Ever since the Toronto Blue Jays were criticized for the return in the trade Marcus Stroman, the prospects they got in return have shown great potential.
However, you have to wonder if those same fans have been checking in on the players the team got in return for Stroman. While the Blue Jays were not going to find a pitcher to replace Stroman right away in the majors, they were willing to be on the lottery ticket they got in return.
So far, the return has been exactly what you could ask for. Both prospects got over a rocky start and built consistency through each passing game with the Blue Jays minor league teams.
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Anthony Kay is the pitcher most have their eyes on because he is one bus or quick plane ride away from the big club and considering what he has done the last couple of starts, he deserves a look when the roster expands in September.
The 24-year-old has made six starts in Buffalo and has pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 33 1/3 innings throwing 35 strikeouts and 19 walks. He also saw his whip from his time with Syracuse go from 1.63 to 1.35 during his time with the Bisons while also pitching six or more innings in half of his starts.
It also makes sense for Kay to get the call since Buffalo won’t be making the playoffs so their season will come to an end. Along with Kay, the team could also be looking to bring up T.J. Zeuch who recently through a no-hitter.
Lower in the team’s minor league system, Simeon Woods Richardson is also providing quite a bit of optimism. The 18-year-old has a 2.54 ERA in 28 1/3 innings with Dunedin which is a major improvement from his numbers in Columbia.
Jeff Quattrociocchi from Jays from the Couch has a nice detailed breakdown of what has made Woods Richardson an impressive prospect. Let’s just say, there is a lot of potential there and the Blue Jays need to ensure he can make a smooth transition up tp double-A when the time is right.
May this be a lesson for the next time the Blue Jays make a trade. Just wait and see what the prospects or players can provide before slamming a deal. It might not be popular but if it helps the team then it’s tough to be upset.
What are your thoughts on the prospects thee Blue Jays got back for Stroman? Do they have a chance to be impactful arms? Let us know in the comments below.