The Blue Jays introduced they’ve reinstated catcher Alejandro Kirk from the 60-day injured listing and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. To clear house on the 40-man roster, Toronto designated right-hander T.J. Zeuch for project.
The transfer would possibly deliver an finish to Zeuch’s tenure with the Jays, who chosen him within the first spherical of the 2016 draft. The large righty has made 13 appearances (seven begins) with Toronto over the previous three seasons, working to a 4.59 ERA throughout 49 innings. Zeuch has induced grounders on over half the balls put in play towards him, however he’s struggled to overlook bats on the massive league degree. The 25-year-old has solely managed a 14.1% strikeout fee, whereas strolling an elevated 10.9% of opponents.
Zeuch has spent the majority of the 12 months at Triple-A, posting a 4.03 ERA in 58 innings. His manufacturing there isn’t all that dissimilar from what he’s managed within the majors. Zeuch has racked up grounders (50.5%) however hasn’t struck out many batters (16.6%). To his credit score, the 25-year-old has been higher at throwing strikes in Triple-A, doling out free passes to only 5.1% of batters confronted.
The Jays can have per week to commerce Zeuch or expose him to waivers. It wouldn’t in any respect be shocking to see one other membership purchase him within the coming days. Zeuch has a powerful minor league observe file, and he’s proven the power to hold his groundball tendencies over to the best degree. He additionally comes with an extra possibility 12 months past this season. Any membership that acquires Zeuch might preserve him within the excessive minors via the top of 2022 as long as he sticks on the 40-man roster.
Kirk, certainly one of baseball’s high catching prospects, has been out since early Might with a left hip flexor pressure. He’s hit very effectively in restricted massive league time so far, however the Jays will keep on with the extra skilled duo of Reese McGuire and Danny Jansen behind the plate for now.