Nick Allgeyer is the newest guy to join the Blue Jays game of pitcher musical chairs.
The team will reportedly call up Allgeyer, the No. 30 ranked prospect in their system according to MLB Pipeline, ahead of Saturday night’s game in Dunedin.
This will require somebody being removed from the 40-man roster but we don’t yet know who that is. I would guess that David Phelps is headed to the 60-day Injured List or Tommy Milone is DFA’d.
We all assumed that Alek Manoah would be the next pitcher called up from Triple-A but Allgeyer started on Tuesday so he’s more fresh to potentially log some innings tonight. This also gives the Blue Jays another lefty option, which is important given the fact Tim Mayza seems gassed and Ryan Borucki is injured.
Allgeyer was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 12th round of the 2018 draft after his third season at the University of Iowa. He’s made two starts for the Thunder-Bisons this season scattering just two earned runs on seven hits and five walks over the course of 12 innings.
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Here’s what Pipeline has to say about him…
The Blue Jays have been very impressed with the work Allgeyer put in during the lost 2020 season, which helped him increase his velocity. Allgeyer’s fastball has moved through the low-90s and reaches into the mid-90s now. Allgeyer was able to keep his workload up during the 2020 season, too, by throwing live bullpen sessions. While his breaking balls have also taken strides recently, the Blue Jays are particularly encouraged by how his changeup plays off his improved fastball.
That velocity uptick is an interesting note. Maybe there’s a legit pitcher here.