Over the past week, the Blue Jays have cast off nine MiLBers
As per the great Baseball America minor league transaction pages, the Blue Jays have released nine MiLB players recently. RHP Brad Allen, RHP Gavin Floyd, RHP Jackson Lowery, RHP Luis Sanchez, LHP Stuart Holmes, LHP Daniel Moritz, C Brett Wellman, 2B Alfredo Bohorquez, OF D.J. McKnight.
Gavin Floyd will be the familiar name as he spent time with the Blue Jays last year before sustaining another injury. Floyd was helpful bullpen piece with a 4.06 ERA and almost a strikeout an inning. Floyd had re-signed with the Blue Jays this offseason on a minor league deal hoping to make yet another injury comeback.
Unfortunately, he’s still rehabbing his shoulder and hadn’t made an appearance in any major or minor league spring games. If there’s another comeback in store, it’ll be with another club.
Brad Allen is entering his age 28 season and hasn’t progressed past advanced A ball yet. With Dunedin in 2016, he posted a 5.50 ERA over 86.2 innings in a swingman role. In our Dunedin roster projection piece, we said we believed he was at risk of being released.
Jackson Lowery, 24, spent 2016 split between all three A levels. Overall he had a 3.06 ERA in 35.1 innings and 34 strikeouts. Those numbers don’t deserve a release so there may have been other factors at play. He did spend some time with the Australian Baseball League this offseason and didn’t fare well.
Luis Sanchez, 23, was a starter for the Vancouver Canadians last year but didn’t impress with a 4.61 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.
Stuart Holmes, 24, split time between Vancouver and Bluefield. His stint with the former was a disaster but was great with the latter. 5.90 ERA overall.
Daniel Moritz, 22, pitched in just one game last year during his pro debut.
Brett Wellman, 25, has appeared in just 34 games over his three year career and hasn’t risen higher than Vancouver.
The 26 year old Alfredo Bohorquez made his pro debut last year with the Gulf Coast League Jays and slashed .216 .345 .289. Age is likely the primary consideration in his release.
D.J. McKnight, 23, spent 2016 with Vancouver and posted a solid .719 OPS. Its a bit surprising McKnight was on the block as opposed to some other lower level outfielders who weren’t performing as well.