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Chalk up 3 more wins as the three highest levels teams followed the parent club in winning and low A Charleston had the night off.

Syracuse 3 Durham 2

The ‘Chiefs pulled out a one run win courtesy of some defensive miscues by the Bulls and a Jeff Guiel solo shot in the ninth. Guiel also singled and doubled to lead the Syracuse offense with 3 hits. Gabe Gross had a double and a walk in 4 PA, Glenn Williams also reached base twice and Russ Adams managed only a walk in 5 PA.

On the pitching side, Sean Douglass appears to be settling down as he threw 5.1 innings of one run ball. Bob File added two shutout innings, 1H, 1BB. He now owns a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings with a not quite as impressive 6/4 K to BB ratio. Mark Lukasiewicz allowed the second Durham run and Kevin Frederick came on in the ninth for his first AAA save of the year and his 25th at that level over his career.

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Game story

New Britain 2 New Hampshire 8

Todd Ozias had a good night leading the Fisher Cats to their 27th win of the season pitching 6 solid innings yielding only 2 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. The win breaks a 4 game skid. The heart of the lineup came through for the F-Cats as the 3rd hitter in the lineup Dominic Rich doubled and drew three walks and scored three times. Cleanup hitter John-Ford Griffin added his 7th HR of the season as well as a single and a walk to score twice followed by Aaron Hill’s two singles and a walk in the 5 spot.

Brandon League pitched two shutout innings in relief and Jordan DeJong finished off the ninth.

Box score
Game story
Dick Scott visits Manchester - He likes what he sees in general from the team but thinks the stadium may be responsible for the offensive woes. This amid concerns that the new stadium may not be finished in time to start next season as planned.

Clearwater 10 Dunedin 14

Kurt Isenberg’s night wasn’t quite as ugly as his 6.2 IP, 5ER line would suggest. He did not allow a hit or a walk through 4 of his first 5 innings, struggling only in the 4th. He left with two outs in the seventh with runners on first and second only to watch Derrick (aka Robert) Nunley implode by giving up a walk, a wild pitch and back to back homeruns before getting his only out of the game. The worst part, you ask? The D-Jays scored five in the bottom of the inning to give Nunley the win.

Chris Woodward was 2-2 in his second rehab appearance. Gregg Raymundo, Carlo Cota, Miguel Negron, Raul Tablado and Jason Waugh also collected two hits apiece with Cota and Negron hitting long balls. In total the baby Jays drew 9 walks.

Box score

Three-Star Selection!

Once again the Blue Jays minor league team was undefeated, making them 7-0 on my watch. The standouts for me today were the offensive performers, though Todd Ozias gets an honourable mention.

The 3rd Star Miguel Negron: single, HR, walk and a pair batted in

The 2nd Star Carlo Cota: double, HR, walk and 3 runs batted in.

The 1st Star Jeff Guiel: the Canadian went 3-4 with the game winning home run
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Gerry - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 09:26 AM EDT (#60566) #
The FSL All-Star rosters were announced. Four Jays players made the team. Vito, Jayce Tingler and Bubbie Buzachero will play in the game. Josh Banks would have but he was promoted. COMN
_MatO - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 09:40 AM EDT (#60567) #
Ryan01. I don't see Peterson in the box score. You say it yourself that DeJong finished the 9th.
_Tim - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#60568) #
Good update, Ryan. Thanks. However, your New Hampshire links to the unionleader don't seem to work. Are you able to fix or repost them?

_Ducey - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#60569) #
Looks like Negron is picking up where he left off before his injury!
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#60570) #
Tim, COMN for the Union-Leader article. There is another article in the same paper which suggests that the new stadium for the F-Cats might not be ready next April as planned.
Gerry - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#60571) #
Dunedin have added Brad Mumma to the roster to replace Andy Torres. Mumma is a LHP and was a 32nd round pick last year. He played in five games for Pulaski. Usually playing in only five games suggests the Jays might have been worried about his workload in college.

