UPLAND, Ind. – Josh DeGraaf will climb one more rung on the Toronto Blue Jays' organizational ladder, after being promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts for the start of his second professional season.
DeGraaf was drafted on June 10 in the 31st round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft and made stops with the Blue Jays' minor league rookie and Class-A short season affiliates. During his time with the Bluefield Blue Jays and Vancouver Canadians, DeGraaf posted a 3.30 earned-run average in 43.2 innings of work with a .253 average against and a 34-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
DeGraaf is expected to open the 2016 campaign working out of the Lansing bullpen as part of the 13-man pitching staff for the Lugnuts.
Lansing is the Class-A full season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays and competes in the Midwest League Eastern Division. Other teams in the Midwest League include the Fort Wayne Tincaps, South Bend Cubs and Dayton Dragons.
DeGraaf and the Lugnuts are set to host Michigan State in an exhibition at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, before opening the 2016 season with a home game against Great Lakes on Thursday at 7:05 pm.
Fans hoping to see DeGraaf in action will not have to travel far from the Upland area, as the Lugnuts will play in Fort Wayne on May 17 through May 19, in Sound Bend from May 27 through May 30 and in Dayton from May 31 through June 2.