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Buffalo continued to hang in the playoff race, Andy LaRoche hit a three run home run, Kyle Drabek and four relievers held Rochester at bay.

New Hampshire were eliminated from playoff contention, Deck McGuire pitched well again but took a loss when the first hit off him in the sixth inning scored three runs.

Daniel Norris just allowed one hit in five innings in his debut for Dunedin. Dustin McGowan and Steve Delabar also pitched in that game.

Lansing had 17 hits and 8 runs, too little too late.

Vancouver's playoff chase took a hit with a loss. Bluefield have played poorly of late and start their playoffs today with Jairo Labourt on the bump.

Two Jays teams are in the playoffs. The Bisons tragic number is 2, but they are playing the team ahead of them, Rochester. Obviously they have to win as a loss would eliminate them. Vancouver lost and are now tied with Spokane for a playoff spot although Vancouver hold the tie-break.

Buffalo 6  Rochester 3

The Bisons trailed 3-0 headed to the sixth where they exploded for five runs. The seventh started with a lead-off walk, followed by a single and an error. Luis Jimenez singled in 2 runs then Andy LaRoche hit a three run homer. Another lead off walk in the eighth led to the sixth run.

Kyle Drabek pitched four innings and was charged with one run. He did not walk anyon and had six K's. Chien-Ming Wang gave up 2 runs before Scott Gracey, Brad Lincoln and Jeremy Jeffress shut down Rochester. LaRoche and Mauro Gomez each had 2 hits.


New Hampshire 0  Binghamton 3

Deck McGuire was perfect through three innings and hadn't given up a hit until the sixth. The sixth led off with an error by Andy Burns followed by a walk. A sac bunt moved the runners then the decision was made to walk the next hitter to set up the double play. McGuire's first hit allowed of the night followed, a double that cleared the bases. McGuire gave up 2 hits, the Mets had just two hits but that was enough.

The Fisher Cats had 4 hits, double the Mets.


Clearwater 0  Dunedin 3

The Dunedin pitchers threw a one hitter. Daniel Norris pitched the first five and din't concede a hit until the fifth. Norris walked two but only had one K. Dustin McGowan and Steve Delabar were among the four relievers who pitched an inning apiece.

The Jays scored a run in the first, Matt Newman doubled home Jon Berti. The other two runs came in the sixth. Newly promoted Emilio Guerrero doubled as did Derrick Chung. Michael Crouse completed the scoring with a triple. MILB game story with quotes from Norris.


Lansing 8  Lake County 5

Seventeen hits for the Lugnuts whose bats have come alive over the last ten days. Carlos Ramirez had 4 hits including a home run. Jason Leblebijian, Dwight Smith and Santiago Nessy each had 3 hits.

All five LC runs were unearned. Javier Avendano started and was charged with 4 of the runs. Three relieers pitched five innings only allowing 2 hits.


Tri-City 5  Vancouver 3

Kyle Anderson pitched innings, the third inning was the bad one.  He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, a hit batter and an error.  Vancouver clawed back a couple of runs. In the fourth innings Seth Connor singled in a run and the bases were loaded with one out but David Harris hit into a double play. Harris reached on a strikeout, wild pitch and later scored on a passed ball in the seventh. In the eighth Tri-City scored two off Scott Silverstein and Matt Johnson. Harris singled and scored the final run in the ninth on a ground out.

Harris was the only Canadian with two hits.


Bluefield 5  Kingsport 8

The Jays trailed 3-0 in the first, fought back to lead 5-3 but gave up 5 runs in the later innings to lose. Joe Lovecchio made his first start for the Jays and gave up 3 runs early. He pitched well for the next four innings. Justin D'Allesandro as hit around the park for 5 runs in two innings.

The Jays had only five hits. With this being the last regular season game the Jays used 16 hitters to give everyone an at-bat. Franklin Barreto had two of the hits including 2 run triple.



Three Stars

#3 - Deck McGuire

#2 - Carlos Ramirez

#1 - Daniel Norris




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jerjapan - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#278584) #
So is Deck McGuire a prospect again?  Shades of Ricky Romero, with his good pedigree and early struggles in the minors?
finch - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#278585) #
He might find himself in the 25-30 range again. There's heaps of pitching prospects ahead of him in the organization.

Just a general thought but with the development of some Latin American kids, I say we have depth in the system again. If they have another good year in full season, the Jays could find themselves in the 10-12 range again. I really wish we could have kept Syndergaard though.
uglyone - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#278587) #
Really encouraging last month or so in Jays Prospectland. It was looking like a decent but slightly dissappointing year for the kids midway through the year, but now it's looking good across the board....maybe very good.

