Since being drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2010, Mike Bolsinger has bounced around the league. He spent three years in the minors before making his big league debut in 2014. After a rough rookie campaign, Bolsinger was shipped to the Dodgers for cash. He went on to post a 3.62 ERA over 21 starts for Los Angeles in 2015, but the right-hander's progress was derailed by an oblique injury the next year. After giving up 21 runs over 27.2 innings (6.83 ERA) in six starts, the Dodgers sent him to the minors in 2016, then later traded him to Toronto for Jesse Chavez. The 28-year-old Bolsinger was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo where he made six starts and went 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. While he remains on the 40-man roster as of press time, Bolsinger seems like a long shot to break camp with a rotation spot.
Bolsinger, who's competing for the Jays' long-relief job, has allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks while tallying 11 strikeouts through 8.2 spring innings. Four of Bolsinger's five walks came in his first two Grapefruit League appearances, but he's since settled down. He's recorded eight strikeouts over his last six exhibition innings and appears to be inching closer to locking down a spot on the 25-man roster.
Bolsinger allowed a hit and two walks while striking out two in a scoreless inning Sunday against the Phillies. Bolsinger allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base before wiggling his was out of the jam. He finished the day on a good note when he froze Pedro Florimon for called strike three on the third out. The 29-year-old right-hander is looking to capture the team's long-relief role for 2017.
Bolsinger is the early favorite to win the job as the team's long reliever, MLB.com reports. Bolsinger is out of options and cannot be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. Instead of losing him, Bolsinger figures to make the team with a decent spring and serve as a potential spot starter if needed. The 29-year-old righty was acquired from the Dodgers in a deal for reliever Jesse Chavez and has a 4.61 ERA over 189.1 career innings. Almost all of his experience has come as a starter, but the bullpen is the only place he will fit in Toronto.
Bolsinger is the early favorite to be the Jays long reliever in 2017, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. The Jays acquired Bolsinger at the trade deadline as an insurance policy for their starting rotation. He didn't end up making a start at the big league level, and this spring, Bolsinger's opportunity will come out of the bullpen. Over 54.1 innings at triple-A in 2016, the 28-year-old went 3-5 with a 4.64 ERA.
Bolsinger, who was acquired from the Dodgers on Aug. 1, struggled mightily in his time with Triple-A Buffalo, going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in six starts. Bolsinger spent a day with the Jays before being optioned to the minors. Before the trade, the 28-year-old righty pitched in six MLB games for the Dodgers in 2016, posting a 1-4 record with a brutal 6.83 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over six starts (nearly identical to the numbers he posted in Buffalo). Despite his experience in the majors, the team declined to invite him along for September's playoff push when rosters expanded.