Wilmer Font and BHC Scribe Make Their Respective Debuts in Buffalo
Just a few days ago Wilmer Font was pitching for the Ottawa Champions in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. Friday night in Buffalo was gorgeous and he is the starter for the Buffalo Bisons. This is also considered his organizational debut.
The Venezuelan native is 26 years old and in 2007 he began his career with the Arizona League Rangers. This is where he began his climb through the Texas Rangers organization. In 2010 he underwent Tommy John surgery, and would miss the entire 2011 season. Over the course of the 2012 season he had made his move from A advanced to AA until September when he got his major league call up. Font made his MLB debut on September 18th, 2012 when he came in for relief. Over the course of 2012 and 2013 he would see a total 3.1 IP over 5 appearances.
At the end of the 2013 season he was out righted to AAA, however, he was then released a short time after. In November of 2014 Font had signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Font spent 2015 in AA before he joined the Champions. On July 4th, the Ottawa Champions sold the contract of Wilmer Font to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Font was originally assigned to AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats, however, with Drew Hutchison on the big league roster as of Friday morning the Blue Jays promoted Font to the Bisons to be the games starter.
Font is listed as 6’4 and 240, but even from the second level at Coca-Cola Field he looks even bigger than that. He had a very solid outing, he was consistently hitting his spots and mixing his fastballs with a great breaking ball that handcuffed batters a few times. Font’s final line of the night was 6.0IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 0K’s and took the loss in a 3-1 game. You could not have expected more of out of Wilmer, if he is to stay with the Bisons for an extended amount of time I would suspect that he may get moved into a relief role. His fastball sat all night about 92-94 mph, and he threw a breaking ball in the low 80’s, which realistically would be a good relief or a set up man for the Bisons.
In looking at the entire situation of the Blue Jays buying his contract I believe it was a very good move for the organization to strengthen their pitching core. We are seeing a rare sight with a lot of 6 year veterans on this team and it is showing the depth of this organization, which is nothing but good news.
The Second Newbie.
I, Dan Langille, had went to my first Bisons game to sit in the press box. Now most of you would say, so, who cares Dan? This was an experience I will not soon forget. After arriving at the ball park I had quickly received my media pass and the world was my oyster. After entering the only air conditioned area in the ball park, I found the TV and the lounge room with a few of the video operators hanging out enjoying a coffee. Everyone was talking about what they were going to be doing with their few days off with the impending All-Star break for MiLB. Golfing, relaxing, were most of the answers.
Myself and other members of the media, and the workers were treated with a spread for a meal and all of the cold pop and hot coffee we could drink. After filling my stomach with some food and a coffee, I began to get my laptop set up and really experience everything that was going on around me. Where we sat, was in the same room as the official scorer for the Bisons. This was incredible since we were the first ones to hear how each play would be scored, errors, hits, and so on.
After the game had ended with the LeHigh Valley Iron Pigs winning, I continued to sit their enjoying the company, continuing to write and enjoying the fireworks out of the large glass windows that contained the cool air-conditioned air in the media section. This was my first game, and I hope it was not my last.