July 24 Minor League Report/July 25 Preview

Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman

 

So Marcus Stroman was kinda good today. He threw seven innings of one-hit ball and just dominated the Red Sox. If you’re interested, check out the archives of our podcast and you’ll find an interview with him from last summer, around the end of June while he was playing in New Hampshire.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 3, Syracuse Chiefs 1

 

In an afternoon clash, the Bisons topped the Chiefs, getting an outstanding performance from Raul Valdes who went seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf had two hits including a home run while Jonathan Diaz was 2/3.

Player of the Game: Raul Valdes and Ryan Schimpf

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Harrisburg Senators 3

 

Andy Burns continues to swing a hot bat for the Fisher Cats, going 2/4 with a home run, a stolen base and two RBI. Since June 8 (a date I randomly picked and not including yesterday’s game), Burns is hitting .299/.356/.521 and is showing the bat that got him promoted to the Eastern League mid-way through last season. Joining him in the two-hit club were Sean Ochinko, Derrick Chung (who drove in two runs) and Dalton Pompey (2/5, CS). Daniel Norris had a great start for the Fisher Cats, going five scoreless innings, giving up two hits but walking four and striking out six.

 

Andy Burns

Andy Burns

Player of the Game: Andy Burns and Daniel Norris

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

 

Sean Nolin continues his rehab and went 4 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Efrain Nieves, Wil Browning and Tony Davis combined to finish off the game without allowing any more runners to score. Despite getting nine hits, the offense could only score the one run. Marcus Knecht drove the run in and had two hits and a walk while Santiago Nessy also had two hits.

 

Marcus Knecht

Marcus Knecht

Player of the Game: Marcus Knecht

 

Lansing Lugnuts 3, Peoria Chiefs 2

 

The Lansing Lugnuts rallied in the top of the ninth to come back and beat the Peoria Chiefs by 3-2 score. Chase De Jong allowed single runs in the first and second but settled down to go four innings. Francisco Gracesqui was excellent, allowing just a hit and a walk through three innings while Jimmy Cordero and Phil Kish finished the game off. Not much happened until the ninth when Mitch Nay started the rally with a single. David Harris walked and Dickie Joe Thon followed that up with a single, scoring Nay. With runners on second and third Justin Atkinson reached on an error, allowing the two other runners to score giving the Lugnuts the lead. Overall, both Nay and Dean had two hits each, as did Daniel Klein who subbed in for Mike Reeves and went 2/2.

 

Francisco Gracesqui

Francisco Gracesqui

Player of the Game: Mitch Nay and Francisco Gracesqui

 

Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 7

 

In Game 1 of the double header, Andrew Case made the start for Vancouver and allowed two unearned runs in three innings. He fared better than Tim Mayza who surrendered five runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings. Alberto Tirado made an appearance and didn’t allow a run in 2 1/3 innings and gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout. The offense keyed around Boomer Collins and Brenden Kalfus who each had two hits. Ryan McBroom drove in two runs with a double.

 

Boomer Collins

Player of the Game: Boomer Collins and Brenden Kalfus

 

Vancouver Canadians 5, Hillsboro Hops 2

 

The Canadians righted the ship in the second half of the double header, facing their old teammate Kyle Anderson. Chase Mallard got the start and threw three two-hit, scoreless innings while Adaric Kelly, making his first appearance since a demotion from Lansing, struck out three in two one-hit innings. Yeyfry Del Rosaio gave up two runs (on a two-run home run) but struck out three over his two innings of work. Ryan McBroom went 2/3 with a double and an RBI and Boomer Collins and Seth Conner also had two singles and an RBI apiece.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom, Chase Mallard and Adaric Kelly

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Elizabethton Twins 3

 

For the second straight game, the Blue Jays scored only two runs against Elizabethton and fell 3-2. Rowdy Tellez had two of the six hits including a double and drove in two runs. Josh Almonte also had another two-hit game and pushed his batting average to .328 on the season. Joey Aquino had a great outing, going six innings and allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts. J.T. Autrey allowed two more runs to take the loss and Alberto Guzman finished with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

 

Rowdy Tellez

Rowdy Tellez

Player of the Game: Joey Aquino and Rowdy Tellez

 

GCL Blue Jays 9, GCL Phillies 2

 

In Game 1 of a double header, the Jays thumped the Phillies thanks to some big games for some of the hitters. Lane Thomas was 2/4 with a double, a triple and two RBI while Andres De Aza also had two hits (including a double) and an RBI. Juan Kelly was 2/3 and Matt Morgan was 1/3 with a double and two RBI. On the mound, second-round pick Sean Reid-Foley threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Jonathan Wandling finished with 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Jonathan Wandling

 

GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Phillies 12

 

Game 2 wasn’t as kind to the Blue Jays as Angel Perdomo couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up four runs. Francis Eduardo and Brandon Hinkle each pitched well (over two scoreless innings) but Joe Claver got hammered for six runs (five earned) and Jonathan Torres didn’t even get a batter out, walking all four that he faced and ended up charged with two runs. Trey Pascazi was 3/3, getting half of the team’s hits.

Player of the Game: Trey Pascazi

 

DSL Blue Jays 10, DSL Tigers 4

 

Enmanuel Moreta‘s first home run in professional baseball drove the Blue Jays on to a win against the Tigers. Moreta, a first baseman, has been one of the most consistent players with the bat and he went 3/5 with a double and a single as well as the home run and drove in three runs. Leudy Garcia was 2/2 with a double, two walks and an RBI while Miguel Almonte (2/4, BB, 2 RBI), Francisco Rodriguez (2/5, 2B) and Ronniel Demorizi (3/5, 2 R, RBI) also had multi-hit games. Luis Gomez was the best pitcher, going three innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Enmanuel Moreta

 

 

 

July 25 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (51-53)

 

P.J. Walters gets the start for the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV as they host the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (49-56)

 

Casey Lawrence tries to continue his good run as the Fisher Cats continue their series on the road against the Harrisburg Senators at 7:00 PM on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (61-42)

 

Ben White is slated for the start as the D-Jays are home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (48-53)

 

Brad Allen is the man on the hill for the Lugnuts at 8:00 PM as they continue their series on the road in Peoria against the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm club, the Chiefs.

