July 30 Minor League Report/July 31 Preview

Jon Berti
Jon Berti

Jon Berti

 

With John Lester on the trading block the Blue Jays faced Brandon Workman and got to him for five runs while Mark Buehrle returned to good form, earning the win for the Jays in a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 5, Indianapolis Indians 4

 

Brett Wallace hit his first home run as a member of the Buffalo Bisons and Sean Ochinko returned to the Herd with a bang as the Bisons won 5-4. Wallace led the way with a 3/5 game that including a home run and three RBI while Ochinko was the only other Bisons hitter with more than one hit, going 2/4 with a solo blast. P.J. Walters started and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings while Sergio Santos, Kyle Drabek and Bobby Korecky each threw an inning finish off with the win.

Player of the Game: Brett Wallace

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Binghamton Mets 2

 

With 11 hits, the Fisher Cats beat the Binghamton Mets 7-2 on Wednesday. Casey Lawrence was strong again, throwing seven innings of two-run ball and Mickey Storey picked up the save, throwing two innings of his own. Jon Berti led the way offensively, going 4/5 with two doubles and Andy Burns was 2/5 with a double and a stolen base. Derrick Chung was also 2/5 with a double and an RBI and Matt Newman drove in two with a home run in the first inning.

Player of the Game: Jon Berti

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 3, St. Lucie Mets 4

 

A three-run rally in the eighth innings wasn’t enough for the Dunedin Blue Jays as they lost 4-3. Matt Boyd got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings, walking two and striking out five. Ben White allowed two further runs over his inning of work and and Jonathan Wandling, an undrafted free agent from this year made his D-Jays debut with a scoreless innings before Wil Browning threw one of his own to finish the game. Ian Parmley had two hits (including a double) and two walks while Chrstian Lopes was 3/4 with a double and two RBI.

 

Christian Lopes

Christian Lopes

Player of the Game: Christian Lopes

 

Lansing Lugnuts 1, Dayton Dragons 3

 

The Lugnuts couldn’t get their offense going again Nick Travieso and the Dragons and fell 3-1. Brad Allen had a solid start, allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings with just one walk and six strikeouts while Roberto Espinosa struck out four over two perfect innings and Phil Kish threw a perfect inning of his own. Mitch Nay, Dawel Lugo and Derrick Loveless each had one of the team’s three hits and Chaz Frank was 0/1 with three walks and a stolen base (and was caught stealing).

Player of the Game: None

 

Vancouver Canadians 7, Boise Hawks 8

 

The Canadians fell just short of the Hawks in another slug fest with each team registering 13 hits. Roemon Fields stole another base (his 33nd) and went 1/4 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Max Pentecost was 2/5 with a triple and two runs scored while Ryan McBroom (.327), Boomer Collins and Chris Carlson (.342) and Boomer Collins (.230) all padded their batting averages with two-hit games. NWL All-Star Jairo Labourt got the start and threw five scoreless innings but he walked four and struck out six. Alberto Tirado got hammered for five runs in 2/3 of an inning while Jose Fernandez and Adaric Kelly each allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

 

Jairo Labourt

Jairo Labourt

Player of the Game: Roemon Fields, Max Pentecost and Jairo Labourt

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 13, Johnson City Cardinals 6

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays turned things around with the bats, slugging out 16 hits and 13 runs on Wednesday night. Jesus Gonazalez was 3/5 with a single, triple and a home run and he drove in four runs on the night. Dan Jansen had a big game too, going 2/3 with a home run and two walks to go with three RBI and two runs scored. Richard Urena (2B, 3B), Rowdy Tellez (2/4), Trent Miller (2/5), Gabriel Cenas (2/5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Rolando Segovia (2/4, BB, 2 2B, RBI) each had two hits. Matt Smoral had another strong start for the Blue Jays, going four innings and allowing just three hits and one walk with no runs and four strikeouts. Francisco Rios picked up the win despite allowing six runs (four earned) over four innings. Chase Wellbrock pitched a scoreless ninth.

Player of the Game: Jesus Gonzalez

 

GCL Blue Jays 0, GCL Braves 7

 

Second round pick Sean Reid-Foley had another rough start as he allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Angel Perdomo got away with some serious control issues, walking five but allowing only one hit over 3 2/3 innings and he didn’t give up a run. The team only had three hits, from Cole Gillespie (on a rehab assignment), Yeltsin Gudino and Andres De Aza.

