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Josh Banks continues to mow down AA hitters while Adam Lind gets out, once. A 2-2 day on the farm.

Syracuse 3 Scranton WB 5

Chad Gaudin took to the mound, facing Amaury Telemaco, the second time each pitcher has faced the other team in the last week. That familiarity might have helped the teams score five runs in the first inning. Syracuse scored two in the top of the first on a two run home run by Chad Mottola. The Barons scored three in the bottom of the first on three hits and a walk. The score remained at 3-2 until the top of the eighth, Gabe Gross singled and went to second on an error, then Mottola singled Gross home to tie the game. Chris Baker came on in the ninth and allowed a two run walk-off home run to Shane Victorino to take the loss.

Chad Gaudin pitched seven strong innings, allowing the three first inning runs, on six hits and a walk. Three of the hits and the walk were in the first inning, so Gaudin conceded three hits in his last six innings. Spike Lundberg pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs had nine hits, Gross, Mottola and Julius Matos, playing his first game of the year, had two hits each. Aaron Hill had the day off.

Game Story

Game 1 - Binghamton 1 New Hampshire 2

Game 2 - Binghamton 2 New Hampshire 0

The Fisher Cats faced Mets pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, the Mets #2 prospect and they got to him early. Ron Acuna was hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Carlo Cota singled to right, and Acuna scored on an error by the Mets. A single by Mikael Jova and a sac fly from Ron Davenport plated the second run. Josh Banks continued his mastery of the hitters, pitching a complete 7 inning game, allowing just two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. With Eric Kratz throwing out a base stealer, Banks faced one hitter over the minimum, and the Mets left no-one on base. Banks had nine ground ball outs and three fly ball outs. Bank's ERA is down to 1.40 while his WHIP is 0.62. Opponents are hitting .154 off him.

In Game 2, The Fisher Cats outhit Binghamton 5-3 but lost. Vince Perkins went five innings, allowing just three hits, but two of the hits were doubles in the third inning, following a walk, and Binghamton had their two runs. Perkins line was 5 IP, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K and 2 runs. Vito Chiaravalloti and Brad Hassey had two hits each, unfortunately never in the same inning.

Binghamton had five hits over two games and split the pair. New Hampshire had five hits in each game.

Game Story

Dunedin 16 Lakeland 2

The Dunedin bats were in full swing yesterday, registering 19 hits, led by Adam Lind who went 5-6 with a double, 2 runs and 3 RBI's. Lind is now hitting .379. David Smith and Manny Mayorson each had three hits, two of Smith's were doubles.

David Purcey pitched five good innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. The two walks allowed was an improvement over his last start and a positive for Purcey, although on the other hand Purcey threw two wild pitches. Purcey still needs to refine his control before he will be promoted to AA.

Lansing - snowed out

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Chad Gaudin

Second Star - Adam Lind 5 hits

First Star - Josh Banks a 2 hitter

Standings Update

Syracuse record is 8-9, and they have lost their last four games. The Chiefs are in fourth place, two and a half games back of Scranton.

The Fisher Cats are 9-9, in third place, four and a half games behind Portland.

Dunedin's record is 11-5 which puts them in second place, one game behind Lakeland.

The Lugnuts are 10-5, the only Jays team in first place, by one and a half games.

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Pistol - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#113491) #
"Bank's ERA is down to 1.40 while his WHIP is 0.62. Opponents are hitting .154 off him."

And a 21/2 K/BB ratio in 25.2 innings.
papa - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#113492) #
in my perfect world, the Jays would move Banks to AAA, put League in the rotation, and have a starting staff of Gaudin (22 years old), League (22), Banks (22) and Rosario (24). That could be some kind of magic. And worth the drive to Syracuse.
R Billie - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#113494) #
I think Banks will be promoted by the end of May if he keeps it up.

