Finally! Some action.
According to Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays are acquiring relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop (A Canadian with four years of team control) for Jordan Groshans.
The main player going back to Toronto, per source: right-handed reliever Anthony Bass, who's been dominant this season.
The Blue Jays have been looking for help, and in Bass, they're getting a late-inning complement to Yimi Garcia, Adam Cimber and closer Jordan Romano.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
Now you may be saying: “the Jays just gave up their #4th best prospect for two relievers! What the hell!”, but the thing is, Groshans just hasn’t lived up to his 12th overall status.
Pop has shown to be good, even if he doesn’t get a ton of swing and miss. The 34-year-old Anthony Bass has been dominant this season with a 1.41 ERA and a 2.06 FIP in 44.2 innings pitched.
Groshans on the other hand has struggled in the high minors.
This season with the Bisons, he’s slashing .250/.348/.296 in 279 plate appearances. He has only hit one homer and had a BB% of 12.5 and a K% of 16.5. This led to a wRC+ of 82.
Last season in Double A was Groshans’ best career season. He slashed .291/.367/.450 with seven homers in 316. He had a K% of 19.3 and a BB% of 10.8. This led to a wRC+ of 124.
The thing is, Groshans hasn’t shown any power in his career, as he only has 15 homers in 918 minor league plate appearances. While his hit tool is his best attribute, it’s hard to make the majors as a third baseman when you aren’t hitting the occasional bomb.
Defensively, Groshans has played all over the field. Prior to this season, he mainly played at shortstop and third base, but the Jays wanted to increase his versatility. This means he saw action in right field and first base.
Maybe the new environment will help Groshans unlock what he had had prior to being drafted, but overall, I’m okay with this trade as the Jays didn’t see Groshans as a part of their future.
As with all players leaving the Blue Jays organization, we here at Blue Jays Nation wish nothing but the best for Jordan.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Brennan_L_D. Now go get Syndergaard and a lefty bat!