Vancouver Canadians Ryan Borucki

Ryan Borucki dominated the Tampa Yankees in 3-2/3 innings on Tuesday.

Baseball America calls Ryan Borucki the best control pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays system and the Dunedin Blue Jays lefty was in total control Tuesday against the Tampa Yankees.  A member of the 2014-15 Vancouver Canadians, Borucki struck out the first seven batters of the game swinging before the Yanks could put the ball in play. Two groundouts and an infield pop-up later, he ended his outing with another swinging K, giving him eight whiffs before leaving the game. Borucki threw just 45 pitches, 34 of them for strikes. As tweeted out by Tampa play-by-play announcer Rick Flammia, Borucki gave up four home runs in one inning against the Yankees last year so Tuesday’s effort was sweet revenge for the 6-foot-4 lefty.

Tuesday’s start was also Borucki’s best performance of the season since Opening Day in Dunedin when he gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings against Clearwater. The Mundelein, Illinois native was on the disabled list recently and Tuesday’s game was his second since his return. The Jays’ 15th round pick of the 2012 draft has hit some bumps in the road as evidenced by getting ripped for 15 runs (12 runs) over a three-start span covering 15-1/3 innings. Still, he has managed to strike out 28 batters and walked seven over 23 innings this season.

The Blue Jays’ #16 prospect according to Baseball America, Borucki has a three-pitch mix of a fastball, changeup and slider. His fastball is said to hover in the 88-92 MPH range, touching 94. However, the 23 year-old’s changeup is rated as above-average and is considered to be the best one in the Toronto system. There was some surprise when Borucki was added to the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster during the off-season but general manager Ross Atkins called him a favourite of the team’s development staff.

“It’s rare that you have a group of people absolutely pound the table for a player without one exception. It was unanimous across player development.”

If Borucki produces more outings like Tuesday, the player development staff will be pounding the table for him to be promoted to the bigs before too long.


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