There isn’t an abundance of things to be all that excited over at this stage in the season, but watching a prospect make his major league debut is certainly something.
It appears as if we are about to be blessed with yet another as a third top Blue Jays prospect has been called up and is set to make his major league debut.
Thomas Pannone, who the Blue Jays acquired at the trade deadline last year for reliever Joe Smith, started out the 2018 season serving a 80 game suspension after testing positive for PEDs. Since his reinstatement, he has made nine starts between high A, AA and AAA. Through his six starts in Buffalo, he has pitched 36.2 innings, and presently carries a 4.91 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Batters have hit .276/.314/.538 against him, and he has 40 strikeouts against just 7 walks. Pannone has turned in three quality starts, and three not so great outings. It appears as if his weakness is the long ball, as he has given up at least one home run in every AAA start but his most recent one.
Pannone may be here to provide some long relief, and if not needed before then, may start against the Kansas City Royals in Hauschild’s spot. After his rough outing yesterday, Hauschild has been optioned down to Buffalo to make room on the 25-man roster.
I am sure there is a good reason for choosing him over Sean Reid-Foley at this stage, considering Reid-Foley has been the more consistent performer as of late. It could be merely that Pannone is already on the 40 man roster whereas Reid-Foley isn’t.
Here is the official word from the team:
Thomas Pannone up with #BlueJays as bullpen depth for now #Jays need a starter Monday. Pannone a candidate for that start. Also, Sean Reid-Foley has earned consideration & legitimate shot he could make his MLB debut. Team weighing options depending on how weekend goes— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) August 9, 2018
Regardless of the reason, this is something to look forward to.
Welcome to the show, Thomas!