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Justin Speier and Chris Woodward stood out in the wrong way in A ball yesterday. Speier gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. In the fifth inning, seven of the first eight Dunedin hitters reached base, the exception...Chris Woodward. Welcome to A ball guys.

Charlotte 1 Syracuse 4

This was a tight well pitched game. Josue Matos produced his best start of the year and the Syracuse bullpen were super. Ryan Kohlmeier pitched well for Charlotte.

The Chiefs got on the board in the second inning. Noah Hall and Jeff Guiel singled, and Stubby Clapp doubled Hall home. Charlotte tied it in the third, but Paul Chiaffredo hit a home run on the 13th pitch of the at-bat to put the Chiefs ahead to stay in the fifth.

In the eighth Jeff Gueil hit a two run home run to ease the pressure on the bullpen. The pen did a great job. Talley Haines, Mike Nakamura and Kevin Frederick pitched four innings without allowing a hit or a walk.

Russ Adams was 0-4 with a walk; Gabe Gross also was 0-4. Matos's line was 5 IP, 4 2 6 and 1 ER

Game Story
Matt Michael has the story on the Guiel brothers

New Britain 6 New Hampshire 0

The rain that delayed the start of the Cats game last night also cooled off their bats. NH could only muster three hits, two of them by Justin Singleton. Cam Reimers had a shaky first inning that was not helped by two Fisher Cat errors. Reimers hit a batter, unleashed a wild pitch, and gave up three hits to give New Britain four early runs. That was the game. Reimers line was 7 IP, 10, 0, 6, 6 R, 4ER.

Game Story
Kevin Gray talked to some Fisher Cats about draft day

Dunedin 8 Tampa 3

Justin Speier started and allowed a home run to the first hitter. Speier pitched one inning without further damage. Neomar Flores took over and scuffled through four innings. Flores put eight men on in his four innings and gave up two runs.

Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, seven of the first eight hitters reached base for Dunedin. Chris Woodward was the exception, he had a sac fly. Dunedin scored six and a Raul Tablado home run made it 7-3 in the seventh. Tracy Thorpe pitched 2.2 solid innings in relief and Bubbie Buzachero recorded the last four outs, three via strikeout. Woody was 0-2; Carlo Cota went 2-3 to raise his average

Charleston 8 Hickory 3

Charleston scored first with two runs in the second. Joey Reiman singled to score David Smith and Mike Galloway. Ramon Mora started well and had a no-hitter through three innings. However the first four Hickory batters reached in the fourth and the Cats were down 3-2.

Charleston loaded the bases in the seventh on a walk, an error and a failed fielders choice. A gound out, a sac fly and a single produced three runs to give the lead nback to the Cats. Charleston added one more in the eighth and two in the ninth on a home run by Smith. Mora pitched seven innings with four hits and three walks for the win.

Game Story

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Carlo Cota, 2-3 with two walks to raise his average to .299
The 2nd Star: David Smith, 3-5, double, home run, two runs and two RBI's
The 1st Star: Jeff Guiel, 2-4 with a home run and two RBI

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_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#60183) #
Cota is on fire.
Mike Green - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#60184) #
The article by Kevin Gray that Gerry has linked to is really worth reading. It's nice when your only complaint is that a piece is too short.

Today's pitchers for the affiliates: Chris Baker for Syracuse; Ryan Houston for New Hampshire; TBA for Dunedin and Danny Core for Charleston. Anyone up for some BBRadio?
_Jordan - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#60185) #
Later that day, a business-like Hill attended practice. A champagne toast wasn’t in the cards. Instead, batting practice.

“We were right in the middle of playoffs. I really didn’t want to let anything bother me too much,” he said. “The whole thing was fun for me, and it’s what you work for, but my goal wasn’t to be a first-rounder. My goal was to spend 10-15 years in big leagues later on. It was a step in the right direction. Other than that, my goal hasn’t been reached yet.”

Oh, I like this guy. Great article.
_Interested Spec - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#60186) #
I see that Ron Davenport is leading Dunedin in RBI's, while is BA is mediocre. I also see that he is currently on the DL. Does anyone know what it is for or how long he will be on it?
_Chris H - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 12:59 PM EDT (#60187) #
Dont know if this has been mentioned yet but the Jays signed Adrian Martin RHP (Indian River (Fla.) CC) their 19th round pick last year (draft and follow). Check out the Draft-and-Follow Update at Baseball America.

_NIck - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#60188) #
Yeah, Jordan, after reading that article I like Aaron Hill even more. Very good read. Thanks, Gerry. The one on the Guiel brothers was nice too.
Gerry - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#60189) #
2B or not 2B?

