The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up catching prospect Danny Jansen and may be giving pitcher Sean Reid-Foley the start against the Kansas City Royals on Monday, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
#BlueJays calling up Danny Jansen, per multiple industry sources. Also sounds like Sean Reid-Foley will get the ball Monday in Kansas City.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 12, 2018
Mike Wilner of Sportsnet noted that infielder Yangervis Solarte is headed to the disabled list, making room for Jansen to make the team. The 23-year-old batted .275 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI and an .863 OPS for Buffalo of Triple-A.
MLB Pipeline ranks Jansen as the No. 3 Blue Jays prospect, and 75th on their list of the top 100 prospects. Jansen was a 16th round draft pick by Toronto in 2013, and was quickly risen among the ranks as one of the top catching prospects.
As for Reid-Foley - whom MLB ranks as the Blue Jays No. 10 prospect - he has a 7-4 record in Triple-A with a 3.50 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 82.1 innings pitched, against just 20 walks.
In Double-A, Reid-Foley had a 5-0 record with an ERA of 2.03, racking up 52 strikeouts in just 44.1 innings pitched. Now, he's on his way to the majors. He was selected by the Blue Jays with the 49th pick in 2014.
The Blue Jays enter play on Sunday with a woeful 52-64 record, and they're destined to miss the postseason for a second straight year. Reports have suggested that manager John Gibbons will be let go at the end of the season, with the skipper adding that he wouldn't want to be part of a rebuild.
General manager Ross Atkins dealt away veterans J.A. Happ, Aaron Loup, Steve Pearce and standout closer Roberto Osuna at the trade deadline, a clear sign that the Blue Jays are ready to rebuild.
With top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette likely making the team next season, the Blue Jays will be stockpiled in young roster talent. If Jansen and Reid-Foley can have strong performances in the majors over the last two months of the season, they could land big league jobs for the start of 2019.
But the bottom line is, the rebuild is fully on with Jansen and Reid-Foley now getting their chances to shine in the majors.