We're a month and a half removed from the MLB trade deadline, where the Toronto Blue Jays made three separate deals in an effort to bolster their roster for the stretch run.
Anthony Bass has thrived in his high-leverage relief role since joining the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins but the rest of Toronto's acquisitions have ranged from disappointing to awful.
Reliever Zach Pop, who came over with Bass from Miami, has been on and off the big-league club due to a roster crunch. Longtime Kansas City Royals star Whit Merrifield's 2022 struggles didn't go away when he changed jerseys and swingman Mitch White has been hit hard since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. White wasn't able to run with his opportunity as the Blue Jays' fifth starter and currently finds himself in the minors due to his poor performance.
But what about the pieces Toronto traded away at the deadline? Here's how the five players the front office shipped out have fared with their new teams.
It wasn't long ago that Groshans looked like Toronto's third baseman of the future. The 12th overall pick of the 2018 draft came out of the gates hot in his first professional season in 2019 with single-A Lansing but a broken foot ended his campaign after just 23 games. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 minor-league season and Groshans underwhelmed in '21 and '22 in double-A and triple-A, respectively. He slashed a disappointing .250/.348/.296 with just one home run in 67 games with the Buffalo Bisons this year before being traded to the Marlins.
The change of scenery seems to have worked wonders for the 22-year-old Texas native. He hit .301/.399/.416 with two homers in 31 games for triple-A Jacksonville and earned a call to the majors on Sept. 13. He's maintained that production through his first six MLB games, batting .300 with one home run.
Jordan Groshans launched his first career homer and his brother Jaxx took the HR trot with him 😂 pic.twitter.com/i7vvg5Npit
— MLB (@MLB) September 15, 2022
Castillo began the 2022 campaign at double-A, made a quick stop with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, then found himself on the Blue Jays' MLB roster by the middle of June. He appeared in nine games (two starts) for Toronto and provided serviceable innings with a 3.05 ERA.
His results with the Royals have been good in a limited sample size, allowing three earned runs in two starts (9.2 total innings). The 23-year-old righty's minor-league numbers have been a different story, as he's been rocked for an 8.85 ERA over six games with triple-A Omaha.
It was speculated that Taylor would have been selected in last year's Rule 5 draft had the lockout not cancelled it. Instead, the versatile Taylor remained in the Blue Jays organization and spent the first half of his season in triple-A. There he posted a .258/.337/.426 slash line with nine home runs and 23 stolen bases in 70 games. Taylor has primarily played second base to this point in his career but has seen time at every position except first base and catcher.
The 24-year-old hasn't suited up for the Royals or their triple-A team due to injury, but he is slated to play in the Arizona Fall League as Kansas City tries to get him some more reps.
Frasso was the headliner in the return for White as the 2020 fourth-round pick opened eyes over two minor-league levels this season. The 6-foot-5 right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last year and began his 2022 campaign with single-A Dunedin, where he dominated to the tune of a 0.70 ERA over seven games with a 14.7 K/9 rate. He was promoted to high-A Vancouver and continued to thrive with a 0.82 ERA in three starts.
The 23-year-old remained in high-A after his trade to Los Angeles, and looked sharp in two games before he was bumped up to double-A Tulsa. He hasn't enjoyed the same amount of success since his promotion, pitching to a 5.40 ERA over his first four starts.
Nick Frasso made his Double A debut today, tossing 2.1 scoreless, with no hits, no runs, he walked four, and struck out three. Here's three FBs and two CHs: pic.twitter.com/uhI0bwuk9h
— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) August 26, 2022
Brito was the secondary piece the Dodgers acquired with Frasso in the White deal. The 19-year-old left-hander was pitching for Toronto's Dominican Summer League squad prior to the trade, posting a 1.86 ERA over 12 games (two starts).
He joined the Dodgers' Dominican Summer League outfit and picked up right where he left off, logging a 1.59 ERA across his first four games (one start). The 6-foot-5 Dominican Republic native is still a long way from the big leagues, but the early returns look promising as he possesses a cumulative 10.0 K/9 rate this season and has only walked one batter in his 40.1 combined innings.
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