Wes Parsons has reportedly made the Blue Jays Opening Day roster

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Brennan Delaney
16 days ago
It’s likely that Erik Swanson and Jordan Romano will start the season on the Injured List.
That begs the question, what pitcher could fill that hole in the meantime? Well, it looks like we have our answer as Jays Journal’s Eric Treuden reports that Wes Parsons has made the big league team.
Parsons signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Braves back in 2012 and made his big league debut with the franchise in 2018. That season, he posted a 7.20 ERA and a 6.36 FIP in 5 innings pitched. 
In 2019, Parsons pitched with Atlanta and the Colorado Rockies, posting a 5.45 ERA and a 6.65 FIP in 34.2 innings pitched, with 32 relief appearances that season. For a while, the 2019 season was his last in North America, as he pitched two seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization with the NC Dinos.
Overseas, Parsons had a 3.68 ERA in 176 innings pitched, along with a 25.2 K% and an 11.1 BB%. In Major League Baseball, all of his appearances have come as a reliever, but he started all 32 games he appeared in when he pitched in Korea.
The Blue Jays signed Parsons to a minor league deal and he pitched 81.2 innings with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, posting a 4.52 ERA and a 4.72 FIP. While the walks were an issue with a 12.6 BB%, his 27.5 K% was noticeable.
Prospects Live has an excellent tool on their site that has all the Statcast data available from the Florida State League to all of Triple-A. Parsons averaged 94.5 mph on his fastball last season, with it generating a 22.3 whiff%, which is okay. More notable is his 41.6 whiff% on the slider, as well as a 39 whiff% on his changeup.
For the last game of the season, Toronto added him to the 40-man roster to eat innings in a meaningless game for the team, but a very meaningful game for Parsons. In four innings, he gave up nine earned runs, struck out  and walked three batters, while hitting two. Obviously, it wasn’t great, but he was there just to eat innings.
Parsons survived the 40-man roster cut and pitched well in Spring Training. The 31-year-old had a 4.22 ERA and a 5.33 FIP in 10.2 innings pitched, but had an even K% and BB% of 15.7%, which isn’t great.
Still, there’s a lot to like with Parsons as he averages in the mid-90s with the fastball, while the changeup and slider are great secondary pitches. We’ll see how long he remains on the 26-man roster and the 40-man roster for that matter, but after a good Spring Training, it’s well deserved.

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