High Minors Pitchers: (Hutch), (Drabek), Nolin, Stroman, Mcguire, Stilson, Jeffress

Low Minors Pitchers: Sanchez, Osuna, Norris, Dawson, Jimenez, DeJong, Cardona, Tirado, Castro, Labourt, DelRosario, Hollon, Dermody, Boyd, Girodo, Browning, Robson, Tinoco, Rowley, Smoral

High Minors Hitters: (Gose), (Sierra), Burns, Pillar, Jimenez, Wilson

Low Minors Hitters: Lugo, Barreto, Urena, Nay, Davis, Tekllez, Smith, Guerrero, Pompey, Optiz, Crouse, Flores, Dean, Locastro, Davis, Nessy, Lopes, Cenas, Alford

The low minors IMO are legitimately stacked with talent. All those names there have some potential (though many of them are obviously fringy), and a good number of them have high-end potential.

The high minors pitching is even pretty good, with stroman and nolin having huge years and McGuire bouncing back. Hutch isn't a prospect only on a technicality, while Stilson and Jeffress are legit upper-end arms that are dominating in relief. The group isn't awesome here but pretty good, and likely above average.

The high minors hitting is the one real weak spot in the system right now. Poor years from Gose and Jimenez have made a bad situation even worse...but, surprisingly good years from Pillar, Burns, and Wilson have given this group a bit of unexpected depth. Still, though, the clear weakness in the system that needs to be bolstered....even worse is that it's unlikely that there will be any clear internal upgrades to this group until 2015..the only guys due a promotion to AA next year are fringey guys like Crouse, Optiz, Flores.

This might be a good time to take a glance at how the young hitters we traded away are doing this year in MLB (yes small sample alert):

C T.D'Arnaud (24): 39pa, 15.4bb%, 17.9k%, .160babip, .156/.282/.313/.595, .270woba, 71wRC+
RF T.Snider (25): 265pa, 8.7bb%, 26.8k%, .298babip, .219/.287/.322/.609, .269woba, 69wRC+
SS A.Hechavarria (24): 465pa, 5.4bb%, 15.9k%, .269babip, .228/.269/.299/.568, .252woba, 53wRC+
CF J.Marisnick (22): 106pa, 4.7bb%, 22.6k%, .230babip, .184/.229/.245/.474, .214woba, 27wRC+

not exactly a banner year for the kids we traded, either.

the kids we kept, just for fun:

SS R.Goins (25): 27pa, 3.7bb%, 11.1k%, .478babip, .423/.444/.500/.944, .415woba, 164wRC+
CF A.Gose (22): 65pa, 6.2bb%, 21.5k%, .340babip, .262/.308/.328/.636, .284woba, 73wRC+
RF M.Sierra (24): 29pa, 17.2bb%, 17.2k%, .263babip, .217/.345/.261/.606, .271woba, 64wRC+
CF K.Pillar (24): 49pa, 6.1bb%, 30.6k%, .222babip, .163/.250/.256/.506, .236woba, 40wRC+
jerjapan - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#278603) #
Nice analysis Uglyone.  I had thought our low minors were looking pretty good, but seeing all those names together seals the deal for me.  There are some intriguing international signings as well that have some pretty impressive numbers. 

I almost feel like the offseason focus should be shoring up the holes on defense and offense, while maybe taking a flyer or two on a pitcher looking to come back from injury (JJ?) ... some of those young pitchers are going to be ready for the bigs. 

China fan - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 05:29 PM EDT (#278604) #
"...Stilson and Jeffress are legit upper-end arms that are dominating in relief..."

I would include Joel Carreno in that list too. And he's only a few months older than Jeffress.
Gerry - Saturday, August 31 2013 @ 05:42 PM EDT (#278605) #
Rowdy Tellez is DH'ing for Bluefield in their playoffs tonight.
bpoz - Sunday, September 01 2013 @ 03:57 PM EDT (#278621) #
Thanks uglyone. Very little to cheer about this year. Usually I have an idea on who to protect on the 40 man and who will leave as FAs but this year I cannot get motivated to think about it.
bpoz - Sunday, September 01 2013 @ 04:20 PM EDT (#278622) #
Uglyone, I think you have constructed a major part of the prospect list.
Another big minor league year from Andy Burns and he has me sold as to becoming a good ML player.
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