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The affiliates won four out of seven but it could have been seven out of seven. All three losses were of the one-run variety in which the opposition scored the winning run in their final at-bat. On the positive side, the opposition was limited to three runs in the four victories.

Buffalo 4 Columbus 1

Buffalo, NY — The Bisons were trailing until the sixth when Moises Sierra singled, stole second and raced home on errors by the catcher and center fielder. Clint Robinson drove in the winning run with an RBI double. Mauro Gomez provided insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 27th of the year. Sierra had three of Buffalo's seven hits. Gomez drew a walk. Ryan Goins doubled and Munenori Kawasaki singled. Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose both went 0-for-4 with one and two strikeouts respectively.

J.A. Happ did alright against the Indians affiliate, pitching four inning of one-run, three-hit ball. The lefty walked two, struck out three and got six ground ball outs. Sergio Santos worked a clean fifth inning that included a strikeout. Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of two-hit ball. Tommy Hottovy retired all four hitters he faced, striking out one. Neil Wagner got the final out with a K.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 5

Manchester, NH — Deck McGuire had a so-so outing, missing out on a quality start by giving up four runs over six innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks and struck out four. Tyson Brummett struck out three of the six hitters he faced in a perfect two-inning outing. Alan Farina (0-1) surrendered the tying and winning runs on four hits and an intentional walk in the ninth.

The Fisher Cats were trailing 3-0 when Kevin Nolan singled home a run in the second and scored on an errant pickoff throw. They tied it in the third when Andy Burns doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Ahrens gave New Hampshire its first lead with his second homer of the season in the fifth. They grabbed another one-run lead when Burns singled home an Adam Loewen triple. Nolan was on base four times with three hits and a walk. Ahrens, Burns and Brad Glenn all had two-hit games. Loewen had a walk and A.J. Jimenez was 1-for-5.

Charlotte 6 Dunedin 5

Port Charlotte, FL — Aaron Sanchez was nicked for runs in the first two innings by the Rays affiliate but that was all he allowed in five innings. He yielded five hits, walked nobody and struck out two. Dayton Marze was perfect in his two frames, striking out one. Lefty Tyler Ybarra overcame two walks for a scoreless inning. Blake McFarland (0-5) coughed up the lead as he was charged with four runs (three earned) on three hits (including a homer) and a walk while striking out just one. Lefty Tony Davis allowed the walk-off sacrifice fly.

The Jays were down 2-0 but Matt Newman knotted things up with a two-run triple in the fifth inning. They took the lead in the sixth on back-to-back homers by K.C. Hobson and Marcus Knecht, with Hobson's being a two-run shot. Newman, Hobson, Jon Berti, Peter Mooney and Oliver Dominguez all had two-hit games. Knecht walked to reach twice and Derrick Chung singled and walked.

Vancouver 2 Spokane 0

Jeremy Gabryszwski brought his ERA down to 0.99 after allowing just two baserunners over six shutout innings in Spokane Tuesday night.

Spokane, WA — Like he has no use for the letters "zws" in his surname, Jeremy Gabryszwski (4-1) had no use for the Rangers affiliate, throwing a one-hitter over six shutout innings. He struck out two, walked nobody and tallied 12 outs on the ground. He faced just one batter over the minimum and retired 10 straight at one point. Lefty Alonzo Gonzalez struck out two over two innings, giving up just one hit. Chuck Ghysels pitched a one-hit, one-strikeout ninth to earn his fifth save.

Michael Reeves drove in the winning run against Spokane and is batting .349 this season.

Michael Reeves made sure Gabby's effort did not go to waste as he delivered a two-out double in the fifth inning to score Andy Fermin with Vancouver's only run in the fifth. L.B. Dantzler provided some breathing room with a home run in the seventh. Dantzler and Fermin had two-hit performances. Justin Atkinson walked twice and Reeves was hit by a pitch to reach base a couple of times. Dickie Thon Jr. was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Bluefield 5 Danville 1

Danville, VA — The Jays managed just four hits against the Braves but scored the only two runs they would need in the second inning on a Matt Dean bases-loaded walk and a Garrett Custons sacrifice fly. A Dawel Lugo fielder's choice in the third, a D.J. Davis sac fly in the fifth and a wild pitch in the eighth produced the other runs. Custons, Tim Locastro, Derrick Loveless and Jonathan Davis all doubled. Custons drew two walks, Loveless had one and Jonathan Davis was hit by a pitch. Dean reached base twice with two walks. Mitch Nay also got a free pass.

Tom Robson
(3-0) scattered four hits and a walk over five shutout innings, posting a K-BB total of 6-1 and his ground ball/fly ball ratio was 8-0. The Ladner, BC native lowered his ERA to 1.38. Adonys Cardona got a four-inning save, his first of the year, by allowing just an unearned run on three hits and a walk. He struck out four and his ground ball total was also four.

