Jays Top Prospects to Syracuse

The Jays #1 pick of the 2005 draft Ricky Romero was promoted earlier this week to the Chiefs and is expected to start the first game of a four game series against the Scranton Yankees starting Tuesday. Joining him on the pitching staff is Toronto’s top pitching prospect from last year’s draft Brett Cecil. This release from our friends with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats:

Brett Cecil, a left-handed starting pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, has been named the Bank of America Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, July 27.

The 6’3″, 220 lb. hurler made a pair of starts for the Fisher Cats last week and went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings. Following his award-winning week, the Toronto Blue Jays today promoted Cecil to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.

Cecil, 22, surrendered one run on six hits with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings last Tuesday night at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in the Fisher Cats’ victory over the first place Trenton Thunder.

On Sunday in Reading, the Eastern League All-Star tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six shutout innings against the Phillies to earn his team-leading sixth victory. Cecil, rated Toronto’s #2 prospect by Baseball America, allowed just three singles -including two infield hits- and one walk.

Cecil was drafted in 2007 by the Blue Jays as a supplemental first round pick (38th overall) out of the University of Maryland. He was promoted to the Fisher Cats on April 29, where he posted a record of 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 18 starts. Cecil struck out 87 batters and walked just 23.

You can catch the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium starting Tuesday night at 7:15 PM.

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