Blue Jays: Full Scouting Report on Each September Call-Up
For some teams, it is a chance to add depth for a lengthy playoff run, but for the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays it is a chance to get some of their younger and rehabilitating players some MLB action.
Due to injuries, the Blue Jays already had a number of prospects seeing regular playing time with the team, including Ryan Goins, Kevin Pillar and Moises Sierra, which meant they were able to use the available roster spots on a number of pitchers.
Here is a quick update on how each Toronto Blue Jays September call-up was doing before being promoted.
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We all know this story. Ricky Romero started 2012 as the Blue Jays Opening Day pitcher, but thanks to some offseason acquisitions and his own mediocre play he found himself starting 2013 in Triple-A.
He was promoted briefly in May for a two-game stint where he totaled 4.1 innings pitched, a 12.46 ERA and two losses. Back to Triple-A he went, where he started 22 games for the Buffalo Bisons, posting a 5-8 record and 5.78 ERA.
It has been a long road back to glory for Romero, who has battled injuries, pitching mechanics and doubters his whole career.
His statistics in Buffalo were not good enough to warrant a promotion, and his short stint in the MLB this season also did little to further his cause. It has been a tough year for Romero. Hopefully he will be able to finish strong and begin the 2014 season as a more productive pitcher.
2013 stats with Buffalo (AAA): 23 G, 5-8, 5.78 ERA, 113.2 IP, 63 BB, 81 SO
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Kyle Drabek made just 14 appearance this season spread across Single-A with Dunedin, Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A.
Drabek started the year recovering from Tommy John surgery and has been progressing through his rehab assignments nicely.
The choice to promote Drabek is slightly curious, as he only started three games for the Buffalo Bisons before getting the call to the big leagues. In those three games he was 0-2 with an ERA of 4.86. Hardly the kind of statistics you are looking to get onto an MLB team.
However, Drabek has major league experience with the Blue Jays in each of the previous three years. He has appeared in 34 games for the team.
2013 MiLB statistics (A, AA, AAA): 14 G, 1-4, 3.14 ERA, 43.0 IP, 6 BB, 35 SO
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Another Tommy John patient, Luis Perez, was promoted to fill the expanded September roster. Perez returned from injury and made rehab appearances in Dunedin and Buffalo before being promoted to the Blue Jays.
Perez has experience as a starting pitcher as well as coming out of the bullpen. He made six appearances in the minors, with two of them being starts. In total, Perez only pitched 9.2 innings on his way back to the Blue Jays.
He had a very respectable ERA of 1.86, although it was skewed slightly by his time in Single-A and the low number of innings pitched. He has pitched well in his limited action this season, but that’s exactly what it was: limited.
2013 MiLB statistics: 6 G, 0-0, 1.86 ERA, 9.2 IP, 4 BB, 6 SO
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Remember when Jeremy Jeffress made one appearance for the Blue Jays after being acquired in the offseason? Where has he been since then?
On April 6, one day after his Blue Jays debut, he was designated for assignment and has yet to return until now. He was promoted as a part of the September call-ups after a productive season in Triple-A.
Although Jeffress was expected to contribute to the major league club this season, he had a decent year on the farm. Jeffress made 25 appearances for the Buffalo Bisons and posted an ERA of 1.65.
He will pitch out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays—just as he did in Triple-A—and will have another chance to prove his MLB worth this September.
2013 stats with Buffalo (AAA): 25 G, 1-0, 1.65 ERA, 27.1 IP, 13 BB, 28 SO
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The lone position player as a part of the September call-ups was catcher Mike Nickeas.
Nickeas has spent the entire season in Triple-A with the Buffalo Bisons, appearing in 58 games. Nickeas will join a fairly crowded group behind the plate with J.P. Arencibia as the everyday catcher and Josh Thole handling the duties every fifth day when R.A. Dickey is pitching.
Nickeas has had his troubles at the plate this season as well. He has struggled to hit for average and power and has recorded just 11 RBI in 175 at-bats.
The major league exposure will be good for Nickeas, but he is no stranger to the game. At 30 years old he has appeared in 73 games for the New York Mets and has a career .180 average in the majors.
Do not expect Nickeas to see a lot of playing time, and when he does, do not expect big things.
2013 MiLB statistics: 58 G, .166/.255/.251, 12 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 17 BB, 40 SO