The Blue Jays named a plethora of players who will suit up for them in Thursday’s opener against the Yankees, following their tie with the Tigers on Sunday.
Though there were many intriguing names on the Opening Day roster, the one that jumped out to me was Tim Mayza, who may be new to most fans.
Mayza was drafted by the Jays in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of Millersville University, a division 2 school.
Mayza worked his way through the Jays organization and made his Major League debut in 2018, despite not being a high draft pick.
Mayza appeared to be establishing himself at the Major league level in 2019, striking out over a batter per inning and appearing like he was going to be a good middle inning arm in the Blue Jays bullpen for years to come after spending time between Buffalo and Toronto for most of the 2018 season.
All of that changed on a September evening against the Yankees, when Mayza suffered a devastating arm injury that necessitated Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon repair.
The Pennsylvania native went from being a sure thing to being a question mark for a spot in the Blue Jays bullpen in 2020.
Mayza was scheduled to be out for at least 16 months after both procedures. Mayza’s career appeared to be finished before it even began, given his lack of MLB experience.
How Much Does Tim Mayza Make?
Tim Mayza is paid an average of $1,250,000 each year. Mayza will be paid a base salary of $1,250,000 in 2022.