Player of the Game: None

 

DSL Blue Jays 12, DSL Brewers 11

 

The Blue Jays had 14 hits including four from Bryan Lizardo (4/5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) in a big win. Francisco Rodriguez was 2/2 with two walks and a double while Miguel Almonte was 2/5 with a double and a walk. Javier Hernandez also had a pair of singles. Yonardo Herdenez allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings while Luis Gomez allowed just one in 3 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Bryan Lizardo

 

 

 

July 31 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (57-53)

 

Raul Valdes goes for the Buffalo Bisons against Indianapolis and can be seen on MiLB TV at 1:05 PM in matinee action.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (52-58)

 

John Anderson looks to keep a strong run of starts going as the Fisher Cats return home to face the Reading Fightin’ Phils at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-46)

 

Despite pitching an inning last night, Ben White is scheduled to pitch for the Dunedin Blue Jays in St. Lucie as they take on the Mets at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (50-57)

 

The Lugnuts continue their series against the Dayton Dragons with Jeremy Gabryszwski on the mound for this one. He’s 6-3 with a 4.14 ERA. This one starts at 7:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (28-19)

 

Miguel Castro takes the ball for the Vancouver Canadians as they continue their series against the Boise Hawks on the road at 9:15 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (18-21)

 

Jesus Tinoco is the starter for the Bluefield Blue Jays as they move on to visit the Bristol Pirates at 7:00 PM.

 

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

 

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July 29 Minor League Report/July 30 Preview

Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman

 

Another day and another Blue Jays win . . . it’s starting to get fun again, isn’t it? Marcus Stroman brought his A-game in Fenway to power the Jays to a 4-2 win.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 7, Indianapolis Indians 1

 

Sean Nolin made his first start for Buffalo in more than a month and didn’t miss a step, going six innings of scoreless, two-hit, one-walk ball. Chad Jenkins, Ryan Tepera and Steve Delabar each threw an inning with Delabar allowing the only run of the game for Indianapolis. Brad Glenn and Jared Goedert each hit a single and a double, each taking a walk and each driving in a run and scoring one. Jonathan Diaz also had two hits and Kevin Pillar was 1/4 with a walk and a home run. Andy LaRoche also went deep, going 1/3 with a walk.

Player of the Game: Sean Nolin

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Binghamton Mets 4

 

The Fisher Cats couldn’t hold a two run lead, giving it back in the eighth and ninth innings to come away with a loss to the Binghamton Mets. Daniel Norris went four innings, allowing four hits and four walks but only one run and he struck out five. Austin Bibens-Dirkx went two scoreless but Tyler Ybarra allowed a solo home run and Gregory Infante allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Jon Berti and Matt Newman each had two hits while Andy Burns drove in two runs (without registering a hit). Cory Aldridge hit another home run and Michael Crouse hit a triple.

 

Jon Berti

Jon Berti

Player of the Game: Jon Berti

 

Dunedin Blue Jays: Game postponed due to rain.

 

Lansing Lugnuts 6, Dayton Dragons 7

 

In another Blue Jays’ affiliate’s game, a late collapse resulted in a loss. The Lugnuts got out to a 6-1 lead after five innings thanks to a great start by Chase De Jong. De Jong threw five innings and allowed only five hits, one of which happened to be a solo home run, along with one walk and two strikeouts. Brady Dragmire allowed four runs — one in the sixth and three in the eighth, while Scott Silverstein allowed the last two runs to score, walking four batters in the process. The offense was pretty good at stringing together some hits when it counted. Chaz Frank was 2/4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base while Matt Dean was 2/5 with an RBI. Jason Leblebijian was 2/5 with a double and an RBI and Justin Atkinson was 1/3 with an RBI and two walks.

 

Chase De Jong

Chase De Jong

Player of the Game: Chase De Jong

 

Vancouver Canadians 11, Spokane Indians 11

 

The Vancouver Canadians put the cap on an 11-6 win in the wee hour for us out east but they did so in what appears to be extremely entertaining fashion. The top of the order was dominant with Roemon Fields hitting his first professional home run and adding his 32nd NWL stolen base, going 2/5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Franklin Barreto had a similar game, going 2/4 with a home run, a stolen base and four RBI. Chris Carlson continued to slug his way through professional baseball, going 3/5 with a double, a run and an RBI, pushing his batting average to .336 while Tim Locastro is not hitting .331 after a 4/4 game in which he hit two doubles, stole a base and scored three times. Daniel Lietz made the start and allowed all six runs (four were earned) in 4 2/3 innings but the bullpen was good, combining for 4 1/3 innings to seal the win.

 

Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

Player of the Game: Tim Locastro, Chris Carlson, Franklin Barreto and Roemon Fields

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Johnson City Cardinals 1

 

The offense is in a huge slump for the Blue Jays but three hits and two runs were enough on this night. Rowdy Tellez had two of the hits and Kevin Garcia had the third hit as well as the club’s only RBI. Joey Aquino continues to be excellent, lowering his ERA to 2.06 after going five innings and allowing only one unearned run on five hits and two walks. Jordan Romano threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks and striking out four batters.

