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Josh Banks outpitched the Detroit Tigers #1 prospect as the lower levels continued their hot streaks while the AAA and AA teams cooled off. Dunedin and Charleston extended their win streaks to four games.

Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 1

Sean Douglass got the start to stretch out his arm. He stretched it for two thirds of an inning before hitting the showers. Pawtucket started single, single, single, single, out, single, single, out, double. That was it for Douglass. The fickleness of baseball displayed itself with this outing. It was just Tuesday last when Douglass pitched three shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers. Five days later he cannot escape the first inning against triple A hitters. Josue Matos made an early entry and pitched effectively through the fifth allowing three hits and one run. Tim Kester pitched well for Pawtucket and the Chiefs never looked like they were going to win the game. Mike Nakamura handled the sixth and seventh innings allowing two more runs. A Russ Adams hit drove in the only Skychief run in the sixth after Jeff Guiel had doubled. The Skychiefs had nine hits on the day, two each for Adams and Gabe Gross. Gross had two hits on Saturday as well to raise his average to .250. Alex Rios and Guillermo Quiroz each were 1-4. Mike Smith pitched a scoreless ninth allowing a hit and a walk.

Scott Cassidy was traded to Boston for a player to be named later. The Jays may have to make a few more of these deals as the season progresses to allow the younger players to move up. I assume Cassidy has recovered from his injury ;-)

Trenton 5 New Hampshire 4

Trenton had only five hits and no walks yesterday, but three of the hits were home runs and that was enough to ensure victory. New Hampshire also registered only five hits, but six walks and five Trenton errors led to New Hampshire leaving eleven runners on base, to two for Trenton. This game ranks as one that got away.

Derek Lee started for the Cats and conceded a solo HR in the first, a three run shot in the fourth, and another solo shot in the fifth. Lee left after five innings with a 5-3 deficit. Strangely Lee had no walks and no strikeouts. The Cats scored three runs in the fourth inning. Aaron Hill walked and Paul Chiaffredo reached on an error when the first baseman tried to force Hill at second. Mikael Jova's double scored two, and Jova scored on a single by Mike Snyder.

Brandon League pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, one hit batter and one K. League has pitched eight innings on the season and the hitters have three hits and one walk. League however has only four strikeouts. The batters are not getting good swings against him but he is not striking them out as much as the Jays would like.

The Cats made it a one run game in the seventh. Tyrell Godwin singled and advanced to third when Dominic Rich reached on an error. Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. In the ninth Chiaffredo and Griffin walked with two out but Jova lined out to end the game.

Lakeland 3 Dunedin 4

It was a scouts delight at Dunedin yesterday. Kyle Sleeth, the Detroit Tigers #1 prospect according to Baseball America, went toe to toe with Josh Banks, who BA rated as #11 for the Jays. On this day the underdog won. Banks pitched five hitless innings and left with a 4-0 lead. Banks struck out five and his only blemish was a walk in the first inning. After the walk Banks retired 13 straight hitters. The Jays got to Sleeth in the second. Vito Chiavarolloti was hit by a pitch and Miguel Negron followed with his second home run of the season. In the third Carlo Cota and Ron Davenport singled and Cota scored when Vito hit into a double play. Another hit batter in the fifth scored the eventual winning run. Jason Waugh "took one for the team", and a Ron Davenport double brought home the fourth Jay's run. Sleeth finished with four runs allowed on eight hits in five innings.

Neomar Flores followed Banks but ran into trouble in the seventh. Lakeland tallied three runs on three hits and two walks. Santo Valdez escaped the seventh and allowed only one hit over the next two innings as he finished up with his first save.

Dunedin made a roster move on Sunday. Raul Tablado went on the DL and big Tracey Thorpe was called up from extended spring training.

Charleston 8 Hagerstown 2

Charleston had the bats working as they pounded out thirteen hits against Hagerstown. Hagerstown had only three hits in the game but seven walks allowed by the Alley Cat pitchers gave Hagerstown hope.

Willie Rivera led off the game with a double and scored on an error off a batted ball from Robinson Diaz. Davis Romero got the start for Charleston and surrendered his only hit, a home run, in the third to tie the game. Charleston went ahead to stay in the fifth. Diaz laid down a bunt and went to second when the third baseman threw it away. The bunt was scored a hit. David Smith drove Diaz home with a single. The Cats put it away in the seventh. Rivera started it again with a walk. The hot Ryan Roberts doubled to put runners on second and third. Diaz singled home one run. Clint Johnston doubled home two more. Smith and Galloway also singled to score Johnston. Joaquin Canizal pitched two innings to get the win. Brad Esarey pitched the last three for his first save.

News Stories has the scoop on the Scott Cassidy deal
The Union Leader has the scoop on Trenton big bats
LSU football has a new backup strong safety, Joe Lawrence, yes that Joe Lawrence

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Miguel Negron, 2-3 with a two run HR and a walk
The 2nd Star: Robinson Diaz, 2-4 with two runs and an RBI and forced in another run on an error
The 1st Star: Josh Banks, allowed one baserunner in his five innings. Banks ERA is now 0.82
Honourable Mention: Ron Davenport, Willie Rivera, Brandon League and Santo Valdez.

