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Apr 19, 2024 2.0 2 2 9.95 12
Apr 13, 2024 2.1 1 2 11.81 8.5
Apr 7, 2024 3.0 0 2 12.96 -4.5
Apr 1, 2024 5.1 0 1 11.81 -3.5

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Bowden Francis opened the season with Triple-A Buffalo where in his first four starts, he recorded a 3.45 ERA with an impressive 23 punchouts and only four free passes in 15.2 innings. The effort prompted a recall in early June, and he spent the rest of the season shuttling between the Blue Jays bullpen and Buffalo. When he was in the bigs, Francis was effective, registering a 1.73 ERA and .83 WHIP over 36.1 frames. Francis will be given the chance to break camp in the Blue Jays bullpen, but despite last season's shiny ratios, he's more likely to be utilized in low leverage scenarios which come with minimal fantasy relevance.

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2024 12.53.1 12.7 2 2 17 7 9.95 1.82
2023 102.55.1 36.3 1 1 35 8 1.73 0.83
2022 1.51.5 0.7 1 0.00 1.50
3y Avg. 304.3 12.3 0 0 12 3 1.46 0.89
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Moved to bullpen for Saturday

    Francis will be available out of the bullpen Saturday against the Rockies, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Francis was originally listed as Toronto's starter for Saturday's contest, but the Jays will instead promote Yariel Rodriguez from Triple-A Buffalo to make his MLB debut. It's unclear whether or not Francis' move to the bullpen will be permanent, but after surrendering 12 earned runs through 8.1 innings across his first two starts, he may return to a multi-inning relief role if Rodriguez proves to be an effective big-league starter.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Captures rotation spot

    Francis was informed Thursday that he has made the Blue Jays' rotation, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. There didn't seem to be much doubt that Francis would open the year in the rotation after he held a 3.38 ERA and 15:4 K:BB over 18.2 innings during Grapefruit League play. He's likely to pitch at some point during the season-opening, four-game series against Tampa Bay. With Alek Manoah's (shoulder) situation still very much up in the air, Francis will have a chance to prove he should remain in the rotation for a while.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Cruises through six innings

    Francis kept rolling Thursday in his Grapefruit League outing versus the Twins, yielding just one unearned run over six innings. He struck out two. The Twins plated a single run in the third inning following an Eduardo Escobar error, but that's the only tally they managed on the day. Francis needed only 67 pitches to get through his six frames, permitting just four singles and no walks. The right-hander lowered his spring ERA to 1.93, and he holds a 12:2 K:BB over 14 innings. With Alek Manoah (shoulder) all but certain to open the season on the injured list, Francis appears close to locking up the fifth spot in Toronto's rotation, if he hasn't done so already.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Fans five in Thursday's start

    Francis gave up one run on three hits and a walk over 3.2 innings while striking out five in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. The 27-year-old right-hander appears to be in the driver's seat for the Blue Jays' fifth starter role, with Alek Manoah (shoulder) looking increasingly doubtful for Opening Day. Francis faced a Detroit lineup that included most of its likely regulars and struggled early, plunking Mark Canha with the bases loaded in the first inning to bring home Parker Meadows. He settled down after coaxing a double play out of Carson Kelly to escape the frame, however, eventually leaving the mound having thrown 55 pitches (37 strikes). Through eight innings this spring, Francis has a 10:2 K:BB and hasn't given up a homer.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Could open season in rotation

    Francis could be the favorite to step into the fifth starter role for the Blue Jays if Alek Manoah (shoulder) isn't ready for Opening Day, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. Manoah was viewed as the likely No. 5 starter despite his 2023 struggles, but a poor start to the spring and a bout of shoulder soreness could force the Jays to re-evaluate. Francis posted strong numbers over 20 relief appearances last season and was mainly a starting pitcher in the minors, but it's not yet clear if his stuff will hold up over longer outings against big-league hitters. Should Francis also falter in camp, it could open the door for Mitch White or even top prospect Ricky Tiedemann (hamstring) to begin the campaign in the rotation.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Being built up as starter