 

Vancouver Canadians (26-15)

 

Chase Mallard, a 2014 draftee, is on the hill for the Canadians at home at 4:05 PM against the Hillsboro Hops. Mallard has been outstanding this year; with the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Vancouver Canadians, Mallard has a combined 1.29 ERA through 28 innings and has only walked one batter with 22 strikeouts.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-17)

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays host the Danville Braves at 7:05 PM. Starters haven’t been announced but it could very well be Daniel Lietz.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 23 Minor League Report/July 24 Preview

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The Blue Jays got another win against the Boston Red Sox, getting two perfect innings from Aaron Sanchez in his major league debut as well as a home run from Jose Bautista.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 0, Syracuse Chiefs 5

 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx made the start for the Bisons but got knocked around a bit, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings pitched. Kyle Drabek was very good, giving up just two hits over two innings with three strikeouts. Randy Boone made his return to Triple-A (for the first time since 2011) with a scoreless inning. The offense couldn’t get anything going against A.J. Cole, getting only four hits including two from Jonathan Diaz.

Player of the Game: None

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Trenton Thunder 5

 

Matt Boyd did not have a good start against the Trenton Thunder, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk in four innings. Scott Gracey and Mickey Storey combined for five innings of scoreless relief to give the Fisher Cats a chance to get back into the game but the Thunder pitchers held the bats at bay. Only four players accounted for all eight hits including two hits each from Dalton Pompey, K.C. Hobson (who hit a double) and Jorge Flores. Jack Murphy subbed in for Sean Ochinko and hit a home run and a double.

Player of the Game: Jack Murphy

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Bradenton Marauders 4

 

The Blue Jays were hurt by the long ball as they couldn’t get any offense going either, losing by a score of 4-0. Jesse Hernandez allowed three solo home runs over six innings and Justin Jackson gave up the fourth solo shot in the eighth with Griffin Murphy throwing another scoreless inning. Of the club’s eight hits, three came from Shane Opitz and another three came from Gustavo Pierre with Emilio Guerrero going 1/3 with a walk.

 

Shane  Opitz

Shane Opitz

Player of the Game: Shane Opitz and Emilio Guerrero

 

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Peoria Chiefs 7

 

Both teams saved their scoring until the later innings but the Lugnuts managed to score that one extra run in the top of the 10th to come away with a victory. Brent Powers only threw three innings, allowing an unearned run before Matt Dermody came in to throw another four scoreless innings. Starlyn Suriel, freshly promoted from Vancouver, came out of the pen to throw an inning allowing an unearned run before Phil Kish took over and gave up five runs in 1/3 of an inning in a rare, poor outing. Scott Silverstein picked up the win, pitching the last 1 2/3 innings of the game. Matt Dean showed off his power, going 2/5 with a double, a home run and two RBI while Chaz Frank and Derrick Loveless each had two hits (a single and a triple) and two RBI with Loveless picking up a walk. D.J. Davis was 1/3 with two walks and two stolen bases (but was picked off and caught stealing) and Justin Atkinson drove in the winning run with his 10th-inning single, going 1/5.

Player of the Game: Matt Dean

 

Vancouver Canadians: Game postponed due to rain

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Elizabethton Twins 5

 

Ryan Borucki had a great game, striking out seven batters without walking anyone over five innings and allowing only one run on three hits. Conor Fisk was also very strong out of the pen, going three innings and striking out five. It was Dusty Isaacs who allowed the Twins to score four runs (two earned) in the ninth inning to give the Twins the victory. Notably, the Bluefield Blue Jays didn’t walk anyone through the entire game. Dan Jansen had one of his best games as a professional, going 3/4 with a double and a home run while Aaron Attaway was 1/2 with a triple, a walk and an RBI.

Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki and Dan Jansen

 

GCL Blue Jays: Game postponed due to rain

 

DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Tigers 11

 

The pitching was not good despite the club racking up 15 strikeouts as a whole. Luis Sanchez struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings but allowed five runs while Wilfri Aleton (2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K), Kelyn Jose (1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 K) and Thony Vinicio (2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the pieces. Edward Olivares continues to prove himself to be a good signing; the 18-year-old outfielder was 2/5 with a home run and three RBI. Manuel Herazo was 2/3.

Player of the Game: Edward Olivares

 

 

 

July 24 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (50-53)

 

The Herd continue their homestand with a game against their division rival Syracuse Chiefs with Raul Valdes on the mound against Taylor Hill. Catch this game at 1:05 PM either at Coca-Cola Field just over the border or on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (48-56)

 

The Fisher Cats head out on the road to face another Washington Nationals affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators. Daniel Norris will start for the Fisher Cats at 7:00 PM against an undetermined starter on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (61-41)

 

Sean Nolin continues his comeback from injury with the D-Jays, starting a 6:30 PM game at home against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (47-53)

 

The Lugnuts will send Chase De Jong to the hill for another shot while facing the Peoria Chiefs on the road at 8:00 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (25-14)

 

Maritimer Andrew Case is scheduled to make his first professional start as a member of the Canadians in the first half of a double header that starts at 8:05 PM ET against the Hillsboro Hops. Jairo Labourt is scheduled for the back half.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-16)

 

Joey Aquino takes the hill for the Blue Jays as they continue to host the Elizabethton Twins at 7:05 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 22 Minor League Report/July 23 Preview

Ryan Schimpf
Ryan Schimpf

Ryan Schimpf

 

The Blue Jays evened up their series with the Boston Red Sox, beating them 7-3 and getting a strong start from J.A. Happ and home runs from Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro. Of course, the big news was the Aaron Sanchez was called up although he didn’t get into the game.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 6

 

The Aaron Sanchez-less Bisons beat the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and ex-Blue Jay Jo-Jo Reyes. Radhames Liz was tagged for all six runs in 4 1/3 innings but the bullpen came to the rescue with Ryan Tepera giving up just one hit (which allowed an inherited runner to score) over his 1 2/3 innings and he earned all five of his outs with strikeouts. Chad Jenkins provided two innings of perfect relief and Bobby Korecky was perfect in his inning to pick up his 13th save. Brad Glenn stepped up with a huge game, going 4/5 and driving in a run but Ryan Schimpf had a bigger impact on the result, hitting a double and a home run, scoring twice and driving in three. Cory Aldridge (2/5, 2 RBI), Mike McDade (2/4) and Andy LaRoche (2/5, R) also had multi-hit games.

Player of the Game: Ryan Schimpf

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Trenton Thunder 0

 

Timely hitting late in the game that went along with an outstanding pitching performance by Scott Copeland made for a shutout by the Fisher Cats. Copeland picked up his sixth win with an eight-inning, three-hit, one walk outing. Sean Ochinko, in his first game of the year, drove in two runs with a double and Kevin Nolan continues to be red hot, going 2/4 with a stolen base and driving in the third run. Andy Burns is now hitting over .250 (.251 to be exact) with a 2/4 game and Dalton Pompey was 2/4 with a double and a stolen base and seems to be really settling in for the Fisher Cats.

