In a news release yesterday (May 6), the New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced that they had released relief pitcher Trystan Magnuson.
Magnuson, a 27-year-old Vancouverite, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round (56th overall) of the 2007 Amateur Draft out of the University of Louisville. He joined the Jays organization in 2008, pitching for the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts and had a fairly rough season, logging 81 2/3 innings in relief, posting an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.543 with a mediocre to poor 5.4 K/9 ratio and a slightly high 3.9 BB/9 ratio.
In 2009 and 2010, pitching for Class A-Advanced Dunedin and AA New Hampshire, he had much better seasons, posting sub-3.00 ERAs while increasing his K/9 ratio and improving his BB/9 ratio. He was then traded to Oakland along with Danny Farquar for current Jay Rajai Davis. In 2011, he had the best results of his career, pitching for AAA Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.169 WHIP and managed to strike out over a batter per inning for the first time as a pro.
This success resulted in his call-up to the A’s where he struggled somewhat in only 14 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays purchased him back from the A’s following the 2011 season and he spent 2012 in Dunedin and New Hampshire performing very well, particularly in a Fisher Cats uniform where he threw 32 1/3 innings, going 0-1 with a 1.95 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and striking out 24 while walking 7 and earning 5 saves.
In 10 2013 appearances with the Fisher Cats, Magnuson failed to produce at his 2012 level. Upon his release, he had a 9.00 ERA and 2.08 WHIP.
The 2010 Futures Game selection was also a member of Canada’s World Baseball Classic team in 2013.
We at Blue Jays from Away wish Trystan the best of luck in continuing his baseball career.
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