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27 Brett Cecil RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 7/2/1986 | Birthplace: Dunkirk, MD | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Toronto | College: Maryland | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $510,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/36 | Average Draft Position: 156.61
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Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil works perfect inning on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil pitched a perfect inning in a non-save situation on Monday. With the team up by four runs, manager John Gibbons wanted to get Cecil some work. He struck out two in the inning.

Though he has just two saves on the year, Cecil has been pitching much better since regaining the closer role in early May. In six appearances this month, the 28-year-old lefty has allowed just one earned run while striking out eight in six innings. He now owns a 3.46 ERA over 13 innings this season.

Cecil hasn't pitched in back-to-back games since the middle of April, as the Blue Jays have struggled to get him save opportunities. Monday's win was just their second in the last nine games.


Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil slams door in ninth for save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil pitched a perfect ninth inning Monday to earn the save against the Yankees.

The Blue Jays trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning but rallied for three runs to hand Cecil the ninth to close out.

Cecil has struggled during the early part of the season and had lost the closers role at one point to rookie Miguel Castro.

Cecil has now posted saves in his last two opportunities.

Brett Cecil regains Blue Jays' closer role


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil will get another shot as closer. 

Cecil blew his first save attempt of the season, on April 8, and lost the job to rookie Miguel Castro. After blowing two of six save attempts and suffering a pair of losses, Castro was demoted to the minor leagues.

Cecil picked up his first save on April 28. He has a 1-2 won-loss record and a 5.14 ERA. 


Blue Jays new closer Brett Cecil earns first save of the year Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Blue Jays newly named closer Brett Cecil didn't need much time to pick up his first save of the season, closing out the ninth inning in Toronto's 11-8 win over the Red Sox Tuesday.

Cecil, who was named the closer earlier in the day, struck out Brock Holt to get things started. Then after a Ryan Hanigan single, he finished things off getting Mookie Betts to ground out to second. 

Cecil, who is 1-2 on the year, lowered his ERA to 6.00 in six innings of work.


Brett Cecil back in closer's role for Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil is returning to the closer's role, manager John Gibbons announced Thursday. Gibbons added Aaron Loup and Roberto Osuna will serve as the primary setup relievers.

Cecil was removed as the team's closer April 9 after a rocky start to the season. Rookie Miguel Castro was elevated to the closer's role after Cecil was removed from the ninth-inning responsibilities.

Castro initially thrived in the closer's role before running into his own issues. He is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA, two saves and two blown saves in his last five outings. Gibbons said he will use Castro in low-leverage situations to help get him back on track.


Blue Jays manager said he would have went with Brett Cecil to close


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that if a closer was needed Monday he would have went with reliever Brett Cecil, according to TSN 1050.

Miguel Castro has served as the Blue Jays closer this season but was used in the ninth inning of a tie game Monday, surrendering the game-winning run to the Red Sox.

Castro has blown two of his last four save opportunities.


Castro, Osuna, Cecil unavailable for Blue Jays on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Blue Jays relievers Miguel Castro, Roberto Osuna and Brett Cecil will not be available for Friday's game against the Orioles, according to TSN.ca.

All three pitchers threw at least one inning in Thursday's 6-3 win against the Yankees. Castro finished off the win for his first career save.


Blue Jays P Brett Cecil tosses scoreless eighth inning


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) After being demoted as the team's closer, Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil rebounded on Thursday in the team's 6-3 win over the Yankees.

Cecil came into the game with the team leading in the eighth inning. He did not allow a hit and struck out two with one walk. 


Jays' Brett Cecil temporarily removed as team's closer


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil has been temporarily removed from the team's closer role, according to MLB.com. Pitcher Miguel Castro becomes an option for the ninth inning, while Cecil will take the mound for the team in the seventh and eighth innings.

Manager John Gibbons talked to Cecil about the move, citing that this will give the pitcher the opportunity to work through some early issues he's been experiencing. 

Cecil's velocity has dropped off a bit, and the team hopes his velocity will increase due to the additional work on the mound. The pitcher missed most of spring training with shoulder soreness, going four innings with four strikeouts and one walk on four hits.


