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Julian Merryweather just wants to get back on the mound

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21.10.2019

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Julian Merryweather just wants to pitch.

He’s not trying to prove anything to anyone at this point.

Normally, a young prospect would hear the chatter or see the social media opinions.

The Josh Donaldson trade was a fiasco, and the Toronto Blue Jays got nothing in return for a franchise icon who rediscovered his form once he got outside the walls of Rogers Centre.

“Who did the Blue Jays get in the Josh Donaldson trade?” was a popular Google search when the MLB postseason started earlier this month.

A product of Junipero Serra High School in northern California, which counts Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Jim Fregosi and Lynn Swann amongst its alumni, Merryweather grins when it’s mentioned.

“None of that Instagram or Twitter stuff, so I’m kind of off it,” Merryweather says as he leans on the dugout rail of a completely empty Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, spring training home to the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. “It keeps my head clear, for sure. It doesn’t really affect me much hearing about it and questions about it don’t really bother me. It’s part of it. It was definitely a cool experience to be a part of that trade and I’m hoping to have it pay off for the Blue Jays coming up.”

With that said, he’s not going out of his way to prove Ross Atkins & Co. right.

“I would never put it in those words, per se,” Merryweather says. “I’m not trying to prove myself against a guy like Donaldson. It’s more about being the best version of me and going out and executing what I can execute. I know it’s going to be beneficial for both sides and that’s my focus.”

It’s not a mature-beyond-his-years way of looking at things.

Merryweather is actually is mature.

He’s 28.

Not exactly the typical age of a prospect showing up in the talent-rich Arizona Fall League to attempt to put the finishing touches on his climb to the big leagues.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander actually isn’t the oldest player pitching in the........

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