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Blue Jays call up pitching prospect Marcus Stroman

May 3, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have called up pitching prospect Marcus Stroman from Triple-A Buffalo. At least initially, Stroman will contribute out of the bullpen.

The Jays just transferred Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list with a torn tendon sheath in his pitching hand, and have tabbed J.A. Happ as Monday’s starter. Perhaps after that, however, Stroman could be moved into the rotation on a regular basis.

Stroman compiled a 1.69 ERA with 36 strikeouts and seven walks in 26 2/3 innings over five starts with the Buffalo Bisons. Baseball Prospectus rated him the #27 overall prospect entering the season.

  1. nikedunks13 - May 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I hate that. Just let him start, it’s not like the Blue Jays rotation is so stacked you need him to pitch out of the bullpen.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      It makes a little bit of sense. Let him work out of the pen, which has been “vermoulou,” to put it mildly, and get his feet wet. If he performs well they have someone to fill the vacuum left by Janssen until their closer returns. Then, if they can unload Happ, let him step into the rotation when he’s feeling acclimated.

      I gather that they wanted him to stay in Buffalo for another few weeks or longer to get some more seasoning but the atrocity that has been the pen and the injury to Janssen forced their hand. Either way, I am excited that they are finally bringing him up. Just a short drive up the Queenway and he is ours at last. Very eager to watch this kid pitch.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    I am hoping that Happ is being showcased on Monday and that Stroman will replace him in the rotation. Stroman is not on the 40 man roster, so someone will have to be released. The prime candidates to be released are Rogers, Happ and Santos.

    • proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Oops! I missed something. Since Morrow is going on the 60 day DL, they do not have to remove anyone from the 40 man roster.

      I would also like to see the Jays call up lefty Sean Nolin from Buffalo. Both Stroman and Nolin have been terrific so far this season.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I have been sort of watching the blue jays season from afar. Not because I particularly care about them, but because I stuck my nose in there and predicted they’d be better than advertised. In some ways, I was not too far off. Boy, they sure can hit. Dioner Navarro has been very good with the bat as had been hoped. Bautista has committed to being the right handed Joey Votto in his plate approach only with more power. Melky Cabrera has been precisely who he should have been last season only better. Edwin Encarnacion is really coming on the last two weeks, too. With Brett Lawrie smacking baseballs around, they have really good hitting. but starting pitching is not as good as they need. there is hope. After a rocky start they’ve settled down and might even approach that league average ERA I kept pushing as a talking point in the off season.

      They need to do something about that bullpen. One of their fans called them a tire fire on this blog. And yes, that is one huge heap of smoking tires. With the addition of a decent starter in Stroman I think they should move at least 2 current starters into the bullpen, fire Rogers & Santos (or Pirelli and Firestone as I think of them) and get their other young arm, Nolin, out there. McGowan could close while throwing 2 innings so the starter only needs to get through 7 innings. Morrow as the long man once he gets over his boo-boo. Eventually Janssen will come back I guess. They could sure use him now!

      • cowboysoldiertx - May 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        The all hit no pitch route they are on reminds me of the 91 Texas Rangers.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        The funny thing is that their starting pitching has been as good as they need to be. The hitting largely overcomes the starter’s deficiency. but bullpen work? holy cats. that is awful. And there aren’t enough innings after the 7th for that prolific offence to recover from the pen giving up 4 to 6 runs. At this point, they need 2 starters out of the bullpen, and 2 better starters in the rotation. They actually have that in depth, too. That is simply incredible if you ask me. most teams don’t have this kind of depth. They need to use it wisely

      • proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        Agreed!

  3. proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    There are some interesting comments from the twitter users suggesting that the Jays use Stroman as the closer. Going back to when he was drafted, there has been speculation that Stroman would be a terrific closer.

  4. deathmonkey41 - May 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Isn’t that the Sausage King of Chicago?

  5. garybrian2014 - May 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Why are they talking about putting him in the bullpen and starting Happ? He hasn’t proved that he deserves the start. Losing record and E.R.A. Close to 5.00. Give the kid a shot and maybe call up Nolan as well.

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