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Another day of mixed results for the Jays' farm clubs was overshadowed by a promising start to Jesse Harper's 2004 campaign.

Syracuse 0 Norfolk 2

Chris Baker saw his record fall to 0-5 despite another quality start. The steady righty pitched a solid six innings (6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) but was outdueled by a quartet of Met arms, led by Pat Strange. The Chiefs batters stuggled mightily again, totaling only six hits (scattered among six players) and no walks. Jorge Sequea struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth, ending Syracuse’s only signicant rally of the game. Notes: DH Brad Hassey, son of former big-leaguer Ron Hassey, went 0-4 in his first game since being called up from Dunedin. Alex Rios was pulled late in the game after going 1-3.

Binghamton 1 New Hampshire 2

Clutch-hitting Mikael Jova drove in Aaron Hill with a two-out single in the 7th inning yesterday, making a winner out of spot-manager Ernie Whitt, the Jays’ roving catching instructor and skip for Team Canada. Gustavo Chacin delivered another valiant performance, allowing only one run on three hits (3 BB, 3 SO), but left with his Cats down 1-0. Stellar defense by Dominic Rich helped Jordan DeJong nail down his first save of the season, and boost New Hampshire into sole possession of first place. Notes: DH John-Ford Griffin (2-3) tied the game in the 7th inning with his fourth home run of the season. … Jova was 2-3 and extended his hit streak to 9 games. …Tyrell Godwin, the organization’s stolen base leader, was caught for the first time in 15 attempts.

Dunedin 1 Tampa 0

None of the organization’s victories seem to be coming easily these days… The D-Jays were being no-hit by Tampa’s Matthew DeSalvo for much of last night’s contest. They eventually scored two runs (both unearned) and made a winner out of Ismael Ramirez, who pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Jesse Harper. Harper, sidelined since spring training due to tightness in his arm, pitched a stellar three innings (3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) in his season debut. Bubbie Buzachero picked up his 7th save.

Charleston 0 Capital City 10

The Alley Cats’ losing skid has reached five games, hard to believe after their incredible first month. Charleston managed only one hit, a double by David Smith, while the pitchers (Mora, Sandoval, Sopko, and Esarey) simply couldn’t hold Capital City off the board. Despite the loss, Charleston still clings to a 1-game lead in their division.

Links of the Day:

1. Kevin Gray has the Union-Leader's Fisher Cat report.
2. Jeff Francis is an emerging contender for Team Canada's Olympic rotation. The BC lefty, 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA in the hitter-friendly Texas League, is second in the entire minor leagues in strikeouts (55 in 40 2/3 innings).

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: John-Ford Griffin, DH, New Hampshire (2-3, game-tying HR)
The Second Star: Gustavo Chacin, LHP, New Hampshire (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO; 2.15 ERA; WHIP: 1.00)
The First Star: Jesse Harper, SP, Dunedin (successful 2004 debut for one of the organization’s top pitching prospects)

Minor League Update: May 16 | 17 comments | Create New Account
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_Simon - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 04:59 AM EDT (#22211) #
Things aren't looking so good for our teams anymore. Vito's falling, Syracuse can't buy a win, Dustin goes down, Rosario underwhelmed me in his first start in AA, what next?
_Chris - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 06:57 AM EDT (#22212) #
Anyone know why Rios was pulled early in a close game?
Mike Green - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#22213) #
David Bush gets the start for Syracuse this afternoon. Todd Ozias goes for NH, Dunedin has the day off, and Danny Core hurls for the A-Cats of Charleston.
_Steve Z - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#22214) #
There's no mention of Rios in today's Post-Standard report. With McGowan and Quiroz already out, I guess no news is good news in this case!

Bob Elliott's latest Sun column has the goods on Jason Bay, and a handful of notable Canadian players being considered for the draft. (Unfortunately, as it stands now, Canadians drafted might not find their way onto a minor league roster until 2005.)
_Sneeps - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 02:08 PM EDT (#22215) #
Syracuse being no hit through 3.

Trailing 2-0.
_Sneeps - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 03:38 PM EDT (#22216) #
These minor league reports have slowed down bigtime. :(
_Ken - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#22217) #
Sneeps- the box is usually slower at the weekend. I'm sure monday will see an increase in the comments and activity in the threads.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#22218) #
It's a sunny Sunday in Toronto, perfect for gardening with Tom and Jerry providing the soundtrack.

