Nick Tepesch will be the Blue Jays’ starter against the Yankees on Wednesday and the team’s 11th starting pitcher of 2017. Tepesch will be selected from the Bisons and Matt Dermody will be optioned to triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster. A separate transaction will be needed to make room on the 40-man roster.
Tepesch signed a minor league deal with the Twins in the offseason, was released mid-season after a single spot start before re-signing to another minor league deal. The Jays acquired him for cash on July 24.
Since undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome at the end of the 2014 season, the 28-year-old righty has made just two major league appearances, a five-run four-inning effort for the Dodgers in 2016 and the aforementioned Twins spot start where he gave up seven runs (just one earned, though!), five hits, and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Let’s turn to Keegan Matheson for a quick scouting report:
What to expect from Nick Tepesch tomorrow:— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 9, 2017
- Sits at 89-90
- Fastball with some sink
- Change, Slider, Curve
- Five and dive #BlueJays
Five and dive? I’d consider it a success if he leaves with a lead or tie after four.
Don't fret, Blue Jays fans. The 2016 Dodgers also had Mike Bolsinger, J.P. Howell, and Nick Tepesch and they won the NL West!