The Jays DFA Wilmer Font. Nate Pearson takes his place coming off the IL. Font will now have to pass through waivers to stay with the team. The Blue Jays will then decide whether or not to keep Font on the roster. The Jays DFA Wilmer Font with only four games left in the season. The team’s DFA Wilmer Font also comes as no surprise, as he has been terrible over the past month.
Why the Jays DFA Wilmer Font
Wilmer Font’s season is anything but impressive. Posting an ERA of 9.92 and a WHIP of 2.265, Font has been a liability in the bullpen. In addition, Font has a hard-hit percentage of 45%. According to stat cast, Font ranks in the bottom eighth percent in WHIFF percentage, as well as the bottom ninth percent in Xera.
In September, Font has walked seven batters while striking out only two in 5-1/3 innings. In August, Font struck out 11 while only walking two batters. One reason for this could be Font’s shin injury. This could also explain the sharp decline in Font’s velocity in his final appearance.
Last season, Font was decent as the opener for Toronto. Font started 14 games for the Blue Jays, posting an ERA of 3.38 with the Blue Jays. In addition, when he started games, his strikeout rate was 10.38 with a walk rate of only 3.89. Font was a surprise for the Blue Jays in 2019.
Pearson in the Pen
The Blue Jays reinstate Nate Pearson off the IL. Pearson went on the IL with right elbow tightness. Pearson’s season has been rough, posting an ERA of 6.61 with 14 strikeouts and 12 walks. Now, Pearson will finish the season in the pen for the Blue Jays. Charlie Montoyo says he wants Pearson to make a few appearances before the postseason.
Pearson has not pitched out of the pen since 2016. He made 18 appearances out of the bullpen, posting an ERA of 2.70 the whole year. This is a concern, as for three years Pearson has developed a routine to come into the game. However, Pearson could be a weapon for an inning or two out of the bullpen. With runners in scoring position, opponents are hitting only .083, with only one hit.
Using Pearson out of the bullpen will also help get Pearson work while limiting his innings. Pearson rocketed his way up the minor’s, with only 123 1/3 innings in the minors. Pearson will be able to gain confidence and show off his impressive fastball and wipeout slider. He has showcased his slider as a plus pitch, playing off of his fastball.
In addition, adding Pearson to the bullpen gives the Jays a multi tool weapon. Pearson can come in for an inning and get out of a jam, or go multiple innings should a starter get knocked out early.
Blue Jays Bullpen Outlook
The Blue Jays bullpen is stronger with Font gone. Pearson is a huge plus to have and the other arms are holding their own. The bullpen is also hurt from losing Ken Giles for the year, as well as Jordan Romano sidelined. However, when Romano returns, the bullpen will be even stronger. On the season, Romano has a 1.23 ERA with 21 strikeouts and only five walks. Romano should be able to rejoin the club by the postseason.
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