John Stilson

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John Stilson
Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1990-07-28) July 28, 1990 (age 24)
Texarkana, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

John Jacob Stilson (born July 28, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.


Stilson was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Texarkana College, but did not sign and transferred to Texas A&M University.[1] As a freshman in 2010, he led the nation in earned run average with a 0.80 as a relief pitcher.[2] Moved to the starting rotation in 2011, Stilson was 5-2 with a 1.68 earned run average with 92 strikeouts before suffering a torn labrum, which caused him to miss the rest of the season.[3] Despite the injury, he was still drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[4]

Stilson made his professional debut with the Class A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays in 2012.[2] After going 3-0 with a 2.82 earned run average and 47 strikeouts, he was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. After starting nine games, he was moved to the bullpen and pitched in another eight games. He finished his first professional season 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 104 13 innings pitched. Stilson started the 2013 season in the bullpen for the Fisher Cats and was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in May. Stilson was ranked as the number 6 prospect in the Blue Jays organization on July 26, 2013, when the revised Top 100 Prospects list was released.[5]

Stilson attended the Blue Jays' 2014 major league spring training camp, and was re-assigned to their minor league camp on March 19, 2014.


  1. ^ "A&M pitcher Stilson brings many forms of fire". April 15, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b By KEVIN GRAYNew Hampshire Union Leader (June 20, 2012). "Kevin Gray's On Baseball: Stilson overcomes shoulder injury to prosper again". Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (May 28, 2011). "Childress: Stilson lost for season with labrum tear". Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jays go pitching heavy on Day 2". Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 26, 2013). "Pitching remains strength in Blue Jays system". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 

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