GCL Blue Jays 6 GCL Astros 1

Dunedin, FL — A Gabriel Cenas RBI single provided a 1-0 Jays lead in the second and it stayed that way until they tacked on five more runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Koby Kraemer doubled home a run and he came home on an Andres De Aza base knock in the seventh. Edwin Fuentes singled home a run in the eighth and Cenas followed with a two-run double.

It was lefties day for the Jays at the Bobby Mattick Training Complex. Corey Gorman (2-0) held down the Astros to three hits over five shutout innings in his first professional start. He struck six and walked nobody. Matt Smoral enjoyed his first scoreless outing as a pro. He went two innings, giving up a hit, a walk and hit a batter while striking out two and inducing three ground ball outs. Evan Smith earned a save as he allowed an unearned run on a hit and two walks over two innings. Five of his six outs in play were on the ground.

DSL Yankees1 3 DSL Blue Jays 2

San Pedro de Macoris, DR — A Juan Kelly single in the third inning gave the Jays the first run of the game. Kelly would score the tying run in the eighth as he came home on a double play. Javier Hernandez had two of the Jays six hits and also drew a base on balls. Kelly walked twice to get aboard twice. Deiferson Barreto doubled and Richard Urena had a base hit. Juan Fuente walked and stole his 20th base of the season.

Alberto Guzman had a game WHIP of 2.33 over three frames on two hits, four walks and a hit by pitch and also uncorked three wild pitches. Despite all that, the Yankees only scored once as Guzman struck out four. Lefty Miguel Burgos (1-2)  surrendered two runs on four hits and two walks and fired four pitches to the backstop, with his last one resulting in the winning run in the eighth. He struck out five.


*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Corey Gorman, GCL Blue Jays — Has not allowed a run in six of eight appearances and has a 0.54 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

2. Tom Robson, Bluefield — Has not been scored upon over his last three starts covering 14 innings and has a 12-2 K/BB total in that span.

1. Jeremy Gabryszwski, Vancouver — Has only walked three hitters in 45 2/3 innings and is 3-1 with a 0.63 ERA in July.

Wednesday's Probable Starters...

DSL Blue Jays (22-17) — TBA vs. DSL Tigers, 10:30 am ET.
Dunedin (47-48) — Austin Bibens-Dirkx (6-3, 2.61) @ Charlotte, 6:30 pm ET.
Bluefield (20-11) — Mark Biggs (1-0, 5.19) @ Danville, 7:00 pm ET.
GCL Blue Jays (12-14) — TBA vs. GCL Phillies, 7:00 pm ET.
Buffalo (51-51) — Thad Weber (3-4, 2.65) vs. Columbus, 7:05 pm ET.
New Hampshire (52-49) — Marcus Stroman (5-2, 3.16) vs. Harrisburg, 7:05 pm ET.
Lansing (41-58) — Ben White (5-6, 3.74) vs. Dayton, 7:05 pm ET.
Vancouver (23-16) — TBA @ Spokane, 9:30 pm ET.
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John Northey - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 07:43 AM EDT (#277012) #
Seeing McGuire on the list again got me to thinking... how are Jay first round picks doing anyways?
2013: Phillip Bickford (minors) : did not sign
  • D.J. Davis (minors): rookie league, 282/375/509 at age 18, solid start
  • Marcus Stroman (minors): AA, 3.16 ERA 1.1 HR/9 2.4 BB/9 9.8 K/9 at age 22, should be up in 2014 probably left down this winter to save a 40 man roster slot
  • Matt Smoral (minors): Rookie league, 9.39 ERA in 7 2/3 IP 11 BB 9 SO 0 HR age 19 - someone show this kid where the strike zone is please
  • Mitch Nay (minors): Rookie league, 288/362/385 at 3B at age 19
  • Tyler Gonzales (minors): Rookie league, 8.72 ERA over 2 seasons 21 2/3 IP 10 BB 14 SO age 20 - looking like a flop


  • Tyler Beede (minors): did not sign, expected to be a top 3 pick in 2014
  • Jacob Anderson (minors): rookie league 194/271/304 - ugly at age 19 in RF, not a good sign
  • Joseph Musgrove (minors): with Houston now, rookie league, 9 IP 7 ER 2 BB 7 SO 1 HR age 20
  • Dwight Smith (minors): A ball, 270/359/376 in LF at age 20
  • Kevin Comer (minors): Houston A-, 4.68 ERA in 25 IP 2.9 BB/9 7.9 K/9 0 HR age 20

2010 First AA draft...

  • Deck McGuire (minors): AA 5.43 ERA 112 2/3 IP 3.6 BB/9 8.5 K/9 0.7 HR/9
  • Aaron Sanchez (minors): A+ 3.29 ERA in 65 2/3 IP 3.4 BB/9 7.8 K/9 0.5 HR/9 age 20
  • Noah Syndergaard (minors): Mets A+/AA 2.88 ERA 93 2/3 IP 2.3 BB/9 9.8 K/9 0.7 HR/9 age 20...sigh
  • Asher Wojciechowski (minors): Houston AA/AAA 2.65 ERA 3.0 BB/9 7.4 K/9 0.8 HR/9 age 24 probably up soon

2009 - Final JPR draft...

