Blue Jays claim Matt Peacock off waivers from Royals

Some pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t get too excited just yet.
On Wednesday, the team claimed right-hander Matt Peacock off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week. To make room for Peacock on the 40-man roster, Shaun Anderson has been DFA’d.

ROSTER MOVE:
We’ve claimed RHP Matt Peacock off waivers from the Royals
RHP Shaun Anderson has been designated for assignment pic.twitter.com/pDvgYHJMS7
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 6, 2022

Peacock becomes the latest pitcher to be added to Toronto’s roster in recent days, as the club acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 2 and signed Sergio Romo in free agency last month.
Though, the 6’1″ hurler didn’t fare overly well during his brief time with the Royals earlier this season, posting a 5.40 ERA across 10.0 innings in nine appearances. Opposing batters were hitting .286 against him before he was DFA’d.
There could be some untapped potential with Peacock, however, as he registered a 3.74 ERA and was unlucky at times via his .314 OPP BABIP. Considering he induces plenty of ground balls, resulting in a 60.0 per cent clip, and his hard-hit rate against sits at 36.1 per cent, his overall results could improve with better fielding behind him.
Or at least, that’s what the Blue Jays’ coaches are hoping for.
In total, Peacock’s arsenal includes a low-90s sinker, which he’s throwing 58.4 per cent of the time this season. He also features a high-80s slider and a high-80s changeup.
With two minor-league options remaining, Peacock can be optioned to the minors this season and in 2023.
On another roster-related note, the Blue Jays recalled pi …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

The Jays have four Top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline

It’s that time of year where new prospects are drafted and some are moved for rentals at the deadline.

MLB Pipeline released an updated version of their top 100 prospects, and there are some interesting tidbits from the list.
Gabriel Moreno ranks 6th:
While he’s on the cusp of becoming a full-time major leaguer, he hasn’t quite made it off of the prospect list yet. The 22-year-old backstop is slashing .280/.308/.300 with the big league club in 52 plate appearances.

Running on Gabriel Moreno is very, very dumb.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/fQRufPqvrr
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 28, 2022

His inclusion this high on the list is well deserved. However, he isn’t the highest ranked catcher, even with Adley Rutschman graduating. The 20-year-old Francisco Alvarez has been making waves in the Mets organization. This season, he has hit 18 homers in just 296 plate appearances, to go along with his .277/.368/.553 slash line in Double A.
Will Alvarez develop into a better catcher than Moreno? Only time will tell. However,  with how quickly he’s risen up the minors as well as his age, Alvarez definitely deserves to be ranked higher than Moreno.
Orelvis Martinez ranks 38th:
Fun fact, Orelvis Martinez and Francisco Alvarez were both born on November 19th, 2001.

ORELVIS MARTINEZ WITH A PLAYORELVIS MARTINEZ WITH A PLAYORELVIS MARTINEZ WITH A PLAY
Saves two runs for Fraze.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/ubHF4zT666
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) June 28, 2022

Like Alvarez, Martinez is a 20-year-old who started his 2022 season in Double A. Unlike Alvarez, Martinez is still with the Fisher Cats and hasn’t put together the same season as the catcher.
In 270 plate appearances, the shortstop/third baseman has posted a .217/.289/.471 slash line, for a wRC+ of 105. It seems like it’s power or nothing for Martinez, as he’s hit an impressive 17 homers. However, he also has a K% of 30.7%, while only walking 6.3% of the time.
Orelvis had a rough April where he posted a .188/.224/.516 slash line with 6 homers in 67 plate appearances. However, his 1.5% BB% and 35.8% was a startling …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Report: Blue Jays claim Matt Peacock off waivers from Royals

Some pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t get too excited just yet.
On Wednesday, the team claimed right-hander Matt Peacock off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week.

The Toronto #Bluejays claim pitcher Matt Peacock.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2022

Peacock becomes the latest pitcher to be added to Toronto’s roster in recent days, as the club acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 2 and signed Sergio Romo in free agency last month.
Though, the 6’1″ hurler didn’t fare overly well during his brief time with the Royals earlier this season, posting a 5.40 ERA across 10.0 innings in nine appearances. Opposing batters were hitting .286 against him before he was DFA’d.
There could be some untapped potential with Peacock, however, as he registered a 3.74 ERA and was unlucky at times via his .314 OPP BABIP. Considering he induces plenty of ground balls, resulting in a 60.0 per cent clip, and his hard-hit rate against sits at 36.1 per cent, his overall results could improve with better fielding behind him.
Or at least, that’s what the Blue Jays’ coaches are hoping for.
In total, Peacock’s arsenal includes a low-90s sinker, which he’s throwing 58.4 per cent of the time this season. He also features a high-80s slider and a high-80s changeup.
On another roster-related note, the Blue Jays recalled pitcher Casey Lawrence, who’s expected to start Thursday for the injured Kevin Gausman, from triple-A Buffalo and have sent Trent Thornton …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Blue Jays walk eight in 5-3 loss to Oakland Athletics

Yusei Kikuchi just can’t find his command.