Syracuse lost to Norfolk 3-1. Binghampton trounced New Hampshire 9-1 and Charleston's bullpen gave up 4 runs late, as the A-Cats lost to Capital City 5-3. There is definitely a system-wide slowdown on offence.
_Thorn - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#22219) #
Rough day for Fisher Cats. Ozias had a day to forget and that was about as good as it got for the team. JFG did hit a long one for the club.Glad to see Harper start off strong. I know that he is not the name like McGowan, but if you haven't watch him paint while he is on the mound, then you are in for a treat. Report was that he was averaging 91-92 last night with occasional gusts. I have heard him talk about how the game slows down for him and he thinks two or three innings down the road.Guess we will see soon enough. Glad to see League getting longer work outings. He is still young enough to still become a starter for us. I know also that Perkins is on the DL with pulled rib muscles and could be a month before he is ready to go. Thorpe(remember him) has been throwing fairly well with decent velocity since he returned. Maybe he can get back in the mix, but shoulder problems are tough to fully recover from.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#22220) #
Here is the the Alley-Cat boxscore. Danny Core pitched a fine game, and left leading 3-1 with a couple of runners on in the bottom of the 7th. Davis Romero wore the goat horns giving up a hit, then a grand slam home run to Capital City's leadoff hitter.
_David Paul - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 05:20 PM EDT (#22221) #
Step aside Terry Adams! Stubby Clapp pitches a scoreless ninth for the Fisher Cats.
_Sneeps - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#22222) #
Thorn, I just wanted to say I appreciate your insider updates. Keep them coming!
_Steve Z - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 06:28 PM EDT (#22223) #
These minor league reports have slowed down bigtime.

I apologize for the detail (and entertainment value) which have been lacking from my recent reports, Sneeps. But perhaps you were referring to the fact that we haven't had as many radio-reports as before... I dunno! The fact that this site continues to add minor league content each and every day should be good in itself. I've appreciated hearing your analyses throughout (yes, even the "Chiefs suck" comments!) and I hope we Bauxites, as a collective, can continue with this quality discussion over the course of a busy summer.

This goes for everyone: If there are any comments or suggestions for the minor league coverage, feel free to mention them in the threads (or email me).

Steve Z
_Sneeps - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#22224) #
Steve, I was referring to the lack of play-by-play this weekend, but I can understand why nobody did it this weekend. The weather has been great, and the minor league teams have been below par.
Gerry - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 07:55 PM EDT (#22225) #
Mike Wilner interviewed Dickie Scott for his "Blue Jays This Week" show tonight. I missed the very start but I think I got most of it. Most of his comments were as expected, generally positive. A couple of new ones:

Rios - Scott thinks is not seeing anything to hit because there is a weak lineup at Syracuse. Quiroz injury was a factor here as he was hitting behind Rios.

Gross - as a football player he has not had a huge amount of baseball experience. Scott feels he is still catching up. His elbow has been an issue this year. I am not sure of he played today but Gross has missed the last few games.

Bush - "Stuff" is not overpowering but he knows how to pitch. Sounds like he will need all of 2004 at AAA to gain the experience of how to work the hitters. Ditto for League, Peterson, they need to work on control and experience

Vito - is just about getting his arm back to being able to play the field after bone chips were taken out this winter

Good job Mike.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#22226) #
Aha, I was right about Gross being injured. He DHed for about a week and has missed a few games in a row. It's probably the elbow of his throwing arm.
_Cristian - Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#22227) #
Rios - Scott thinks is not seeing anything to hit because there is a weak lineup at Syracuse.

I haven't watched any Syracuse games so I can't immediately dismiss the argument that Rios is commanding a high level of respect from pitchers. However, if he really is seeing nothing to hit, shouldn't his walk numbers be higher? Right now he has 7 walks in 133 at bats. Rios has had OBP drilled into him by the organization so if he is not seeing anything to hit he should be happy taking free passes to first.

I'm sorry but to me it appears that Rios is struggling, plain and simple. Although I applaud Dickie Scott for sticking up for him.
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