There are two teams in a race for the worst record in baseball and the number one draft position in 2019. Seven of the Jays next ten games are against these two teams. In case you didn't know, the teams are the KC Royals and the Baltimore Orioles. In between the Jays go to Yankee Stadium for three games.
With the Jays starting their Buffalo battery in tonight's game, an early start to the series thread seems to be in order. If you are giving a major league debut to a pitcher, having him start against the Royals is not a bad way to do it. The lineup he faces will be better than those he has seen in Buffalo, but not by that much. SRF then gets to face the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Saturday, before facing the Phillies back home, assuming all goes to plan.
We are three weeks away from the end of the minor league season, at least for Buffalo, and seeing who else gets the call. There will be several pitchers recalled but other than that it will be interesting to see which outfielders are called up. Dwight smith, Dalton Pompey, Billy McKinney and Anthony Alford could all get the call but the team does not need four outfielders. McKinney will probably get called up and one other. It could be Smith because he has been up a few times this season, or Pompey because he has hit the best in a limited time in Buffalo, or Alford to groom him for next season. It will also be interesting to see if Reese McGuire or Rowdy Tellez get a look.
Monday, 8:15pm, Sean Reid-Foley vs. Brad Keller
Tuesday, 8:15pm, Ryan Borucki vs. Heath Fillmyer
Wednesday, 8:15pm, Marco Estrada vs. Burch Smith
Thursday, 8:15pm, Sam Gaviglio vs. Danny Duffy
So today will all be about Jansen and SRF. Expect multiple family shots on your TV. Jansen has a brother who conveniently lives in KC, so they Jansen's will be there. Half of Reid-Foley's family are in Ireland for a holiday so his dad will be there at least.
There is no guarantee with prospects but it brightens up a dull end to the season. And of course the front office can talk about the new shiny objects to take our attention off the tarnished regulars.