 

Scott Copeland

Scott Copeland

Player of the Game: Scott Copeland

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Bradenton Marauders 1

 

The Blue Jays lost in a pitching duel to the Bradenton Marauders and one of the Pirates’ top prospects in Tyler Glasnow. Kendall Graveman did his best to keep up, allowing just one run on eight hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. Chad Girodo and Ben White also got into the game. The Blue Jays only had six hits and Ian Parmley‘s double was the only extra-base hit of the night.

 

Kendall Graveman

Kendall Graveman

Player of the Game: Kendall Graveman

 

Lansing Lugnuts: Scheduled Off Day

 

Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 13

 

It went down to the wire on Monday night but the Vancouver Canadians just missed (by virtue of the tiebreakers) clinching a playoff spot. They got their second half off on the wrong foot by losing 13-3 to Hillsboro. Lefty Zak Wasilewski allowed six runs over five innings and Kamakani Usui allowed another four (two were earned) with Mark Biggs allowing three. Only Jose Fernandez, who pitched the ninth, got through the game without allowing any runs. Despite nine hits, the offense could only muster three runs. Ryan McBroom had two hits, as did Boomer Collins who was 2/4 with a double and drove in all three of the club’s runs.

 

Boomer Collins

Player of the Game: Boomer Collins

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 7, Pulaski Mariners 2

 

Evan Smith was outstanding in the game for the Blue Jays, scattering six hits and two walks over six scoreless innings and racking up five strikeouts. Carlos Ramirez allowed two unearned runs and Chase Wellbrock threw the final two innings without allowing a runner and striking out three. Josh Almonte continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the club (flying under the radar) and went 3/4 with a triple and three RBI. Gabriel Cenas was 2/3 with a walk and two runs scored while Rowdy Tellez was 1/4 with a walk and Richard Urena was 1/4 with a walk, a double and two runs scored.

 

Josh Almonte

Josh Almonte

Player of the Game: Evan Smith and Josh Almonte

 

GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Astros 4

 

Jake Brentz made his first appearance in 11 days and was very strong for the Blue Jays, throwing four scoreless innings and giving up just four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. It marks the first time this season that he has walked fewer than two batters in an outing. Daniel Rodriguez came into the game and allowed four runs over his four innings leaving him with an 8.05 ERA over the course of the season. The batters managed to get eight hits including two each from Freddy Rodriguez, Angel Gomez and Dave Pepe. Rodriguez hit a triple and scored twice while Pepe hit a double and drove in a pair.

 

Jake Brentz

Jake Brentz

Player of the Game: Jake Brentz, Dave Pepe and Freddy Rodriguez

 

DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Angels 6

 

Jose Nova had a rare, poor start, allowing three runs over his three innings. The batters only had five hits but three were extra-base hits with a triple from Edward Olivares  (who also walked twice) and a double each from Miguel Almonte and Enmanuel Moreta.

Player of the Game: Edward Olivares

 

 

 

July 22 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (50-52)

 

The Bisons come home to host Syracuse for a 7:05 PM game on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (48-55)

 

The Fisher Cats have an afternoon game at 12:05 PM on MiLB TV scheduled with Matt Boyd throwing against Zach Nuding.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (61-40)

 

It’s an early wake up call for the Jays as they’re in Bradenton for a 10:30 AM game against the Marauders. Jesse Hernandez gets the call for Dunedin.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (46-53)

 

Brent “Don’t Call Me Kenny” Powers takes the ball as the Lansing Lugnuts go on the road to face the Peoria Chiefs, the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, at 7:30 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (25-14)

 

Vancouver hosts Hillsboro at 10:05 PM ET and Starlyn Suriel is likely to be on the mound.

Bluefield Blue Jays (16-14)

 

The Blue Jays are at home to face the Elizabethton Twins at 7:00 PM with Ryan Borucki scheduled to be on the mound.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

All photos are copyright Blue Jays from Away (2013-2014) and may not be used without permission.

Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Goins Coming to Toronto

Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez

 

It had to happen eventually but it looks like that the Aaron Sanchez era in Toronto is happening sooner rather than later.

 

 

Shi Davidi is reporting this morning that both Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Goins are being promoted to the Blue Jays today and corresponding moves are still unknown. Sanchez, the 2010 supplemental round pick who is the lone survivor in the Jays’ organization of the “Lansing Three” group that dominated with the Lansing Lugnuts in the 2012 season (the other two are Noah Syndergaard and Justin Nicolino), has been touted as the best arm in the organization since the trades that sent Syndergaard and Nicolino away but has been somewhat underwhelming in his attempts to harness his control.

 

Sanchez tantalized Toronto fans in March when he pitched 15 1/3 spring training innings without allowing a run, walking just six and striking out 11 and even got TV play-by-play man Buck Martinez excited about the prospect. Starting the year in Double-A New Hampshire, Sanchez was 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a very poor 14% walk rate to go with a decent (but uninspiring) 20% strikeout rate through 66 innings. Through 34 1/3 innings in Buffalo, Sanchez lowered the walk rate to 11.3% in six starts and two relief appearances but his strikeout rate also decreased to 18% as he put up a 4.19 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 34 1/3 innings. At both stops, Sanchez had a higher FIP than ERA.

 

 

From watching several of his starts on MiLB TV (my timing was never good in Buffalo this year with him), I’ve surmised that a lot of his low strikeout rate came from the fact that he appeared to be trying to pitch to contact. Because his pitches have so much movement on them, it looked to me like he was trying to throw the ball over the middle of the plate and let the movement take it out of a good hitting area. He’s a very difficult pitcher to hit thanks to the nastiness of his stuff and he should be able to get big league hitters out.

 

Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins

 

As for Goins, I’m not entirely surprised that he was recalled. Although he was hitting only .150/.203/.217 through 24 games in the big leagues, Goins has made some strides with the bat in Triple-A Buffalo, especially in the past month. Overall in Buffalo, Goins is hitting .285/.331/.344 but, since June 9, that figure is .325/.364/.401 with 10 doubles and a triple in 41 games. While those numbers are far from elite production, they’re pretty solid for the light-hitting Goins and if he can replicate a .250/.310/.320 line in Toronto, he could be a decent contributor thanks to the outstanding defense he provides.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 21 Minor League Report/July 22 Preview

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The Jays took a tough loss last night against the Boston Red Sox 14-1 and the toothless offense they’ve been displaying for a while is rearing its head again.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 11, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

 

Buffalo broke their seven-game losing streak but it wasn’t looking good down the stretch of the game. The Bisons were down 4-3 after the fifth inning but managed to score a run in the ninth thanks to a sac fly from Mike Nickeas and then put an exclamation mark on their comeback by scoring seven runs in the top of the 10th. In that inning, the Bisons loaded the bases and Jonathan Diaz hit an RBI single. He was then followed by Ryan Goins who drove in two with a single and later on Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn each drove in another two runs with a single and double respectively. Leading the way with three hits each were A.J. Jimenez and Brett Wallace while Goins, Kevin Pillar, Schimpf and Glenn each had a pair of hits with Schimpf driving in three runs, Glenn and Goins had two RBI. Liam Hendriks got the start and gave up four runs on eight hits (including a home run) but didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. Steve Delabar threw two excellent innings without giving up a hit and only walking one and striking out four and Chad Jenkins pitched a scoreless 10th.

