Tayler Saucedo

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Tayler Andrew Saucedo

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Tayler Saucedo emerged out of nowhere to become a valuable member of the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen in 2021. He had never been considered a top prospect after being a 21st round pick by the Jays in the 2015 amateur draft and was not really on the radar screen until injuries devastated their relief corps in 2021. He was first called up on June 21st, after a number of others had been given a shot, and turned out to be the one call-up from the minors who could be counted upon to pitch effectively, albeit mostly in lower leverage situations. At the All-Star break, his ERA was down to 1.29 in 9 games, and it was still at 2.03 at the end of July. One bad outing on August 4th ended that, when he allowed 4 runs to the Cleveland Indians without retiring anyone. On August 22nd, he was given a chance to earn his first major league save with closer Jordan Romano and top lefty Tim Mayza both unavailable: with a 2-1 lead against the Detroit Tigers, he was given the ball after Adam Cimber had recorded the first two outs in the 9th before allowing a two-out double to Willi Castro. With a lefty coming up in pinch-hitter Harold Castro, he was summoned to record the final out. He induced Castro to hit a routine ground ball to second base, but the usually sure-handed Marcus Semien threw wildly to first base to hand him a blown save, as Willi Castro came to score on the play.

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