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Ryan Roberts had a cup of coffee in Toronto in 2006
Not everyone can make the top 10. Here are three more players who were once in the Blue Jays system that are now playing for different teams.
Brandon League was drafted in the second round in 2001 and debuted in 2004. He played six years with Toronto and was traded to Seattle with Johermyn Chavez for Brandon Morrow in December 2009.
With Toronto – League pitched in 168 games for Toronto over six years, saving two games. His ERA with Toronto was 4.09. He did strikeout 154 in 202 innings over his time in Toronto. He had 76 strikeouts in 2009.
Since Then – In his third season with the Mariners, League has accumulated 52 saves. He has been an All-Star (2011 when he saved 37 games).
Conclusion – Toronto could not solve the League puzzle. He had one good season and was traded for another reliever in Morrow. The trade looked even when it was made—one struggling reliever for another. Morrow has since been turned into a starter and looks like the Blue Jays' ace so far in 2012. Morrow is two years younger and, in the next two years, could become an All-Star and make Toronto the winner of this trade.
Ryan Roberts was drafted in the 18th round in 2003 and debuted in 2006. He played 17 games for Toronto (at second, third and left field) and was signed as a free agent by Texas in 2007.
With Toronto – Roberts perhaps never found his identity with Toronto and couldn't settle in. He had only two hits in 26 at-bats in Toronto, with 11 strikeouts. His OPS was .392.
Since Then – He had one at bat in Texas in 2008 before he signed as a free agent in Arizona. He broke out in 2011—he had 86 runs, 19 HRs, 65 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Conclusion – At 31 who knows how many more seasons he has ahead, but he did hit .275 in Triple-A, with 96 RBIs in 198 games for Syracuse over two seasons.
Brandon Lyon was drafted in the 14th round in 1999 and debuted in 2001. He played two years with Toronto and was selected off waivers by Boston in October 2002.
With Toronto – Lyon went 6-8 in 26 games for the Blue Jays (21 in which he started). His ERA with the Jays is 5.40, with a WHIP of 1.40.
Since Then – Brandon Lyon has pitched for four other teams since being let go in 2002. He never started a game again after leaving Toronto and was turned into a closer, accumulating 78 saves over three seasons.
Conclusion – He managed to pitch in the postseason with Arizona in 2007. In five games his ERA is 0.00 and he has a WHIP of 0.33 with five Ks in six innings. His career ERA is 4.15, so perhaps the postseason is when he turns it up a notch, but six innings is a very small sample size. 78 saves is decent, though.