Player of the Game: Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Trenton Thunder 4

 

In Game 1 of the double header, the Fisher Cats lost the game, mainly because they couldn’t get their offense going. John Anderson made the start, throwing 5 1/3 innings, a season high for him, and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tyler Ybarra threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up just two hits with two strikeouts. The Fisher Cats only had four hits with a double by Jon Berti the only extra-base hit.

Player of the Game: None

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Trenton Thunder 8

 

In Game 2, Richard Bleier was victimized by the long ball, allowing two over his three innings and allowing five runs (four earned). The first four batters in the order accounted for all eight of the club’s hits with Dalton Pompey going 2/4, Jon Berti going 2/3 with another double and a walk, Matt Newman going 2/2 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI and Kevin Nolan going 2/4 with two doubles and three RBI.

 

Kevin  Nolan

Kevin Nolan

Player of the Game: Matt Newman and Kevin Nolan

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Bradenton Marauders 0

 

Taylor Cole gave what was probably his best performance of the season, going 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out 12 batters. Wil Browning contributed by going 1 1/3 innings and getting all four outs via the strikeout while Arik Sikula earned his 22nd save. The offense only had five hits including a two-run home run from Dwight Smith, Jr. (his eighth of the year). Kevin Patterson drove in the third run with a double.

 

Taylor  Cole

Taylor Cole

Player of the Game: Taylor Cole

 

Lansing Lugnuts 1, Clinton Lumberkings 2

 

Alonzo Gonzalez (a.k.a. Alonzo Gonzo) made a spot start for the Lugnuts and was very strong, allowing just one run in four innings, giving up two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jimmy Cordero was excellent through three innings, not allowing a run on three hits and one walk with two Ks. Brady Dragmire‘s defense let him down as he allowed the Lumberkings’ winning run thanks to an error by Dickie Joe Thon. The batters only got four hits including a triple by Justin Atkinson (he also walked). Dawel Lugo, Dickie Joe Thon and Daniel Klein all had singles with Lugo and Thon adding a walk.

 

Alonzo  Gonzalez

Alonzo Gonzalez

Player of the Game: Alonzo Gonzalez and Jimmy Cordero

 

Vancouver Canadians 10, Tri-City Dust Devils 6

 

Looking to finish the first half of the season with a division championship and playoff spot, the Vancouver Canadians sent Miguel Castro to the hill against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Castro threw six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The offense was in high gear as Ryan McBroom led the way with three hits  but Franklin Barreto drove in three runs with a single, double a walk and a sacrifice Fly. Barreto also stole a base in a tour-de-force performance. Tim Locastro also got in on the action, going 2/4 with a single and double and two RBI while Roemon Fields went 2/5 and a stolen base and Ryan Metzler was 2/4. That was good enough to take a 10-2 lead into the ninth inning but Yefry Del Rosario got into trouble, getting charged with four runs (two were earned). Del Rosario left with the bases loaded, having allowed three runs and Francisco Gracesqui got out of the inning but allowed one of his inherited runners to score.

This win puts the Canadians in the driver’s seat for the division first-half title, giving them a half-game lead over the Spokane Indians. If the Indians lose tonight, the Canadians will be playoff bound yet again and will be able to challenge for their fourth-straight league championship.

Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto and Ryan McBroom

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Pulaski Mariners 7

 

In another one-run loss, this time in 10 innings, the Bluefield Blue Jays came out on the wrong side of the score despite getting twice the number of hits as the Pulaski Mariners. The offense was generally clicking and Angel Rojas and Josh Almonte each had three-hit nights and Almonte added a walk and a stolen base. Rowdy Tellez was 2/4 with an RBI and a walk while Gabriel Cenas was 2/5 with an RBI. Richard Urena continues to hit well, going 2/6 with two runs and a stolen base. On the mound, Jesus Tinoco allowed four runs over his four innings but struck out five and Jordan Romano threw three perfect innings, striking out two. Oscar Cabrera blew the save and took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) over the final 2 1/3 innings of the game.

Player of the Game: Josh Almonte and Angel Rojas

 

GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Astros 8

 

The GCL Blue Jays took a loss with four runs allowed in the later innings by Turner Lee and another two (one earned) by Francisco Diaz. Grayson Huffman only allowed one hit through four innings, walking three and giving up just one run with three strikeouts. The offense only managed four hits with Gunnar Heidt driving in a run and hitting a double in his first pro game since signing with the Jays. Juan Tejada hit his fourth home run of the season.

Player of the Game: Juan Tejada and Grayson Huffman

 

DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Angels 3

 

Juliandry Higuera was on the mound to dominate the Angels, throwing five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks and racking up 10 strikeouts. Kelyn Jose gave up all three runs without retiring a batter. Leudy Garcia had three hits and four RBI while Manuel Herazo, Francisco Rodriguez and Enmanuel Moreta each had two hits with Herazo driving in a pair and scoring twice.

Player of the Game: Juliandry Higuera and Leudy Garcia

 

 

 

July 22 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (49-52)

 

The Bisons send an unannounced starter (possibly Radhames Liz) to the mound to face Jo-Jo Reyes of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Reyes is making his first start in affiliated baseball since 2012. Catch this one at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-55)

 

The Fisher Cats have an undetermined starter facing Trenton today in a game that goes at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (61-39)

 

The Blue Jays get back to normal evening start times at 6:30 PM on the road in Bradenton. Kendall Graveman (8-3, 2.30 ERA) takes the hill against one of the Pirates’ top prospects, Tyler Glasnow who has a 1.77 ERA through 76 1/3 innings.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (46-53)

 

Scheduled Off Day

 

Vancouver Canadians (25-13)

 

Vancouver sends Starlyn Suriel (4-1, 3.41 ERA) to the mound at home against the Hillsboro Hops at 10:05 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (16-15)

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays don’t have an announced starter as they start their series at home against the Elizabethton Twins at 7:05 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 20 Minor League Report/July 21 Preview

Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar

 

Are the Blue Jays rebounding with two wins in a row? They overcame a rough Mark Buehrle start to beat the Rangers 9-6.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 3

 

The Buffalo Bisons lost their seventh consecutive game 3-2 to the Pawtucket Red Sox. P.J. Walters was fairly strong, throwing six innings and allowing all three runs but only gave up four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Aaron Sanchez faced three batters, allowing a hit but getting a double play and Rob Rasmussen threw a scoreless eighth. Kevin Pillar accounted for almost all of the team’s offense, going 3/4 with a single, a double, a home run and scoring twice.

Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 2

 

The Fisher Cats turned a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth inning into a victory as Dalton Pompey and Jon Berti hit RBI singles to take the come-from-behind win. For Pompey, it was his third hit of the afternoon and he added a stolen base. Berti was 2/4 with two RBI and Kevin Nolan also had a two-hit game. Casey Lawrence was very good for the Fisher Cats in a 3-2 win over Portland. Lawrence scattered 10 hits over eight innings, allowing only two runs and striking out seven. Dustin Antolin actually picked up a win, giving up three hits but no runs in the ninth inning.

 

Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey

Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey and Casey Lawrence

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Bradenton Marauders 11

 

Frank Viola III got blasted in his 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 runs on nine hits and five walks (with two wild pitches) before exiting the game. Tony Davis was the highlight of the pitching staff yesterday with two perfect innings. The offense wasn’t particularly alive either, scoring five runs but doing so on only six hits including a three-run home run by Dwight Smith, Jr.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

 

Lansing Lugnuts 4, Clinton Lumberkings 3

 

In a dramatic, 10-inning walk-off victory, the Lugnuts got a big blast from D.J. Davis to finish with a win an inning after tying the game in the bottom of the ninth. For Davis, the home run (his seventh of the season) was his only hit of the game and Dickie Joe Thon was the only player with more than one hit, going 3/4 and finishing just a home run short of the cycle. Jeremy Gabryszwski started and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out five. Scott Silverstein picked up the win with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

 

Dickie Joe Thon

Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon

 

Vancouver Canadians 9, Tri-City Dust Devils 0

 

The Vancouver Canadians are now tied for first place thanks to their shutout victory over Tri-City on Sunday night. Ryan McBroom went deep for his team-leading sixth home run as part of a 3/4 game in which he also hit a single and a double and drove in four runs. Roemon Fields was 2/5 with a single and double while Tim Locastro also had a pair of hits and a stolen base. Franklin Barreto and Max Pentecost contributed with a hit each: Barreto was 1/4 with a double and two runs scored while Pentecost was 1/3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Chase Mallard had the start and went 5 1/3 innings with five hits and five strikeouts while Alberto Tirado threw two scoreless innings but walked two and struck out two.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Chase Mallard

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 4, Pulaski Mariners 5

 

Daniel Lietz allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings but struck out eight for an interesting line. Alberto Guzman relieved him and threw three innings, giving up just one unearned run on two hits and two walks. On the offensive side, Jesus Gonzalez hit two doubles and drove in a run, going 2/4 while Rowdy Tellez launched his first home run on the year, going 1/4 with two RBI.

 

Rowdy Tellez

Rowdy Tellez

Player of the Game: Jesus Gonzalez and Rowdy Tellez

 

GCL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day

 

DSL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day

 

 

 

July 21 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (48-52)

 

The Bisons move on to play the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs today at 7:05 PM ET on MiLB TV. There hasn’t been a starter announced on MiLB.com.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-53)

 

The Fisher Cats will play a double-header at home against the Trenton Thunder with Radhames Liz on the mound for one of the games. First game goes at 6:05 PM with coverage on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (60-39)

 

In a morning, 11:00 AM start time, the Dunedin Blue Jays host the Bradenton Marauders with Taylor Cole on the hill against an unannounced starter.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (46-52)

 

Another matinee (12:05 PM start) has the Lansing Lugnuts sending Shane Dawson to the slab to face the Clinton Lumberkings.

 

Vancouver Canadians (24-13)

 

Vancouver sends their ace, Miguel Castro to the hill to face the 14-23 Tri-City Dust Devils at 2:15 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (16-14)

 

The Blue Jays have a 7:00 PM game time in Pulaski with Ryan Borucki facing the Mariners.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 19 Minor League Report/July 20 Preview

Ryan Goins
Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins

 

The Jays finally won a game, shutting down the Texas Rangers thanks to an outstanding performance by Marcus Stroman who allowed four hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 1, Pawtucket Red Sox 3

 

Despite some solid pitching from Raul Valdes, it was the home run that made it a rough night for the Bisons as Valdes allowed two solo shots to give the Red Sox enough runs for a win on this night. Kyle Drabek allowed the third run in his inning of work but struck out the side. The Bisons offense didn’t get much going but Ryan Goins continued to swing a hot bat, going 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Kevin Pillar, Brad Glenn and Ryan Schimpf also hit doubles for the Herd.

Player of the Game: Ryan Goins

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 10

 

In what has become a rarity, Daniel Norris got demolished by the Portland Sea Dogs, allowing eight runs on eight hits but only walked one and struck out five through three innings (plus five batters). He left the game after getting hit on the hand by a comebacker although he didn’t appear to be injured, making an attempt on the play (the throw pulled K.C. Hobson off the bag at first). Scott Gracey allowed another two runs but struck out seven in 2 2/3 innings while Tyler Ybarra was perfect through 2 1/3 innings and Randy Boone retired the last three batters in order. The Fisher Cats had 11 hits including a single and a double from Dalton Pompey who drove in a run and stole a base. Andy Burns hit a single and a triple, as did Matt Newman. K.C. Hobson got in on the single/double action, driving in a run while Jorge Flores went 2/4.

 

K.C. Hobson

K.C. Hobson

Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey and K.C. Hobson

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 12, Jupiter Hammerheads 7

 

When the Dunedin Blue Jays’ original plan of “don’t let them score runs” failed, they turned it over to the offense which obliged the pitching staff for 12 runs on 13 hits. Christian Lopes had three hits including a double and scored three times while Nick Baligod, at the top of the order, also had three hits and drove in four. Emilio Guerrero, Dwight Smith, Jr. and Santiago Nessy all had two hits that included a double and Smith and Nessy each drove in a pair of runs. Sean Nolin made a rehab start, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing a run on two hits and two walks but he struck out five batters. Ben White allowed five runs on seven hits over just two innings and it was Griffin Murphy to the rescue; he threw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk ball with two strikeouts.

Roster Notes: SS Shane Opitz was activated off the DL and 1B L.B. Dantzler was placed on the DL.

Player of the Game: Nick Baligod and Christian Lopes

 

Lansing Lugnuts 2, Clinton Lumberkings 6

 

Brad Allen struck out seven batters but it wasn’t enough as he allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings to take his third loss of the season. Matt Dermody allowed the other three runs over the final 3 2/3 innings of the game. Chaz Frank had three hits while Matt Dean had two (including a double) and a walk and D.J. Davis added another pair of hits for the Lugnuts.

