Jimmy Key Profile

“He’s (Jimmy Key) a pitcher, not a thrower. He has an average fastball, a good sinker and curve, and knows how to change speed on his pitches. He also throws a cut fastball with good movement on it. And, his control is outstanding.” – Coach Al Widmar

Jimmy Key began his 9-year career in Toronto beginning in 1984.  The crafty left-handed pitcher was drafted in the third round of the 1982 amateur draft out of Clemson University.  Key became a mainstay in the starting rotation in 1985 under then-manager Bobby Cox.

Jimmy’s finest year came in 1987 when he finished runner-up to Roger Clemens in Cy Young award voting.  Key went 17-8 that season and led the league in ERA with a sparkling 2.76 mark.  He pitched a career-high 261IP in that season.

Key’s finest moment came in 1992 when he started Game 4 after pitching only 3 innings in relief in the ALCS.  Key held the Atlanta Braves to a single run, getting the victory in a 2-1 game.  Blue Jays fans gave their favourite son a standing ovation as he walked off the mound in his last start in a Blue Jays uniform.

For those of you who never had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy Key pitch in his prime in a Blue Jays uniform, I’ve put together a video that you can see below.  It features footage of Key’s filthy pickoff move as well as his “Key” start in the 1992 World Series.

More from Callum Hughson
Jesse Barfield’s Top Five Outfield Assists
Last year we ranked the Best Outfield Arms in Blue Jays History and...
Read More
0 replies on “Jimmy Key Profile”