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil takes blown save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil was stuck with a blown save Wednesday after giving up one hit and one walk while recording just one out in his team's 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

Cecil was brought on with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning after Aaron Loup failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. The Blue Jays closer followed a run-scoring wild pitch with a strikeout, but he hit the next batter he faced to tie the game before surrendering an RBI single to the next batter, which was the final player he faced Wednesday.

Cecil sat at 87 mph with his fastball Wednesday and never topped 88 mph, MLB.com reports. He typically worked in the 91-to-93-mph range last season.

"I feel good, but I have to keep reminding myself I'm about two weeks behind everybody else," Cecil said after the outing. "The feeling-great part, that's all there, but I think everything else is on its way up and not all there yet. ... But as far as feeling-wise, everything feels good, it feels great."


Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil makes spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil (shoulder) made his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. Cecil tossed a perfect inning of relief and had one strikeout.

Cecil will take a few days off before throwing in back-to-back games Sunday and Monday, per TSN.ca.


Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil wants to cut down on walk rate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) As long as Brett Cecil can recover from his shoulder injury in time for the start of the season, he is going to be the Blue Jays' closer.

“Right now it would be Cecil,” manager John Gibbons said Sunday, per the Toronto Star. “Earlier in the spring it could have been (Aaron) Sanchez, but it’s probably not going to happen now.

“Cecil felt pretty good throwing (Saturday), so if everything moves in the right direction, he’ll be the guy. Then if something happens during the season, somebody takes over that role, good for them.”

Cecil did mention if he is going to be successful in the closer's role, he will need better fastball command so he doesn't have to rely on his curveball as much. Cecil walked a career-worst 4.6 batters per nine innings in 2014.

“If I’m going to be the closer, then obviously the walks have to come down, which means fastball command has to get better," he said. "So, in turn, I’m hoping that I don’t have to go to my curveball so quickly in counts.”


Blue Jays' Gibbons names Brett Cecil closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons named pitcher Brett Cecil as the team's closer Sunday, Sportsnet reports.

Cecil was the clear favorite to earn the role after Marcus Stroman suffered a season-ending ACL injury, as his primary competitor, Aaron Sanchez, is set to now open the season in the rotation. Cecil has yet to pitch in a major-league game this spring due to a shoulder issue but did throw 15 pitches in a minor-league game Saturday.


Brett Cecil feels good after 15 pitches in Blue Jays minor league game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil returned to the mound with one inning in a minor league game on Saturday. 

Cecil threw 15 pitches, 12 for strikes, and gave up a run on two doubles. He felt good afterward, according to the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy

Cecil is expected to pitch another inning in a minor league game on Tuesday as he returns from a sore shoulder.


Brett Cecil to pitch Saturday, Tuesday for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Brett Cecil will pitch the first inning of a Blue Jays' minor league game on Saturday, as scheduled. 

Cecil is returning from a shoulder injury. If there are no setbacks, Cecil will get two days off and then pitch the first inning of a minor league game again on Tuesday, per Sportsnet's Barry Davis


Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil to throw in minor-league game Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil (shoulder) said he felt good after throwing another side session Wednesday, per the Toronto Star. He will throw in a minor-league game Saturday before likely making his return to a major-league spring game.

"I have the feel for all of that right now in the 'pen," Cecil said when asked how long it usually takes to get comfortable with all of his pitches, per MLB.com. "Usually my curveball isn't as good in the 'pen as it is in the game, just [got to] get that extra adrenaline going.

"I had a couple of hitters in there today, but it's still not the same as a game situation. I like to have something to aim at, and the batter is one of the things I like to aim at when I throw it. Having a hitter in there in a game situation is good reference point for throwing different pitches."


Brett Cecil scheduled for brief 10-pitch session on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil will toss a brief 10-pitch session off a mound on Saturday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Cecil, who is competing for the closer's role, was sidelined with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but remains hopeful of being ready come opening day. 

Blue Jays still looking for lefty for bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Blue Jays are looking for another lefthander for their bullpen, as Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury has created a ripple effect throughout the pitching staff.

Stroman's vacancy in the starting rotation will be filled by Aaron Sanchez, who was expected to share closing duties with Brett Cecil

That means Cecil can't help with relief in the middle innings, as was the original plan when he was slated as a co-closer. Manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm that it would be "ideal" to find another southpaw to help with the mid-innings.

