Jeremy Beasley has seen that story and vowed he wasn’t going to be that guy. The 26-year-old owned a 7.71 ERA in eight games with the Blue Jays last season, walking nine batters and giving up three costly homers. He was removed from Toronto’s 40-man roster and cleared waivers in July, unclaimed by every other MLB team. But after the season, Beasley promised himself and his fiancé he would be back.
“I’m gonna do it,” Beasley told his future wife. “I’m gonna get myself back to the big leagues. I’m gonna do everything I can, exhaust every resource I can to get back to the big leagues.”
When the Blue Jays added Beasley to their major league roster on Thursday, calling him up in place of an injured Hyun Jin Ryu, the righty was vindicated. Finding his command in the offseason with some mechanical tweaks and homemade contraptions, Beasley made good on his promise.
In over 26 innings for Triple A Buffalo this season, Beasley owns a 1.01 ERA. The 26-year-old has been the best multi-inning weapon in Toronto’s upper minors, striking out over 10.5 batters per nine, regularly working two to four innings, and, most importantly, filling up the zone.