Toronto Blue Jays promotes Yariel Rodriguez with the following condition

According to numerous sources on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays intend to elevate Cuban right-hander Yariel Rodriguez, who will make his major league debut this coming weekend.

The 27-year-old Rodriguez pitched for Chunichi of the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan from 2020 to 2022, going 10-10 with a 3.03 ERA in 79 appearances (no starts). In 56 games in 2022, he recorded a 1.15 ERA with a 3.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Due to a disagreement with the team, Rodriguez missed the entire 2023 season. He wanted to be released from his contract with the Dragons so he could seek an MLB career, but the team did not grant his request until October.

In January, he inked a $32 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays.

He was given two starts with Triple-A Buffalo, where he struck out ten batters in 6 1/3 innings while giving up just one hit and three walks. It is reported that the Blue Jays intend to make him a starting pitcher.

In March 2023, Rodriguez made two starts for Cuba during the World Baseball Classic, pitching two innings with a 2.45 ERA and ten strikeouts in seven and a third.

 

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