"Yes... that's it... keep eating.... little do you know, you're drawing closer to the POISON DONUT! Wuhahahah!"
"Wait, there is a poison one, right Smithers?"
Day 2 of the draft goes today at 1 PM. Round 3-10, where the Jays get pick #9 in each round so another 8 picks today. This will finish off the picks that must be signed or you lose cap space.
Don Zimmer was around the game just about as long as a man can be.
Draft day is here. The Jays pick at #9 and #11 in the first round. The draft begins at 7pm and if you have the MLB Network on your Rogers cable you can watch it live. The Jays should have made their two first round picks by 8pm. The draft will run two rounds tonight. Rounds 3-10 will go tomorrow starting at 1pm and the draft will run to its conclusion on Saturday.
The affiliates were 2-2 tonight, with Buffalo and Dunedin losing by a run. While Lansing and New Hampshire each won by 5 runs. Jeremy Gabryszwski had the best start of his career, in which he struck out 9 batters, and LB Dantzler helped out with 4 RBI.
The affiliates went two up and two down Tuesday night, highlighted by a pair of double-digit efforts in the run column.
It is time for a very interesting series in Detroit. The Jays are 34-24, ten games over 500, the Tigers are 31-22, 9 games over. The Blue Jays run differential is +39, the Tigers is +17.
The Jays avoid Scherzer but they face three very good pitchers. The Jays record is slightly better but the Tigers are at home.
The affiliates only got one win out of four Monday night but a local boy continues to shine in 2014. New Hampshire had the day off.
The votes are in for the Batter's Box Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month honours for May. The winners are both from the Dunedin Blue Jays, outfielder Marcus Knecht
and lefthander Daniel Norris
used one first-star and three second-star selections to capture Player of the Month honours. Daniel Norris
rode three first-star selections by our Minor League crew to win Pitcher of the Month.
Blue Jays affiliates were 2-2 on Sunday, four days before the 2014 draft begins. Buffalo
lost the game, and 3 pitchers to injuries in Ricky Romero, Rob Rasmussen, and
Neil Wagner. New Hampshire won in 12
innings, Dunedin lost in 12 innings. Lansing won 7-4, despite being down 4-0 at
Deck McGuire pitched seven innings of three hit ball as the Bisons won. New Hampshire won behind PJ Walters who only allowed one hit over seven innings. Dunedin's Ben White was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning while Chase De Jong lasted less than two innings. Those two lower teams lost.
New Hampshire and Alttona played scoreless ball until the twelfth. With Andy Burns on second Altoona walked Matt Newman to face little Jorge Flores. Flores used his 5' 5" frame to single in the winning run. Radhames Liz, working his way back from injury, pitched well again. Jeremy Gabryszwski also pitched well to lead Lansing to victory. Buffalo were forced to call on Esmil Rogers to start and he pitched well for a while until he ran out of gas. The Bisons were unable to come back and took the loss. Dunedin were rained out.
Not much going on down on the farm tonight besides a stellar Taylor Cole outing. Buffalo, New Hampshire, and Lansing all struggled with the bat, while Dunedin ran out as the only winner.
Winning is better than losing.
We are approx. one third of the way through the minor league season so it is a good time to quickly review how the prospects are doing. I have split the players into those whose status is "Up", those who are "Down" and the big group in the middle. Remember the baseball axiom, one third of prospects should improve, one third regress and one third stay unchanged.