Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45
A strong showing as a Pittsburgh junior in 2016 pushed Zeuch into the first round of the Draft, where the Blue Jays selected the big right-hander with the No. 21 overall pick. A back injury limited Zeuch somewhat during his first full season, but he still jumped on the big league radar by pitching well at Class A Advanced Dunedin and then boosted his stock even more against better competition in the Arizona Fall League. Returning to the Florida State League in 2018, Zeuch made just six starts at Dunedin before moving up to Double-A New Hampshire. He was an Eastern League All-Star at midseason, and continued to pitch well down the stretch while leading the Fisher Cats to an Eastern League title.
An imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-7, Zeuch uses his height to his advantage by creating a steep angle to the plate. The downhill plane only enhances the right-hander's sinker, a plus pitch he throws with heavy late life in the low- to mid-90s. This enables him to generate ground balls at a near-elite rate (57 percent in '18). Zeuch's curveball has become his best secondary offering and plays nicely off his sinker, keeping hitters off-balance with its shape and late bite. His slider wasn't as sharp in 2018 but is still viewed as an average pitch, and he also throws a changeup that's a distant fourth pitch. Despite his size, Zeuch's long levers are consistently in-sync, and he repeats his delivery well. It allows him to pound the zone with his entire arsenal.
Zeuch assuaged concerns about his durability last season by accruing more than 156 innings, or more than double the workload from his first full season. The only drawback to Zeuch's profile is that he doesn't miss many bats and therefore doesn't rack up strikeouts. Instead, he mostly pitches to contact, consistently attacking the bottom of the zone early in the count to force weak contact. Altogether, Zeuch has the look of a future backend starter at the highest level, perhaps more if he can improve his breaking balls and start to generate more whiffs.
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Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP T.J. Zeuch from Buffalo Bisons.
Buffalo Bisons activated RHP T.J. Zeuch from the 7-day injured list.
Buffalo Bisons placed RHP T.J. Zeuch on the 7-day injured list.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Buffalo Bisons from Dunedin Blue Jays.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Buffalo Bisons.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Buffalo Bisons from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster RHP T.J. Zeuch to spring training.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays activated RHP T.J. Zeuch from the 7-day disabled list.
Dunedin Blue Jays sent RHP T.J. Zeuch on a rehab assignment to GCL Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays placed RHP T.J. Zeuch on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 13, 2017.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from GCL Blue Jays.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to GCL Blue Jays from Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays placed RHP T.J. Zeuch on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2017.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from Vancouver Canadians.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to Vancouver Canadians from GCL Blue Jays.
RHP T.J. Zeuch assigned to GCL Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays signed RHP T.J. Zeuch.