Player of the Game: Joey Aquino and Jordan Romano

 

GCL Blue Jays: Game postponed due to rain

 

DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Braves 7

 

The pitching wasn’t encouraging as Kelyn Jose allowed two runs in two innings and Luis Sanchez gave up four runs (three earned) in just one inning. Jose Diaz threw 3 1/3 scoreless. Rodrigo Orozco and Miguel Almonte both had 2/5 nights with Almonte adding a stolen base. Enmanuel Moreta, Ronniel Demorizi and Edward Oliveres each had a double and Moreta and Demorizi each drove in two.

Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco and Miguel Almonte

 

 

 

July 30 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (56-53)

 

P.J. Walters goes for the Buffalo Bisons against Indianapolis and can be seen on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (51-58)

 

Casey Lawrence is on the hill for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a 6:35 PM game against the Binghamton Mets.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-45)

 

Matt Boyd will start back in Dunedin for the Blue Jays as they take on the St. Lucie Mets at 10:30 AM with the makeup game from last night to go afterwards with Ben White on the mound.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (50-56)

 

The Lugnuts continue their series against the Dayton Dragons facing Nick Travieso at home at 12:05 PM ET. They’ll send Brad Allen to the mound for this one.

 

Vancouver Canadians (26-18)

 

Jairo Labourt takes the ball for the Vancouver Canadians as they move on to face the Boise Hawks on the road at 9:15 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (18-21)

 

Matt Smoral is the starter for the Bluefield Blue Jays as they continue their road series against the Johnson City Cardinals at 7:00 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 28 Minor League Report/July 29 Preview

Ryan Goins
Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins

 

The Jays went into Fenway Park with a mission, destroying the Red Sox 14-1, coincidentally the same score that the Blue Jays lost by in the first game after the All-Star break. In addition to a 10-strikeout performance from R.A. Dickey, Melky Cabrera hit two home runs and Ryan Goins had four hits. The Blue Jays also announced a trade, sending Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz to Kansas City for infielder Danny Valencia.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 2

 

Radhames Liz allowed two runs over five innings but the bullpen was outstanding, closing the door on the Iron Pigs over the last four. Mike Zagurski faced the minimum, striking out four in two innings while Sergio Santos struck out a pair in his inning of work. Kevin Pillar launched his fifth home run of the season, going 2/4 and driving in two runs while Ryan Schimpf and Jonathan Diaz drove in the other runs.

Roster Notes: In addition to two Bisons being traded, Sean Nolin was assigned to Buffalo after completing his rehab assignment and Austin Bibens-Dirkx was sent to New Hampshire (although I wouldn’t rule out him coming back thanks to trading away Liam Hendriks).

Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Binghamton Mets 1

 

The Fisher Cats continue their good run, getting Sean Ochinko‘s first home run of the year as part of a 2/4 game. Cory Aldridge and Jorge Flores also had a pair of hits each while Jon Berti was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases. Dalton Pompey was not in the lineup. Kendall Graveman was promoted from Dunedin and was excellent in his first start with New Hampshire, going six innings and allowing one run on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Blake McFarland went three hitless innings, striking out five for the save.

Roster Notes: To make room for Graveman, Matt Boyd was sent back to Dunedin. Pierce Rankin joined him in Dunedin and Jack Murphy was placed on the DL retroactive to July 24. Austin Bibens-Dirkx came down from Buffalo.

 

Sean Ochinko

Sean Ochinko

Player of the Game: Sean Ochinko and Blake McFarland

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 7

 

It was the Dunedin Blue Jays’ turn to go extra innings yesterday as the Jays and the St. Lucie Mets battled for 12 innings before the Mets came out on top. Kevin Patterson had another great game for the D-Jays, going 3/6 with two doubles and an RBI. Marcus Knecht was 2/5 wtih a double and a walk and both Ian Parmley and Nick Baligod were on base three times each with a hit and two walks. Jesse Hernandez came out after four batters in the fifth, giving up four runs on seven hits. Griffin Murphy threw three hitless innings, walking two and striking out one before giving way to Justin Jackson who pitched a perfect eighth. Arik Sikula allowed two runs and Chad Girodo went two scoreless innings before Tony Davis allowed an unearned run to end the game.

Roster Notes: Sean Nolin was sent back to Buffalo, Matt Boyd and Pierce Rankin were demoted to Dunedin and Dwight Smith, Jr. was placed on the 7-day DL with Kendall Graveman moving up to New Hampshire.

