HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday purchased the contract of High Point Rockers righthanded pitcher Brady Lail. The Blue Jays are expected to assign Lail to their Class AA Eastern League team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who play in Manchester, N.H.
Lail made three starts for the Rockers and posted a 2-1 record with a 0.95 earned run average. His ERA is the second-lowest in the Atlantic League. Lail pitched 19 innings for the Rockers and struck out 19 while walking just two and holding opponents to 13 hits and a .183 batting average.
Lail, 28, is a native of South Jordan, Utah and has spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues. He broke in with the New York Yankees in 2019 and also made appearances with the Chicago White Sox in 2020 and the Seattle Mariners in 2020 and ‘21. Lail appeared in 11 MLB games before joining the Rockers prior to spring training in April.
As a Rocker Lail started against the Kentucky Genomes on April 23 and allowed five hits over six innings while striking out six in a 3-1 loss. He went seven innings and struck out nine in a 6-3 win over Charleston on April 29. In his final start, Lail threw six innings and scattered five hits in a 5-3 win over Long Island on May 5.
The Rockers are on the road at York on Monday and will return to Truist Point on Tuesday, May 10 when they will face the Charleston Dirty Birds at 6:35 p.m. at Truist Point.
“Honestly, I love it,” said Lail on playing in High Point. “I was a little skeptical (at first) but this environment, and (manager) Jamie (Keefe) and (pitching coach) Frank (Viola), I found the love of the game again. My career has kind of been up and down and it’s been really hard to find that again. And just meeting Frank and Jamie and knowing that they have our backs is really a breath of fresh air. There’s a reason I’ve played this game for so long and, honestly, I’m honored to be here.”
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High Point Baseball, AKA The High Point Rockers, will begin their third season in the Atlantic League in 2022 in a state-of-the-art, $36M downtown ballpark, Truist Point. High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America and is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment for the Triad of North Carolina. The Rockers have built a fun and competitive atmosphere in both High Point and the Atlantic League while playing in the 2019 Ballpark of the Year.
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