 

Chaz Frank

Chaz Frank

Player of the Game: Chaz Frank

 

Vancouver Canadians 12, Tri-City Dust Devils 2

 

The Canadians’ bats just kept on rolling but the pitching staff got things together much more effectively on Saturday night. Jairo Labourt continued his return to form with six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, striking out four batters. Tim Mayza and Mark Biggs each allowed a run (Mayza’s was unearned) finishing up the game. Franklin Barreto hit his first home run of the year, going 2/5 with three runs and three RBI. Chris Carlson and Alexis Maldonado each had three hits with Maldonado hitting a double and scoring three times while Sean Hurley was 2/4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored. Max Pentecost also had three hits, hitting a triple and driving in a run.

 

Jairo Labourt

Jairo Labourt

Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto and Jairo Labourt

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Pulaski Mariners 2

 

Matt Smoral had one of his best outings, striking out nine batters over five innings and allowing just two hits and one walk. Francisco Rios allowed the other run (unearned) over 3 1/3 innings. The batters only scored three times, despite knocking out 10 hits including three from Richard Urena (3/5, 2B, 2 RBI), two from Trent Miller (2/3, BB, 2B, RBI) and two from Dan Jansen (2/3, 2 2B).

 

Matt Smoral

Matt Smoral

Player of the Game: Richard Urena and Matt Smoral

 

GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Yankees2 9

 

2014 third-round pick Nick Wells was on the hill for the GCL Jays and he was hit hard, allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings. Conner Greene righted the ship, throwing five innings and giving up just one unearned run on four hits and two walks. Deiferson Barreto had a pair of hits including a double while Edwin Fuentes and Angel Gomez each had three hits including a triple with Gomez driving in three runs.

Player of the Game: Angel Gomez and Conner Greene

 

DSL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day

 

 

 

July 20 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (48-51)

 

P.J. Walters heads to the mound and faces another Red Sox top prospect in Anthony Ranaudo (10-4, 2.62 ERA). This one’s at 1:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (46-53)

 

Casey Lawrence gets the start for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at home against the Portland Sea Dogs at 1:35 PM on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (60-38)

 

The Blue Jays are home to the Bradenton Maruaders (affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) at 5:00 PM with Frank Viola III on the mound.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (45-52)

 

Jeremy Gabryszwski takes the ball for the Lansing Lugnuts as they continue to host the Clinton Lumberkings at 2:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (20-13)

 

2014 draftee Chase Mallard will head to the hill for the Vancouver Canadians as they look to take a first-half playoff spot in the Northwest League. They’ll play the Tri-City Dust Devils at 10:15 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (16-13)

 

Daniel Lietz will be starting for the Bluefield Blue Jays on the road against the 14-14 Pulaski Mariners against an undetermined starter at 7:00 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays have scheduled off days today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 18 Minor League Report/July 19 Preview

Ryan Schimpf
Ryan Schimpf

Ryan Schimpf

 

The Jays were back in action after the All-Star Break and got Darvished, striking out 17 times over the course of the game (12 times to Darvish).

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 4

 

The Bisons dropped their game to the Pawtucket Red Sox despite a solid outing from Esmil Rogers who went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Steve Delabar went two innings, giving up a solo home run, walking two and striking out one. Like the Blue Jays’ bats, the Bisons’ went quiet, getting only three hits including a solo home run from Ryan Schimpf.

Roster Notes: 1B Brett Wallace was activated and Chad Jenkins was demoted from Toronto to Buffalo.

Player of the Game: Ryan Schimpf

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Portland Sea Dogs 4

 

Dalton Pompey’s Double-A bat is definitely coming around as the Canadian center fielder went 1/3 with a home run, a walk and a stolen base in a 7-4 win for the Fisher Cats. K.C. Hobson also went deep, driving in a pair and taking a walk while Andy Burnswent 2/4 with his 10th home run of the year and two RBI and Jon Berti and Michael Crouse were both 2/4. Matt Boyd was solid again, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on just five hits and one walk while striking out six.

Player of the Game: Andy Burns

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 3

 

Jesse Hernandez had his first good start in a while, throwing six innings and allowing just three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out three. Efrain Nieves and Arik Sikula cleaned up the last three innings without allowing a run. Christian Lopes was the offensive star, going 2/4 with a double and a home run and driving in two runs. Gustavo Pierre and Emilio Guerrero also had two hits apiece, each driving in a run and scoring one.

 

Christian Lopes

Christian Lopes

Player of the Game: Christian Lopes

 

Lansing Lugnuts 1, Kane County Cougars 10

 

The Lansing Lugnuts were destroyed by the Kane County Cougars but the disaster didn’t end there as the Cougars scored 10 times on 16 hits. Seven of those runs (six earned) came off of Chase De Jong as he gave up two home runs among eight hits. Jimmy Cordero allowed just one hit in relief while striking out three and Adaric Kelly was rocked for another three runs. The Lugnuts had only four hits including a double by Dawel Lugo who is the hottest hitter on the team.

Player of the Game: None

 

Vancouver Canadians 11, Eugene Emeralds 3

 

The Canadians scored 11 times for the second consecutive game, beating the Eugene Emeralds 11-3 on Friday afternoon. Starlyn Suriel continues to be solid, throwing five innings and allowing three runs while Francisco Gracesqui, Michael Kraft and Kamakani Usui finished off the game. Gracesqui was particularly good, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts in two innings. Franklin Barreto had another great game, going 4/5 with three RBI and three runs scored but he was also caught stealing and committed another error. Tim Locastro was 3/4 with a stolen base and Max Pentecost was 2/4 with a walk. Ryan McBroom drove in four, going 1/3 with two sacrifice flies.

Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Greeneville Astros 7

 

Joey Aquino saw his ERA bump up to 2.63 after a solid performance in which he allowed only two runs in four innings. Carlos Ramirez gave up three but all were unearned over 1 2/3 innings and Conor Fisk surrendered a two runs over two innings. Oscar Cabrera struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Gabriel Cenas was 3/5 with a double and Rowdy Tellez is showing further signs of waking up from his slumbers, going 2/4 with two doubles and a walk.

 

Rowdy Tellez

Rowdy Tellez

Player of the Game: Gabriel Cenas and Rowdy Tellez

 

GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Yankees2 1

 

The Blue Jays took the first half of the double header, getting a strong performance by Angel Perdomo (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and some good work in relief from Mickey Storey (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K). Juan Kelly was 3/3 with a double (and an error) and Juan Tejada was 2/3 with a double and an RBI.