In the meantime the Jays need to see what they have in guys like Justin Miller. Scott Downs has very good control but is getting hammered. He might be more suited to lefty relief.
Sister - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#113495) #
How much longer does Adam Lind remain in Dunedin hitting like he is? This organization really needs some top flight minor league bats to compliment the solid pitching, so I am pulling for Lind's quick (but smart) promotion.
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#113497) #
Patience. Most of Adam Lind's current offensive value is tied up in his batting average. This is most susceptible to fluctuation, and it needs to be seen if Lind can hit .330 over a couple of months.

Lind is a fine prospect, and will likely see double A at some point this year. That is excellent progress for a 21 year old 2004 draftee.
R Billie - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#113498) #
Lind is probably not going to be in the majors until well into 2006 anyways, probably a similar timetable to Aaron Hill who we're likely to see some time this year. For that to happen he should spend at least half this year in AA. I think if he's still at this level in mid-to-late May he'll be moved up. AA certainly needs hitters too so it will be hard to keep him down if he's performing.

I think the hope is that 1 or 2 of the 4 lefty starters will be ready as well to take the place of Banks and/or someone else should an opening or two be created. Right now Purcey and Isenberg seem like the best though Jackson could rate if he improves.
Sister - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#113506) #
Speaking of lefties, in Gammon's article of Apr 22 he notes, according to an unnamed GM, that the Jays will select Fullerton State power lefty Ricky Romero.

Given Toronto's depth in starting pitching, what do people make of this suggestion?
Sister - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#113508) #
The tone of my last post is too definitive. "Will" should be "are looking to" or some similar less definitive statement (though Gammons uses "will be" in speaking of Toronto's selection).
Ducey - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#113513) #
Here is the Gammons quote:

"One GM predicts that after Justin Upton, the next five picks will be Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon to Kansas City, Tennessee right-hander Luke Hochevar to Seattle, Long Beach State shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Washington, Virginia third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to Milwaukee and Fullerton State left-hander Ricky Romero to Toronto."

Not sure if you can put any weight at all on the guess of the GM. It doesn't include the fact that Stephen Drew will likely be in the draft. I will be surprised if JP takes a pitcher so high in the draft because the signing price will be high yet pitchers are more likely to suffer a disabling injury, they took two lefties in the first round last year, and the organization could use a hitting prospect or five.
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#113515) #
Has Cameron Maybin's stock fallen faster than Nortel's? I would be disappointed if the draft went this way.
Pistol - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#113516) #
I'm not currently a subscriber, but it looked like Maybin was still at the top of the high schoolers list at BA last week.

I wouldn't put too much stock in that quote from Gammons.


Regarding promotions, isn't it an exception for a player in the system to get a promotion at some point other than the middle of the year when the Jays seem to do all their callups at once?
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#113524) #
Yes, early promotion is the exception. Vince Perkins was called up from Low-A to High A after 8 starts in 2003, after blowing away the Sally League. There were no early promotions that I can recall last year.

Whether Purcey, Banks or perhaps Lind would meet the criteria for early promotion is a good question.
R Billie - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 04:28 PM EDT (#113534) #
When were they talking about promoting McGowan last year before his TJ surgery? That was still in May wasn't it? I think if a guy is doing really well they will let him move up.

After their first round pick the Jays don't pick again until the third round so they really have to choose the player they feel has the best shot of being an impact player in the big leagues. If they decide that's a starting pitcher who has a legit chance to be a #1 starter in the bigs that's fine with me.

That would have to be a special arm to give up a good hitter for though. Mark Mulder was selected in that area so if they get a Mulder type then I'm just fine with it. It's no secret the Jays could use good hitters with power potential but drafting is done on availability rather than need. If a Gordon type of player isn't available then I'd rather go with an arm that could be a star than a bat that might be solid but unspectacular.

