With the current information of Alek Manoah being optioned to the Florida Complicated League, the Toronto Blue Jays made a flurry of strikes on Tuesday, one in all which included the Jays deciding on the contract of right-hander Bowden Francis from Triple-A Buffalo.
Francis was acquired by the Blue Jays alongside reliever Trevor Richards a number of weeks previous to the 2021 commerce deadline, with first baseman Rowdy Tellez heading to the Milwaukee Brewers. Chosen by the Brewers within the seventh spherical of the 2017 draft, Francis has spent nearly all of his time within the Jays group in Triple-A, with one rehab begin in Dunedin earlier this season. The Chipola Junior School product made his debut with the Jays final season, a reduction look in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox in late April the place he allowed one hit and struck out one batter by 2/3 of an inning.
Chatting with Blue Jays Nation, Francis is happy in regards to the alternative to be again within the large leagues, “It feels actually good to be again man, (I’m) feeling tremendous grateful. I’m ready and I’m in a great spot with my stuff. I’m excited to get it going.”
Bowden Francis Returns to the Blue Jays
Whereas Francis missed over a month earlier this season on account of harm, the right-hander has arguably been one of many prime beginning arms as of late within the Jays system, as he owns a 3.45 ERA by 4 stars with the Bisons. The 27-year outdated was utilized in each the rotation and bullpen final season however thus far this yr, he has been used as a starter and has amassed a 1.34 WHIP, a 2.3 BB/9, and has struck out 23 batters by 15 2/3 innings to the tune of a 13.2 Okay/9. Armed with a four-seam fastball, curveball, slider, and the occasional changeup, Francis sits within the mid-90s with the heater and pairs it properly together with his curveball, which sits roughly 15-20 mph slower than his fastball, mixing within the slider which sits within the mid to low 80s.
His final outing was in opposition to the St. Paul Saints again on Might thirty first and contemplating Manoah’s subsequent allotted begin was to be this Saturday in opposition to the Minnesota Twins, the right-hander is a risk to make his first MLB begin. Contemplating essentially the most innings Francis has thrown this season sits at 4 2/3 innings, if he does make the beginning, it would seemingly be adopted by relievers who may eat some innings like Trevor Richards and/or Adam Cimber. Supervisor John Schneider alluded that they might use Francis over the subsequent 4 days earlier than the Saturday slot but additionally talked about that they seemingly need to have him out there for Saturday, both beginning or doubtlessly following an opener.
Trying on the circumstances and what Francis has completed at Triple-A thus far this yr, even with the chance arising due to Manoah’s struggles and subsequent choice to the Minors, the Florida product had a lot of excessive reward for his teammate, “I do know he’s going to get it proper, so I’m going to do my finest to fill in and provides all the pieces factor I acquired within the meantime.”
Whereas Manoah being optioned did open up a spot for Francis, it isn’t out of the query that he may lock down a spot within the bullpen as soon as Manoah is again within the Majors, because the membership may actually profit with an arm like his to eat up innings within the long-man place, particularly since Mitch White has been struggling on his rehab project as of late. Francis does have expertise understanding of the bullpen and the stamina to be a starter or go a number of innings as wanted, which would supply lots of advantages for a membership that at the moment lacks in that position.
For now, Francis is the seemingly starter for this Saturday and amongst the remainder of the Bisons starters thus far this yr, he’s simply essentially the most deserving of the chance.