Just like we all expected, the first prospect making the jump from New Hampshire to Buffalo will be pitcher Sean Reid-Foley.
Sean Reid-Foley is movin' on up! Congratulations to an all-around stud on making his Triple-A debut today in Buffalo.— New Hampshire Fisher Cats (@FisherCats) May 24, 2018
With a 5-0 record and 2.03 ERA in New Hampshire, it's a well-deserved promotion to say the least! But truth be told...we're going to miss that mustache 👨 pic.twitter.com/1K0eiJXiwQ
I mean, jokes and Vlad-related-angst aside, Reid-Foley has been ridiculously good this year. He came into 2017 as one of Toronto’s best pitching prospects but struggled mightily. The poor season kind of pushed him down from the status of a top prospect within the Blue Jays organization, but the hype train is rolling at full speed again as Reid-Foley owns a 2.03 ERA through eight starts. He’s also struck out 52 batters through 44 1/3 innings.
What does this mean for the big picture? Is this simply just Reid-Foley being rewarded for pitching well? Or is there something else going on here? I have a feeling this could indicate that the Jays feel Marcus Stroman could be out for an extended period of time and they want to put another starter in Buffalo as Sam Gaviglio or Joe Biagini remain with the big league club.
Or maybe I’m completely off and the Jays simply just think Reid-Foley, who already pitched at Double-A last season, is ready for the next level. I don’t know. It just seems like odd timing to bring a guy up to a new level in May, is all.