Jeff Francis , signed by the team during the offseason, is a candidate. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings with three teams last year.

"He's a different type pitcher now, but I could see a place on this team for him. ... He's going to come out and throw strikes, and that's so valuable coming out of the bullpen," Gibbons said. "You don't want to bring in guys trying to find the strike zone. He can be tough on lefties, but he can also get righties out. I think, too, coming out of the bullpen in that role, that can extend his career another four or five years. He's a great competitor."

Colt Hynes, who went 1-4 with a 3.67 for two Triple-A teams last year, is also a candidate for the spot. 


Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil could resume throwing Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said reliever Brett Cecil, who is competing for the closer's role, "feels good" Monday, per Sportsnet.ca. The Blue Jays are hopeful Cecil will resume throwing Tuesday.

Cecil is currently sidelined due to inflammation in his rotator cuff. He has been sidelined since being scratched from his spring outing Friday.

"We'll work with the trainers and get him in a game as soon as possible, within reason," Walker said. "Obviously he needs to feel good, but there is plenty of time for him to be ready for opening day. If he gets six or seven appearances, we'll be good to go."


Brett Cecil to miss up to 10 days for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) An MRI on Brett Cecil's shoulder revealed inflammation in his rotator cuff. Originally expected to miss a couple days, Cecil will now sit out up to 10 days in Blue Jays' camp. 

Cecil was battling Aaron Sanchez for the closer spot, and manager John Gibbons indicated that Cecil's prolonged absence could help Sanchez wrap up the role.  


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil scratched with shoulder issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil did not pitch on Friday due to a shoulder injury, according to MLB.com.

Cecil's shoulder is a bit tender, and the team didn't want to take any chances. Manager John Gibbons did not seem concerned about the injury, saying "we don’t think it’s a big deal."

The 28-year-old Cecil posted a 2.70 ERA over 53 1/3 innings last season. He's competing for the closer role this spring. 


Blue Jays' Gibbons yet to settle on closer, could use committee


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that while Brett Cecil has the ability to close, he might not serve as the team's closer, the National Post reports.

"He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else," Gibbons said.

The manager also raised the possibility of using multiple closers.

"It could be one of those deals where one night he might be closing, the other night he might have to come in at the end of the seventh or eighth inning," Gibbons said.

Despite the face that Gibbons hasn't deemed Cecil his closer, he did praise his pitching ability Tuesday.

"He’s got some overpowering stuff," Gibbons said. "He’s a lefty and I don’t think there’s a better curveball out there. He can throw it for strikes, he can bring it down low in the zone and bounce it for a strikeout. That’s kind of his go-to pitch. He doesn’t rattle. He’s pretty confident and calm when he’s out there."

Cecil went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA, 76:27 K:BB ratio and five saves in 53 1/3 innings in 2014. He owns a 11.1 career K/9 rate in relief.


Blue Jays RP Brett Cecil recovers from flu, throws bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil threw his first bullpen session Wednesday after sitting out the previous two days due to the flu, per MLB.com.

"I thought he looked really good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I thought he looked a little pale, but I thought he threw the ball really well."


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil believes he can close


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil believes he can be the team's closer, according to MLB.com.

"Absolutely, I want it," Cecil said. "I don't think I necessarily have to prove anything. I can't go out there and tank Spring Training, but I think they know I can do it." Cecil did manage to notch five saves last season. He posted a 2.70 ERA over 53 1/3 innings with the club.

Cecil is expected to compete for the closer role with Aaron Sanchez during camp. Sanchez has started in the past, but it's unclear if the team will stretch him out this spring. 


Blue Jays' Brett Cecil behind Aaron Sanchez in closer battle?


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that pitcher Brett Cecil would likely be the closer if the season started today, unless Aaron Sanchez is in the bullpen as well, Sportsnet reports.

Cecil picked up five saves in 2014 while posting a 2.70 ERA and 76:27 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. He's been excellent since being transitioned to the bullpen full-time in 2013. Sanchez, the team's No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, would like to start but may be squeezed out of the rotation during the spring.

GM Alex Anthopoulos said in November that the team wanted Sanchez to remain stretched out during the spring despite J.A. Happ being penciled into the final spot in the rotation. However, Gibbons indicated earlier this week that Sanchez could factor into the closer mix if he's placed in the bullpen.