Julian Merryweather

#67 RP / Toronto Blue Jays / EXP: 1YRS / MINORS Height: 6-4 Weight: 200 lb Age: 30 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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  • Merryweather was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports. Merryweather threw two scoreless innings in the afternoon portion of Saturday's doubleheader but will make way on the roster as the Blue Jays activate Ryan Borucki (finger) ahead of the nightcap. Merryweather had struggled prior to Saturday's outing, which was only enough to cut his season ERA to 6.94.

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  • Merryweather is dealing with right knee discomfort but has been cleared to continue pitching, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Merryweather has picked up a pair of losses while giving up four earned runs in 4.2 innings so far this season. It's possible his knee is partly to blame for that performance. He'll continue pitching through it while wearing a brace.

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  • Merryweather (0-1) took the loss Sunday against the Rangers, giving up one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two. The Blue Jays headed into the fourth inning with a 6-1 lead, but Hyun-Jin Ryu (hamstring) struggled and eventually got lifted after being struck by a comebacker off the bat of Jonah Heim. Merryweather came in and gave up a double to Brad Miller to tie the game -- runs which went on Ryu's ledger -- and then a single to Corey Seager for what proved to be the winning run. The right-hander worked the sixth inning in his first appearance this season, and while he has significant strikeout upside, it appears as though Merryweather is not in the late-inning mix for Toronto right now.

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  • Manager Charlie Montoyo said Tuesday that Merryweather will be part of the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Merryweather was touched up for six runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- over five innings during Grapefruit League play, but his solid performance at the big-league level the past two seasons on the rare occasions that he's been healthy was likely enough for him to earn his spot on the roster. That being said, Merryweather -- who scooped up the Jays' first two saves last season -- may have to settle for lower-leverage work to begin the 2022 campaign until he shows improved form. Jordan Romano is poised to enter the season as the Blue Jays' closer and should have a decent amount of job security after converting 23 of 24 save chances in 2021.

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  • Merryweather has given up three home runs over five innings this spring, leading to a 10.80 ERA, but he's also posted a 6:1 K:BB. His inability to keep the ball in the park is a little worrying after Merryweather served up four homers in 13 innings last year, but the strikeout numbers are encouraging and he was reported to be touching 98 mph with his fastball earlier in camp. If the right-hander can stay healthy, something he hasn't been able to do in his pro career, he should be a valuable setup man in front of Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano.

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YearTeamAPPGSINNWLSKBBIHAERAWHIP
2022 TOR 12 0 11.7 0 2 0 12 1 12 6.94 1.11
2021 TOR 13 1 13.0 0 1 2 12 4 13 4.84 1.30
2020 TOR 8 3 13.0 0 0 0 15 6 11 4.15 1.30

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DATEOppWLSINNHAERABBIKWHIP
5/07
- - - 2.0 0 7.50 0 1 0.00
5/03
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- - - 0.0 3 11.25 0 0 0.00
4/29
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- - - 1.2 1 4.50 1 3 1.20
4/27
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- - - 1.0 2 6.00 0 0 2.00
4/25
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- - - 1.0 1 0.00 0 1 1.00
4/24
- - - 0.1 0 0.00 0 1 0.00
4/20
- - - 1.0 0 0.00 0 1 0.00

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5/24
7:45 PM Jordan Hicks
5/26
9:38 PM Shohei Ohtani
5/27
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5/28
10:07 PM Michael Lorenzen
5/29
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5/31
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