase his contract and remove someone from the 40-man roster to promote him.
At the Double-A level, 22-year old ‘blast from the past’ prospect Adam “King” Kloffenstein has been a revelation, pitching to a 2.31 ERA over 7 starts and 35.0 innings, with 46 Ks against only 14 walks. His contract would also have to be purchased and he’d have to replace someone on the 40-man roster. Top 100 prospect Ricky Tiedemann has struggled this year and is currently on the IL with left biceps inflammation.