TOLEDO, Ohio – The Buffalo Bisons and parent Toronto Blue Jays were busy filling up the transaction wire Thursday, and the reward for Herd fans will be a chance to see another top pitching prospect during summer months at Coca-Cola Field.
Way before the Bisons took the field here and dropped an 11-0 decision to the Toledo Mud Hens, the Blue Jays promoted top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez from Double-A New Hampshire to the Bisons. The former No. 1 pick will make his Triple-A debut at Fifth Third Field on Saturday against the Mud Hens.
Sanchez, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, comes to the Herd with a 3-2 mark and 3.82 ERA in 14 starts with New Hampshire. In his last two outings, he allowed three runs in 11∏ innings but struck out 14 and walked just three. He was listed as MLB.com’s 19th ranked prospect before the season and No. 32 in a similar poll by Baseball America.
Sanchez’s arrival was perhaps the biggest of the nine roster moves made by the organization. Also joining Sanchez with the Bisons is Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus on an injury rehab assignment. Rasmus has been on the DL since May 15 with a tight right hamstring. He has hit nine homers with 19 RBIs and a .222 average in 37 games with the Jays.
Toronto sent outfielder Kevin Pillar back to the Herd. He reached base in 26 straight games, the longest streak in the International League, at the time of his call-up.
Other roster moves include the promotion of outfielder Melky Mesa from New Hampshire to the Bisons. The Bisons sent outfielder Kenny Wilson and pitcher Gregory Infante back to Double-A New Hampshire. Pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, who had an out clause in his contract anytime after June 1 if another MLB team wanted to sign him, was released. Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo was traded to the Chicago White Sox for cash. He’ll likely report to Charlotte.
Toronto obtained outfielder Adron Chambers from Houston for a pair of Class A prospects. Chambers, who has played 84 games with the St. Louis Cardinals over the last three years, was batting .281 for Oklahoma City of the Houston chain.
On Thursday, Sean Nolin only lasted three innings for Buffalo. Ben Guez went 3 for 4 with five RBIs for Toledo, while Herman Perez went 4 for 5 with four runs.
The four-game series continues at 7 tonight. Kyle Drabek (4-6, 4.45 ERA) starts for the Herd.