Player of the Game: Angel Perdomo and Juan Kelly

 

GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Yankees2 5

 

In the seven-inning second half of the double header, Bobby Wheatley went three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) while Francisco Diaz allowed a further run in two innings and Jonathan Torres gave up a run in one inning. The batters only had three hits including a double from Deiferson Barreto and singles from Dean Bell and Dave Pepe.

Player of the Game: None

 

DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Brewers 4

 

The DSL Jays were solid in a win getting five strong innings from Osman Gutierrez (4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB,3  K) with relief work from Jairo Rosario, Wilfri Aleton and Wilmin Lara. Aleton was particularly good, striking out five batters in two innings, allowing just a hit and a walk. Francisco Rodriguez had two hits, including a double in the win and Enmanuel Moreta had a double and Jesus Severino a triple with two RBI. Edward Olivares was 1/2 with two walks and a stolen base.

Player of the Game: Francisco Rodriguez and Wilfri Aleton

 

 

 

July 19 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (48-50)

 

Buffalo’s starter at 6:05 PM in Pawtucket hasn’t been announced yet, due to the Bisons’ shuffling of the starting rotation. With Aaron Sanchez moved to the bullpen and Deck McGuire ineligible to play (because of being designated for assignment), the Bisons are a little thin on the pitching side.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (46-52)

 

Another lefty takes the hill for the Fisher Cats as Daniel Norris returns to action after his scoreless inning in the MLB Futures Game. The Fisher Cats have a tough task as Henry Owens, the Red Sox’ top pitching prospect, goes to the mound with a 12-3 record and a 2.21 ERA. This one should be available on MiLB TV and starts at 7:05 PM.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (59-38)

 

The Blue Jays don’t have a named starter in their game against the Jupiter Hammerheads at 6:30 PM at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. I would look for Frank Viola to be on the mound.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (45-50)

 

With the Kane County Cougars moving on from Lansing, the Clinton Lumberkings (the L.A. Angels’ affiliate) come into town and the Lugnuts will send Brad Allen (3-2, 4.08 ERA) to the mound at 7:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (22-13)

 

While the starter hasn’t been announced on MiLB.com, I would expect to see Jairo Labourt on the mound for the Canadians as they travel to face the Tri-City Dust Devils at 10:15 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (15-13)

 

Bluefield sends Matt Smoral (1-2, 6.06 ERA) to the mound on the road against the Pulaski Mariners at 7:00 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays also in action today.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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July 17 Minor League Report/July 18 Preview

Jared Goedert

 

Jared Goedert

Jared Goedert

 

The minor league clubs swung back into action in full force while the major leagues were still quiet thanks to the All-Star Break.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 5

 

The Bisons returned from their All-Star Break with a loss to a strong Pawtucket team but got a great performance from Jared Goedert who went 3/3 with a double and a walk. Thanks to some pitching shuffling (keep reading), Austin Bibens-Dirkx made the start and gave up just a solo home run (among three hits) and two walks with four strikeouts over four innings. Rob Rasmussen threw a perfect inning of relief and Aaron Sanchez was shaky out of the pen, giving up two runs on three hits in one inning. On the bright side, Sanchez didn’t walk anyone and struck out two of the six batters he faced. Ryan Tepera gave up another two runs in the seventh and Mike Zagurski finished it off with a scoreless eighth.

Roster Notes: In a big move, the Blue Jays designated Deck McGuire for assignment, picking up Brad Mills on waivers from Oakland. The Jays also announced today that they were moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen. It’s not really known the reason why although there’s speculation that the Jays are trying to get him used to throwing out of the ‘pen before a big league call up or that they’re trying to limit his innings.

Player of the Game: Jared Goedert

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 2

 

Thanks to some great pitching, the Fisher Cats managed to hold off the Sea Dogs to beat the Red Sox’ Double-A farm club. Scott Copeland was solid in the starting role, allowing two first-inning runs on a home run and then shutting the Sea Dogs down over his six innings. John Anderson earned the win with two no-hit innings, striking out three and Gregory Infante picked up his 12th save. Derrick Chung and Matt Newman each had two hits with Newman driving in a run while Andy Fermin hit his fourth home run of the year (with the Fisher Cats) and Dalton Pompey went 1/3 with a double, a walk and two runs.

Roster Notes: Jack Murphy was sent down from Buffalo to New Hampshire.

Player of the Game: Scott Copeland and Matt Newman

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 2

 

Kendall Graveman continues to dominate the Florida State League, throwing seven more strong innings, allowing one run and scattering nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Marcus Knecht went 2/4 with a double and Kevin Patterson had the big night, going 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in two runs. Nick Baligod was excellent defensively, throwing out a runner at third and another at the plate to pick up two outfield assists. Peter Mooney also contributed with a pair of hits.

Roster Notes: Efrain Nieves was activated off the temporary inactive list. A few days ago, Ian Parmley was assigned to Dunedin from Lansing.

Player of the Game: Kendall Graveman and Kevin Patterson

 

Lansing Lugnuts 0, Kane County Cougars 3

 

Brent Powers had his first good start as a Lugnut, throwing five scoreless innings at the Kane County Cougars, allowing just three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Alonzo Gonzalez also had a great outing, giving up just one hit and one walk in 2 2/3 innings but Brady Dragmire got hit hard in the 10th inning, giving up three runs which gave the Cougars the victory. The batters didn’t do much to speak of, getting only three hits all night with one from Derrick Loveless (who also took a walk), Dawel Lugo (who also took a walk) and Mike Reeves.

Player of the Game: Brent Powers

 

Vancouver Canadians 11, Eugene Emeralds 9

 

The fans in Vancouver must have been thoroughly entertained as the Vancouver Canadians won a see-saw battle 11-9. The Eugene Emeralds got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off of starter Zakery Wasilewski but the club came back to tie it by the end of the second inning. The offense scored another three runs over the fifth and sixth innings to get out to a 6-3 lead but Wasilewski allowed another two runs in the top of the seventh (without retiring another batter) and Jose Fernandez relieved him, allowing another four runs. The offense came back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs of their own to go up 11-9 and not relinquish the lead. Franklin Barreto had his first big day at the plate in some time, going 2/4 with two triples and four RBI but he also made his 13th error of the season. Roemon Fields didn’t steal any bases but he went 2/5 with two runs, a double and an RBI while Tim Locastro stole his 14th base, going 2/4. Max Pentecost was also on twice, going 1/5 with a stolen base while Ryan McBroom, Chris Carlson and Ryan Metzler each had a pair of hits (Metzler had a double). A note on the pitching side, Alberto Tirado pitched one inning and walked one while striking out the side.

