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Jamie Vermilyea returns to earth. A Chief hit a grand slam to turn a loss into a win. Syracuse had a winning week. Aaron Hill and Robinson Diaz each doubled in their only at-bat to represent the Blue Jays with distinction at yesterday's Futures Game.

Toledo 8 Syracuse 10

Syracuse scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth for a big come from behind win. Mike Smith started and gave up six runs in 6.1 innings. Smith left trailing 4-3 but with two runners on. Adam Peterson came on and let both inherited runners score, one on a sac fly and the other on an error by Gross, but atl east he is playing in the field. Peterson then allowed a single and a home run and it was 8-3 Toledo. He came back to strike out the side in the eighth. Kevin Frederick pitched the ninth for the save.

Syracuse got on the board in the third when Jeff Guiel singled and scored on a homerun by Julius Matos. Simon Pond doubled in the fourth and scored on a sac fly from Anthony Sanders.

The big comeback started in the seventh. Matos walked, Fagan singled, Matos scored on a wild pitch and Gross doubled home Fagan.

That brings us to the ninth with Syracuse trailing by two. Sanders got things going with a double. Matos singled him in. Fagan and Gross walked. Glenn Williams hit a grand slam to give the Chiefs the lead. It was the first grand slam of the year for the Chiefs.

Matos was 4-4 with two doubles and a home run. Anthony Sanders also had three hits. Gabe Gross was 3-4 with two doubles and a walk.

Game Story

Harrisburg 10 New Hampshire 4

Jamie Vermilyea had not given up a run in AA, until yesterday. His streak ended quickly with two home runs in the first inning. Jamie was not "on", he was leaving his pitches up in the zone which is not a good thing for a ground ball pitcher. He hit a batter and walked two in the third. Throw in two hits and three runs were in for Harrisburg and it was 6-0. Vermilyea went four innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits.

New Hampshire scored three in the fifth. Jose Umbria doubled and scored on a single by Dominic Rich. Brad Hassey then hit a two run home run. John Ford Griffin hit a home run in the eighth.

Brandon League pitched the eighth and ninth, conceding just one hit. His ERA is now 2.73.

Game Story

Dunedin - off day

Raul Tablado was named hitter of the week and Ismael Ramirez pitcher of the week for the week ending July 11th.

Delmarva 2 Charleston 9

Danny Core was his usual efficient self and with all the bats going for Charleston this one was over early. Core allowed one run in six innings on five hits and one walk. Charleston led 8-1 after four innings.

Charleston recorded sixteen hits, four by Joey Wolfe. Clint Johnston and Christian Snavely hit home runs. Every starter had a hit.

Game Story

Auburn 7 Jamestown 9

The bats were at hot as usual for Auburn but on this day the pitching let them down. Casey McKenzie gave up four runs in five innings on eight hits. But it was Joey McLaughlin Jr. who blew it up good. McLaughlin gave up five runs while recording only one out. He walked three, made an error and allowed two hits. A one run deficit for Auburn quickly became six and although Auburn staged a come back they could not make it all the way back.

Auburn had twelve hits. Adam Lind and Aaron Mathews had three hits each. Ryan Klosterman and Jason Armstrong had two hits, and Brian Hall hit a home run.

Princeton 1 Pulaski 4

This was a pitchers duel through five and a half innings. Princeton scored their lone run in the top of the first off Adrian Martin, but shut them down after that. Pulaski scored one in the fifth on singles from Anthony Garibaldi and John Chappell. Pulaski added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Chappell walked, Chalres Anderson singled, Junior Churio singled to drive in one and Luke Hetherington singled to drive in a second run. singled in the seventh to drive in a triple.

Adrian Martin pitched six innings, allowed one run on four hits and two walks. Aaron Tressler finished up for his first save.

Thanks to Jeff for Saturdays game story including some comments on Chi-Hung Cheng

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Glenn Williams, 1-4, but the one was a grnad slam
The 2nd Star: Joey Wolfe, 4-4 two doubles and a walk
The 1st Star: Julius Matos, 4-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI's
Honourable Mention: Adrian Martin


Syracuse were 6-2 on the week and their record now is 40-52. Syracuse are 13 and a half games behind Scranton, but only a half game out of fifth
New Hampshire, 4-2 for the week and are 50-39, two games back of Binghamton
Dunedin, Dunedin were 4-2 for the week and are 11-8 in the second half. Dunedin are in first place, a half game ahead of Tampa
Charleston were 3-4 for the week and are 11-6 for the second half. Charleston are in first place by a half game over Kannapolis.
Auburn were 4-1 for the week and have started 17-4 to lead their division by eight games
Pulaski are 5-2 for the week and have started 15-6 to lead their division by one and a half games
Minor League Update: July 12 | 41 comments | Create New Account
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Mike Green - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#52403) #
Danny Core struck out 9 in his 6 innings. A couple more starts like this one, and he too may earn a promotion.
_Kevin - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#52404) #
I was at the game in New Hampshire photographing the game. Vermilyea's pitches were definitley flat - his change up was getting hammered. Don't forget, he had an error yesterday also, and gave up 7 total runs, although only 6 were earned. Tyrell Godwin got thrown out when he argued a close play at first (which - I really think he was right). But John-Ford Griffin came in and crushed laser beam of a homer in his only at bat.
_Ray - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#52405) #
Adrian Martin seems to be quite a find. Does anybody have any information on his backround. I know he played 2B at Indian River CC this past spring.
_Jacko - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#52406) #
Nobody has mentioned it, but Glenn Williams is starting to walk. His OBP, which has been below .300 for most of the season now stands at .321.

