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A pretty good day on the farm and an especially good one for the lone Canadian affiliate. It all added up to five wins in eight tries.

Canadian Andrew Case got to pitch for Vancouver on Canada Day at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4 (10 Innings)

Syracuse, NY - A.J. Jimenez drove home the overtime winner with a double to score a Dan Johnson walk. The other Bison runs came in the fourth when Erik Kratz produced a sacrifice fly and Jonathan Diaz (of all people!) cleared the bases with a three-run double. You can say that about someone when they're hitting .158. Kratz, Jimenez and Ryan Goins were the two-hit trio with Goins stealing a base. Jimenez walked to get on base three times. The on-base leader was Johnson, who was 1-for-2 with three bases on balls. Kevin Pillar tripled and walked while Jared Goedert and Ryan Schimpf singled and walked. Kenny Wilson was 0-for-5.

Deck McGuire got his card punched for three runs, two of them the result of homers, against the Nationals affiliate. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up seven hits and two walks with only one strikeout. Six of his 11 outs were on the ground. Rob Rasmussen allowed the other run despite just one hit and three K's over 1.1 frames. Luis Ayala allowed that Rasmussen runner to score on one hit but struck out another in his two-thirds of an inning. Mike "The Big" Zagurski (3-0) limited the Chiefs to just one hit and struck out three over 1.2 innings. Bobby Korecky survived a pair of hits to close things out for his 10th save. His earned run average is just 0.60.

New Hampshire 6 Reading 2

Reading, PA - A four-run frame also did the trick for the Fisher Cats as they produced their runs in the fifth. Jack Murphy mashed a two-run homer to score a Pierce Rankin double and Andy Burns belted his own two-run shot to plate a Jorge Flores single. Kevin Nolan also went yard in the sixth. The final run was a bases-loaded walk by Dalton Pompey. Burns, Nolan and Flores had two notches in the hit column. Murphy also walked and Pompey collected his first Double-A hit, a triple. Mike Crouse was the on-base leader with a hit and two free passes. Rankin also took one for the team to reach base twice. On the flip side, Jon Berti and Mike McDade wore 0-for-5 collars.

John Anderson was one out short of qualifying for the W. In his 4.2 innings, he surrendered two runs on four hits with one K and no walks. Dustin Antolin (3-3) pitched a one-hitter over 2.1 frames with one punchout. Randy Boone also gave up just one hit over two frames, striking out a couple of Fightin Phils for his ninth save.

Dunedin 1 Clearwater 0

Clearwater, FL
- Dwight Smith Jr. knocked home the only run of the game in the eighth inning with a double to score a Christian Lopes pop-up single to second. Smith Jr. drew a walk and was the only Jay to reach base twice. Emilio Guerrero, Andy Fermin and Nick Baligod had the other base knocks. Peter Mooney and L.B. Dantzler got to hear ball four once. Santiago Nessy and Gustavo Pierre were both 0-for-4.

Kendall Graveman
was deserving of a win against the Phillies affiliate after going six shutout innings with just five hits allowed and a 4-0 K/BB total. Eight of his 12 outs in play remained in the diamond. Justin Jackson (4-1) struck out a batter in a clean seventh. Efrain Nieves threw a one-hit eighth with one strikeout while Arik Sikula also had a K in a perfect ninth for save number 16.

West Michigan 12 Lansing 4

Comstock Park, MI - So much for a perfect day on the farm! The Tigers affiliate did quite a number on Chase De Jong (0-5), who could not get out of the second inning. In 1.2 innings, he was gonged for six runs on seven hits with a couple of strikeouts. Brent Powers had an organizational debut to forget. The former Oakland farmhand stranded a runner before browning out for a pair of runs on a hit and three walks over 1.1 innings. Matt Dermody lasted three frames and was cuffed around for two runs on four hits, including a home run. Scott Silverstein allowed the same number of runs and hits as Dermody but over two innings. Dermody and Silverstein both struck out two hitters but Dermody walked one.

The Lugnuts held a 1-0 lead after Anthony Alford led off the game with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a Dickie Joe Thon groundout and scored on a Mitch Nay single. The other runs came in the fourth on an error and RBI groundouts by Alford and Thon. Alford was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Lansing debut. Daniel Klein had the lone extra-base hit with a double. Matt Dean, Dawel Lugo and Chaz Frank also put a one in the hit column with Frank stealing a base. Jason Leblebijian walked and was hit by a pitch. David Harris also took one for the team. Derrick Loveless was 0-for-1 after replacing Alford.