 

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 8, Greeneville Astros 0

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays had a great all-around game, getting five very strong innings from starter Ryan Borucki who threw five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. Evan Smith picked up the save, logging four scoreless innings and giving up just two hits and two walks and also struck out five batters. The hitters combined for fourteen hits and eight runs, getting multi-hit nights from Richard Urena (2/4, BB, RBI), Josh Almonte (2/5, RBI, SB), Trent Miller (2/4, 2B), Gabriel Cenas (2/4), Dan Jansen (2/4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Rolando Segovia (2/3, 2B, BB, RBI).

Roster Notes: P Michael Kraft was promoted to Vancouver and OF Cliff Brantley was sent down to the GCL.

 

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki and Evan Smith

 

GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Tigers 8

 

In the first half of what was supposed to be a double-header (the second game was rained out), Daniel Rodriguez got hit hard, allowing five runs on seven hits through four innings while Joe Claver surrendered another three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in just two innings. With only four hits, the offense was quiet but Deiferson Barreto hit two doubles.

Player of the Game: Deiferson Barreto

 

DSL Blue Jays 0, DSL Brewers 6

 

Denis Diaz started and allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings while Luis Gomez allowed another two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Enmanuel Moreta had two of the club’s six hits including a double.

Player of the Game: Enmanuel Moreta

 

 

 

July 18 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (48-49)

 

Since Austin Bibens-Dirkx started for the Bisons yesterday, Esmil Rogers will go for the Bisons today. He’ll face Steven Wright, the knuckleballer for the Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (45-52)

 

Matt Boyd goes for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at home against the Portland Sea Dogs (63-35) in a game that is also on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (58-38)

 

The Blue Jays don’t have a named starter in their game against the Jupiter Hammerheads at 6:30 PM at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (45-50)

 

The Lugnuts continue to host the 63-33 Kane County Cougars at 7:05 PM with Chase De Jong on the hill to face Tyler Skulina (4-5, 2.93 ERA). While De Jong’s surface stats aren’t fantastic (0-5, 4.86 ERA, he has a very good strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.75 and a solid WHIP of 1.38.

 

Vancouver Canadians (20-13)

 

Vancouver’s starter isn’t announced on MiLB.com but it’s likely to be Starlyn Suriel who has been very strong this year with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The game starts at 4:05 PM ET and, if you’re in Vancouver, you should check it out in person.

Bluefield Blue Jays (15-12)

 

Bluefield sends Joey Aquino (0-1, 2.25 ERA) against the Greeneville Astros at 7:05 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays also in action today with the GCL Jays playing a double header against the DSL Yankees2 team.

 

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July 16 Minor League Report/July 17 Preview

Emilio Guerrero
Emilio Guerrero

Emilio Guerrero

 

The Bisons’ Liam Hendriks struck out four batters, pitching two scoreless innings for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham with a couple of teams laying low during the All-Star Break.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons: Off for All-Star Break

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Off for All-Star Break

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 5

 

Taylor Cole had another excellent start for the Blue Jays, allowing just two runs (one earned) in five innings and striking out eight batters but the normally reliable Chad Girodo allowed two runs and took his first loss of the season. Emilio Guerrero had a terrific day at the plate, going 3/3 with a walk and an RBI and was the only Blue Jay to have more than one hit. Santiago Nessy and Marcus Knecht each hit a double and Knecht added a double.

Player of the Game: Taylor Cole and Emilio Guerrero

 

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Kane County Cougars 4

 

The Lugnuts defeated the very tough Cougars, the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs thanks to a great outing from Shane Dawson and a 15-hit attack. Dawson went six scoreless innings for the Lugnuts, allowing just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Roberto Espinosa was charged with three runs and Scott Silverstein gave up one of his own. David Harris continues to be hot, going 3/5 with three runs and an RBI while Derrick Loveless hit a double and a triple, driving in two. Dickie Joe Thon and Mike Reeves also had a pair of hits apiece but it was Dawel Lugo who rocked Kane County pitching with four hits including a double and a home run.

 

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson

Player of the Game: Dawel Lugo and Shane Dawson

 

Vancouver Canadians 0, Eugene Emeralds 3

 

Despite another strong start from Miguel Castro, the Canadians couldn’t muster any offense against Eugene and were shut out on Wednesday. Castro went five innings, striking out six and allowing one run on six hits and two walks. Andrew Case was excellent too, striking out four in two scoreless innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed two runs in his inning to give the Emeralds their three runs. The C’s only had four hits, including one each from Max Pentecost, Ryan McBroom, Boomer Collins (who also took a walk and stole a base) and Brenden Kalfus.

Player of the Game: Miguel Castro

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Greeneville Astros 3

 

The strong pitching performances continue for the Jays’ minor leaguers as Bluefield’s Jesus Tinoco went six strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits and striking out six batters. Daniel Lietz threw two scoreless while J.T. Autrey gave up two runs in just 1/3 of an inning. Austin Davis was 2/4 with two RBI and Gabriel Cenas was 2/4, scoring twice.

Player of the Game: Jesus Tinoco

 

GCL Blue Jays: Game Postponed Due To Rain

 

DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Braves 1

 

Despite getting only two hits, the DSL Jays took 11 walks to allow the Braves to essentially beat themselves. Bryan Lizardo, Miguel Almonte and Jesus Severino all walked twice with Rodrigo Orozco getting a hit and taking a walk, adding a pair of stolen bases and an outfield assist. Edward Olivares also had a hit, an RBI and walk. On the mound, Luis Sanchez went five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks with four strikeouts while Yonardo Herdenez allowed the only run (unearned) in three innings of work in which he struck out five batters.

Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco, Luis Sanchez and Yonardo Herdenez

 

 

 

July 17 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (48-48)

 

Esmil Rogers kicks off the second half of the season in Pawtucket against the Red Sox and Steven Wright. The game is at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (44-52)

 

Scott Copeland goes for the Fisher Cats at home against another Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (57-38)

 

Kendall Graveman is on the mound for the Dunedin Blue Jays as Trevor Williams goes for the Jupiter Hammerheads at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (45-49)

 

Brent Powers takes the ball for the Lugnuts against the Kane County Cougars in Lansing at 7:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (20-13)

 

The Canadians don’t have a starter listed on MiLB.com but they’ll host the Eugene Emeralds at 10:05 PM ET.

 

Bluefield Blue Jays (13-12)

 

Ryan Borucki is slated to go for the Bluefield Blue Jays at home against the Greeneville Astros at 7:05 PM at Bowen Field.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays also in action today with the GCL Jays slated to make up yesterday’s rain out in a double header.

 

Who are these players? Find out in The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook, now available as an ebook at Smashwords.com for $7.99 US. It’s coming soon to Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other fine retailers. You can purchase and preview the book at our Smashwords.com page! If you like us here,“like” us on Facebook!

 

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