He’s struggled all year walking batters left right and center in games, and last Thursday, it appeared he got things back under control.
Oh, what fools we all are.
The Jays needed a big start from the lefty on Tuesday night against the Oakland A’s having dropped a 5-1 stinker before. Instead, they got 2.1 IP where Kikuchi gave seven of the 14 batters he faced a free pass to first plate.
Five walks, two batters hit by pitches, and four earned runs allowed on two hits.

“It’s tough to play behind a guy who isn’t throwing strikes.” – #Bluejays manager Charlie Montoyo.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) July 6, 2022

While Trent Thornton was able to come into the came and right the ship with a solid 2.1 IP allowing just one hit and an earned run while walking one, the damage had been done. Toronto just couldn’t recover and by the end of the night, they tied a season-high walking eight batters by the end of the night.
As tough as the pitching was to watch, the offence was equally as frustrating as we had to watch the Jays outhit the A’s 10-4, but still lose by two runs. While Matt Chapman blew the doors off going 3 for 4 with a two run, 424-foot blast and Teoscar Hernandez smashed a solo home run, the Jays just couldn’t get it going.
In the top of the six, the Jays had a chance to get themselves back into the game. Alejandro Kirk stood at second with Hernandez at first when Chapman hit a deep single into left-center field. Jays 3B coach Luis Rivera inexplica …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Pursuing Cubs’ relievers could significantly transform Blue Jays’ bullpen

The Toronto Blue Jays can’t win the World Series at the trade deadline, however, if the correct moves are made, they could position themselves for a deep playoff run in October. So, what moves need to happen?

Well, there are some obvious flaws with Toronto’s roster. Offensively, they probably need to acquire a proven left-handed hitter to make their lineup a little more balanced. But that’s not the main weakness of this group. Everyone knows they can score boatloads of runs even with a right-handed-heavy offence.
Pitching is where this team must improve the most, especially in the bullpen. There’s only one problem with that, though, so too does almost every other contending team. Quality relievers are always in high demand during this time of the year. And with the expanded playoff format, there won’t be as many sellers at this year’s trade deadline and in future ones, too.
Having said that, there are a handful of franchises who’ve already been virtually eliminated from post-season contention, particularly those near the bottom of the standings in the National League. As for which ones stand out the most in terms of pitching depth, the Chicago Cubs could serve as an intriguing tra …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Fortnight on the Farm, Vol. 6

As I write today, the MiLB season’s first half is in the books and the end of the month of June just passed. So while I certainly note the high likelihood of repeating myself, it’s a good time to take note of the high-profile guys who took a step back (and those who didn’t)  while also noting both the big breakouts and the “now show me you can do it again” cohort who came into this year off of a breakout last year.

Dunedin Blue Jays
With all due respect to the since promoted Ricky Tiedemann, whom we were hearing buzz about as far back as the fall instructs last year, there’s no bigger breakout story on the pitching side here than Dahian Santos. Over one seven-game stretch, accumulating 28.2 IP and only TWO earned runs while striking out 49. The slender RH 19 year old might get even better as he fills out with age. Personally, I’ve already moved him into my Blue Jays Top 10.
Others who’ve made their mark here have been promoted as well. 2020 draft choice Nick Frasso came back from elbow surgery and was basically untouchable over seven starts. His first outing in Vancouver was Monday night and WOW. Four no hit innings, three batters faced, one walk and TEN strikeouts. Jimmy Robbins, also coming off of injury, …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays are planning to start Casey Lawrence if Kevin Gausman isn’t able to go on Thursday

