Ryan J. Borucki (born March 31, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Borucki attended Mundelein High School in his hometown of Mundelein, Illinois.
Borucki was selected by the Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, and was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Borucki pitched six innings in the GCL, posting a 1–0 record and a 3.00 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. In 2014, he pitched for the Rookie Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays and the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians, and earned a combined record of 3–2, a 2.37 ERA, and 52 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. Borucki made only three appearances in the 2015 season, posting an 0–1 record, 3.18 ERA, and seven strikeouts in 52⁄3 innings pitched. He was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays to open the 2016 minor league season. Borucki struggled with Dunedin, posting a 14.40 ERA through six starts before being reassigned to the Class A Lansing Lugnuts. He fared much better with Lansing, making 20 starts and posting a 10–4 record, 2.41 ERA, and 107 strikeouts. The Blue Jays added Borucki to their 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
Borucki was assigned to Advanced-A Dunedin to begin the 2017 minor league season. After posting a 6–5 record, 3.58 ERA, and 109 strikeouts in 98 innings, he was promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In seven starts with the Fisher Cats, Borucki went 2–3 with a 1.94 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 461⁄3. He made a single start with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons before the season ended, going six scoreless innings. Borucki was named Toronto's Minor League Pitcher of the Year on October 5, 2017. He began the 2018 season with Buffalo, and through June 24, had posted a 6–5 record, 3.27 ERA, and 58 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched.
Toronto Blue Jays
On June 26, 2018, the Blue Jays recalled Borucki from Buffalo. He made his Major League debut that night at Minute Maid Park against the Astros, taking a loss after allowing two runs on six hits over six innings with three strikeouts. Borucki became the twelfth pitcher in franchise history to throw at least six innings and allow two or fewer runs in his debut, and the first to do so since Zach Stewart in 2011. Borucki made his first start at Rogers Centre on July 2 against the Detroit Tigers, allowing two runs over seven innings with eight strikeouts, which tied him with Roy Halladay for the second-most strikeouts for a Blue Jays' pitcher in a home debut. On July 14, Borucki was optioned to the minors. He was recalled again on July 24. On August 3, Borucki earned his first major league win when he threw eight innings and allowed one unearned run in Toronto's 7–2 victory against the Seattle Mariners. Borucki finished the 2018 season with a 4–6 record and a 3.87 ERA over seventeen starts, eleven of which were quality starts, the most of any American League rookie that year. On December 5, the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Borucki the Blue Jays' Rookie of the Year for 2018.
Borucki's father, Ray, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent in 1979.
Borucki grew up a fan of the Chicago White Sox.
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