 

Griffin Murphy

Griffin Murphy

Player of the Game: Kevin Patterson and Griffin Murphy

 

Lansing Lugnuts 9, Burlington Bees 2

 

After 29 innings of baseball over their last two games, the Lansing Lugnuts (and their pitching staff) were glad to get a nine-inning victory over the Burlington Bees. Brent Powers allowed two runs in six innings and Alonzo Gonzalez picked up a three-inning save, throwing three scoreless innings and scattering five hits. Mitch Nay had two hits (a single and a double) and drove in four RBI while Chaz Frank was 2/5 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI. Derrick Loveless also had a pair of hits and a walk.

 

Chaz Frank

Chaz Frank

Player of the Game: Mitch Nay and Chaz Frank

 

Vancouver Canadians 2, Spokane Indians 6

 

The Canadians fell yet again to the Spokane Indians with Chase Mallard getting hit hard for four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Andrew Case went 1 2/3 innings without allowing a hit and striking out four while Kamakani Usui allowed two runs over his final two innings of the game Tim Locastro, selected to the All-Star team, was 2/3 with two doubles and a stolen base.

 

Tim Locastro

Tim Locastro

Player of the Game: Tim Locastro

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Johnson City Cardinals 2

 

Ryan Borucki was strong for the Blue Jays, going four innings of scoreless ball, giving up three hits and two walks. Alberto Guzman was a little less lucky, giving up one hit but it was a home run and he was eventually charged with two runs in three innings. Lydell Moseby had two hits and a walk for the Blue Jays but also made an error while Dan Jansen was 1/3 with a double.

Roster Notes: OF Sean Hurley was sent back down to the Bluefield Blue Jays from the Vancouver Canadians.

Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki

 

GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Yankees1 0

 

The Blue Jays’ pitching was excellent, allowing only five hits to the Yankees. Daniel Rodriguez had his best outing yet, going five innings and giving up just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Jake Brentz was also excellent, throwing four innings and allowing just one hit and one walk but didn’t strike out anyone. Juan Tejada was 3/4 with two doubles and Freddy Rodriguez drove in two runs with a double in four at bats.

 

Jake Brentz

Jake Brentz

Player of the Game: Jake Brentz and Daniel Rodriguez

 

DSL Blue Jays

 

 

 

July 29 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (55-53)

 

The Bisons host the Indianapolis Indians with Sean Nolin making his first start since going out with an injury in June. This game will be on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (51-57)

 

Daniel Norris goes for the Fisher Cats against an unannounced Binghamton Mets starter at 6:35 PM.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-45)

 

Matt Boyd will start back in Dunedin for the Blue Jays as they take on the St. Lucie Mets at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (50-55)

 

The Lugnuts come home to host the Dayton Dragons with Chase De Jong on the hill to face Dan Langfield at 7:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (26-18)

 

Vancouver sends Daniel Lietz (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the hill against the Spokane Indians at 9:30 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-21)

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays continue their series with the Johnson City Cardinals with an unannounced starter on the mound at 7:00 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 27 Minor League Report/July 28 Preview

J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ

 

The Blue Jays managed to make it two wins in a row in Yankee Stadium thanks to solid work from J.A. Happ and timely offense. The minor league clubs seemed to need extra innings to decide matters half the time.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 9, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 4

 

Brad Mills had an effective debut with the Buffalo Bisons, allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings. Kyle Drabek gave up another run over two innings and Ryan Tepera threw two scoreless innings to finish the game. The batters showed why Jo-Jo Reyes didn’t last long in Toronto, scoring again and again off of him. Adron Chambers (2/4, BB, 2 R), Kevin Nolan (2/5, R), Kevin Pillar (2/4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB), Brad Glenn (2/4, R, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Diaz (2/4, R, RBI) all had two-hit games and Jared Goedert drove in two with a triple.

 

Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar

Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar and Brad Glenn

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9, Harrisburg Senators 7

 

Game Suspended due to rain.

It’s been an exciting one in Harrisburg as the Fisher Cats and Senators are involved in a game that had to be suspended in the bottom of the 12th inning with the ‘Cats having just gotten out to a 9-6 lead thanks in part to a two-run home run by Cory Aldridge and Scott Gracey, on to pitch the bottom of the 12th, allowed a run to score already. Scott Copeland got the start and went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Randy Boone, back with New Hampshire, gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings while Gregory Infante gave up another run in 1 1/3. Mickey Storey pitched the 10th and 11th, allowing just a hit and a walk with three strikeouts. Among the 20 hits (so far) by the Fisher Cats, K.C. Hobson has three, Aldridge has two (both home runs), Derrick Chung has two, Andy Fermin has two, Jorge Flores had two before leaving the game for Aldridge and Dalton Pompey had two singles, a triple and a walk with a run and two RBI before leaving the game with a minor injury.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 9

 

Hits were coming fast and furious in Dunedin as the two clubs totaled 28 but the Blue Jays’ 11 hits were only good for two runs. Charlotte scored three runs off of Efrain Nieves (4 IP, 8 H, 3 K), two more off of Tony Davis (2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 K) and four off of Wil Browning (1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). Chad Girodo escaped his 1 2/3 innings unscathed. Of the Blue Jays’ 11 hits, only three weren’t singles and Kevin Patterson had the big day with three hits including a solo home run. Nick Baligod also had three hits including two doubles but he only scored once and didn’t have anyone to drive in.

