The Toronto Blue Jays, who currently do not have a lot of young talent on their Major League roster, called up LHP Thomas Pannone from the Buffalo Bisons.
Pannone, 24, is the 28th ranked prospect in Toronto’s system, according to MLB Pipeline.
The southpaw pitcher was a 9th round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2013. He was acquired along with second-baseman Samad Taylor by the Blue Jays from Cleveland last season for relief pitcher Joe Smith.
The young pitcher was suspended this past March for 80 games when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Pannone does not blow opposing hitters away with high velocity, rather, the 6’0″ lefty thrives on deceiving batters with a three-pitch repertoire which includes a fastball, a curveball, and a changeup.
In a corresponding roster move, Toronto optioned RHP Mike Hauschild down to Triple-A after allowing four earned runs in just 2.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
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