Wanted: Big league-ready lefty

Fresh off an impressive stint in the Arizona Fall League, left-hander David Purcey was added to the Jays’ 40-man roster on Tuesday. In six starts for the Scottsdale Scorpions, the 25-year-old posted a 1.23 ERA and struck out 25 batters in 22.0 innings of work.

As MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian noted in his weekly mailbag, Toronto is likely to roll out five righties in the starting rotation to begin the season. Gustavo Chacin is in the mix for the No. 5 spot, but that will likely go to either Jesse Litsch or Casey Janssen.

Five right-handers is certainly not ideal in the majors, meaning there would be no better time than the present for Purcey to finally realize his potential and make the jump to the big leagues.

Since we’re talking about left-handers, how about a look at the Top 5 southpaw starters (in terms of wins) in Blue Jays franchise history …

1. Jimmy Key, 116 (1984-92)
2. David Wells, 84 (1987-92, 1999-2000)
3. John Cerutti, 46 (1985-90)
4. Ted Lilly, 37 (2004-06)
5. Mike Flanagan, 26 (1987-90)

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