The Toronto Blue Jays made some moves Friday sending Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley to triple-A Buffalo.
Despite the baseball season being delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Toronto Blue Jays decided to make some roster moves that some were expecting to come.
Going to triple-A Buffalo are pitchers Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley as the team starts to trim from its spring training roster even with no set timeline for opening day. Unfortunately for both players, they lost the chance for a last-minute audition with spring training cut short.
It would have been tough to see either player making the opening day roster as options for the starting rotation. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt either of them to get some much-needed seasoning in the minors.
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Kay got off to a strong start in Spring Training but had some tough outings as he finished with a 7.36 ERA in 7.1 innings. There shouldn’t be a reason to be concerned considering the exhibition starts are the time for pitchers to work in pitches that they worked on in the off-season as Kay did with his changeup.
The 25-year-old will likely be one of the top options to be recalled if there is an injury considering he made a strong impression last season when he had a 2.50 ERA in seven starts in triple-A. There is still work to be done if Kay wants to be a lower-end starter in the Blue Jays rotation which is why he’ll get his time to prove himself with the Bisons.
Reid-Foley hasn’t made the rise some might have expected as he had a tough time keeping the number of walks down last season. If he can sort out his command issues, there might still be a future for the former second-round pick and fortunately, he isn’t being rushed to show it right now.
While the Blue Jays will want to develop the 24-year-old into a starter but at some point, you have to wonder if the organization puts him in the bullpen in order to have more options when they want to compete. It’s still too early to consider that but it will be something to discuss down the line.
What do you think about the Blue Jays’ latest moves? Do you see either Kay or Reid-Foley with the team at some point this season? Let us know in the comments below.