Maybe he is finally starting to tap into all that potential scouts saw in him 10 years ago...
_Jacko - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:33 AM EDT (#52407) #
John-Ford Griffin has really turned it around as well. He's drawing walks again, and has cut his K-rate dramatically. His season line now stands at 245/332/447.
_Rich - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#52408) #
Is it just me, or is Aaron Hill's swing very reminiscent of Jeff Kent's?
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#52409) #
This a must read for all minor league Jay fans on Chi-Hung Cheng.

COMN to read story that Gerry already posted. (COMN = click on my name for anybody that does not know).

A great quote from a Pulaski 1st basemen Charles Anderson who hit 2 HR Sat night on 19 yr old Pulaski Pitcher Chi-Hung Cheng ( These 2 quote's makes me smile and dream).

Cheng repertoire is nasty, according to his teammate Anderson.

"He's phenomenal," Anderson said. "I've faced him twice in intrasquad [games] and he struck me out once and he broke my bat the other time. He's got very good stuff."

Particularly his mesmerizing curveball.

"It's huge," Anderson said. "It's like a Barry Zito curve. I see it right out of his hand and I still miss it."
_Dale - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#52410) #
Cheng does have good stuff but he has work to do and he is overated.
_johnnnyS99 - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#52411) #
"Cheng does have good stuff but he has work to do and he is overated."

Overated, where do you get this information from, he is a teenager who has only pitched a few games in the Pro's. Im affraid, the only thing we are rating him on thus far is his peformance, and so far he has been pretty dominant, and impressive for a young lefty.
Gerry - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#52412) #
New Hampshire won this afternoon 4-3 despite being outhit. Paul Chiaffredo had a three run home run. Chris Baker pitched well to get the win.
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 03:16 PM EDT (#52413) #
Great, I was looking forward to listening to a Fisher Cats game for the first time in a long time and they already played? And don't play again until Thursday? Damn. :)
Mike Green - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#52414) #
Well, Rob, Auburn is on the road and completing a suspended game and playing the regularly scheduled game against Batavia tonight. The crew is quite laid back, but worth a listen when they're on. You can connect via (click on sports and then Doubledays).
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#52415) #
I tried to connect using that link for a recent game, but my computer and RealPlayer don't get along very well. Same thing happened with SkyChiefs links. Only the Windows Media link for the F-Cats works for me, which explains my frustration at missing today's game by a few minutes!

Ah well, Thursday is an off-day for the big club and I can always listen to the WKXL boys then. :)
_DW - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#52416) #
Martin was the Jays 19th round pick last year, from a Florida HS. Upper 80s FB, plus curve, plus control, fairly polished.
_mendicino - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#52417) #
COMN visitor's broadcast of the pulaski game 7e/5m
_Marc - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#52418) #
The Blue Jays have signed undrafted senior catcher Tim Land out of the University of South Alabama and assigned him to the Pulaski roster. His physique sort of resembles the A's Jeremy Brown...

Tim Land
C, Senior
6-0, 205 pounds
Cantonment, Fla.
University of South Alabama
Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#52419) #
#207616 Posted 07/12/2004 04:32 PM by Marc:

"The Blue Jays have signed undrafted senior catcher Tim Land out of the University of South Alabama and assigned him to the Pulaski roster. His physique sort of resembles the A's Jeremy Brown..."

Do you have a link for this story ?
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#52420) #
Re: I tried to connect using that link for a recent game

Rob Auburn only broadcasts away games, are you sure you were not trying to listen to a home game?
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#52421) #
Broadcasts of the Dundin Bluejays games are few and far between but tonight is going to be an exception. Dunedin is playing Fort Myers tonight and Fort Myers does have an audio broadcast of this game. COMM

Game time is 7:00
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 05:54 PM EDT (#52422) #
By the way I forgot to mention this but Justin James is supposed to be starting for Dunedin.
_Marc - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 06:52 PM EDT (#52423) #
Jeff: No story regarding Land but COMN for roster confirmation. The rest I researched myself. We journalists are a busy bunch... Among other sites, visit:
for more info on Land.
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#52424) #
Land hit 268 in College last year?? Yikes!!! Where is Russell Savickas (only 1 game), Bryon Bell, Benjamin Harrison? That Pulaski Team site is pretty sad.
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:13 PM EDT (#52425) #
Finn McCool: That might be the reason, I'll try and connect to an away game and see.
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#52426) #
Hey, while I'm here, some BBRadio for the D-Jays/Miracle game:

Marcus Moseley pitching for Ft. Myers in the bottom of the first.
One out, Tingler on first. Davenport singles.
Vito up with two men on. 2-2 pitch becomes a 6-4-3 double play.

After one, I believe there is no score.
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#52427) #
Top 2nd - A:

James pitching for Dunedin.
Pattee grounds out to SS.
Kaulana Kuhaulua (great name) flies out to Davenport.
Molina gaps one and ends up on second.
A bloop hit scores Molina, Romero on first with two outs. 2-0 Ft. Myers.*
Perodin takes two balls and the pitching coach comes out to talk to James. It worked, as Perodin flies out to end the inning.

2-0 Miracle, going to the home half of the second.

* In the top of the first, Ft. Myers scored a run and had another cut down at the plate. Four hits in the inning.
_Rob - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#52428) #
Bottom 2nd - A:

Moseley pitching for Ft. Myers.
Tablado grounds out on the 0-1 pitch.
Negron (is that pronounced "nuh-GROAN"?) walks on four pitches and is almost picked off first during Roberts' at bat...twice.
Roberts, 1-1 count, lines out to...someone. Two outs, man on first.
Unfortunately, even though the inning is not over, I must go. (Forgot how fun it was listening to minor league games.)
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:36 PM EDT (#52429) #
Ok Rob, Auburn is on the road today and I just checked the link and it is working. Though Auburn is making up a suspended game as I write this and it is in the 9th inning of that suspended game. There going to be a haft hour brake between the suspended game and the regularly scheduled game.

game I has just ended and Auburn wins 12 - 1
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#52430) #
it's break (:

It's a 15 minite (dare I say it) break between games for Auburn. The pregame show for game two starts at 8:00
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 08:09 PM EDT (#52431) #
Chris Leonard is starting the second game today for Auburn
_Jordan - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 08:16 PM EDT (#52432) #
Don't know if anyone's posted this -- I've been away from Da Box for a few days and will be away again most of the next week -- but COMN for Jayson Stark's account of the Futures Game and its MVP, Aaron Hill. Hill's pretty funny, actually.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#52433) #

Thank You for the links !

Calling all minor league nuts !!!

I have researched and have not found out much about when 6th round pick Cory Patton might sign. He is a senior OF from Texas A&M U.
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 09:20 PM EDT (#52434) #
Cory Patton has a broken foot so even when he does sign I wouldn't look for him any time soon.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#52435) #
Ah Ha , thank you Finn McCool ! Sounds like he will sign a 2005 contract then.
Mike Green - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#52436) #
It's 2-0 Auburn after 5 innings. Batavia has only 2 hits. I guess Leonard has made out OK in his first start since returning from surgery.

Thanks, Finn, for the info. Rob, nice work on the BBRadio. I'd bet that Miguel Negron's last name is pronounced "NAY-gron". The o is soft, but harder than an "aw".
_johnnnyS99 - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#52437) #
Anybody else think its funny how Chip Cannon has only drawn 2 walks in 18 games, after bieng a onbase machine in College. This just shows, once he becomes more patient at the plate, we may see even better results.
Mike Green - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#52438) #
If you want to feel good about the future, check out the game log (COMN) for Auburn's 2nd game, a 1-0 win, following a 12-1 win in the suspended game. It tells a story of a great minor league ballclub.
_ainge_fan - Monday, July 12 2004 @ 10:31 PM EDT (#52439) #
One word for Chris Leonard. Wow.
All that rehab, and all those great results off the bat. What a good story.
_R Billie - Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 12:26 AM EDT (#52440) #
Good starts for both Janssen and Leonard today. If the two lefties get signed then the Jays have just as much pitching depth in the low minors as they got out of last year's draft.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 12:37 AM EDT (#52441) #
If Auburn had Purcey and Jackson, they could be the best Short-A season team of all time.
_mendocino - Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 03:01 AM EDT (#52442) #
COMN for press release

CONTACT: Matt Smith

MOBILE, Ala.- Former University of South Alabama catcher Tim Land has agreed to a free-agent minor league baseball contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Land received a call from a Toronto representative on Wednesday and will fly to Virginia on Thursday to begin his professional career with the Blue Jays' rookie league squad Pulaski, a member of the Appalachian League.

"I'm glad to be getting a chance," said Land. "It's always been a dream of mine to play pro ball. I'm excited about the opportunity."

Land led the Sun Belt Conference in potential base stealers caught the last two seasons. After gunning down 20 his first year with the Jags, Land threw out 29 this past season. The durable player caught 113 of USA's 116 games the last two seasons. The two-time Johnny Bench Award nominee, named for the nation's most outstanding catcher, committed just nine errors in 943 chances during his career, leading the Jags to back-to-back Sun Belt regular season titles.
Land had his most productive offensive season in 2003 when he hit .314 with nine home runs and 42 RBI. He added seven more round-trippers in 2004.

The Cantonment, Fla., native and former Pensacola Junior College standout is the second Jag to join Toronto's minor league ranks this season. Teammate Adam Lind was a third-round selection in last month's draft. Second baseman Josh Touchstone signed a pre-draft deal with Tampa Bay and outfielder Kevin Williams was a 30th-round pick by Arizona.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 13 2004 @ 10:08 AM EDT (#52443) #
I assume the signing was due to the departure (for some unknown reason) of Joshua Lex.
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