Here is what MLB said about him last year on draft day:

COMMENT: Burly build. Broad shoulders. Locates pitches. Moves ball around. Pitchability. Reaches back for something extra when needed.
Gerry - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#60572) #
The Jays had to designate Jesse Harper yesterday. Does anyone think there is a code or sympathy in baseball, so that if a team, such as the Jays, are forced to drop a guy from their roster due to excessive injuries, the other teams will not claim him?

Just wondering.
_Spicol - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#60573) #
Oh, just for's a Colter Bean update.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#60574) #
Code of Sympathy, Gerry? That sure would be nice, but I just don't see George, for instance, as being sympathetic to Ted Rogers.

For draft aficionados, COMN for a profile of an interesting player courtesy of
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#60575) #
I sure hope so in this case Gerry. I don't want to lose Harper.
_Ryan01 - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#60576) #
The links are fixed and that Peterson comment that was a remnant from last weeks update that I used as a template is removed. Sorry about that everyone, it's been the morning from hell at work today, I've been running around like crazy and rushed the update a little.

Let's all hope that Harper slips through. As if all these injuries aren't bad enough, it would be a real kick in the teeth to lose Jesse because of it.
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#60577) # has just finish the it second haft of it yearly mock draft completing picks 16 - 30

Keep in mind this is just talking to people who cover their respected teams and involves alot of speculation. So take these selections with a gain of salt

16, . Blue Jays - David Purcey, lhp, Oklahoma ( Spencer
17, Dodgers - B.J. Szymanski, of, Princeton
18, White Sox - Josh Fields, 3b, Oklahoma State
19, Cardinals - Justin Orenduff, rhp, Virginia Commonwealth
20, Twins - Mike Ferris, 1b, Miami (Ohio)
21, Phillies - Philip Hughes, rhp, Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif
22, Twins (from Mariners for Eddie Guardado) - Jay Rainville, rhp, Bishop Hendricken HS, Pawtucket
23, Yankee's ( from the Astro's) - Zach Jackson, lhp, Texas A&M
24, Athletics (from Red Sox for Keith Foulke) - Danny Putnam, of, Stanford
25, Twins (from Cubs for LaTroy Hawkins) - Glen Perkins, lhp, Minnesota
26, Athletics - Huston Street, rhp, Texas
27, Marlins - Ried Bridnack
28, Dodgers (from Yankees for Paul Quantrill) - Mark Rogers, rhp, Mount Ararat HS, Orr's Island, Maine
29, Royals (from Giants for Michael Tucker) - Gio Gonzalez, lhp, Monsignor Pace HS, Miami
30, Rangers (from Braves for John Thomson) - Dexter Fowler, of, Milton HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
_Dean - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:41 PM EDT (#60578) #
Purcey or Orenduff would be good, it was mentioned that Orenduff may only have two pitches but BA stated he threw a heavy sinker, slider/cutter and a change.
_JohnnyS99 - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#60579) #
What happened to Andy Torres? Promoted?
_JaysFan - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:44 PM EDT (#60580) #
Andy Torres was promoted yesterday to NH
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:54 PM EDT (#60581) #
It will be interesting for me to see if the jays really do take Purcey, becuase every thing I've read about him says he has problems with his mechanics and control, but maybe the jays think they can correct them.
Craig B - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#60582) #
If the Dodgers take Szymanski, then DePodesta isn't the DePodesta I know. He's easily the worst hitter out of all the college position players mentioned as first-rounders. Look for them to look carefully at Fields, Ferris, and Putnam. They may even go with a pitcher.
Craig B - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#60583) #
Not that I know DePodesta, I just mean the guy whose stuff I've read and who's in Moneyball. :)
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#60584) #
We all know about the problems the Fisher Cats are having offensively. Well Dick Scott the Blue Jays director of player development had an interesting comment in todays New Hampshire Union Leader today about the possible cause of it. COMM
_Rob - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#60585) #
Mumma did get moved up to Dunedin today, and the reason he only pitched 5 games last year was because he had a season ending shoulder injury.
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#60586) #
Craig B the guys on were also suggesting it wouldn't surprise them if the Dogers took, Mark Rogers, a right handed highschool pitcher out of Maine becuase of their past success in drafting highschool pitchers. If they did draft Rogers it might make it a little easier for the jays to pry away Chad Billingsley if there were a trade between L.A. and Toronto involving Delgado.
_MatO - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#60587) #
It's interesting to note that Aaron Hill is hitting .321 on the road and hit all his HR's there also.
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:26 PM EDT (#60588) #
Re: Orenduff may only have two pitches but BA stated he threw a heavy sinker, slider/cutter and a change.

