Blue Jays announced Friday several roster moves, including the activator of the reliever Ken Giles 45 days from the injured list. They also promoted the catcher Alejandro Kirk, Designated iel tfielder Billy McKinney And backstop Caleb Joseph, Wright recalled Jacob Wagspack And the right choice Sean Reed-Foley.
Giles appeared just twice before landing in the IL this year (July 24 and 26) with right forearm pressure. This is the second season in a row that has been limited to hand injuries for Giles, but when he’s right, he dominates. The 29-year-old was one of the league’s best relievers last season, throwing 53 innings and scoring 1.87 ERA / 2.27 FIP in 24 innings with 14.09 K / 9, 2.89 BB / 9 and 23 savings. Giles’ production did not lead to controversy for Jace then, but they are 24-19 and have a playoff spot this season. Therefore, if Giles can revisit his 2019 form, he could be an enormous down-the-stretch addition to Toronto.
Kirk, 21, has done nothing but hit the minors for the past two years. Although he had only reached the Hi-A level before this promotion, Kirk should at least be in line to back up Danny Johnson Right now. He was one of the top Blue Jays prospects Baseball America (No. 5), MLB.com (No. 6) and Fangraphs (No. 6), Kirk wrote in the BA that “along with a good sense of the strike zone, he has the natural ability to barrel baseball consistently”.
Kirk assumes responsibility for Joseph, a former Oriole, whom Blue Jays signed to the miners. Toronto re-elected Joseph on September 5, but now the 34-year-old is rebooting less than a week after being removed from their roster.
McKinney, along with recent survivors Brandon Drury, Part of the return of Blue Jays for left-handedness JA Hop In their deal with the Yankees in 2018. With six home runs in 118 plate shows touching .252 / .320 / .470, McKinney was effective after Jace picked him up, but he did not come close to producing last year and was not part of Toronto’s plans this season. The 26-year-old said he will have just three PAs in 2020.