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New Hampshire stay hot. Curtis Thigpen digs the long ball. Pulaski win ugly. Zach Jackson makes his debut tonight. The minor league teams had a strong week, going 26-10. Dunedin, Charleston and Auburn were a combined 15-2.

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 5

Jesus Sanchez gave up three home runs to account for all five runs. A two run shot by Justin Sherrod in the second gave Pawtucket the lead. After the Chiefs tied it in the top of the sixth Sanchez gave up back to back shots to Adam Hyzdu and Brian Daubach to put Syracuse down 5-2.

The Chiefs scored their two runs on a Sequea single, a French double, a sac fly by Matos, and a single by Crozier. Sequea, French and Anthony Sanders had two hits each. Adam Peterson pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a run.

Game Story

Binghamton 5 New Hampshire 6

After two last at-bat wins the Fisher Cats won it from the front yesterday. John Hattig hit a three run home run in the first inning. Chris Baker started for the Cats and gave back two runs in the third. A Justin Singleton triple and a Chiaffredo sac fly restored the two run lead in the fourth. Binghamton scored another in the fifth but in the sixth Victor Valencia hit a two run home run.

Jamie Vermilyea relieved Baker in the eighth and had a three up, three down inning, but in the ninth the first two hitters reached. The next hitter hit into what could have been a 3-6-3 double play but Aaron Hill threw the ball away on the back half of the play, allowing a run to score, putting the hitter on second, and bringing the tying run to the plate. Vermilyea conceded a double to make it 6-5. Jordan DeJong was summoned from the pen and recorded the last two outs for the save and the Fisher Cat sweep.

Chiaffredo was 3-3. Singleton and Valencia had two hits each.

Game Story

Dunedin - scheduled off day

Rome 4 Charleston 13

The Rome starter left after one hitter, due to injury, and Charleston cruised to an easy win. They scored three in the first, four more in the second and two in the fourth. Charleston had fifteen hits and six walks, scored 13 runs and still left eight men on base.

Kurt Isenberg gave up three runs in the second but otherwise had a great outing. He went seven innings and only allowed five hits and one walk.

David Smith went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, four runs scored and two ribbies. Rodney Medina was 3-5 with four RBI's. Joey Wolfe had two hits. Every starter had a hit.

Game Story

Auburn 4 Jamestown 2

Curtis Thigpen started hot for Auburn, cooled off a little in July, and has been hitting well again recently. Yesterday he homered in the second inning, walked, stole a base a scored in the seventh, and hit a second home run in the ninth. The two runs in the seventh scored on doubles by Eric Nielsen and Chip Cannon.

Casey Janssen had another excellent start for the Doubledays, five innings with three hits allowed. Joey McLaughlin got the win with three innings of scoreless relief.

Pulaski 2 Burlington 1 - in 11 innings

Pulaski won in extras despite being outhit 11 to 6. Jordan Timm had an excellent start, eight innings, one run, eight hits and no walks. Jon Chappell hit a home run in the third to give Pulaski a brief lead. In the eleventh Pulaski won it in an ugly fashion. Eugenio Velez singled, moved to second on a passed ball and was sacrificed to third. Mike Macaluso then struck out on a wild pitch allowing Velez to score from third.

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Jordan Timm, eight innings, one run
The 2nd Star: Curtis Thigpen, two home runs
The 1st Star: David Smith, 4-4, 2 doubles, a walk, four runs scored and two ribbies


Syracuse were 3-3 on the week and their record now is 53-69. Syracuse are 17 and a half games behind Buffalo
New Hampshire, 4-2 for the week and are 69-52, one game back of Binghamton
Dunedin, were 4-1 for the week and are 27-19 in the second half. Dunedin are in first place, one game ahead of Tampa
Charleston were 6-0 for the week and are 27-22 for the second half. Charleston are in third place, seven games behind Hickory
Auburn were 5-1 for the week and have started 41-12 to lead their division by fourteen games
Pulaski were 4-3 for the week and have started 32-21 to lead their division by one game

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 26-10 for the week and their record is 331-253, a .567 winning percentage.
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Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#41727) #
Thigpen's now at .314/.406/.570 with a good W/K ratio in the pitcher-friendly NYPL. It's early days for him, but he is right on track.
_R Billie - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#41728) #
If Thigpen can stay at catcher he should be quite valuable. Between Hill, Thigpen, and Lind, the Jays should have three solid offensive players ready within the next 2 or 3 years.

