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Having been swept on Thursday the affiliates went 5-0 on Friday thanks to great pitching. Kendall Graveman almost had a no-hitter, Daniel Norris and Kramer Champlin had a combined one hitter and Aaron Sanchez pitched well.

Buffalo 7 Pawtucket 3

Buffalo trailed for much of this game until they scored five runs in the eighth. In that inning the Bisons pieced together six singles and a walk for their runs. Chris Getz, Dan Johnson and Kevin Nolan had two hits each, Kevin Pillar and Ricardo Nanita had two RBI's each.

Laim Hendricks started, pitched 6.1 innings but did not get the win. He allowed seven hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out 8 while giving up the three runs. Bobby Korecky got the win by cleaning up the last 8 outs.

New Hampshire 6 Binghamton 3

The Fisher Cats, behind Aaron Sanchez, had a 3-0 lead in the seventh but the bullpen blew the lead. But the offense came through with three runs in the ninth for the win. Sanchez was back to good Sanchez. In six innings he gave up four hits and two of them were infield hits back to Sanchez. He walked two and had six K's. The only slight concern was Sanchez threw 44 strikes and 32 balls. Wil Browning was charged with all three Mets runs.

The Fisher Cats scored their first three runs via the long ball, Gabe Jacobo, Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn all homered. Glenn also doubled in two runs in the ninth. The bottom of the order carried the Cats, Jon Jones had three hits from the nine spot and Andy Fermin two from the eighth.

Dunedin 4 Brevard County 0 - game 1

This game started on Thursday but was rained out in the first so they had to play nine innings. The Jays almost no-hit Brevard, an infield hit was initially scored an error but later changed to a hit. Daniel Norris started and went four innings, with the one infield hit, two walks and six K's. Kramer Champlin followed with five shutout innings, he walked two and struck out two.

Matt Newman doubled in the first two runs and Gustavo Pierre hit a two run home run in the seventh.

Dunedin 1 Brevard County 0 - game 2

This game was scoreless until the seventh and last inning. Dunedin started Jesse Hernandez and he pitched four shutout innings. Blake McFarland and Arik Sikula pitched the last three.

Dunedin had just five hits. The winning run started with a bunt single by Marcus Knecht, who went to second on an error. Emilio Guerrero singled in the go-ahead run.

Lansing 5 Beloit 0

Kendall Graveman had a no-hitter until there was one out in the ninth. At that stage a ball was hit to Dawel Lugo at short that took a big hop. It could have been an error but was scored as a hit. After the hit Griffin Murphy came on to allow a second hit but then ended the game with a double play. Graveman's line was 8.1 1 0 0 1 7.

The Lugnuts scored three in the fith. Derrick Loveless doubled and scored on a ground out. Later Dickie Thon and Matt Dean singled in runs. Thon and DEan also drove in the fourth and fifth runs in the seventh. Dean was 3-5 to push his average to 327. Thon and Justin Atkinson had two hits.

Three Stars

1st Star: Kendall Graveman

2nd Star: Daniel Norris and Kramer Champlin

3rd Star: Aaron Sanchez


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bpoz - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#285031) #
Impressive pitching.
PeterG - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#285039) #
Chad Jenkins getting a start for Buffalo today in one game of double. Sean Nolin starts the other. Deck McGuire, Matt Boyd and Tom Robson also getting starts for their respective teams.
uglyone - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#285044) #
Sean Nolin (24)

Today: 6.0ip, 3h, 0r, 1bb, 7k

Season: 3gms, 5.6ip/gs, 11.3k/9, 3.2bb/9, 1.02whip, 2.70era
JB21 - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 04:10 PM EDT (#285053) #
"Graveman's line was"

I'm intrigued.
ayjackson - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 05:30 PM EDT (#285059) #

Graveman has had a productive career at Mississippi as a competitive sinker/slider pitcher. He improved his command in 2013 and had a hot stretch with three complete games in a row. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder is already 22 and has a mature frame and game. He throws inside when he needs to but generally works hitters away with an 87-91 mph sinking two-seamer and changeup that help him get groundballs. Graveman throws a fringy curveball and has used a slider at times as well, but his breaking ball is short. His durability and fastball control are his biggest assets

Above is an except from Baseball America's scouting report ahead of the 2013 draft in which the Jays selected Graveman in the 8th round.

bpoz - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#285060) #
Thanks Ayj. Looks like Graveman could do Ok, but he needs to show it at higher competition. Maybe this year he gets the chance.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#285061) #
The D-Jays are 13-2 to open the season.  They have outscored the opposition 73-25.  The pitching has been excellent, but the defence has also been good (the opposition BABIP is very low). 
Mike Green - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#285062) #
Matt Boyd gave up his first run of the season, in his 4th start, on a solo homer.  He's gone 7 innings, allowing that lone run on 3 hits while striking out 9. 
scottt - Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#285063) #
I'm curious. What is a sinker/slider pitcher whose slider is his fourth pitch?

I thought a sinker/slider was a 2 pitch pitcher.

John Northey - Sunday, April 20 2014 @ 12:16 AM EDT (#285065) #
Just was looking for what Graveman got as a draft bonus - he was a 'lets save as much as possible' pick, just $5k when slot was $156k. IE: he should never have done anything but had a few games and been able to say 'I played as a pro'.  He is a year older than the average for the league, but a 0.44 ERA in 20 1/3 IP with 4 walks vs 18 K's suggests he might be a lot more.  It isn't a lot of innings, but boy would it be fantastic to see one of those sub $10k bonus picks to save slot money end up reaching the majors someday.
bpoz - Sunday, April 20 2014 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#285069) #
Thanks for the link John N. Matt Boyd signed for $75,000 so he was someone that the Jays thought of as having some value.

Their performance to date shows me that they are 2 unknowns to watch.
Mike Green - Sunday, April 20 2014 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#285072) #
Boyd is likely to take the 1st part of the AA/AAA test after the first half of the Florida State League season finishes, and conceivably be in shape to contribute to the major league club before he is 25. 

Graveman would have to make a Casey Janssen-like ascension.  Janssen started out his age 23 season in Lansing much like Graveman has, made 7 starts there, then 10 in Dunedin and 9 in New Hampshire. 
Lugnut Fan - Monday, April 21 2014 @ 07:55 AM EDT (#285097) #

I like Graveman.  His stuff isn't overpowering, but he throws strikes and he gets a lot of ground balls, especially when his sinker is on.

He is going to play an important role on this staff, much like Jesse Hernandez did in 2012.  His job is to eat innings in between the piggybackers which is exactly what Hernandez did.  I would expect Graveman to get a taste of Dunedin in the second half of the season.  The reason his slider is listed as his fourth pitch is because he really didn't start throwing it until last year.  I don't typically do this, but I will link an interview that I did with him last year:


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