Toronto Blue Jays fans no longer have to worry about the prospect of Miguel Batista getting the nod for a spot start anytime soon; he is been released from triple-A.
The 42-year-old right-hander had signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays back in April. Batista struggled in triple-A though, pitching to an 8.36 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 over 28 innings.
In 2012, Batista posted a 4.61 ERA, 6.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 52.2 innings with both the Braves and the Mets. The 18-year veteran was hoping to return to Toronto after last pitching for the club in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Batista owns a career 4.48 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over 1956.1 innings.
It’s was nice for the Jays to give him one last shot, but at 42 and with those awful numbers, I think the days of nail biting fans while watching Batista walk a third of the line up are over. Seemingly, it was 9 years too late.