Janssen continues to do very well also though not quite at the level that Vermilyea and Banks were at last year.
_Ducey - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#41729) #
Coming off the high of being picked BB first star I am sure David Smith will continue to improve. He seems to get very little love on the prospect listings. He has hit .273 with a .444 SLG. 22 Doubles, 12 homers (second on the team after Snavely's 14) with 47 W and 102 SO.

His numbers are very comparable to Snavely's but he is a year and a half older (23 vs 22). Snavely seems to be a prospect but not Smith. Is it just the age difference?

Similarly, Joey Reiman is hitting .301, has a SLG of .439 has hit 27 doubles and 6 taters. He is 23 as well. These seem like good numbers for a catcher. Anyone know what his defence is like? If it is decent, I guess he would be the #3 or #4 prospect at catcher (behind GQ, Diaz, and maybe Thigpen)?
Gerry - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#41730) #
I think Snavely has not set the world alight since being drafted so he is barely hanging on as a prospect.

Similarly Smith is repeating at Charleston and while his numbers are good, he should be much better if he is to be considered a top prospect.

Reiman seems to have the best bat but I don't think he is a catching prospect, maybe first base?
_Marc - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#41731) #
Reiman is not the best behind the plate. He is likely to end up in the Matt LeCroy mold... a little 1B, a little C, a little DH.
_Lucky - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#41732) #
Even though Smith is repeating at Charleston, he was sent there last year from extended when Negron was hurt. The natural progression would have been for him to play at Auburn last year and Charleston this year.
_Tassle - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#41733) #
Can someone link me to the Auburn radio feed? Desperate to listen to Zach's pro debut. Thanks
_Erin - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 03:23 PM EDT (#41734) #
Here is the link for the Doubleday game:
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#41735) #
It's a great day for BBRadio, if anyone would like to.

Scranton (with Gavin Floyd pitching) face off against the Sky Chiefs and Ryan Glynn at 5:05. You can listen here.

New Hampshire trails first place Binghamton by one game and visits the Mets tonight at 7:05. Gustavo Chacin starts. You can listen here.

Charleston plays Rome at 7:05. Davis Romero gets the start. You can listen via the Rome broadcast here.

And of course, there's the Auburn game. See above. All in all, it's another lefty night with Chacin, Romero and Jackson going. It should be fun, and I'll try to contribute later on starting from 8:45 or so.
_Finn McCool - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#41736) #
Re: Between Hill, Thigpen, and Lind, the Jays should have three solid offensive players ready within the next 2 or 3 years.

As far as prospects go, lets not discount Ryan Klosterman and Brian Hall as potential jays sometime in the future. I know the Jays roving hitting instructor spoke glowingly about what a good hitter Brian Hall has a chance of becoming.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#41737) #
If the scoreboard is correct, the New Hampshire game IS WELL WORTH FOLLOWING. I cannot connect to it however, so if someone else can, that would be great. I'll be back in a few minutes to pick up another game.
_R Billie - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 08:55 PM EDT (#41738) #
If Chacin is still pitching then he has a two hit shutout through five innings and is leading 4-0.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#41739) #
He had a no-no (again) through 4.
_Finn McCool - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:14 PM EDT (#41740) #
Chacin is done after 7 innings. He gave up just two hits and has extended his scoreless inning streak to 33 innings. WOW!
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:16 PM EDT (#41741) #
Top of 8 in Jamestown:

Auburn and Jamestown tied at 2. One out. Derek Tillman pitching for the Jammers.

Ryan Klosterman is hit by a pitch. Brian Hall up, and he loops a hit to left, Klosterman to second. Eric Nielsen up. The runners advance on a passed ball. The count runs to 3-1, Nielsen fouls off a couple, and then grounds one to third, he bobbles it, Klosterman goes for it, and is thrown out in a cloud of dust at the plate. Runners on first and third, Curtis Thigpen who drives the ball up the middle to score Hall; Nielsen to second. Adam Lind up, runs the count to 2-1, and grounds out to short.

3-2 Auburn after 7 and 1/2.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#41742) #
Bottom of 8 in Jamestown:

Derek Tate pitching, and has 6 strikeouts in 3 innings.

