The Blue Jays made 3 lineup steps today, revealing that left-hander Thomas Pannone, right-hander Jacob Waguespack, as well as infielder Santiago Espinal have actually been optioned to Triple- A Buffalo.
Pannone has actually ended up being an acquainted face in Toronto over the last 2 periods, throwing 116 innings of 5.43 AGE round with a 2.13 K/BB price as well as 7.6 K/9. The lefty has actually begun 13 of his 49 profession Major League video games, though because Pannone has actually had a lot more success as a reducer (3.40 AGE in 55 2/3 alleviation innings, instead of a 7.31 AGE over 60 1/3 structures as a starter), he was being thought about as a prospect for a bullpen duty in 2020.
The Jays are a little bit slim on left-handed alleviation alternatives, as besides Pannone, non-roster guests like Marc Rzepczynski, Brian Moran, Kirby Snead, as well as Travis Bergen make up the club’s leading southpaw reducers. Though we’re thus far ahead of an Opening Day (that may still not also take place) that it’s tough to explain forecasts, Pannone’s option might hint that the Blue Jays are mosting likely to pick at the very least among those non-guaranteed agreements.
Waguespack made his MLB launching last period, beginning 13 of 16 video games as well as uploading a 4.38 AGE, 2.17 K/BB price, as well as 7.3 K/9 over 78 innings. Though AGE forecasters as well as Statcast metrics weren’t thrilled with Waguespack’s result, his 4.38 AGE still stood for a good on-field outcome for a pitching-starved Blue Jays group. Toronto resolved including pitching over the winter months, suggesting that more youthful arms like Waguespack as well as Pannone (that rated 5th as well as 6th in the Jays’ innings checklist in 2019) will certainly no more be relied upon to such a hefty level this period.
Espinal is best recognized to Jays followers as the possibility gotten from the Red Sox in the June 2018 profession that sent out Steve Pearce toBoston Espinal’s very first complete period in Toronto’s ranch system was an effective one, as he struck.287/.347/.393 over 521 consolidated plate looks at the Double- An as well as Triple- A degrees. MLB Pipeline rankings Espinal as the 22 nd-best Jays small leaguer, explaining him as a prospective energy infield prospect based upon glovework alone, with an offending account consists of “good bat speed” as well as solid baserunning.