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Thoughts on Toronto Blue Jays prospect Ryan Borucki

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Taking a look at promising rookie lefty. . .

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Back on June 26th the Toronto Blue Jays promoted left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki to the major league roster. He’s made three starts since, throwing a combined 20 innings for a 2.25 ERA, with a 16/6 K/BB; a very nice debut obviously.

Can he sustain it? Let’s take a look.

The Jays drafted Borucki in the 15th round in 2012 out of high school in Mundelein, Illinois. He could have gone ten rounds higher but there were questions about his health and he needed Tommy John surgery. It also cost the Blue Jays above-slot money at $426,000 to sign him away from the University of Iowa. He didn’t get back to full strength until 2016 then broke out with an impressive ‘17 season at three levels.

Borucki ranked fourth on the pre-season Toronto Blue Jays Top 20 prospects for 2018 list with this comment:

4) Ryan Borucki, LHP, Grade B/B+: Age 23, 15th round pick in 2012 from high school in Mundelein, Illinois; posted 2.93 ERA with 157/36 K/BB in 150 innings between High-A, Double-A, Triple-A; missed most of 2013-2015 with injuries including Tommy John but has been healthy and effective for two years now; low-90s sinker plays up due to contrast with plus change-up, decent breaking ball; throws all pitches for strikes, good feel for his craft; could be a fine number three starter if health issues don’t recur; ETA late 2018.

He made 13 starts for Triple-A Buffalo before his recent promotion, going 6-5, 3.27 in 77 innings with a 58/28 K/BB, 62 hits allowed. And as noted he’s been strong in his first three MLB outings.

Borucki is listed at 6-4, 175, born March 31st, 1994. The pre-season report still holds up: low-90s fastball, very effective change-up, average but workable slider, throws strikes with everything. It isn’t a blow-you-away profile in individual parts but the sum adds up quite nicely and so far his pitching instincts and command have held up in the majors.

While he’s not likely to maintain a sub-3.00 ERA all season, I don’t see any reason to think that Borucki won’t be a good solid pitcher for several years as long as his health holds. I still see him as a B/B+ prospect.