At the end of each week I will summarize the standings for each of the minor league teams.

Syracuse are 5-6 and are fourth in their division three games behind Rochester
New Hampshire are 5-3 and are second, one and a half games behind Binghamton
Dunedin are in first place by two games with a 9-2 record
Charleston are also in first place by two games with an 8-2 record

Combined the Jays minor league teams are 27-13, a .675 winning percentage.
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_Jacko - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 09:48 AM EDT (#71620) #
Thanks Gerry.

We are really fortunate to get in depth coverage of our minor league system. Do any other MLB teams have a team site with _daily_ minor league updates?

Great stuff.


_Franchise - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#71621) #
I agree, these minor league updates are wonderful; a great way to start the day.
I'm just counting down the days until the Jays call up Rios; we need that offensive spark on the big club quite badly.
_Jordan - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:36 AM EDT (#71622) #
If all goes well, I'm going to start off each week with a spotlight on one player from each of the Jays' minor-league squads whose performance is worthy of note (hopefully in a positive sense).

Four to Watch

Syracuse: Josue Matos, RHP, 26
0-0, 1.74, 3 G, 1 GS, 10 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

Matos was signed as a minor-league free agent in the off-season. Like Aquilino Lopez, he was a product of the Mariners' system, for whom his advanced age perhaps made him expendable. Matos lost the 2001 season to injury and had mixed results in 2002 as he rehabbed. But in 2003 he returned to dominant form, posting this line for Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League: 7-2, 2.24, 48 G, 0 GS, 88 IP, 58 H, 37 BB, 104 K. That wasn't a fluke, either: his career BB/K rate in the minors is 184/611 in 637 IP. He doesn't throw terribly hard anymore, but hitters just can't make contact. If and when the Jays start unloading some of their veteran bullpen arms this season, look for Matos in Toronto.

New Hampshire: Dominic Rich, 2B, 24
32 AB, .281/.343/.375, 4 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

Middle infielders are becoming a stock in trade in the Toronto organization, and Dominic Rich might be facing his last chance as a Blue Jay farmhand this year. Already the owner of an eight-game hitting streak, obviously a record for the young New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Rich is off to a solid start in the early going. But the clock's ticking: he's already been passed by Russ Adams, and Aaron Hill is idling briefly next to him at shortstop. Behind him lurk names such as Juan Peralta, Ryan Roberts and Carlo Cota. A good season in New Hampshire is essential for Dominic to either maintain a place in the system or get a fresh start elsewhere.

Dunedin: Raul Tablado, 3B, 22
35 AB, .343/.410/.714, 7 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 9 K

Gerry has just noted that Tablado has gone on the disabled list, which is a shame considering the terrific start to his 2004 season (although I'm eager to see Tracey Thorpe, a flamethrower who should be close to 100% recovered from surgery two years ago). Tablado has been overlooked in most scouting reports up until now because of his lack of production (his .258/.328/.423 in Dunedin last year (17/47 BB/K in 182 AB) was his best year to date), but the 2000 4th-round pick out of a Miami high school has apparently put a lot of things together this off-season and arrived at camp a different player. Assuming his injury isn't serious, the Jays could finally have a legitimate third-base propect in the system.

Charleston: Felix Romero, RHP, 23
1-0, 2.25, 4 G, 0 GS, 8 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

Who's the better Alley-Cat reliever named Romero? Take your pick between lefty Davis and righty Felix, and either way you'll be doing fine. A free-agent signing in 1998 out of (where else?) San Pedro de Macoris, Felix has seen limited action in his minor-league career (just 299 innings in six pro seasons), but his BB/K rates have been sterling for the last four. Last year was his best performance yet: 2-3, 3.89, 42 G, 0 GS, 69 IP, 63 H, 25 BB, 77 K, and he's off to an even better start this year. Really, the only question is: why is he entering his third season in the South Atlantic League? Recognizing that the Dunedin rotation is loaded, Romero does need to be challenged at a higher level, and soon.
_Jacko - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#71623) #

Syracuse: Josue Matos, RHP, 26
0-0, 1.74, 3 G, 1 GS, 10 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 12 K, 0 HR

My patience is running thin with Aquilino. He seems to have completely lost his ability to strike guys out, which is a pretty ominous sign. He also has options (AFAIK) so he could be sent down to Syracuse to work out his problems.

Over the next few weeks, If Matos stays hot and Q-Lo stays cold, I wouldn't be averse to them swapping places.
_DW - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#71624) #
What's the story with Juan Campos?
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#71625) #
Is Juan Campos on the DL, Last I heard he had Visa problems before spring training. His numbers were just as impressive in A ball last year.
Mike Green - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#71626) #
Patience with Aquilino. He had a significantly better record than Matos in the Mariner minor league system, and he had a fine rookie season last year. While he hasn't pitched particularly well at the start of this season, you will recall that he was the one who Carlos Tosca overused in Boston unnecessarily. I'd give him lots of time to work it out.
Gerry - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#71627) #
Do any other MLB teams have a team site with _daily_ minor league updates?

