Julian Christopher Merryweather...Attended Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., where he went 8-1 in his senior season (2010)...Pitched two seasons at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK, combining for a 22-5 record and a 1.73 ERA (35 ER/181.1 IP)...Recorded 11 complete games in 28 starts...Likes to play guitar in his free time.
Earned his first career save as he struck out all three batters faced in the 10th inning on Opening Day at NYY...Became the eighth pitcher in team history to earn his 1st career save in extra innings (last: Jordan Romano - Aug. 21, 2020 at TB)... Picked up his 2nd save with a 1-2-3 ninth April 4 at NYY...Touched 100.4 MPH, which at the time tied for the fourth-fastest pitch in team history (tracking began in 2008)... Landed on the 60-day injured list with a left oblique strain from April 14-Sept. 7...Made six rehab appearances (two starts) across three levels, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (5.0 IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 7K).
Made five appearances of 2.0 innings and allowed just one run total over those 10.0 innings (4H, 4BB, 11K)...Did not surrender a home run in his eight outings (13.0 IP)...Started the season at the club’s alternate training site in Rochester, NY, and was recalled on Aug. 18..Made his MLB debut on Aug. 20 vs. PHI (G1)...Struck out his 1st batter faced (Alec Bohm) and finished with three strikeouts and one hit over 1.1 innings...Made his 1st MLB start on Aug. 26 vs. BOS...Fanned three batters over 2.0 IP (1H)...Allowed just two hits with no runs allowed over his first four career appearances (7.1 IP)...Issued three walks and struck out 12 of the 27 batters he faced (14.73 SO/9)...Became the 10th player in team history to record 3+ K’s in each of his first four MLB games, and the only one to do so with any relief appearances...Placed on the injured list with right elbow tendinitis from Sept.18 for the remainder of the season.
Started the year on the injured list...Made one rehab start for the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays on June 24 (2.0 IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K)...Pitched in one game for the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays on June 29 (4.0 IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 4K)...Returned to the IL on July 7 for the remainder of the season...Pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and allowed three runs over four apearances (6.0 IP, 4H, 1HR, 2BB, 8K).
Suffered a right elbow UCL sprain in spring training ... Underwent Tommy John surgery on March 9...Was operated on by Dr. Keith Meister ... Was traded from the Indians to the Blue Jays on Oct. 5 as the Player To Be Named Later for their Aug. 31 aquisition of INF Josh Donaldson.
Split season between AAA Columbus and AA Akron, going a combined 7-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 25 starts (128.2IP, 142H, 76ER, 16HR, 35BB, 128SO)...Started the year at Akron and was promoted to Columbus on May 29...Was on the Triple-A D.L from June 23-July 7 with lower back tightness...In his Columbus debut he posted 8.0 shutout innings(3 hits)with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts...Was tied for fourth in the organization with 128 strikeouts...Fanned career-high 10 batters in 6.0 IP on May 12 at Binghamton.