  • Chad Jenkins (minors): Majors 3.60 ERA in 15 IP, AA/AAA 6.75 ERA yikes
  • James Paxton (minors): DNS Seattle AAA 4.40 ERA in 104 1/3 IP age 24 0.7 HR/9 3.4 BB/9 9.0 K/9, top 100 prospect

So, what do we see?  A lot of disappointment with the best looking prospect right now being Syndergaard I'd think who is no longer here.  Beede and Paxton are probably next in prospect lists and neither signed.  Sigh.  17 first round picks in 5 seasons and only Jenkins has reached with the most likely next two being Syndergaard and Paxton.  Stroman would be likely if the Jays could've used him in September but with the season being a write off (baring a shocking historic turn around) I don't see the Jays wasting the 40 man slot on a tight roster.

TtD - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#277026) #
And as usual i'll jump in and say you're jumping the shark and burying prospects in early development.  Jenkins and McGuire remain the questionable picks we always thought they were but the rest of that list has seen progress in accordance with projections outside of a few injury delays.

High schoolers generally take 4-5 years to mature into what they will be, early struggles are generally a feature rather than a shock event.  Smoral and Gonzales are power arms, they'll be given plenty of time to start to mature and learn to command their stuff, especially so as both have come off recent injuries that have delayed their growth.  They were the rawest arms in their draft class and are the furthest away as fully expected by everyone and their dog.  Nay, Smith, Davis and Anderson are all making slow progress as hitters, fishing around for everyday positions and a swing that works for them.  Of the four, Anderson is the only one not to really progress in terms of his hit tool, and that's again not surprising as he was the big power risk guy, and has been the most injury hit of the four.

Ryan Day - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#277030) #
The 2009 draft may end up looking pretty good. Marisnick in the 3rd, Loup in the 9th, Yan Gomes in the 10th, and Hutchison in the 15th. If only they'd been able to sign Paxton...

Also interesting to note: Yan Gomes has better career numbers than JP Arencibia. (In many fewer plate appearances, obviously.)
Lylemcr - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#277032) #
What would it take to get Nick Castellanos from Detroit?
jerjapan - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 02:18 PM EDT (#277033) #
I was weirdly attached to Yan Gomes while he was here and really disappointed to see him as a seeming throw-in for Rogers.  Rogers has obviously been great, but Gomes' versatility would've been a bonus with Lawrie out, and he may have even spared us from Henry Blanco. 
Chuck - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#277034) #
and he may have even spared us from Henry Blanco

Henry Blanco had experience catching the knuckleball. The backup to Arencibia was going to be either Blanco or Thole.
greenfrog - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#277035) #
I could be wrong, but I don't see the Tigers moving Castellanos.
Ryan Day - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#277036) #
The Jays only seemed to regard Gomes as an emergency backup option at catcher, which is unfortunate since that's probably the only place where his bat looks good.

Besides, the Jays could have played Thole, who had a solid MLB track record, but still went with Blanco. Henry Blanco was inevitable.
PeteMoss - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 05:23 PM EDT (#277039) #
Sanchez is still highly regarded. On Keith Law's mid-season top 50 list he had Sanchez at 18 and Syndergaard at 34.

That was just released last week so its not a big gap between the two.
John Northey - Wednesday, July 24 2013 @ 06:17 PM EDT (#277040) #
Guess I was getting too depressed.  The stats don't look 'wow' which is what I expect from a top pitching prospect (wow in K's at least) and 7.8 K/9 isn't a wow, it is just 'OK' for a pitching prospect (wow is 9+, super wow for 12+).
Turner - Thursday, July 25 2013 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#277086) #
Sanchez was quoted in a Brendan Kennedy article saying that the organization had instructed him to work on his off-speed stuff.

Here's the quote:

Lately, Sanchez is making a conscious effort to work on his off-speed pitches in games, even when he knows he can just blow his fastball by most hitters.

“Early on in the season I attacked, and if I was getting guys out with my heater then I was getting guys out with my heater. But from a development standpoint I needed to start making it a point to throw my off-speed more, which was hard because I was having so much success with my fastball — if I gave up five hits in a game, maybe three of them were on off-speed pitches. So that was a tough adjustment to make, but I have to think of the big picture.”

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