Timothy Gerard …Attended Upper Perkiomen High School in Red Hill, Pa.…Landed a spot with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League in 2012…Baseball America tabbed him as the No. 6 prospect in Division II prior to that 2012 campaign...Named an All-American in his junior year at Millersville University of Pennsylvania...As Millersville's No. 1 starter, he posted an 11-3 record and a PSAC-best 1.55 ERA in 2013...His accolades included Daktronics All-America Third Team, All-Atlantic Region First Team by Daktronics, ABCA and NCBWA, and All-PSAC East First Team.
Pitched a career-high 53.0 innings (51.1 in 2019) with a career-high 57 strikeouts (55 in 2019)... His 38 inherited runners tied for 13th most in MLB...Stranded 30 of those runners, allowing 21.1% of inherited runners to score, the 10th-best mark in the Majors... From June 1 to the end of the season, went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA (8 ER/39.1 IP) and a 0.74 WHIP... Made his season debut with a scoreless 1.0 IP on April 3 at NYY (H, 2K)...Was his first appearance since injuring his elbow Sept. 13, 2019, vs. NYY... Picked up his first win of the season on April 25 at TB (0.1 IP, 2 H), his first victory since July 29, 2019, at KC... Graduated with a Masters Degree in Sport Administration from Ohio University on April 30... Allowed his first runs of the season on May 7 at HOU (1.1 IP, 2H, 2ER, HR) after 12 scoreless outings to start the year... Surrendered his first homer since Aug. 21, 2019, at LAD... Didn’t allow an extra-base hit in 23 consecutive games from June 1-July 30, the 2nd-longest streak in club history (1st: Duane Ward - 24 games from Sept. 2, 1991-April 19, 1992)... Placed on the injured list with left elbow inflammation from Aug. 6-17... Picked up his first career save Aug. 29 at DET, going 1.1 innings with a hit.
Spent the year recovering from Tommy John surgery which he had in September, 2019... Did his rehab at a facility in Lancaster, PA, near his home... Spent a lot of his down time working on his Masters Degree in Sport Administration from Ohio University...Began the program in August of 2019 before his injury, and hopes to have it completed this spring.
Led the team with 68 appearances and 18 holds...Went 31.1 innings without allowing a homer from July 3, 2018-April 13, 2019...Gave up seven hits over 19 scoreless outings (16.1 IP, 5BB/20K) from Aug. 25, 2018-March 30, 2019...His 16.1 scoreless frames was the 5th longest active streak in the Majors at the time...Landed on the injured list from May 23-June 3 with left ulnar neuritis...Picked up his lone win of the season on July 29 at KC (1.1 IP, 1H, 1K)…Left the game on Sept. 13 vs. NYY with a left elbow injury after facing one batter...Underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on Sept. 18 in Dallas with Dr. Keith Meister.
Gave up seven hits over his last 18 scoreless outings (15.2 IP, 4BB/19K)…His 15.2 scoreless frames was the 5th longest active streak in the Majors and was the longest by a Blue Jay in 2018...Allowed runs in five of his 37 outings (13 ER/35.2 IP)…Let only four of his 27 inherited runners score...The 14.8% rate was the best on the team...Was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on April 10, April 23, May 3, June 1, June 23, July 8 and Aug. 15...His seven recalls tied a franchise high (Ryan Tepera-2016, Leonel Campos-2017)…Made his season debut on April 18 vs. KC (1.0 IP, H, BB, K)…Struck out a career-high four batters over 2.0 frames on July 11 at ATL...On Aug. 25 vs. PHI, tied a career high with 2.0 IP and tossed the longest hitless outing of his career as he retired all six batters faced (3K)…Did so again on Sept. 3 vs. TB, using a double play to go hitless over 2.0 IP while retiring all five hitters he faced...Pitched the 9th on Sept. 17 at BAL and struck out all three batters faced, doing so for the 1st time in his career...Improved to 3-0 for his career with his 2nd win of the season on Sept. 28 at TB.
Recorded at least one strikeout in 17 of his 19 MLB games for a 14.29 SO/9 ratio (highest among Toronto pitchers) and a 6.75 SO/BB ratio (2nd on TOR) ... Allowed just one extra-base hit (a double) to a left-handed hitter (37 PA) while limiting them to a .206 average (7-for-34, 3BB, 12K) ... Had his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo (1-1, 0.93 ERA in 11 games) on Aug. 14 ... Made his MLB debut on Aug. 15 vs. TB, tossing one inning (2H, 1K)…Struck out the 1st batter he faced (Peter Bourjos)… Became the first player from Millersville University to appear in a MLB game since RHP Jim Todd in 1979 (courtesy MLB network) ... Gave up his 1st home run on Aug. 18 at CHC to Javier Baez ... Was sent down to Buffalo on Aug. 19 and recalled again three days later ... Struck out a personal-best three batters on Aug. 24 at TB...Recorded three strikeouts again on Aug. 27 vs. MIN ... Picked up his 1st MLB win on Sept. 12 vs. BAL (0.1 IP, K).
Began the 2016 season at Advanced-A Dunedin...Posted a 1.66 ERA over 48.2 IP of work (28 games) ... On April 22, 2016 vs. Lakeland, combined to throw a no-hitter along with Brad Allen and Adonys Cardona...It was the first no-hitter recorded by Dunedin since 1992 ... Promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on June 20, 2016 ... Sent back to Dunedin on Aug. 4, 2016 after appearing in 14 games for the Fisher Cats (4.11 ERA, .281 opp. avg.) ... In 42 relief appearances between Dunedin and New Hampshire in 2016, combined to produce a 2.25 ERA with 30 walks and 65 strikeouts over 64.0 innings.
Posted career bests in WHIP (1.37), ERA (3.07), opponents' batting average (.238) and H/9 ratio (7.92) during the 2015 season at Class-A Lansing ... Made a spot start for Lansing in 2015 on Aug. 22 vs. Bowling Green and tossed five scoreless innings (1H, 1BB, 5K) ... Recorded a save in his 1st career professional postseason contest - Sept. 12 vs. West Michigan...Worked 2.1 innings that afternoon (allowed 1 ER) ... Was added to the Toronto Blue Jays Arizona Fall League roster after the 2015 campaign.