 

Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson

Player of the Game: Kevin Patterson

 

Lansing Lugnuts 3, Burlington Bees 2

 

The day after a 14-inning game between Burlington and Lansing, the two teams decided that it wasn’t enough and went 15 innings on Sunday and this time, the Lugnuts came out on the better side of a 3-2 score. Starlyn Suriel made his first start with the Lugnuts, going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Matt Dermody allowed the tying run in the ninth, but it was unearned and it was the only knock against him in four innings of three-hit, one-walk ball. Roberto Espinosa threw two scoreless and Francisco Gracesqui had a tour-de-force outing with four scoreless innings, allowing just two batters to reach and striking out four. Mitch Nay had the big day for the offense, going 3/6 with two doubles and a walk. Dawel Lugo was 2/7 with an RBI and Chaz Frank was 2/6 with a walk and a stolen base.

 

Francisco Gracesqui

Francisco Gracesqui

Player of the Game: Mitch Nay and Francisco Gracesqui

 

Vancouver Canadians 2, Spokane Indians 4

 

Vancouver lost a close game to Spokane, the team that narrowly beat out the Canadians for first place in the Northwest League in the first half this year. Zakery Wasilewski couldn’t find his control, walking four batters and giving up a hit in the first inning before being pulled with only one out. Mark Biggs relieved him with the bases loaded and, after allowing one inherited runner to score, shut the door on the Indians, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. Alberto Tirado was very good, giving up one hit and one walk in two innings and Brett Barber threw one inning and Adaric Kelly threw two innings of scoreless relief to finish the game. On offense, Christian Vazquez and Chris Carlson had two-hit games while Franklin Barreto had the team’s only extra-base hit (a double). Both Barreto and Vazquez made errors.

Player of the Game: Chris Carlson and Christian Vazquez

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Danville Braves 2

 

In the third extra-inning game of the day for Jays’ affiliates, the Bluefield Blue Jays fell to Danville in 12 innings. The pitching was outstanding for the Jays, getting five scoreless innings from Evan Smith (5 H, 1 BB, 1 K) while Oscar Cabrera allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings. Dusty Isaacs went 2 1/3 innings, allowing only one base runner and it was Conor Fisk who eventually gave up the winning run. He struggled through two innings allowing four hits and three walks. The offense was quiet but Josh Almonte pushed his batting average to .326 with a 3/5 game with two stolen bases (and was picked off).

 

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Player of the Game: Josh Almonte and Evan Smith

 

GCL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day

 

DSL Blue Jays 3: Scheduled Off Day

 

 

 

July 28 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (54-53)

 

Radhames Liz goes for the Buffalo Bisons as they continue their series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV or at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (50-57)

 

The Fisher Cats move on to Binghamton to face the Mets at 6:35 PM. Starters haven’t been announced.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-44)

 

The Dunedin Blue Jays head to St. Lucie to take on another Mets team with Jesse Hernandez on the mound at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (49-55)

 

The Lugnuts continue their series against the Burlington Bees with Brent Powers on the mound at 7:30 PM ET.

 

Vancouver Canadians (26-16)

 

Vancouver hasn’t announced their starter yet for tonight’s game at 9:30 PM ET on the road against the Spokane Indians.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-20)

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays head to Johnson City, Tennessee to face the Cardinals with Ryan Borucki on the mound at 7:00 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 26 Minor League Report/July 27 Preview

Dan Johnson preparing to get a handshake from manager Gary Allenson after hitting a home run.
Dan Johnson preparing to get a handshake from manager Gary Allenson after hitting a home run.

Dan Johnson preparing to get a handshake from manager Gary Allenson after hitting a home run.

 

Yesterday it was Drew Hutchison‘s and Dan Johnson‘s day for the Jays as they finally broke the Curse of Yankee Stadium and won their first game there in the last 18 tries.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 5, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 2

 

The Buffalo Bisons rode another strong performance from starter Liam Hendriks to a victory on Saturday with Hndriks providing seven outstanding innings of one-run, five-hit ball with eight strikeouts. Mike Zagurski threw a scoreless inning and Steve Delabar allowed a solo home run but struck out two in his inning of work. Ryan Schimpf continues to see some great results, going 2/3 with a double and an RBI while Adron Chambers had two doubles in a 2/3 day that also included a walk. Darin Mastroianni was 2/4 and stole two bases and scored twice.