Alot of people thinking Orenduff is close to being major league ready.
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#60589) #
Yes Aaron Hill numbers at home suck, but then again so do the hole teams. It's crasy for a team to hit 50 points higher away from home than at home. The Fisher Cats got to take down those lights, if for no other reason than to eliminate it as an excuse.
_R Billie - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#60590) #
It would definately be interesting to see if that background is downgrading the offensive stats. It would also be interesting to look at the home/away stats of the pitchers to see if they are getting an advantage from it. Perhaps there is a reason that the Cats are leading the league in ERA.

If there is a significant effect then we may have to put more emphasis on Hill's road stats.
_R Billie - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 03:09 PM EDT (#60591) #
Appropos of nothing, what do you think the Jays chances of prying a guy like Jeremy Reed away from the White Sox would be?

The White Sox are apparently looking for pitching with no-one being untouchable. The Jays probably don't have anyone that would interest the Sox though. Maybe Miguel if his ERA didn't look so ugly.
_Nigel - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 03:17 PM EDT (#60592) #
I think Jeremy Reed would be the only untouchable in the organization. It would be like asking the Jays what it would take to get Rios. Maybe even worse in that Rios has some detractors who wonder about his power and plate patience, I haven't heard the same concerns about Reed. The only concerns about Reed that I'm aware of is whether he can stay in CF at the major league level.
_Ducey - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#60593) #
Still not a lot of love for the Jays in the BA Hotsheet. COMN. Banks did get an honourable mention. Canadian Jeff Francis is looking swell at #2. I wonder what JP could do to get him?
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 04:28 PM EDT (#60594) #
I keep waiting to read that someone has picked up Harper.
And about Francis, well it would take A LOT... his value is as high as it's ever been right now. He's just tearing up AA hitters right now, and it's possible that he may skip AAA and head straight to Coors field. We all know what happens next.
_goatboy - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#60595) #
They are saying the lights on the out field wall may be part of the reason the Fisher Cats don't hit very well at Gill Stadium. Ok how well do the Fisher Cats hit during home day games, obvously you don't need the lights during day games.
_Chris H - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#60596) #
I am also unsure whether the Jays will take Purcey with his command/mechanic issues.

I still would not be surprised to see the Jays follow their usual plan and take a position player (i.e. Josh Fields) with their first pick. JP may be saying he is targeting pitchers with his first picks but didnt he say something similar to this last year? Wasn't it a slightly weak field for positional players at the college level last year too?...and JP thus decided it was a good idea to grab one of the top positional players early?

Also looks like JP could get a solid college pitcher with the first supplemental pick he stated, they should be able to get quality arms in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round with comparable quality to the first round (at least I think this is what he said the other day)...

Guess it would surprise me more if he takes a pitcher with the #16 pick...

_Steve Z - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#60597) #
COMN for Francis' pitching line from last night.

He's now 8-0, with a a 2.12 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, with a 91:13 (SO:BB) in 72.1 IP. (Is the Texas League supposed to be a hitter's league?)

I'd usually agree with Dudek's "TINSTACMPP" designation, but Francis might be as close as it gets right now to a Can't Miss. Here's hoping the young Canadian southpaw continues his meteoric rise to the Bigs (after bringing home Gold, of course!)
Craig B - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#60598) #
Is the Texas League supposed to be a hitter's league?

