- Full name Myles Joseph Jaye
- Born 12/28/1991 in Fayetteville, GA
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: S / Throws: R
- School Starrs Mill
- Debut 09/02/2017
- Drafted in the 17th round (516th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 (signed for $250,000).
Organization Prospect Rankings
After being drafted by the Blue Jays in 2010, Jaye has been a traveling man. The righthander has been dealt three times in the last six years--to the White Sox in 2012, to the Rangers in 2015 and to the Tigers just before the 2016 season. Jaye split his first season in the Detroit system at Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo and put up a 5-12, 3.95 mark. His 135 strikeouts topped the organization. Jaye uses a three-pitch mix, starting with a fastball that sits in the low 90s and tops out at 93 mph. He has good feel for both of his offspeed pitches, including a slider in the 82-86 mph range and a firm changeup that settles in between 80-87 mph. Both of his offspeed pitches project as average, though his slider is ahead of his changeup. Jaye dealt with a strained groin in 2016, though it was never serious enough to land him on the disabled list. He projects as a back-end starter or a swingman in the major leagues and is ready for that role in 2017.
The Blue Jays traded Jaye to the White Sox for Jason Frasor in January 2012, and while Jaye typically has had to repeat a level before mastering it, he turned in his finest season at Double-A Birmingham in 2015. He gets by with average stuff and a resistance to beating himself with walks (2.9 per nine innings in 2015) or home runs (eight in 26 starts). Jaye pitches at 89-92 mph and bumps 94 with above-average movement on his solid-average fastball. He'll show a solid-average slider in low 80s, but he loses his release point from time to time. Neither pitch is a true swing-and-miss offering, for he relies on working ahead of batters and generating as much weak, early-count contact as possible. His changeup is a distant third pitch and is below-average. Jaye tends to nibble at times and lose his aggressiveness, and his stuff generally doesn't play as well when batters get a third look at him. He will venture to Triple-A Charlotte, where if the pattern holds, he'll struggle in 2016, but ultimately he offers No. 5 starter or swingman potential with a chance to log lots of innings.
Jaye came to the White Sox with Daniel Webb in the January 2012 Jason Frasor trade. The Blue Jays had given the 2010 17th-rounder $250,000 to pry the projectable righthander away from a commitment to Kennesaw State. The White Sox pushed him to low Class A Kannapolis in his first full season, before he was ready, and he was hammered most of the season. He started 2013 back there but finished at Double-A Birmingham, earning the clinching victory in the Southern League championship series. Jaye's thin frame hasn't added much muscle, but he is stronger than he used to be and his stuff has improved from fringy to solid-average, with an 89-93 mph fastball at his best. He pitches with a quick tempo and flashes an above-average changeup with sink. His slider is surprisingly hard at up to 82 mph, and at times it's an average pitch with some late tilt. Jaye's playoff outing likely clinched a return to the Birmingham rotation for 2014.