Jairo Labourt

Position: LHSP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Erie SeaWolves
League: Eastern League
Born: 03/07/1994 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205
B/T: Left / Left
Acquired: Signed as international free agent 3/7/11 (DET)

Prospect Spotlight

Labourt was a key piece in the 2015 trade-deadline deal that brought David Price (LHP, Red Sox) to the Blue Jays in return for Labourt, as well as Daniel Norris (LHP, Tigers) and lefty Matt Boyd (LHP, Triple-A Toledo). It was a limited 2/3-inning view of Labourt, but his stuff looked better than his line would suggest (two runs, one hit, a walk, and a pair of strikeouts). Labourt pitches out of the stretch, and his delivery was more compact that I’ve seen in prior views. His plus to double-plus fastball sat 94-to-95 mph and he worked it to both sides of the plate with run and tail, but his command was erratic, though the movement itself was plus. His slider was average, and though inconsistent in execution, he was able to add and subtract from it, and get some backup action to right-handers. Converted to a relief role just this year after 400 innings as a starter in pro ball, Labourt tries to throw everything hard now, and shows just a fair feel for pitching. He still needs refinement in his fastball command and overall control, but he’s improving in that area out of the pen, with the BB/9 dropping this year to 2.52 BB/9 from last year’s 7.2 BB/9 over 87 innings at High A Lakeland. That said, the ingredients are there in the two-pitch combo for Labourt to settle into a realistic role of an average major league middle reliever. The Tigers also see some potential – he was promoted to Triple-A Toledo immediately following the All-Star game.