Sean Reid-Foley

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Sean Reid-Foley
Sean Reid-Foley 2016.jpg
Reid-Foley with the Lansing Lugnuts in 2016
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 54
Born: (1995-08-30) August 30, 1995 (age 23)
Agana Heights, Guam
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 2018, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through August 20, 2019)
Win–loss record4–8
Earned run average4.71

Sean Ian Reid-Foley (born August 30, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by the Blue Jays, and is ranked 8th on MLB's 2019 Top 30 Blue Jays prospects list.[1]

High school[edit]

Reid-Foley attended Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Florida.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Considered the 18th overall prospect[4] heading into the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, he was drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round, 49th overall. Having signed a commitment to Florida State University, he was passed over in the first round due to signability concerns.[5] On June 10, 2014, he signed with the Blue Jays for a bonus of $1.128 million,[6][7] and was expected to join extended spring training in Clearwater.[8] Reid-Foley made his professional debut for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on June 27, pitching ​23 of an inning and yielding two earned runs.[9] He finished the 2014 regular season with a 1–2 record in nine appearances (six starts), a 4.76 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in 22​23 innings.[2] Reid-Foley was promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians on September 3, 2014, but did not make an appearance during the Northwest League playoffs.[10]

Reid-Foley began the 2015 season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, and made his debut for the team on April 14, 2015. He started the game, pitching three shutout innings and yielding only two hits and two walks while striking out six.[11] He set career highs in innings pitched (5​23) and strikeouts (10) in a start on May 30 against the Dayton Dragons.[12] His performance earned him a spot on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week.[13] In late June, Reid-Foley was promoted to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays. He made his debut on July 5, pitching five shutout innings against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.[14] Reid-Foley ended the 2015 season with a 4–10 win–loss record, 4.22 ERA, and 125 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.[2] He was assigned to the Lansing Lugnuts to open the 2016 minor league season.[15] After pitching to a 2.95 ERA through 58 innings,[2] Reid-Foley was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays on June 16 to start that night against the Clearwater Threshers. He would strike out 12 batters, establishing a new career-high, in a 4–0 win.[16] On July 27, Reid-Foley was ranked 93rd on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list.[17] He would finish the 2016 season with a combined 10–5 record, 2.81 ERA, and 130 strikeouts in 115​13 innings. Reid-Foley greatly improved his pitch control in 2016, lowering his walks per nine innings rate from 6.3 in 2015 to 3.0.[2] Reid-Foley started the 2017 season playing with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.[18]

Reid-Foley was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the entire 2017 season. He made 27 starts and posted a 10–11 win–loss record, 5.09 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in a career-high 132​23 innings pitched.[2] On January 24, 2018, the Blue Jays invited Reid-Foley to spring training.[19] He began 2018 with New Hampshire. After posting a 5–0 record with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for the Fisher Cats, Reid-Foley was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 24.[20]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Reid-Foley was called up on August 13, 2018, and made his major league debut the same day against the Kansas City Royals. He took the loss in the game, yielding three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. He and Danny Jansen became the first batterymates to debut in the same American League game since Billy Rohr and Russ Gibson did so in April 1967.[21] Reid-Foley earned his first major league win on September 2, when he pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and struck out ten batters as the Blue Jays beat the Miami Marlins 6–1.[22] On September 15, Reid-Foley became the first pitcher in franchise history to record 31 strikeouts through his first five major league starts, and the second to record two double-digit-strikeout games as a rookie.[23] Reid-Foley finished with 7 starts for the Blue Jays, recording 2 wins with 4 losses in ​33 13 innings while striking out 42 but also inducing 21 walks.

Personal life[edit]

Reid-Foley was born in Guam while his father, Dave, was assigned there while serving in the United States Coast Guard.[24]

His elder brother, David, was a catcher at Mercer University and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 2013.[25] The Dodgers organization converted him into a pitcher in 2014.[24]


  1. ^ "MLB 2019 Prospect Watch". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Sean Reid-Foley Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Barney, Justin (June 5, 2014). "Toronto Blue Jays pick Sandalwood star Sean Reid-Foley in baseball draft". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "2014 Prospect Watch". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Wray, Michael (June 6, 2014). "Blue Jays get a potential steal with Sean Reid-Foley in round two". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 10, 2014). "Blue Jays sign second-rounder Reid-Foley". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Adams, Steve (June 10, 2014). "Blue Jays To Sign Sean Reid-Foley". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Wray, Michael (June 10, 2014). "Report: Blue Jays sign second round pick Sean Reid-Foley at slot". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Lott, John (June 28, 2014). "Twitter / LottOnBaseball". Twitter. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Vancouver Canadians Bullpen Bonanza". September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  11. ^ "Lansing vs. Fort Wayne boxscore". April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  12. ^ Fine, David (May 30, 2015). "Reid-Foley Dominates, Lansing Wins 4-0". Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  13. ^ Callis, Jim (June 1, 2015). "Fisher headlines Prospect Team of the Week". Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Kelner, Marshall (July 5, 2015). "Rain Halts Marathon Game in 17th Inning". Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Rosenbaum, Mike (April 7, 2016). "Where the Blue Jays' Top 30 prospects are starting the season". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Emrich, Robert (June 17, 2016). "Reid-Foley dominates in '16 Dunedin debut". Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 28, 2016). "Urena, Reid-Foley crack Top 100 Prospects list". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Blue Jays announce non-roster invitees to major league camp". Sportsnet. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Blue Jays prospect Sean Reid-Foley promoted to triple-A Buffalo". Sportsnet. May 24, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  21. ^ Falkoff, Robert (August 14, 2018). "Reid-Foley has learning curve in loss to KC". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  22. ^ Dorsey, Steve (September 2, 2018). "Reid-Foley earns 1st career win on 10 K's". Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Bell, Mandy (September 15, 2018). "Reid-Foley fans 10 as bullpen holds off Yankees". Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Bernreuter, Hugh (April 16, 2015). "Reid-Foley brothers square off in opposite dugouts for Great Lakes Loons-Lansing Lugnuts series". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  25. ^ "Reid-Foley Signs Free Agent Contract with Los Angeles Dodgers". June 21, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

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