The Fisher Cats’ early season rotation should be a mix of holdovers from last year, and promotions from Vancouver.
Luis Quiñones, who made 8 AA starts after a promotion from Vancouver, and Nick Fraze, who made 4, should return. Quiñones is one of the truly underrated arms in the rotation, a guy who pairs a heavy mid-90s fastball with a nasty splitter and a curve that made good progress last season. He can lose command of the strike zone, but fanned 51 in 36 innings for New Hampshire last year. His future may lie in the bullpen, but he’s a budding power arm.
Adam Kloffenstein and Paxton Schultz will likely make the move from High A to the Eastern League this season. Kloff had his own issues with the strike zone in 2021, but fanned better than a batter per inning, and the organization has been pleased with his development. CJ Van Eyk, the team’s 2nd round pick in 2020, would have moved up with Kloffenstein and Schultz had he not undergone Tommy John surgery in September.
Beyond those four, there would appear to be a number of candidates for the final two rotation spots. Sean Wymer has underwhelmed since being a 4th round pick in 2019, but might move up with a strong spring. Troy Watson was limited by injury to only 3 innings last year with Vancouver, but might be in the mix. Beyond that, it’s something of a toss up. The Blue Jays were thin at times in starting pitching throughout the organization last year, and such might be the case at the upper levels this year.