TORONTO -- Left-hander Brett Cecil made his case for a promotion to the big leagues with a quality start in his first outing for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Cecil surrendered three runs on 11 hits, while striking out six and not walking a batter over 6 2/3 innings. His fastball only registered in the 86-88 mph range, but Blue Jays manager John Farrell was pleased with the scouting report he received after the game.
"He gave up a high number of hits, he benefited from some good defense behind him, but seemingly he carried his stuff through six innings, started to falter a little bit in the seventh," Farrell said. "But coming on the heels of a long travel day, he came out and threw the ball very good.
"His breaking stuff had much tighter action to it. So he pitched well last night."
Cecil was expected to begin the season as Toronto's No. 3 starter, but he lost his job late in camp following a series of subpar outings in Spring Training. Cecil opened the year in Double-A, where he proceeded to post a 3.38 ERA in 42 2/3 innings before heading to the Pacific Coast League.
The 25-year-old is in the mix of pitchers being considered to fill the void in Toronto's starting rotation following an injury to Brandon Morrow. Triple-A right-hander Jesse Chavez appears to be the early favorite for the job, but a decision isn't expected until later this week.
"What we'll likely do, the starter to come up likely will pitch on Monday," said Farrell, whose team has an off-day on Thursday. "That way it does provide an extra day for Kyle [Drabek], and it just allows us to take advantage of the off-day for everyone in the rotation."