Category Archives: Welcome to the Bench

Welcome to the Bench: Jason Grilli

Born: 11/11/1976 (39 years old) Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Drafted: 1st round (4th overall) in 1997 by San Fransisco Giants
High School: Baker HS (Baldwinsville, NY)
College: Seton Hall University Pirates (South Orange, NJ)
Teams: Florida Marlins (2000-2001), Chicago White Sox (2004), Detroit Tigers (2005-2008), Colorado Rockies (2008-2009), Texas Rangers (2009), Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-2014), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2014), Atlanta Braves (2015-2016) Toronto Blue Jays (2016)
Positions: Pitcher
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 235 lbs
Bat: Right
Throw: Right

Twitter Handle: GrillCheese49

Jason Grilli Stats

The Trade
May 31, 2016 the Toronto Blue Jays acquire relief pitcher Jason Grilli and cash from the Atlanta Braves for Sean Ratcliffe.

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Welcome to the Bench: Matt Dominguez

Background
Born: 8/28/1989 (26) Van Nuys, California, US
Drafted: 1st round (12th overall) in 2007 by Florida Marlins
Teams: Florida Marlins (2011), Houston Astros (2012-14)
Positions: Third Base (349 games), DH (5 games)
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 220 lbs
Bat: Right
Throw: Right
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Matt Dominguez
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The Call-Up
April 26, 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays call up third baseman Matt Dominguez from Triple A Buffalo. Pitcher Drew Hutchison was optioned to Buffalo to make room. Read more

Welcome to the Bench: Chad Girodo

Background
Born: 2/6/1991 (25 years old) Decatur, Alabama, United States
Drafted: 9th round (265th overall) in 2013 by Toronto Blue Jays
Teams: Toronto Blue Jays (2016)
Positions: Pitcher
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195 lbs
Bat: Left
Throw: Left

Chad Girodo Stats

The Call-Up
April 22, 2016, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello begins his 80 game suspension for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The Jays subsequently called up relief pitcher Chad Girodo from AAA Buffalo. Read more

Welcome to the Bench: Pat Venditte

Background
Born: 6/30/1985 (30 years old) Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Drafted: 20th round (620th overall) in 2008 by New York Yankees
Teams: Oakland A’s (2015)
Positions: Pitcher
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185 lbs
Bat: Both
Throw: Both
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Pat Venditte Stats
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The Call-Up
Wednesday, April 13th, the Jays designate relief pitcher Arnold Leon for assignment and call up Pat Venditte from AAA Buffalo. Read more

Welcome to the Bench: Franklin Morales

Background
Born: 1/24/1986 (30 years old) San Juan de los Morros, Guarico, Venezuela
Drafted: Signed as an amateur free agent in 2002 by the Colorado Rockies
Teams: Colorado Rockies (2007-2011, 2014), Boston Red Sox (2011-2013), Kansas City Royals (2015)
Positions: Pitcher
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 210 lbs
Bat: Left
Throw: Left
Baseball Reference Bio

Franklin Morales Stats
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The Signing
April 2, the Toronto Blue Jays sign relief pitcher Franklin Morales to a one year, $2 million deal. His contract isn’t guaranteed, which is pretty uncommon for a major league deal. Toronto journalist John Lott does a good job of describing the specifics of this unorthodox deal: Read more

Welcome to the Bench: Andrew Campbell

Born: 5/11/1988 (28 years old) Caledonia ON, Canada
Drafted: 3rd round (74th overall) in 2008 by Los Angeles Kings
Teams: Los Angeles Kings (2013-14), Arizona Coyotes (2014-15)
Position: Defense
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 206 lbs
Shoots: Left
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Andrew Campbell Stats

The Call-Up
Thursday, March 31 the Maple Leafs call up Andrew Campbell, Tobias Lindberg, Kasperi Kapanen and TJ Brennan and sent down Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Rinat Valiev, and Connor Carrick. Read more

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