The Blue Jays sign five players to minor league deals with invites to spring training, including 2015 opening day starter Drew Hutchison

It’s hard to believe that pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Florida in just a few short weeks.

Today, the Blue Jays Twitter account announced that they’ve signed five players to minor league deals, with an invite to spring training.

OFFICIAL: We’ve signed the following free agents to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 6, 2023

There were already a couple of players that we were aware of. You can read my deep dive on right-handed pitcher Julián Fernández here. The skinny is that he throws hard, has a nice changeup, but struggles with control and command. Furthermore, right-handed pitcher Casey Lawrence was on the 40-man roster last season, before being outrighted around the start of free agency. You can read his article here.
So what about Paul Fry, Drew Hutchison, and Rob Brantly?
Paul Fry:
The Seattle Mariners drafted the left-hander back in the 17th round of the 2013 draft, but he made his debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. He spent parts of five seasons with the bad birds of the AL East, posting a career 4.82 ERA and 4.02 FIP in 177.1 innings pitched. He also has a career 24.6 K% and 12.3 BB% while sitting in the low 90s.
Fry’s best season came in the plague year, where he posted a .245 ERA and 3.69 FIP in 22 innings pitched. The 30-year-old also had a 29.6 K% and 9.2 BB%, a career best in both those numbers. He struggled with his ERA in 2021 (3.93 FIP that year), before once again having issues in 2022.

Paul Fry, Nasty 86mph Slider. 🍟🍔😨
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 11, 2021

Last season, he posted a 6.23 ERA and 4.50 FIP in 13 innings pitched (one with the Arizona Diamondbacks). Fry’s K% dropped from 27.9% in 2021 to 23% this season as well.
He has options and has shown to be able to get batters out, so this is a nice pickup.
Rob Brantly:
The definition of a depth catcher for Triple-A, the 33-year-old Brantly has spent the past two seasons in the New York Yankees organization, registering 24 plate appearances. For his career, he has a .225/.287/.326 slash line with seven homers in …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Kevin Gausman dominates New York Yankees as Toronto Blue Jays win 3rd in a row

The two highest paid pitchers on the Blue Jays’ staff have come through in a big way each of the last two nights. Last night, it was Jose Berrios, and tonight, it was Kevin Gausman.

Gausman threw seven shutout innings against a struggling Yankees lineup, as the Blue Jays defeated New York 4-0, taking the first two games of this series.
Four runs were enough to get the job done, and that was all thanks to Gausman’s stellar performance. Through Gausman’s seven innings, he allowed four hits, no runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts. With this start, Gausman brings his scoreless innings streak on the road to 21 consecutive innings.
Gausman used a wide array of pitches tonight, accumulating his strikeouts by way of his fastball, changeup, and his well-known splitter. No one on the Yankees had more than one hit off him; the top of the Yankees order (LeMahieu, Judge, and Rizzo) were a combined 1-for-8 with a walk.
Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and he has been solid against the Blue Jays this season. However, the Jays scored early and often enough to keep their distance. A leadoff single in the 3rd by Whit Merrifield followed by a Cavan Biggio double would have the Blue Jays within striking distance first. Lourdes …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation