Late Saturday evening, the Blue Jays announced that minor league pitcher Paxton Schultz was joining the organization as the player-to-be-named-later from the trade that sent outfielder Derek Fisher to the Milwaukee Brewers in February.
OFFICIAL: We've received Minor League RHP Paxton Schultz from the Brewers as the player to be named later to complete the trade of OF Derek Fisher. pic.twitter.com/JRLHFin86V— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 2, 2021
Schultz, 23, was a 14th round pick in 2019 out of Utah Valley University in his hometown of Orem. After signing for the maximum $125,000, he was assigned to a team one state over, the Brewers’ old rookie league team Rocky Mountain Vibes, who plays in Colorado Springs.
After the cancelled Minor League Baseball season in 2020, the Brewers sent him Down Under to play for the Brisbane Bandits where he pitched in eight games, pitching 13.2 innings giving up 14 hits and 7 runs (5 earned). But, in that small sample size he struck out 17, powered by his mid-90s fastball, and only walked 1.
Paxton Schultz (@Brewers) turned in three solid innings as the @BrisbaneBandits kept their playoff hopes on Friday night.— Australian Baseball League (@ABL) February 5, 2021
Paxton Schultz’s middle name is James. If he makes it to the major leagues with the Blue Jays, he would be connected to Derek Fisher’s transaction line on the Toronto Blue Jays Roster Tree Route Map, which goes all the way to Kristian Bell and Graham Godfrey.