Yes, but only by comparison to the other AA leagues which are fairly strong pitcher's leagues. Some TL parks are, historically, extreme, and I mean EXTREME, hitter's parks. Beaumont (is Beaumont still in the league?) was traditionally one of the better pitcher's parks in the minors thanks to the climate and elevation. So it's all over the place.
_Thorn - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#60599) #
No word on Harper being picked up yet.I believe that teams have until 1:00 pm eastern time Thursday to get him. Read something interesting on another site. Speculation was maybe the Jays have done a very good job of convincing other teams that Harper is still"injured".They did not bring him to AA when he was ready to go and still have not let him show what he is capable of doing agaisnt AA hitters. He is simply blowing through A ball hitters just like he did last year.If they knew a couple of weeks ago that this situation with Miller was going to come up, why show him to other teams.Let him sit in Florida and "rehab" his "injury".We may slide him through and then he will magically get well and start throwing at the higher levels.Well it does sort of make some sense to me.
_Steve Z - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 06:39 PM EDT (#60600) #
Bonser v Banks is the matchup in AA (gametime is 7)

Note: "Wednesdays with JP" will be at 8:30 tonight on the Fan Radio Network. It would be nice to hear some good Draft-related questions...
_Steve Z - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#60601) #
Mike Green, I'm not sure if your link from is working. Is it a profile of Oklahoma State Catcher Jason Jaramillo? Anyways, here's a good read on the backstop, whose recent late-game heroics (along with teammate Josh Fields) might've bumped him up a few draft lists. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Jaramillo landing as the Jays' pick at #32.
_Rob - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:04 PM EDT (#60602) #
#186920 Posted 06/02/2004 02:06 PM by Rob:

Uh oh, looks like we have two Robs here. If the other Rob is a regular, I shall become Rob P to avoid confusion.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:16 PM EDT (#60603) #
Top of the 1st in New Hampshire, Banks has allowed 3 straight doubles and has not gotten an out yet. He just walked the next batter on 4 pitches.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#60604) #
Another double. 4-0 New Britian.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#60605) #
Banks is out of the game.
His line (un-official) - 2/3 ip, 6 hits, 6 er, 1 walk, 1 k

Andy Torres is in for Banks. 1st pitch is wild and Banks' last runner moves from 2nd to 3rd. Banks could have 1 more earned run still.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#60606) #
Base hit, 7-0 Rock Cats. All 7 runs are charged to Banks. I was gonna call this game, but I'm outta here. This is weak.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#60607) #
Ok, I'm back. Did you miss me?
I'm going to call the bottom of the 1st just to see what happens. It better be good dammit.

I missed it but Godwin got on somehow.
Solano gets in the hole 0-2, but works a full count and singles to right. Good start...
Rich hits the ball hard, but right at the 2nd baseman, double play. That's not so good.
Godwin on 3rd, 2 outs... Griffin up.
I'm predicting either a homerun or a strikeout.
Strike 3 looking.

I'm outta here for real this time.
_JohnnyS99 - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 09:05 PM EDT (#60608) #
Yikes, Banks will have to dominate the next few starts to bring his Era down to respectable.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#60609) #
Charleston is tied 4-4 going to the 9th.
Dunedin trails 5-3 to Tampa going into the 8th.
New Hampshire is getting pounded 9-1 in the 7th I think.
Syracuse is off.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 09:44 PM EDT (#60610) #
It's something like 15-1 now in New Hampshire... I just tune in from time to time to furthur frustrate myself.
New Britian has 19 hits now, and EVERY player for the Rock Cats has at least 1 rbi.
Looks like Adam Peterson is coming in to try to stop the insanity.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, June 02 2004 @ 10:41 PM EDT (#60611) #
Dunedin lost 5-4.
Everyone picked a good night to do something else.
_Tim - Thursday, June 03 2004 @ 02:09 AM EDT (#60612) #
I spent the evening marking students' assignments, staying at school until 10:30, but at least I had more fun than Josh Banks! Poor guy. What an introduction to AA.
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