Blue Jays’ pitching prospect Yosver Zulueta claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds

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Ryley Delaney
19 days ago
Baseball is back, which means that roster moves have been made to finalize the Blue Jays roster.
For starters, the Jays added catcher Brian Serven and designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to the 40-man and 26-man roster. Sadly, they placed pitchers Alek Manoah, Jordan Romano, and Erik Swanson on the 15-day injured list, all of them retroactive to March 25.
However, the one surprising move made by the Blue Jays is designating Yosver Zulueta for assignment, as he’ll surely be moving teams in the next few days.
Zulueta was signed in 2019, but missed all of the 2020 season due to the pandemic as well as Tommy John surgery. In 2021, he blew out his ACL during the first inning of his first game in the organization, leading him to miss the rest of the year.
The Cuban-born right-handed pitcher made his long-awaited debut in 2022 and was terrific at all the “A” levels. He posted a 3.72 ERA and a 3.32 FIP in 55.2 innings pitched, along with a 33.9 K%. However, he struggled with walks as he had a 12.9 BB%, but that’s understandable given his long layoff.
Zulueta spent the entire 2023 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, where he had a 4.08 ERA and a 4.07 FIP in 64 innings pitched, along with a 25.4 K% and a 15.7 BB%. While he can touch over 100 mph and has good secondary pitches, the command issues eventually moved him to the bullpen.
There’s no chance that Zulueta will be in the Blue Jays organization by next Thursday. Sitting in the mid-to-high 90s with the fastball with good secondary pitches almost guarantees that one team will take a flier on him. On top of that, Zulueta was ranked as Toronto’s third-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline in 2023.
Update: On Thursday afternoon, Francys Romero reported that the Cincinnati Reds claimed Zulueta off of waivers. So, this means there is no trade coming and that Zulueta was placed on waivers before  Thursday.
We here at Blue Jays Nation wish nothing but the best for Zulueta. A new organization means new voices, which can help players capitalize on opportunities.

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