It's very early though. I would be extremely surprised if anyone has locked down their first round draft choice this early. And you never can tell what will happen on the day itself.
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#113536) #
Incidentally, the college season is now about 2/3 done (roughly 145 ABs for regulars). Gordon is hitting .406/.569/.797 with 45 walks and 22 Ks. Zimmerman is hitting .415/.482/.628 with 21 walks and 6 Ks. Zimmerman is the better defender at third.
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 04:35 PM EDT (#113541) #
Well, McGowan was starting his 2nd go at double A in 2004, and he didn't really pitch well enough to even contemplate early promotion. Banks was pitching superbly last year from the get-go in Dunedin, and got the promotion after 11 starts. Unlike Perkins, he wasn't striking out 13/9 IP, so they let him pitch there a little longer.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 06:32 PM EDT (#113572) #
Lansing is up 4-2 in the first half of a double header. I'm assuming they'll play 2 7 inning games as long as the weather holds out. Klosterman hit a bases clearing 3rbi double to put the Lugnuts in the lead. Wideman is on the mound, and pitching fairly well after a rough start to the game.

New Hampshire, Dunedin, and Syracuse games start soon. Rosario on the mound for the Skychiefs, so I'll be following that game if someone else wants to do the other games.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:11 PM EDT (#113577) #
Yes there will be two seven inning games tonight and two seven inning games tomorrow night to make up for the two lost games due to snow from this weekend. The first game starts at 5:05 again tomorrow.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:22 PM EDT (#113579) #
3-0 Red Barons after one, rough start so far for Rosario. Skycheifs have gone 6 up 6 down. Aaron Hill is not in the starting lineup which is a bit of a concern, anyone know if he is injured?
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#113580) #
1-2-3 inning for Rosario in the bottom of the 2nd including a k. after 2 innings of play it's 3-0 Red Barons.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:37 PM EDT (#113581) #
Skychiefs get on the board thanks to a Crozier double, French Walk, and Nelson single. 3-1 going to the bottom of the third.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:39 PM EDT (#113582) #
Aaron Hill was suppose to be in the lineup tonight, but was taken out at the last minute, not sure why yet.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#113583) #
Not a good start for Reimers tonight, 6runs in 2 2/3 innings, Vermilyea replaced him and got out of the inning with a k. Game over though as the Fisher cats offense is rather suspect, and are having problems scoring one run, let alone 6.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#113584) #
Rosario gets out of a bit of a jam in the 3rd after plunking a batter and walking a batter with 2 outs. Still 3-1 going to the Top of the 4th.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#113585) #
Skychiefs went 1-2-3 in the Top of the 4th. Rosario gives up a hit, but Bryan Nelson retires the side in O-Dawg like fashion. Still 3-1 after 4.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 08:14 PM EDT (#113588) #
Skychiefs go down 1-2-3 in the Top of the 5th once again. Rosario gives up a unearned run in the bottom of the 5th after a walk, infield hit, and error by Crozier. Rosario doesn't have his best stuff tonight apparently, mostly due to the chilly weather, it was in the low 40's at gametime, and even cooler now.
RiosGrande - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 08:27 PM EDT (#113589) #
Skychiefs get a hit from Nelson, but can't cash him in. Rosario k's the #9 hitter, and then break's the bat of the leadoff hitter on a weak ground out. next better grounds to short, 1-2-3 inning for Rosario.
Mike Green - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#113595) #
Thanks, RG, for the BBRadio.

It was a bad day all around. The Sky Chiefs lost 4-1. New Hampshire (Reimers) and Dunedin (Jackson) were bombed. Jordy Templet blew a save for A. J. Wideman in the opener of a double dip as the Lugs lost Game 1. Chip Cannon has hit a 3 run homer in the nightcap, and so there is hope that the organizational sweep will be avoided.
FisherCat - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 10:38 PM EDT (#113606) #
The Eastern League today has named Josh Banks pitcher of the week for last week after his 2 winning starts!
Chris H - Monday, April 25 2005 @ 11:18 PM EDT (#113610) #
Romero to the Jays? That would be somewhat surprisingly - especially if that means passing up the likes of Cameron Maybin (yes, he is the #2 ranked high school player at Baseball America), CA Jeff Clement, or SP Mike Pelfrey.

Romero is currently the 14th ranked college player at Baseball America.
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