Thomas Pannone: The New Blue Jays’ Pitcher by The Numbers
Pannone’s Career and Background
With the trade deadline not far gone, we’ll be taking a look at perhaps one of the Toronto Blue Jays‘ next big stars, Thomas Pannone. He’s relatively unknown, but that could change because of his success in the minors. The 23-year-old is a great left handed pitcher and it wouldn’t surprise us if we saw him in the Big Show.
Pannone was drafted by the Chicago Cubs back in 2012, but decided to go to college instead. The Rhode Island native posted a 6-2 record, with a 1.84 ERA striking out 73 in 53.2 IP during his only season playing at the College of Southern Nevada. A year later in 2013, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 9th round, playing with their rookie level team the Arizona League Indians.
After being named an All-Star there at the end of the 2014 season, the lefty moved up to play for the Class A Lake County Captains in 2015. He was named an All-Star there in 2016, and then moved up to the Advanced A (A+) Lynchburg Hillcats. After spending a season there, he joined the Double A Akron Rubberducks in May 2017, and was named an Eastern League All-Star.
In July, at the trade deadline, Pannone was traded from the Indians’ organization, along with 2B Samad Taylor, and acquired by the Blue Jays in exchange for major league pitcher Joe Smith. Pannone current plays on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and was reportedly excited about the trade, as he gets to return to his native New England. He’s the only New Englander on the roster.
We should expect great things because of his consistency, but we’ll now take a look at some important factors to consider going forward.
Thomas Pannone’s Stats
So is Pannone solid? Here are some of his numbers in the minors so far. At rookie level, he posted a 1-0 record in 2013, striking out 20 in 16 IP. The next season, he went 5-0 with a 3.20 ERA, striking out 62 in 45 IP. In Class A in 2015, the left hander went 7-6 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 120 over 116.1 IP. His consistency is one of the main qualities about the starter.
His A+ and Double A numbers should be more telling though. In 2016, while on the A+ Lynchburg Hillcats, he went a perfect 3-0 with a stunning 1.65 ERA in 43.2 IP. Opposing batters were only .200 against him, and his WHIP was 1.08. His 2017 season was even better, where he continued his perfect streak to go 2-0 allowing zero earned runs in 27.2 IP. Opponents were batting .111 against him and he attained a sub-one WHIP at 0.61.
His promotion to Double A in May 2017 came as no surprise, and he continued on his tear with the RubberDucks. Pannone went 6-1 with a a 2.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, with opponents batting .223 against him in 82.1 IP. What’s in store for the youngster’s future though?
Well, Pannone’s first start in the Blue Jays’s organization didn’t end as he hoped. The southpaw allowed 5 runs on 6 hits in just 4.1 IP, ballooning his ERA and WHIP. While it’s only one game, he’s sure to get back on track… at least somewhat. His career stats are quite solid, with a 29-13 record, 3.20 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP.
Possible MLB Future
Currently, Pannone is 21st on the Blue Jays’ prospect list, although left handed pitchers are always in demand. He throws a 92-93 fastball, although usually in the high 80s to low 90s. While he’s impressed at every step of the farm system, he’s projected to be a backend starter in the majors.
We would tend to agree with the assessment, but the young player needs to stay focused on his current stint with the Fisher Cats. It’s possible the proximity to his friends and family at his games is causing him to falter a bit now that he’s back to his home region, but he’ll settle down.
If his minor league numbers are any indication, he should be ready for the big leagues in a couple of years. Sure A+ isn’t that competitive, but only allowing 8 runs in 71.1 IP shows a ton of potential. Not to mention his great numbers in Double A too.
That being said, this was definitely a good trade for the Blue Jays.
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