Vancouver 8 Salem-Keizer 4

YDR winning in YVR! Yeyfry Del Rosario earned his first win of the season with 2.1 innings of shutout relief.

Vancouver, BC - The parent club were not the only winners on Canadian soil. The C's broke out on top with three runs in the first two innings on RBI singles by Franklin Barreto and Chris Carlson in the first and by Roemon Fields in the second. Seth Conner highlighted a three-run third with a two-run double before scoring on a Michael De La Cruz base hit. De La Cruz doubled home another run in the fifth. An error led to the final run in the sixth. Every Vancouver hitter was represented in the hit column. De La Cruz doubled twice while Fields and Tim Locastro had two-hit afternoons with Locastro stealing a base. Carlson had three walks to go with his single. Barreto and Jonathan Davis also swiped a base. Ryan Metzler singled and walked and Ryan McBroom added a double.

Zak Wasilewski
finished one out short of the victory line. Over his 4.2 innings, the Giants affiliate scored twice on seven hits, a walk and a hit by pitch off the lefty. Wasilewski struck out three and seven of his nine outs in play were on the grass. Yeyfry Del Rosario (1-0) threw his fellow pitcher a lifeline by stranding the bases loaded and scattering a hit by a pitch and a walk over 2.1 hitless frames that included three strikeouts. Kamakani Usui coughed up a run on two hits and a plunk in the eighth. New Brunswick native Andrew Case was greeted by a Christian Arroyo homer in the ninth but got the next three hitters, striking out one.

Bluefield 13 Princeton 9

Bluefield, WV - The Jays hacked up a 7-2 lead before rallying late. They pounced on the Rays with a four-run first inning. Dan Jansen singled home the first run, Trent Miller doubled home two more and Gabriel Cenas singled home another. Josh Almonte had an RBI single in the second and that was followed by a two-run fourth when Jesus Gonzalez tripled home a run before scoring on a Richard Urena sacrifice fly. Cenas hammered his first homer of the year, a three-run shot in the seventh, to give the Jays the lead for good. Miller doubled home another run as part of a three-run eighth. Cenas was 3-for-5 and was a triple short of the cycle. Almonte had the other three-hit effort for Bluefield. Jansen, Miller and Rolando Segovia had two-hit efforts. Gonzalez and Urena both had a hit and a walk apiece. Rowdy Tellez and Austin Davis were both hitless but they did earn a walk apiece.

Joey Aquino
put in a nice five-inning effort as he held the Rays to two runs on three hits and a walk. His strikeout and groundout totals were four and five respectively. Alberto Guzman got through the sixth inning with no problem but he blew the save spectacularly as he was pounded for seven runs on seven hits in an unlucky seventh. Guzman served up a homer and plunked a hitter but he struck out a pair over 1.2 frames. Michael Kraft (1-0) came to the rescue like he was serving dinner to a desperately hungry man. He stranded a Guzman runner and worked around a hit and a walk with two K's over 1.2 shutout innings. Dusty Isaacs gave up a hit in the ninth but got the last two outs via the strikeout to wrap it up.

GCL Tigers 8 GCL Blue Jays 2

Dunedin, FL - Starter Conner Greene (0-1) and Bobby Wheatley turned in eerily similar efforts. They both pitched 3.2 innings, gave up two home runs and walked one batter. Greene was lit up five runs on five hits but struck out seven. Wheatley allowed an inherited runner to score and was chafed for three runs on seven hits but struck out a pair. Jonathan Torres walked two but struck out one and stranded one over 1.2 scoreless frames.

An Edwin Fuentes sacrifice fly in the third and a Deiferson Barreto single in the seventh brought in the Jays two runs. Freddy Rodriguez singled twice and the only double belonged to Yeltsin Gudino. Juan Tejada singled, walked and was a hit by a pitch. Lane Thomas, John Silviano, Brett Wellman had the other hits. Wellman and Barreto also earnaed a free pass. Matt Morgan was 0-for-4.

DSL Mets2 6 DSL Blue Jays 4

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - Osman Gutierrez got the start and lasted 3.2 innings in which he yielded a pair of runs on four hits and three walks with one K. Wilfri Aleton (0-2) stranded the bases loaded but surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings that included a whiff. Jose Diaz scattered a hit and two walks and struck out a batter over 1.2 scoreless frames. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Pedro Diaz stranded two runners but coughed up a run on a hit and two walks with one strikeout over two-thirds of an inning. Jairo Rosario stranded a runner and struck out a batter over two-thirds of a shutout frame.

A Francisco Rodriguez plated the game's first run in the first inning. Enmanuel Moreta and Bryan Lizardo delivered run-scoring singles in the sixth and Javier Hernandez stole home as part of a double steal that saw Lizardo take second.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. A.J. Jimenez, Buffalo - Hit .302 in June and has a five-game hitting streak (10-for-23) with three multi-hit efforts. Is it me or does he look like Alex Rios?

2. Kendall Graveman, Dunedin
- Last four starts in a row and six of his last seven have been deemed quality ones (3 earned runs, 6 innings).

1. Gabriel Cenas, Bluefield - Has at least one hit in six of his first 10 games to go along with three doubles and a home run.

Tuesday's Linescores

Extra Innings...
  • The Vancouver Province has a story on pitcher Miguel Castro, a feature on Roemon Fields, a word with Ryan McBroom and a chat with Seth Conner.
  • The Bluefield Daily Telegraph has a piece on Michael Kraft.

Wednesday's Schedule & Probable Starters...

DSL Mets2 @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:30 am ET - TBA.
GCL Yankees2 @ GCL Blue Jays, 12:00 pm ET - TBA.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Buffalo (DH), 5:35 pm ET - P.J. Walters (2-0, 1.50) & Raul Valdes (3-1, 3.70).
Lansing @ West Michigan, 7:00 pm ET - Brad Allen (3-1, 4.46).
New Hampshire @ Reading, 7:05 pm ET - Radhames Liz (0-1, 1.11).
Salem-Keizer @ Vancouver, 10:05 pm ET - TBA.

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jester00 - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 01:17 AM EDT (#289247) #
I know this was asked before and I don't remember anyone answering, so my apologies ahead of time if it was. Anyone know what happened to Jake Anderson? hasn't been in the lineup for quite some time now.
85bluejay - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 04:35 AM EDT (#289248) #
Dustin Antolin was an interesting relief prospect a few years ago - injuries have derailed his career but he's having a nice run - if he keeps this up, the jays may have to protect him from the rule v draft.

I'd soured on A.J. Jimenez's bat, but with a mostly healthy season it seems to be approaching decency.

I noticed that Emilio Guerrero started in CF for Dunedin - Gerry did note some time ago that he was getting too big for SS - that's a hit to his status - but if he can't improve his plate discipline then it won't matter
SJE - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 07:34 AM EDT (#289250) #
I asked the radio voice for the Bluefield Blue Jays

Steve Elliott ‏@SJE32 Jun 30
@KevinTFitz Are you hearing anything on the Jake Anderson inactivity. Thanks
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@SJE32 lower body injury. He'll be back soon.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#289255) #
Nice header, #2JB.  And yes, if you look at just the face, you might confuse A.J. Jimenez with Alex Rios.  Any similarity ends at the chin however; they have completely different physiques. Jiminez' face is wider than Rios' and from the chin down, the difference becomes large.
finch - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#289258) #

Looks like Hoffman and Pentecost just signed. Signed for slot.

Yay!! We signed a first round pick! 2 in fact!! WOOT WOOT!

ayjackson - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#289259) #
Arguably three, if you count Sean Reid-Foley. Slot or not...strong draft year.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#289261) #
That's true, ayj.  I hope that they can sign Heidt.  Maybe they can get a good shortstop in the international market.  That remains the long-term weak spot in the organization.  It is nice to see Urena hitting well in Bluefield, but you need more.

Pentecost and Lane Thomas are the ones that I like from this draft. 

Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#289262) #
One note on Alford's appearnace in Lansing yesterday.  He apparently left the game in the 7th inning with an injury.  I was listening to the West Michigan broadcast team yesterday and it sounded like he only planned on being in Lansing for a week or so before returning to Mississippi to get ready for football.  Will be interesting to see if he plays again or if he just leaves for school now.
uglyone - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#289264) #
Ya i like Lane Thomas too, very intriguing.

I still think power hitter is the bigget system weakness though. Nay and Tellez are the only legit power talents we have, and neither of them have done much yet.

I know most of these guys have big question marks on whether they can stick at SS, but still Barreto, Urena, Lugo, Guerrero is a pretty solid crop of young SS imo.
Maldoff - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#289265) #
Anyone know why Nick Wells (3rd Round) and Grayson Huffman (6th Round) have yet to appear on any rosters?
metafour - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#289266) #
Nick Wells is starting todays GCL game against the Yankees2 team.
Gerry - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#289267) #
And Huffman is on the GCL roster too. Evan Smith has been promoted to Bluefield.
Lylemcr - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#289269) #

Top 6 rounds were signed!

Why not Zack Zehner or Zach Pop? 


China fan - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 12:59 PM EDT (#289271) #
".....Maybe they can get a good shortstop in the international market....."

Done.  The Jays have signed a 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop named Kevin Vicuna, rated by Baseball America as the 30th best available international prospect.
Maldoff - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 02:04 PM EDT (#289276) #
Thanks Gerry. Any info on Cliff Brantley? He hasn't seem to have played since close to opening day?
CeeBee - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#289280) #
Nice to see the first rounders sign and also the international signings. A good organization starts with a strong foundation.
hypobole - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#289281) #
Is Vancouver C Michael De La Cruz a prospect? Signed as a 19 yr old IFA late 2012. Don't know how good his catching skills are or if he can can remain a catcher long term, but he seems to have shown both an ability to hit and good plate discipline thus far.
Gerry - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#289315) #
I don't have any information on Brantley. In the short season leagues teams can carry lots of players so when a guy gets hurt they often don't put him on the DL unless it's long term. In general, one player or another picks up an injury every few days and I don't have the brownie points to continually ask the Jays why this player or that player is not playing.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#289319) # says Max Pentecost is expected to start his pro career in Vancouver in the near future and Jeff Hoffman will be heading to Florida for rehab.
China fan - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#289322) #
Pentecost isn't arriving in Vancouver until the end of next week because it never occurred to him to get a US passport.  Typical American thing -- "we don't need passports, we're the centre of the universe."  Nobody contemplates the possibility that they might have to travel outside the motherland someday.  So Pentecost will be sitting around Florida, working out there, instead of beginning to get the professional experience that he needs.  The Jays should assign an employee to get passports for everyone that they draft -- as soon as they draft them -- instead of waiting weeks until these guys are signed and only then beginning to think about obvious stuff like passports.   Not a big deal, but slightly annoying.
John Northey - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 09:52 PM EDT (#289330) #
Well, if the draft pick signings are done I'd say it was a solid draft for the Jays.  Signed 10 of their top 11 draft picks, missing only the 7th round pick who was not ranked by anyone.  3 of the top 20 ranked players drafted & signed.  3 more in the 100's, 2 in the 200's who are expected to sign, 2 in the 300's signed with a 3rd possible.  Not bad.  Only one who would've been nice to get but was super-unlikely from the start (Weisenberg ranked #80).  Add in 2 of the top 30 international players and that makes for a strong signing season.
greenfrog - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 10:04 PM EDT (#289331) #
I wonder why MLB chose not to create effective penalties for overspending in the IFA draft. Oversight? Indifference? It's pretty embarassing that they let wealthy teams like the Yankees run roughshod over the so-called slotting system. With the current penalties, the Yankees' 2014 overspending looks like a reasonably-priced investment in the team's future.
PeteMoss - Wednesday, July 02 2014 @ 10:06 PM EDT (#289332) #
Really not a big deal. They could send him to Bluefield or GCL for a week if they were really concerned about it.

I wonder if it could be a Visa thing to work in Canada as opposed to a passport as i'm sure he could get across the border sooner than a week if that was the issue.
bpoz - Thursday, July 03 2014 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#289349) #
If my math & logic is correct then:-
1) Regarding available funds for future signings, we have about $535,000 left, but the $192,400 that is assigned to Zack Zehner is lost if not signed. So about $343,000 left. Each pick is allowed $100,000 before dipping into the left over budget. So 7 signings can be made at about $150,000 if it takes $50,000 each over slot.

2) I am still trying to figure out the overall strategy this year. I was able to figure out something of the previous plans.
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