    The Blue Jays are building up Francis to serve as a starter, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. The vast majority of Francis' minor-league appearances have come as a starter, though he has yet to begin a game on the mound through 21 MLB appearances. Francis holds an impressive 1.70 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through 37 career big-league frames, but even if he has a solid spring as a starter, he would need some attrition ahead of him to earn a spot at the back of Toronto's rotation.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Optioned to Triple-A

    Francis was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. This is all about adding a fresh arm to the Blue Jays bullpen after Francis pitched the last two days. His performance certainly didn't warrant a demotion, as he's posted a 1.73 ERA in 20 appearances this season.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Earns three-inning save

    Francis picked up a save Sunday against the Reds. He allowed one run on two hits and zero walks while striking out four over three innings. With the Blue Jays up big, Francis was called upon to pitch the final three frames, earning his first career save in the process. Though working mostly in low-leverage situations, the reliever has been effective when called upon with a 2.03 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 26.2 innings.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Optioned to Buffalo

    The Blue Jays optioned Francis to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday. With Hyun Jin Ryu (elbow) returning from the 60-day injured list Tuesday, Francis will head back to the minors to clear a spot on Toronto's roster. The 27-year-old righty has been impressive this season to the tune of a 2.30 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 15.2 innings out of the bullpen and has a very good chance at returning to the Jays later this summer.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Collects first big-league win

    Francis (1-0) was credited with the win in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Giants, allowing one run on four hits over four innings. He struck out two without walking a batter. The 27-year-old rookie took the mound in the fourth inning with the Jays ahead 5-0, after Trevor Richards had spun three shutout frames, and aside from an Austin Slater solo shot, Francis was effective over 47 pitches (32 strikes) en route to his first career win in the majors. The right-hander has worked multiple innings in four of his five MLB appearances, often serving as the back half of a tandem with Richards, and Francis has delivered a 2.92 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB through 12.1 innings. The role does afford him some fantasy upside as a source of further wins, but he's already been optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo twice since making his season debut in early June as Toronto juggles its pitching staff while trying to cover the fifth spot in its rotation.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Back in Toronto

    The Blue Jays recalled Francis from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. With Adam Cimber (shoulder) landing on the 15-day IL on Saturday, Francis will come up from the minors to take Cimber's spot in Toronto's bullpen. The 27-year-old righty has appeared in three games for the Jays this season, surrendering three earned runs over 7.1 frames while striking out seven batters.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Francis was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. He cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Francis has a 9.91 ERA in 26.1 innings over nine appearances since getting optioned to Triple-A on May 1.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Sent down Sunday

    Francis was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday. Francis was called up by Toronto on Saturday, but he didn't make any appearances during his stint with the big-league club. He'll head back to the minors since the Blue Jays need to trim their active roster to 26 players by Monday.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Officially recalled by Toronto

    Francis was recalled by the Blue Jays on Saturday. Francis was sent to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, but he'll quickly rejoin the major-league club as bullpen depth after Tayler Saucedo (hip) was placed on the 10-day injured list. The right-hander should pitch mainly in low-leverage situations.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Expected to rejoin big-league club

    Francis is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports. The 26-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, but he'll likely reclaim a spot in the major-league bullpen since Tayler Saucedo (hip) is expected to land on the injured list. Francis tossed two-thirds of a scoreless inning during his big-league debut against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
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  • Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Heads to minors

    The Blue Jays optioned Francis to their minor-league camp Monday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Francis has yet to reach the majors, but the Blue Jays thought highly enough of the 25-year-old right-hander's potential to protect him from Rule 5 draft this winter by adding him to the 40-man roster. After being acquired from the Brewers last July, Francis made 14 appearances (13 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo, recording a 4.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 71:31 K:BB across 73 innings.
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