Player of the Game: Liam Hendriks

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0, Harrisburg Senators 3

 

John Anderson continues to pitch well in the starting rotation, matching his career high of seven strikeouts and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. Unfortunately for the Fisher Cats, they were held to just six hits and no walks by the Senators to fall in a 3-0 loss. Andy Burns had two hits for the ‘Cats.

Player of the Game: John Anderson

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 6

 

The D-Jays continue to struggle to score runs and couldn’t support Taylor Cole in another strong performance on Saturday. Cole went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out nine. Justin Jackson allowed two runs over 1 2/3 innings and Griffin Murphy gave up his first two Dunedin runs over two innings of work. Gustavo Pierre had two hits and Marcus Knecht hit a solo home run and took a walk.

 

Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole

Player of the Game: Taylor Cole and Marcus Knecht

 

Lansing Lugnuts 2, Burlington Bees 3

 

The Lugnuts came out on the wrong end of another close, one-run game, this time losing in 14 innings to the Burlington Bees. Jeremy Gabryszwski allowed two runs over five innings but Brady Dragmire, Scott Silverstein and Phil Kish combined for eight innings of scoreless relief before Jimmy Cordero allowed an unearned run in the 14th to win it. The Lugnuts managed to get 11 hits including a single and triple from Matt Dean, two singles from Dawel Lugo and a pair of hits (and stolen bases) from David Harris. With a big crowd from his hometown of Solon, Iowa on hand, Derrick Loveless went 1/6 with a stolen base.

 

Scott Silverstein

Scott Silverstein

Player of the Game: Phil Kish, Scott Silverstein and Brady Dragmire

 

Vancouver Canadians 2, Hillsboro Hops 1

 

In another extra-inning game, the Vancouver Canadians emerged victorious over the Hillsboro Hops with all of the game’s runs being scored in the 10th inning. Miguel Castro came out blazing, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Roemon Fields was 2/5 with his league-leading 31st stolen base and Max Pentecost was 2/5, leading off the 10th with a single that got the club’s rally underway. Seth Conner hit a sac bunt to move him to second and Chris Carlson (2/4, BB) smacked a double to bring him home. The winning run was driven home by catcher Michael De La Cruz (1/5) on an RBI single.

Player of the Game: Miguel Castro

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Danville Braves 6

 

It’s hard to make of the box score for the Bluefield/Danville game. Thanks to four errors, four of the five runs charged to Jesus Tinoco were unearned and he only allowed five hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Carlos Ramirez allowed the sixth run in 2 1/3 innings on a hit and two walks but the hit was a solo home run by Joseph Daris. Chase Wellbrock finished th game with two perfect innings, striking out three. Dan Jansen hit his fourth home run of the year for Bluefield, gonig 1/3 with a walk. Rowdy Tellez continues to claw his way back, going 2/4 with a double and bringing his season’s batting average to .250. Josh Almonte was 1/4 witha triple and an RBI.

Player of the Game: Dan Jansen

 

GCL Blue Jays 9, GCL Pirates 8

 

The lead kept changing hands but the Blue Jays ended up on top of the Pirates for win in the GCL. Angel Gomez led the way, going 4/4 with two stolen bases, two runs and two RBI while Gunnar Heidt was 3/4 with a triple and a walk to go with two runs scored and three RBI. Lane Thomas was on base three times with a hit and two walks, adding a stolen base. Edwin Fuentes was 2/4 with two RBI but Yeltsin Gudino was 0/5, dropping his batting average to .152. It was a rough day to be a pitcher and only Turner Lee was able get through his innings without being scored upon. Grayson Huffman started and gave up a run over two innings but walked three. Hansel Rodriguez made his first appearance in almost a month, throwing an inning and allowing a run on two hits. Bobby Wheatley took the brunt of the damage, allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) over four innings and Pickering, Ontario’s Sean Ratcliffe only pitched to four batters, getting an out and walking three batters before coming out of the game.

Player of the Game: Angel Gomez and Gunnar Heidt

 

DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Pirates 0

 

The Blue Jays pitchers collaborated on a shutout with Guillermo De La Cruz and Denis Diaz each throwing four scoreless innings and striking out three. Rodrigo Orozco went 3/4 with a double and a walk.

