Blue Jays Add Another Pitcher In Ross Stripling
The Blue Jays made one final move to upgrade their pitching staff prior to the deadline, acquiring Ross Stripling from the Dodgers in exchange for two players to be named later.
(Sept. 1 Update: RHP Kendall Williams has been identified as one of the players to be named later).
BLUE JAYS ACQUIRE
Ross Stripling, RHP
Stripling posted a 3.51 ERA as a swingman from 2016-19 and even made the 2018 NL all-star team, but his first foray as a full-time rotation member this year did not go well. Stripling posted a 5.61 ERA and allowed a major league-worst 12 home runs in 33.2 innings this season. At his best, Stripling throws four pitches for strikes and keeps the ball on the ground to avoid damage despite less than overpowering stuff. This year though, his ground ball rate has dropped from 51% to 35% as batters are teeing off on a fastball that is too often left up in the strike zone. If Stripling can get back to commanding his fastball to all areas of the zone, he may be able to return to his previous form. He is under team control through 2022.
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Kendall Williams, RHP
Williams was the Blue Jays' second-round pick last year and signed for just over $1.5 million. He made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and posted a 1.12 ERA in six appearances (five starts). Williams is a big, projectable 6-foot-6 righthander who projects to grow into more velocity. His fastball presently sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph with good downhill plane. He shows feel for three average or better secondary pitches, headlined by a curveball that draws swings and misses at its best, and throws everything for strikes. Williams' four-pitch mix and control give him a clear path to starting. He'll work to continue getting stronger and add more velocity as he matures.
(Editor's Note: The players will be added after they are named.)