June 17, 2021

2019 Rule 5 overview: breaking down the Blue Jays pitching mix (Bluebird Banter)

Continuing from where we left off in the outfield, we’ll look at the pitching side in terms of how the 40-man roster and beyond break down in Rule 5 terms:

Established MLB starters: Chase Anderson, Matt Shoemaker

Unestablished but MLB level starter profiles: Ryan Borucki, Anthony Kay, Trent Thornton, Jacob Waguespack, T.J. Zeuch

Established MLB relievers: Ken Giles

MLB level/ready: Thomas Pannone, Sean Reid-Foley, Jordan Romano

Prospects: Yennsy Diaz, Elvis Luciano, Julian Merryweather, Patrick Murphy, Hector Perez

Non-tender candidates: Anthony Bass, Derek Law, Wilmer Font

Other/bubble: Jason Adam, Sam Gaviglio, Tim Mayza, Justin Shafer

Plausible Rule 5 eligibles: Travis Bergen, Corey Copping, Thomas Hatch, Zach Jackson, Dany Jimenez, Jackson McClelland, Kirby Snead

Where to start really? There’s so much up in the air here, particularly with no single spot in the 2020 bullpen locked down. Fortunately, this exercise is mostly about a 10,000 foot bird’s eye view.

Unlike last year when there were just 14 pitchers on the 40-man, this year is the opposite with 23 even after some early offseason culling. That’s significant because that’s already above the range in…

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