JT Resko up. Kyle Yates warming. Resko grounds out to Ryan Klosterman at short. John Fulton grounds a ball to short, and is called safe after a nice play by Klosterman. Chip Cannon came off the bag. Gaston hits a fly to right. Nielsen twists and turns under it, and the ball lands over his head for a double, Fulton to third. The next batter is intentionally walked. Bases loaded. Louie Allen up. Count runs to 1-2 and he pokes a ball down the left-field line for a 2 run double. Brett Carroll intentionally walked. Kyle Yates on to pitch.

To be continued.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:33 PM EDT (#41743) #
Bottom of 8 contd.:

Bases loaded, 1 out. 4-3 Jamestown. Kyle Yates on to pitch.

Yates throws hard. McMillan up, and runs the count to 2-1. takes a strike, fouls one off his foot. Yates throws one in the dirt; Thigpen makes a nice block. McMillan grounds into a 6-4-3 to end the inning.

4-3 Jamestown after 8.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#41744) #
Top of 9:

Jamestown's closer Pat Hogan on to pitch. Aaron Matthews up, and loops one into right-centre, caught by second baseman McMillan. Chip Cannon up and singles up the middle. Gooby Gerlits flies out to left. Vinny Esposito pinch-hitting for Jason Armstrong. Graig Powers pinch-running for Cannon. The count runs to 2-0 and Esposito grounds out to third.

4-3 Jamestown final.

On the out-of-town, Jason Arnold threw 5 fine innings with 5 Ks as Dunedin defeated Tampa 6-3. Carlo Cota and Ryan Roberts homered.
Mike Green - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#41745) #
Chacin struck out 8 in his 7 innings of work. He's just a different pitcher than he was the first half of the season.
_Chris H - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 10:40 PM EDT (#41746) #
Brad Miller 1B Ball State was listed as the 6th best prospect by BasebalAmerica in the Great Lakes League. COMN (subscription only).

As people may recall he was taken in the 49th round of this years draft by the Jays.

He was named MVP of the Great Lakes League as he hit .382-4-35...finishing among the leaders in the Triple Crown categories...

Two other major comments - works deep into counts, doesnt have overwhelming power despite his size but hits to all fields...

Still a chance he signs with the Jays?
_DaveInNYC - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 11:37 PM EDT (#41747) #
Anyone know how Zach Jackson did?

Tonight was his first start right?
_Jabonoso - Monday, August 16 2004 @ 11:51 PM EDT (#41748) #
Mike, do you know how many innings has Chacin pitched? Obviously he will be there for the post season, but i will be worried if he pitches more than 150 innings. He tired in winter and was worried about his strenght as starter ( he has left that behind for sure )
_fisher cats rad - Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 07:01 AM EDT (#41749) #
Thought you would appreciate some Gustavo Chacin numbers. He's won 10 decisions in a row, 15-2, overall. He's pitched 136 2/3 innings this year. Over his last 6 starts, he's allowed 13 hits in 141 at bats (.092). In 41 innings, he has walked 10 and struck out 36. He has not allowed a run in 34 innings. The interesting split to me is that right handers are hitting 195 against him with 9 homers in 384 at bats. Lefties hit 270 with 6 homers in 122 at bats (Totals for season).That does seem to be similar to Chacin's numbers the last few years.
Craig B - Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 09:25 AM EDT (#41750) #
Still a chance he signs with the Jays?

I'd love it if the answer was "yes", but it's probably "no". Miller was a draft-eligible sophomore, and the Jays might have figured to draft him just to get a chance to talk to him and see what he wanted bonus-wise. (I say might, but I really have no idea). Miller is a genuine prospect, a big hulking first baseman who can hit, and will almost certainly be drafted much higher as a junior next year.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 10:26 AM EDT (#41751) #
Thanks, FCR. I really hope Chacin pitches fewer innings this winter (either by arriving late in Venezuela or by skipping it altogether in favour of the Arizona Fall League).
_Jabonoso - Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#41752) #
Chacin will have a lot of pressure from his Venezuelan team "Lara" to go and play for them, since last year was a very rare one for them , not being in the post season. Maybe he can get major leaguer treatment: to go there after Christmas just for the last push and post season. I doubt it and I also think that the salary earned over there is important for him. All in all, hoping for him a good and solid major league career, he should rest in winter.
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