You would have to search among the blogs for each team to check. The Newberg Report covers the Texas minor league system. I believe Sons of Sam Horn covers the RedSox system. I am not sure after that.
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#71628) #
Matos, last year was in AA for San Antonia I believe. In 202 he was a starter at Tacoma, with ok numbers.
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#71629) #
Ooops, sorry about the spelling errors. Got the boss looking over my shoulder at times.
_Jordan - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#71630) #
Johnny, you're absolutely right, and thanks for the correction: Matos' great 2003 numbers were at Double-A (though the Texas League is historically as hitter-friendly as the PCL). His 2002 stint in the Pacific Coast League wasn't nearly as successful (post-surgery, of course), so it's good to see him off to a good start in the International League.

I'd also counsel patience with Aquilino; the hitters may be adjusting, he may be a ltitle tired from his winter ball excursions, and we're only a couple weeks into the season. It's too early to consider giving up on any of these guys.
_Ryan Day - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#71631) #
I'm not really worried about Lopez; I have faith he'll come around. He's still striking guys out, so it's not a question of losing his stuff.

I am worried about Tosca running him out in nearly every game despite his struggles. I'd think that given his workload last year and in winter ball, a bit more caution was warranted. If he were lights-out, I'd understand it, but given the circumstances, a few days off with a bullpen session or two might be a good idea.
Coach - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#71632) #
Here's the first installment of a weekly notebook by Mike Murphy of the WKXL Fisher Cats Radio Network in the Concord Monitor. Mike's a regular reader of these reports; we're looking forward to meeting him this weekend in Erie and getting a plug for Da Box on the air.
Mike Green - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 02:43 PM EDT (#71633) #
Mike Murphy, welcome to "Mikeland". You're among friends. I quite enjoyed your notebook. Boxscores and game logs are informative, but there is nothing like a description from an on-the-spot observer.

And don't worry about the imminent departure of Dustin McGowan. You're probably going to be seeing Francisco Rosario and Vito Chiaravallotti arriving in NH from Dunedin at about the same time as Dustin departs.
_cubalibre - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#71634) #
Josh Banks and Ismael Ramirez are right on Rosario´s back. Jays might need to move out those older fill in pitchers from the New Hampshire staff to make room for these 2 RHP. Anydody kñow the extent of Tablado injury.
_whizland2000 - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#71635) #
How long do you think it will take for Baker to be called up from AAA.
_Steve Z - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#71636) #
The Fisher Cats have revised the ground rules for Gill Stadium. I've never seen them detailed (for public consumption) quite like that before!

Oh, and David Bush vs. Erik Bedard is the marquee matchup of the night. It can be heard on the SkyChiefs radio network. All available minor league broadcasts are listed here.
_Ryan Day - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#71637) #
If a ball hits a photographer it is at the umpire’s discretion to award bases.

Does this sort of thing happen often?
_Ryan01 - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 07:26 PM EDT (#71638) #
5-0 Skychiefs after the 5th. They knocked around Bedard for 4 runs in 4 inning on 8 hits. Fagan had his first HR of the year. Bush is cruising
_JackFoley - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 07:48 PM EDT (#71639) #
Seven strong shut out innings from Bush. 6 k's.
_Sneeps - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#71640) #
Good to see that Bush has rebounded from his awful first start.

Two straight games w/ 7 innings pitched. 1 total ER over the 14 innings. See you soon Mr. Bush.
_Sneeps - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 08:23 PM EDT (#71641) #
Just heard on the Fisher Cats broadcast that Rob Cosby is done for the year. :(

He will be having knee surgery. That's too bad because he was off to a great start.
_JackFoley - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 09:29 PM EDT (#71642) #
If I'm not mistaken there were a number of Bauxites at the game. I look forward to hearing from them.
_Steve Z - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#71643) #
Francisco Rosario didn't make it through the second inning in Dunedin tonight. He was replaced by Tracey Thorpe before giving up any runs (1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 SO) so, needlessly to say, we'll cross our fingers as we await a report on Rosario's condidtion.
_Steve Z - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#71644) #
Needless to say, that should read "needless to say"!
_Steve Z - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#71645) #
Less importantly, Jayce Tingler took his first strikeout of the season (to go with 9 BB, 1 HP).
_Sneeps - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 10:38 PM EDT (#71646) #

_WillRain - Monday, April 19 2004 @ 11:53 PM EDT (#71647) #
Let me just be among the first to say: Wassup with Miguel Negron???

I was one ofthose folks who believed in Rios all along but I gotta admit I never extended the same credit to Negron. Yet he did okay last year and is off to a hot start this he going to follow a similar development path to Rios (and Quiroz btw)?
_Rick - Tuesday, April 20 2004 @ 12:16 AM EDT (#71648) #
Juan Campos was suprisingly released about a week and a half ago.
_John Neary - Tuesday, April 20 2004 @ 12:54 AM EDT (#71649) #
A new minor league thread is posted, so we can move the Rosario speculation over there.
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