Let us compare two players:

Player A: DOB: Sep 18, 1980
Player B: DOB: Sep 19, 1980

Virtually the same age. In 2003 both played at Auburn and their stats were:

Player A - .416 OBP; .521 SLG; 937 OPS
Player B - .374 OBP; .440 SLG; 814 OPS

Player A had a better 2003. Now how about 2004?

Player A - .367 OBP; .433 SLG; 800 OPS
Player B - .448 OBP; .526 SLG; 974 OPS

Player B is having a better 2004, BUT let us look at the numbers since May 1:

Player A - .406 OBP; .500 SLG; 906 OPS
Player B - .409 OBP; .490 SLG; 899 OPS

Now their numbers are pretty even over the last month. So who would you rather have? One more piece of information, Player A is at Dunedin, High A ball, Player B is at Charleston. So Player A is putting up his numbers against better pitching and as a result we can say that Player A is better in 2004, and Player A was also better in 2003.

Player A is Carlo Cota and Player B is Ryan Roberts. Most of us agree that Roberts should be promoted to Dunedin, but what do you do with Cota? Dominic Rich is blocking the way at New Hampshire and he has a pretty good stick too. Promoting a player when he is ready is a good idea but the farm director has to think about the other side of the transaction. If a plyers progression is blocked it creates a headache for Dick Scott. Now the Jays likely have scouts who have a preference for one or the other, their skills might not project to AA or AAA, but on paper we have a problem.

A couple of points in Roberts favour, he was an 18th round selection, Cota was a 33rd round selection. Cota also came out a year earlier so he was a 2002 draftee.
robertdudek - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#60190) #
My solution would be to promote Rich to AAA, Cota to AA and Roberts to Dunedin. Rich has spent enough time at AA and because of his advanced age needs to be tested at AAA. I think Cota might struggle at AA initially, but not moreso than about half of New Hampshire's lineup.
_Nigel - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#60191) #
Robert, I agree with your thinking, at least until Sequea returns from injury. In his absence and Clark's promotion, Syracuse is using a combination of Clapp and Williams at 2b, neither of whom are prospects. When Sequea returns you would have a logjam of middle infielders at Syracuse of Adams, Sequea and Rich. Your point stands though, Rich has spent enough time at AA. You might as well find out if he's ready for something bigger.
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 03:23 PM EDT (#60192) #
There are players at every level of our minor league system that are ready to be challenged at the next level. JP has to start being a little more aggressive with the young guns, in my opinion.
Mike Green - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#60193) #
Cota has played some third base, and Roberts, of course, has spent most of his time there. Due to the injury to Rob Cosby, the organization is thin at third. This does create some opportunities to get Cota and Roberts some work at the same level, if necessary. For now, though, I agree with Robert.

It should also be noted that Ryan Roberts' performance in 2004 is completely consistent with his collegiate performance in 2003.
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#60194) #
This is off topic, but does anyone have an idea of when Quiroz is going to start playing again?
What about J. Maureau, DJ Hanson, Chad Mulholland?
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#60195) #
Is Chris Leonard ever going to pitch again?
Craig B - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 05:36 PM EDT (#60196) #
By the way, the Blue Jays entry in the Dominican Summer League got underway yesterday with a home game in Pringamosa against the Orioles.

The DSL Blue Jays's 2004 schedule is here. They will play 72 games this summer, ending in late August. The team plays in the San Pedro de Macoris division, for teams from that area.
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#60197) #
Everyone is losing tonight.
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 09:25 PM EDT (#60198) #
Syracuse down 9-0.
Dunedin down 12-3.
Charleston down 4-1.
New Hampshire down 2-1.
_johnnnyS99 - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 09:55 PM EDT (#60199) #
Sneeps, JP on the Fan last Wednesday, said DJ Hanson, is almost ready for Duenedin, he said Maureau was pitching in extended but having problems. No work on Muholand or Leonard, for Leonard Im assuming it was another setback. I'm curious about BA sleeper Amos day.
Mike Green - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 10:05 PM EDT (#60200) #
The F-Cats rallied for 2 runs in the top of the ninth for the 3-2 win. Otherwise, nada and bupkes were the order of the day.
_Sneeps - Friday, June 04 2004 @ 11:05 PM EDT (#60201) #
Ryan Glynn is starting tomorrow for the Chiefs according to their website. That means that David Bush is being pushed back a day. Anyone know why?
_Neil Monahan - Saturday, June 05 2004 @ 04:18 AM EDT (#60202) #
What's up with Logan? Fourth year in AA?
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