The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

That’s why it’s pretty likely that Kevin Gausman won’t make his next scheduled start as he’s still dealing with the aftermath of getting drilled in the foot by a 100-mile-per-hour ground ball from Wander Franco on Saturday.
“It’s getting better, but still not at the point where I can put my full weight on it and push the way I need to,” Gausman told Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun on Monday in Oakland. “There’s still a lot of swelling and the long flight (to Oakland) doesn’t help.”
“Worst-case scenario would be to go out there and feel like you can do it and have to come back out after two innings like I did the other day. I want to be out there, but I also need to be smart and realize we’re only halfway through this thing.”
Yusei Kikuchi and Jose Berrios will pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday against the A’s and then Gausman is scheduled to pitch the series-opener on Thursday in Seattle. Charlie Montoyo said that Casey Lawrence will likely get the Thursday start against the Mariners if Gausman isn’t able to go.
Lawrence tossed five-and-two-thirds innings in relief of Gausman on Saturday, as he was pulled from the start immediately after getting hit in the foot.
If Gausman isn’t 100 percent, the right move is to skip the start. The Blue Jays are already without Hyun Jin Ryu and both Kikuchi and Berrios have been wildly …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Meet the Sellers: Oakland Athletics

It’s good to be playing a bad team again, isn’t it?

The Jays play the first of three games on Monday night against the Oakland Athletics. The team from the bay had a complete fire sale at the start of the season, trading Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea, just to name a few.
This leaves them with an MLB worst 26-55 record. Not just that, but for a rebuilding team, the A’s have a pretty awful farm system, as they rank 22nd according to MLB Pipeline’s preseason ranking.
That begs the question, what players would they be willing to move come the August 2nd. Unlike the last edition of Meet the Sellers, I will be including a starting pitcher from here on out. 
Since Hyun-Jin Ryu’s season is over, and Yusei Kikuchi should be moved to the pen, I believe a starting pitcher is just as important as a reliever and even more important than a position player. Let’s start with the reliever.
A.J Puk:
The 27-year-old, 6’7 lefty has been the best A’s reliever this season and could help this team for many years to come.
Statistics:
This season, the lefty has posted a 2.73 ERA and 3.24 FIP in 33 innings pitched. Furthermore, he has a K/9 of 9.27 and a K% of 25%. When paired with his BB/9 of 1.91 and BB% of 5.1%, it is apparent that Puk …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Pre-Series Notes: Blue Jays kick off West Coast swing with dead-last Oakland A’s

The Oakland A’s are the worst team in baseball right now with a 26-55 record.

This, of course, was by design, as the cheap-ass A’s are going through one of their teardowns. The team traded away Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea, and Matt Olson over the off-season and are completely invested in losing a bunch of games while fielding a very inexpensive team.
The subheader of this teardown, though, is the A’s having their foot out the door in a very non-subtle way. Major League Baseball is actively pressuring the A’s to either leave Oakland for Las Vegas or have a new stadium built to replace the 56-year-old Oakland Colisseum and fans are complaining that ownership is pushing them away with overpriced tickets and parking.

MLB reportedly won’t assess a relocation fee to Oakland if the Athletics decide to move to Nevada’s largest city https://t.co/rn24GFAJ8O
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 28, 2022

The team could move to Vegas by as early as the 2025 season but, for now, they’re in Oakland, so we’ll focus on Matt Chapman returning home to face the rotting husk of his former team in a series the Blue Jays really should sweep. The A’s have won just six games since the start of June and the best OPS on their team is .699. Any losses here would be disappointing.
The head-to-head…
Alek Manoah vs. Cole Irvin
Alek Manoah will go up against Cole Irvin in the first game on Monday night.
The A’s are one of the few teams who has lit Manoah up during his big league career, as they scored six runs on him in five innings last September but that was when they weren’t actively trying to lose games.
Irvin has a nice 3.58 ERA over 13 starts but his peripheral numbers (6.2 strikeouts and 2.2 walks per nine) are right in line wit …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 92: Trading a catcher, checking in on former Blue Jays in Oakland, and more!

The Blue Jays dropped their five-game series with the Rays and now they’re off to the West Coast to play Oakland and Seattle.

In this episode of BJN Radio, we took a look back at the Rays series, which started off with a great Yusei Kikuchi performance and finished with depth arms throwing batting practice.
We then dove into a couple of rumours, as the Blue Jays are reportedly one of the teams in the mix for Kansas City’s Andrew Benintendi while the Tigers are reportedly interested in Danny Jansen.
Finally, we looked ahead to the series in Oakland against the A’s, who are in last place in baseball, and we took a look at how the players who were traded for Matt Chapman back in March are doing.
You can listen to the episode here…
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation