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The affiliates won five out of eight Tuesday night. The three losses were at the upper levels of the system but three of the wins included double digits in the run column. The most promising developments were at the Gulf Coast level as a few players from the 2014 draft crop made their presence felt. Dunedin was rained out and will play a doubleheader this morning.

Rochester 3 Buffalo 2

Rochester, NY - Esmil Rogers (2-2) pitched 7.2 innings but surrendered the go-ahead run to the Twins affiliatein the eighth. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while racking up four strikeouts. He collected nine outs on the ground and threw 72 of 107 pitches for strikes. Steve Delabar walked a batter but got the final out of the eighth to strand a runner.

Both Bison runs came in the fifth on a two-run single by Ryan Goins. He and A.J. Jimenez had two-hit nights for the Herd. Kevin Pillar and Dan Johnson had the other base hits. Cory Aldridge walked twice while Brad Glenn and Ryan Schimpf drew free passes. Aldridge and Pillar both stole bases but Pillar and Schimpf were picked off at first. Video highlights from WHEC.

New Britain 10 New Hampshire 2 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

Manchester, NH
- The Fisher Cats saw the Twins affiliate jump to a 10-0 lead before Kevin Nolan drove home an Andy Burns double with a two-run homer. Burns also got a walk and was the only F-Cat to get on base more than once.

After John Anderson (1-1) gave up two runs over two frames, Scott Gracey was slapped around for three runs on six hits over two innings. Richard Bleier was rick-rolled for five runs (four earned) over the last three innings, serving up a grand slam among six hits and a walk. Both Gracey and Bleier managed one K apiece.

New Britain 5 New Hampshire 4 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

Daniel Norris
did not last very long in this one. In fact, he did not make it through one. He only got two outs as he was knocked around for a homer among two hits and three walks resulting in a pair of runs. He threw 33 pitches. Baseball America's Ben Badler summed up his outing on Twitter, "Wow. Blue Jays give Daniel Norris the hook two outs into the first inning. 91-94 mph but could not locate. A lot of scouts watching tonight." Tyler Ybarra relieved Norris and did well in his 3.1 innings. He got out of a bases loaded jam to end the first and surrendered just one run on two hits and two walks and plunking a man but striking out three. Dustin Antolin (3-4) had a game WHIP of three, being charged with two runs on four hits and two walks over two frames.

New Hampshire erased a 3-0 deficit and held a 4-3 lead in the late stages. Mike McDade and K.C. Hobson both went yard with solo shots in the fourth inning and McDade singled home another run in the fifth as part of a two-run frame. McDade and Dalton Pompey each had a pair of hits. Jon Berti and Derrick Chung also had a knock apiece. Gregory Infante overcame two walks with a strikeout in a scoreless seventh.

Lansing 12 Lake County 4

Eastlake, OH - The Lugnuts obliterated a 1-0 deficit against the Indians affiliate with the next 10 runs. Dawel Lugo and David Harris got things rolling with run-scoring singles in the fifth. Lugo brought in another run with a sac fly as part of a two-run sixth but the Lugnuts put this one away with six runs in the seventh, highlighted by a Matt Dean grand slam. Derrick Loveless followed with a two-run shot. Lugo rounded out the scoring in the ninth with a two-run double. Lugo and Harris each had a trio of hits. Mike Reeves singled and walked twice. Loveless and Dean had two hits each with dingers and doubles with Dean taking one for the team. Mike Reeves was on three times with a single and two walks. Mitch Nay singled and walked. D.J. Davis and Chaz Frank both heard ball four once.

Brad Allen
lasted four innings and was charged with a solo dinger among two hits and two walks. He struck out six and got five ground ball outs. Jimmy Cordero (2-1) worked a shutout frame for the victory. Roberto Espinosa overcame a hit and two walks to post two scoreless innings that included two strikeouts. Scott Silverstein was swatted around for three runs on four hits, including a two-run tater, while walking one. Phil Kish pitched a one-hit ninth and registered two strikeouts.

Vancouver 6 Everett 5

Sean Hurley batted in the number nine spot in the Vancouver order but he had the biggest swing of the game with a three-run homer in the C's one-run victory in Everett on Tuesday.

Everett, WA - All the scoring in this one was clustered into the middle innings and someone other than Ryan McBroom homered for Vancouver. The C's leaped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth when Sean Hurley went deep, connecting for a three-run shot before Franklin Barreto finished the rally with an RBI single. The Canadians got another long ball, a two-run shot by Tim Locastro in the sixth. Barreto and Locastro were the co-leaders in the hit department with two with Barreto contributing a triple. Boomer Collins singled and walked twice. Roemon Fields was 0-for-4 but was hit by a pitch, stole his 20th base of the year and scored a run.

Starlyn Suriel (2-1) was charged with all five runs over 5.1 innings. He was victimized by a pair of homers that accounted for three of the runs. Suriel gave up seven hits but had a K-BB total of 5-0 and a groundout/flyout ratio of 4-2. The bullpen supplied 3.2 innings of shutout relief. Yeyfry Del Rosario walked two but struck out two in 1.1 innings. Jose Fernandez struck out the only hitter he faced, Joe Lovecchio supplied a perfect eighth and Kamakani Usui punched out two of the three batters he faced to get his fourth save.

Bluefield 8 Burlington 3

Bluefield, WV - The Jays got a couple of long balls in this one. Rolando Segovia poked one over the fence for a two-run shot in the third and Trent Miller capped off the scoring with a leadoff homer in the eighth. Run scoring singles by Gabriel Cenas and Dan Jansen put the the Jays ahead for good. Austin Davis added a two-run single in the eighth. Richard Urena had the only multi-hit game with a double, a triple, a walk and a stolen base. Jansen also reached base three times by drawing two walks. Rowdy Tellez got to first three times as well on a single, a walk and a hit by pitch while stealing a base. Cenas had a base hit and a base on balls. Josh Almonte added a triple.

Francisco Rios
gave up 10 hits, including a homer, and walked a batter but kept the Royals to three runs over five innings. Oscar Cabrera (2-0) spun three shutout frames by giving up only a hit and a walk while getting a couple of K's. Dusty Isaacs walked one and struck one out in a scoreless ninth. Video highlights from WVVA.

GCL Blue Jays 10 GCL Phillies 3

Dunedin, FL - The Jays scored the first nine runs of the ball game, including three in the first. A Yeltsin Gudino sacrifice fly, a Juan Kelly triple and an Angel Gomez single accounted for the first inning runs. Dean Bell singled in another run in the fourth. A two-run double by Kelly and a wild pitch led to three more runs in the fifth and Max Pentecost doubled home two more runs in the sixth. Matt Morgan drove in the final run with a single in the seventh. Pentecost bounced back from a hitless debut with a five-hit game in this one. He had a perfect day at the dish that included two doubles. Kelly, Tejada, Gomez, Bell and Lane Thomas also joined the multi-hit parade with two apiece. Gomez added two walks while Tejada and Thomas had one each. Tejada also stole a base.

Roberto Osuna made a successful return to the mound after undergoing Tommy John surgery, striking out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect first inning. Mickey Storey had one strikeout in a perfect second inning before Sean Reid-Foley (1-0) took over. He turned in two shutout innings of one-hit ball while whiffing three. Nick Wells gave up the first two runs on four hits and a walk but struck out five over his three-inning stint. Francis Eduardo struck out one in a perfect eighth but Turner Lee was nicked for a run on three hits but in the ninth. He also struck out a batter.

DSL Blue Jays 10 DSL Marlins 7

San Pedro de Macoris, DR
- The Jays blew a 5-0 lead and tried hard enough to blow another five-run bulge but were thankfully unsuccessful. A Rodrigo Orozco two-run single and an Edward Olivares hit by pitch led to three of the five runs for the Jays in the second inning. Another five-run outburst came in the ninth with Javier Hernandez doubling home the go-ahead run. Luis Dominguez walked with the bases loaded and Junior Vasquez plated home another with a single. Orozco finished off the rally with a two-run double. Orozco, Hernandez and Eddy Alcantara all had two hits. Jesus Severino was the on-base leader with a single and three walks. Alcantara and Dominguez were on base thrice as Alcantara added a walk while Dominguez tallied a double and another walk. Vasquez also was aboard three times by earning a walk and an HBP. Severino, Alcantara and Olivares all stole a base.

Juliandry Higuera pitched six solid innings of two-run ball. One of the runs was unearned as he yielded six hits and a walk. He only struck out one but induced eight groundouts. The trio of Erick Hurtado, Pedro Diaz (1-0) and Jose Diaz were all charged with runs that evaporated a 5-0 lead over the next 2.2 innings. Guillermo De La Cruz faced the tying run at the plate but stranded two runners by getting the game's final out for his first save.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Richard Urena, Bluefield
- A five game hitting streak and an OPS of .801 over his last 10 contests.

2. Matt Dean, Lansing - Extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an .883 OPS during that stretch.

1. Max Pentecost, GCL Blue Jays
- Upped his batting average to .625 and his OPS to 1.500 in just his second pro game.

Tuesday's Linescores

Wednesday's Schedule & Probable Starters...

DSL Marlins @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:05 am ET - TBA.
GCL Pirates @ GCL Blue Jays, 12:00 pm ET - TBA.
Lansing @ Lake County, 11:05 am ET - Jeremy Gabryszwski (6-2, 3.82).
New Britain @ New Hampshire, 12:05 pm ET - Casey Lawrence (5-4, 3.02).
Dunedin @ Daytona, 10:30 am ET - Ben White (4-4, 4.76) & Frank Viola III (1-0, 1.50).
Buffalo @ Rochester, 7:05 pm ET - Liam Hendriks (6-1, 2.19).
Bristol @ Bluefield, 7:05 pm ET - TBA.
Vancouver @ Everett, 10:05 pm - Jairo Labourt (1-1, 1.77).

Extra Innings...
  • has a feature on Daniel Norris.
  • The National Post has a story about Aaron Sanchez and another on Dan Johnson.
  • Miguel Castro has been named Pitcher of the Week in the Northwest League.
  • Congratulations to Andy Burns on his upcoming nuptials.
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85bluejay - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 05:59 AM EDT (#289658) #
nice day for Pentecost, but I'm not so impressed with the passport problem - He was drafted June 06, shouldn't Pentecost, his advisor or Jays personnel brought up the subject of passport requirement - it seems this may not have been acted on until after he signed - it's a small thing but to me reflects poorly on everyone.

Part of Norris's struggle may be due to him not pitching since June 29th - assuming there was no physical problems, when Norris is a top prospect & you're trying to pump up his trade value, why not keep him on his schedule (skip others if necessary) - again it's a small thing but reflects poorly on the Jays development personnel (unless there was something amiss)

The Jays have had much trouble developing hitting prospects (maybe they can steal some of the Texas Rangers development people) but the Dominican position player contingent in the lower minors seem to be having productive offensive seasons - perhaps an influence from the DSL hitting coach?

Kinda confused about Yeyfry Del Rosario's usage - he started in Lansing and seemed to hold his own but then was moved to Vancouver & I anticipated that was to use him as a starter but he's still coming out of the BP
bpoz - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 09:16 AM EDT (#289661) #
IMO it would be a mistake to promote A Sanchez until at least mid August. He has not gone deep into games consistently and has not had dominating results.
But since he has to be added to the 40 man roster at the end of this year, he may as well come up and get a taste of the bigs.
If the Jays think that they are contenders, he will not start for them and he could easily get bombed coming out of the pen. All Jays games are crucial. So he can pitch in laughers.
I think if he stays down he should get to 130IP this year and continue learning. Since he will be on the 40 man roster for next year I expect him to burn an option in 2015, so definitely do not burn one this year like S Nolin. Nolin has burned 2 options in 1.1 major league innings, I believe. If so, he needs that last option to accomplish a lot.It would be best if he gets healthy and then gets a Sept call up after Buffalo's season so he can see something even if it is on the bench. Most likely he also goes to the Arizona Fall League.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#289669) #
Richard Urena's good start is excellent news for the organization.  He is 18 years old and apparently plays a fine defensive shortstop.  He is hitting .300/.333/.457 in the Appy League with a 4/15 W/K in 74 PAs (his plate control in 2013 was good).  The only mystery is hometown in the DR- San Francisco de Macoris.  Wikipedia tells you all you need to know about the completely different locations for San Francisco de Macoris and San Pedro de Macoris, and the origins of the names (different patron saints with Macorix being the old name for the region).  Julian Javier came from San Francisco de Macoris.  I guess I'll have to make a trip to the DR...
finch - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#289674) #
If Urena can finish the season with a similar slash line, I would expect him to start popping up on the backend of Top 100 lists.
uglyone - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#289677) #
So happy Osuna is back. A strong finish to the year and he's right back into top-100 consideration, too.

Even with stroman graduating the jays could have an impressive crop this offseason. A good 10 guys with top 100 potential

Norris, Sanchez, Pompey for sure.

And maybe also Hoffman, Pentacost, Osuna, Barreto, Castro, Urena, Reid-Foley.

Wouldn't be surprised to see at least 5 jays on most lists.
PeterG - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#289679) #
Gunnar Heidt on his way to Dunedin
rafael - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#289680) #
Must post because I finally remembered my password.
Good timing for Norris pitching bad to thwart trades.
Lots of good career starts going on.
I'm used to apologizing and rationalizing slow career starts - this is more fun
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#289682) #
Gunnar Heidt on his way to Dunedin

To play on the Rookie League club?   It's great to have a middle infielder of some promise from the draft signed on. 
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#289684) #
Lots of early games today.  Dalton Pompey is getting comfortable in AA.  He has homered and singled in 4 trips today, as the Fisher Cats lead 7-1.  Dwight Smith has doubled and singled in two trips, as the D-Jays rallied for 4 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 4-3 lead.  Pentecost is behind the plate for the rookie league club.
finch - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#289691) #
FREE MATT DEAN...outta Lansing.
Maldoff - Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#289695) #
Per Shi Davidi, Tom Robson will undergo Tommy John surgery

ayjackson - Thursday, July 10 2014 @ 11:14 PM EDT (#289758) #
Who had Robson in the pool?
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