Making roster would be dream for Redmond

Making roster would be dream for Redmond

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Todd Redmond put his best foot forward in the competition for a spot on Toronto's roster by allowing just two earned runs against the Orioles on Sunday afternoon.

Redmond surrendered four hits and one walk while striking out four during his fifth spring appearance. He's now allowed nine earned runs in 14 innings during the Grapefruit League season.

The overall numbers aren't impressive, but Redmond is coming off a pair of strong outings and likely will have a job at the end of camp. Whether it will be in the starting rotation or the bullpen remains unanswered.

"It would be a dream come true," Redmond said of the possibility of making the team. "Just like last year, being able to stay up there for a little bit and then this year, if I make the team, it's another dream that's happening."

Redmond made 17 appearances, including 14 starts, for the Blue Jays last season. He posted a 4.32 ERA while striking out 76 over 77 innings. He also surrendered an average of 1.5 home runs per nine innings and will need to improve those numbers in order to become a mainstay.

The 28-year-old has never started the regular season in the Major Leagues. That's something he hopes to change this year, and he believes the recent results will go a long way in his favor.

"That's the goal," Redmond said. "It's not supposed to be an easy decision for anybody. That's the goal, you're supposed to make it as tough as you can."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.