Toronto Blue Jays Organizational Depth Chart (2019/2020): Starting Pitchers

Eric Pardinho

It’s time to take a look at the Blue Jays’ organizational depth chart as it sets up heading into the offseason. We’ll go position by position and hope to chart out the Blue Jays’ minor leaguers to see who stands where. I’ve ordered the following list by projected 2020 starting level.


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Here with go with starting pitchers. Starting pitchers are harder to project the lower in the minors we go and, as such, I’m not going to wade through the name of every pitcher the Blue Jays signed in the international free agent market and speculate whether he’ll be a starter or a reliever. Not gonna do it. But here is a chart for tracking starters in as complete a form as I’m willing to give you right now. One asterisk (*) means the pitcher is a lefty. Two asterisks (**) means that I think he could end up a reliever, particularly in 2020.


Matt Shoemaker


Chase AndersonTOR
Matt ShoemakerTOR
Ryan Borucki*TOR
Trent ThorntonTOR
Jacob WaguespackTOR/BUF
Anthony Kay*TOR/BUF

I’ve kept this list a little shorter than it might be, mainly because I think the Blue Jays aren’t done adding starting pitchers this offseason. Hence, Waguespack and Kay could be pushed down to Buffalo, which is going to be one crowded place for starting pitchers if everyone is healthy.



Sean Reid Foley


Sean Reid-Foley**BUF/TOR
Julian Merryweather**BUF/TOR
Nate PearsonBUF
Andrew SopkoBUF
Thomas HatchBUF
Yennsy DiazBUF/NH
Hector Perez**BUF/NH

Eight pitchers for five starting spots in Buffalo? And, let’s not forget that the Blue Jays will almost certainly sign a starter or two to a minor league deal this offseason for some more depth. I think Reid-Foley, Merryweather and Perez could wind up in relief roles while Diaz could be back in Double-A. But otherwise, in a best-case scenario, a rotation of Zeuch, Pearson, Reid-Foley, Merryweather and Hatch or Sopko would be pretty good for the Bisons.


Patrick Murphy

New Hampshire

Patrick MurphyNH/BUF
Zach Logue*NH
Joey MurrayNH
Justin Dillon**NH
Jon Harris**NH
Maximo CastilloNH
Nick Allgeyer*NH/DUN

Patrick Murphy is the biggest “border” name here. He’s probably the first guy to move up to Buffalo if space in the rotation allows but he needs to show that he’s figured out his issues with his mechanics heading into 2020. He could do that in spring training and start in Buffalo but I think he spends a couple of months back in New Hampshire. I think with a very strong full season in Dunedin last year, Maximo Castillo will start opening eyes and move up to New Hampshire. Nick Allgeyer started very well last year and had a solid first full season as a pro but I think he may be dropped down to start again in Dunedin.


Nick Allgeyer


Graham SprakerDUN/NH
Josh WinckowskiDUN/NH
Simeon Woods RichardsonDUN
Kyle JohnstonDUN
Alek ManoahDUN
Troy WatsonDUN/LAN
Troy MillerDUN/LAN

There are a couple of more pitchers who could start in New Hampshire but will likely get pushed back down to Dunedin to start the year. Of those names, Josh Winckowski is certainly the one who will be most familiar. Graham Spraker went to the Arizona Fall League last year while newly acquired Woods Richardson and Johnston will probably begin the year in Dunedin though Johnston is now 23 and should get to New Hampshire soon. I think we’re going to have a strong rotation in Dunedin with Winckowski, Woods Richardson and Alek Manoah generating a lot of buzz for the D-Jays to start the year while the “Troys” – Watson and Miller – could join them at some point.


Fitz Stadler


Fitz StadlerLAN/DUN
Sean WymerLAN/DUN
Cobi Johnson**LAN/DUN
Juan De PaulaLAN
Edisson GonzalezLAN
Eric PardinhoLAN
Adam KloffensteinLAN
Juan Diaz*LAN
Nick FrazeLAN
Gabriel PonceLAN/VAN
Grant TownsendLAN/VAN

I think there’s going to be a lot of competition for starting spots in Lansing and Dunedin in spring training. Fitz Stadler, Sean Wymer and Cobi Johnson all spent the season in Lansing with Wymer leading the club in innings and starts. But did they do enough to crack what’s going to be a very strong Dunedin rotation? Maybe one of them will. But we’re also going to see Eric Pardinho probably return to Lansing (unless he’s in Dunedin with better weather and under closer watch of the Jays’ training staff), Adam Kloffenstein move up as well as newly acquired Edisson Gonzalez (coming over as one of the Players to be Named Later in the Eric Sogard deal) and Juan De Paula who pitched in Lansing last year, struggling with control and injuries. Nick Fraze was also very strong in Vancouver last year and should move up, as should lefty Juan Diaz. The other pitchers on my list (Ponce and Townsend) may be in no-man’s land or the bullpen to start the year.


Sam Ryan


Alex Nolan**VAN/LAN
Felipe CastanedaVAN
Jol ConcepcionVAN
Lazaro EstradaVAN
Nathanael PerezVAN
Alejandro MeleanVAN/BLU
Naswell Paulino*VAN/BLU

The list starts to get shorter (but not much) as we speculate who will move up from Bluefield or stick around in Vancouver. There will, of course, be 2020 draftees in the mix as well. I liked what I saw of Sam Ryan in Bluefield last year and he could, as a college guy with a well-developed offspeed pitch, move up to Lansing but I think he’ll be in Vancouver, as will Canadian Alex Nolan. Felipe Castaneda got hammered in limited action in Vancouver but was okay in Bluefield while Jol Concepcion looked good in Bluefield despite some injuries. I like Nathanael Perez a lot to move up and I think Lazaro Estrada will also move up to Vancouver.


Roither Hernandez


Jimmy RobbinsBLU/VAN
Kendall WilliamsBLU/VAN
Michael DominguezBLU/VAN
Rafael Monsion*BLU/VAN
Winder GarciaBLU/VAN
Roither HernandezBLU
Elixon CaballeroBLU
Sem RobberseBLU
Santos MorenoBLU
Alexis CarmonaBLU/GCL
Wilgenis Alvarado*BLU/GCL

A lot of these guys are on the bubble to either pitch in Bluefield or Vancouver. 2019 High school draftees Michael Dominguez and Kendall Williams could go the same route as Kloffenstein and skip over Bluefield altogether and Winder Garcia actually made a start in Vancouver after spending most of the year in the DSL and GCL. Jimmy Robbins pitched in Bluefield and if he came back, I wouldn’t entirely be surprised, but I think he might move to Vancouver. I think Roither Hernandez will also return to Bluefield.



Yaifer Perdomo*GCL
Soenni Martinez*GCL
Fernando ChaconGCL
Bejardi MezaGCL
Jonatan BernalGCL/DSL
Juanfer CastroGCL/DSL

All of these guys had decent (or better) seasons in the DSL and are primed to move up.



There’s going to be a lot of guys we haven’t heard much about so I’m not going to speculate.


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