Player of the Game: Guillermo De La Cruz, Denis Diaz and Rodrigo Orozco

 

 

 

July 27 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (53-53)

 

The Bisons face Jo-Jo Reyes yet again but this time, it’ll be Brad Mills making his first Buffalo start at 1:05 at Coca-Cola Field and on MiLB TV.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (50-57)

 

Scott Copeland goes for the Fisher Cats at 2:00 PM on MiLB TV as they face the Harrisburg Senators.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-43)

 

It’s Efrain Nieves going for the Blue Jays at 5:00 PM against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (48-55)

 

At 3:00 PM ET, the Lansing Lugnuts send Shane Dawson (3-5, 3.38 ERA) against Harrison Cooney and the Burlington Bees.

 

Vancouver Canadians (27-16)

 

The Vancouver Canadians take to the road to face the Spokane Indians at 9:30 PM ET with Zakery Wasilewski on the mound.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-19)

 

The Bluefield Blue Jays are home to face the Danville Braves with Evan Smith on the mound. Smith has been excellent so far this season with both the GCL and Bluefield Blue Jays.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are both off for Sunday.

 

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 25 Minor League Report/July 26 Preview

Andy LaRoche
Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche

 

Mark Buehrle wasn’t sharp but the bullpen was good for the Blue Jays in a loss yesterday to the New York Yankees (in the Bronx, of course). The good news was that Jose Bautista is finding his batting stroke, going deep with two home runs.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons 9, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 7

 

The Bisons held on for a victory against the Iron Pigs, thanks to Andy LaRoche and a five-RBI game that included a double and a home run. Kevin Pillar was 3/5 with two doubles and Brad Glenn was 1/4 with a home run and two RBI. Kevin Nolan and A.J. Jimenez also had two hits apiece. P.J. Walters was on the mound and he was alright, allowing four runs (two earned) over five innings but Randy Boone made his first outing in Triple-A (on this promotion), giving up just a walk over his inning.

Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Harrisburg Senators 3

 

It was the Casey Lawrence show for the Fisher Cats as he went eight innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk. K.C. Hobson had one of his best games in New Hampshire, going 3/4 with a double and an RBI and Jon Berti drove in a pair, going 1/4. Dalton Pompey continues to hit well, going 1/3 with a triple and a walk.

 

K.C. Hobson

K.C. Hobson

Player of the Game: Casey Lawrence and K.C. Hobson

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1

 

In a reversal of Thursday night’s score, the Dunedin Blue Jays got a great outing from Ben White and solo home runs from Emilio Guerrero and Gustavo Pierre to beat Charlotte. White went seven innings and allowed only one run on a solo shot (among seven hits) with just one walk and six strikeouts. The Blue Jays only had three hits but the homers by Pierre and Guerrero were enough offense to give them the win on this night.

 

Ben White

Ben White

Player of the Game: Ben White

 

Lansing Lugnuts 0, Peoria Chiefs 1

 

The bats went silent but Brad Allen was outstanding for the Lugnuts in a close loss to Peoria. Allen threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The club only had one hit, coming from D.J. Davis.

Player of the Game: Brad Allen

 

Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 6

 

According to Charlie Caskey, Alex Anthopoulos was in Vancouver to check out the Canadians and they didn’t really perform, taking a 6-3 loss. Jairo Labourt started and wasn’t able to bring his A-game in front of the VIP audience, throwing four innings but allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Daniel Lietz also allowed some runs (two) in his three innings. Michael Kraft was the best pitcher of the night, giving up just a hit and a walk in two innings. Ryan McBroom drove in a run and was 2/4 while Boomer Collins and Seth Conner each had a double (Conner took two walks). Roemon Fields stole two bases, giving him 30 on the year so far.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Danville Braves 4

 

Rowdy Tellez is starting to show signs of coming out of his early season funk as he went 3/5 with an RBI and a stolen base for the Blue Jays. Dan Jansen went 2/4 and Richard Urena was also 2/4 (with a walk and a stolen base) but it wasn’t enough offense for the Blue Jays. Francisco Rios was hit hard, giving up three runs over three innings on six hits and a walk. Matt Smoral continues to show signs of finding himself, allowing one run over four innings with five strikeouts. The best sign is the fact that Smoral only walked one batter and has only walked five batters over his last 16 innings. Markham, Ontario’s Jordan Romano finished the game with two one-hit innings in which he struck out four.

 

Matt Smoral

Matt Smoral

Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez and Matt Smoral

 

GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Pirates 1

 

Nick Wells, the 6-foot-5 lefty from Alexandria, Virginia had a much better outing than his last time out, throwing five innings and giving up just one run on two hits and no walks. Conner Greene continues to dominate the GCL, throwing another five innings (in the 11 innings game). He didn’t allow a run on three hits and one walk and struck out seven batters to earn the win. Andres De Aza had two of the team’s six hits and added a walk and an RBI while Juan Kelly drove in another run.

