Blue Jays claim Matt Peacock off waivers from Royals
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By Thomas Hall1 year ago
Some pitching reinforcements are on the way for the Toronto Blue Jays. But don’t get too excited just yet.
On Wednesday, the team claimed right-hander Matt Peacock off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week. To make room for Peacock on the 40-man roster, Shaun Anderson has been DFA’d.
Peacock becomes the latest pitcher to be added to Toronto’s roster in recent days, as the club acquired Anthony Banda from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 2 and signed Sergio Romo in free agency last month.
Though, the 6’1″ hurler didn’t fare overly well during his brief time with the Royals earlier this season, posting a 5.40 ERA across 10.0 innings in nine appearances. Opposing batters were hitting .286 against him before he was DFA’d.
There could be some untapped potential with Peacock, however, as he registered a 3.74 ERA and was unlucky at times via his .314 OPP BABIP. Considering he induces plenty of ground balls, resulting in a 60.0 per cent clip, and his hard-hit rate against sits at 36.1 per cent, his overall results could improve with better fielding behind him.
Or at least, that’s what the Blue Jays’ coaches are hoping for.
In total, Peacock’s arsenal includes a low-90s sinker, which he’s throwing 58.4 per cent of the time this season. He also features a high-80s slider and a high-80s changeup.
With two minor-league options remaining, Peacock can be optioned to the minors this season and in 2023.
On another roster-related note, the Blue Jays recalled pitcher Casey Lawrence, who’s expected to start Thursday for the injured Kevin Gausman, from triple-A Buffalo and have sent Trent Thornton to the minors.
Toronto is currently enduring a five-game losing streak – tied for their longest of 2022 – and will be looking to avoid being swept by the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
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