Player of the Game: Conner Greene and Nick Wells

 

DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Pirates 7

 

Osman Gutierrez was pretty good for the Blue Jays, throwing 3 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run and he struck out five batters. Edward Olivares was 2/4 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored while Enmanuel Moreta and Brian Lizardo each went 2/4 with a double and RBI.

Player of the Game: Edward Olivares and Osman Gutierrez

 

 

 

July 26 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (52-53)

 

Liam Hendriks (7-1, 2.40 ERA) faces off against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM. Or, you can go to Buffalo to watch yourself!

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (50-56)

 

John Anderson is sticking in the starting rotation and gets his fifth start (and he’s posted better overall numbers as a starter), this time against the Harrisburg Senators on MiLB TV at 6:00 PM.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-42)

 

Taylor Cole looks to continue his outstanding season and reclaim the strikeout lead in the minor leagues today at home against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:30 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (48-54)

 

The Lugnuts move on to face the Burlington Bees with Jeremy Gabryszwski on the mound at 7:30 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (26-16)

 

Miguel Castro, one of seven Vancouver Canadians named to the Northwest League All-Star team gets the start today at home against the Hillsboro Hops, a team that has had the Cs’ number lately. This game goes at 10:05 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-17)

 

Jesus Tinoco (1-3, 5.59 ERA) goes for the Bluefield squad in the second game of their series against the Danville Braves 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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Blue Jays Losing the Waiver War

Moises Sierra
Moises Sierra

Moises Sierra

 

I have to admit right off the bat that I don’t think we’ll ever know everything about how the Blue Jays’ (or any) front office works behind the scenes. There is a lot of information that the public just isn’t privy to but I’m getting the picture that the Blue Jays are bleeding players through MLB’s waiver system.

 

 

Here’s a quick list of players that the Blue Jays claimed on waivers since the end of last season:

 

December:

Brent Morel

February:

Liam Hendriks

March:

Matt Tuiasosopo

April:

Darin Mastroianni

May:

Kenny Wilson

July:

Cole Gillespie
Nolan Reimold
Brad Mills

 

Of these players, none is currently on the Jays 25-man roster. Wilson is now in the A’s system, Tuiasosopo was traded for cash, Hendriks, Mills and Mastroianni are with Buffalo and Gillespie and Reimold are on the DL.

 

Players lost on waivers (or traded for cash after being designated for assignment):

 

February:

Brent Morel (Pittsburgh)

April:

Marcus Walden (Oakland)
Jeremy Jeffress (refused outright assignment, became free agent)
Kenny Wilson (Minnesota)

May:

Moises Sierra (Chicago White Sox)

June:

Matt Tuiasosopo (traded to Chicago White sox for cash)

July:

Kenny Wilson (Oakland)
Deck McGuire (traded to Oakland for cash)

 

You’ll notice that several names that appear on the first list also appear on the second. I find it utterly fascinating that the two players that the Blue Jays decided to put on the 40-man roster in November in order to protect them from being selected by another team in the Rule 5 Draft are no longer with the Blue Jays.

 

Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire

 

Back in November, the Blue Jays put Kenny Wilson and Deck McGuire on the 40-man roster and invited them to the rookie orientation in Toronto (along with other players like Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Brad Glenn, Ryan Tepera and A.J. Jimenez) in January.

 

Now, just eight months later, neither Wilson nor McGuire is with the Blue Jays organization. The fact remains that McGuire wasn’t pitching all that well (after a great start in Double-A and in his first three starts in Triple-A) and Wilson wasn’t playing all that well but it doesn’t cancel out the fact that the Jays got essentially nothing for them (except for a bit of cash for McGuire).

 

Matt Tuiasosopo

Matt Tuiasosopo

 

Few of the other players that the Blue Jays claimed on waivers have given them anything of value at the big league level. Liam Hendriks, who is probably among the best of them, has given the Jays three starts of varying quality (mostly bad) at the big league level but has been outstanding in Buffalo. Brent Morel didn’t even suit up beyond spring training. Matt Tuiasosopo did very little. Reimold and Gillespie haven’t been able to play much at all due to injuries. And the Jays lost Marcus Walden who could, eventually, be a serviceable relief arm. Moises Sierra hasn’t been bad at all in a limited role with the White Sox.

 

Basically, they’ve picked up players who haven’t done anything for the major league team while losing some young players who have actually been able to contribute at the major league level. Is this just a case of bad luck in the waiver wire roulette or is there something systematic going on in player development and assessment in the Blue Jays’ office?

 

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 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.

 

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