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Dunedin and Lansing lay a beating on their opposition, Syracuse are starved for runs, again, and New Hampshire split. Carlo Cota, Zach Jackson and Vince Perkins are your three stars.

Syracuse 0 Louisville 3

The Chiefs offensive woes continued Thursday. This season the Chiefs have been in a feast or famine mode offensively, and after a feast over the last few days it was famine time. The Chiefs managed five hits off Brian Rose and three relievers, and did not have two hits in any inning. Chad Mottola was the only Chief with two hits.

Chad Gaudin started and did not have his best stuff, in 5.2 innings he allowed eight hits and three walks and gave up single runs in the fourth, and sixth innings. Jason Arnold gave up the third run in the seventh.

Game Story

Bowie 10 New Hampshire 3 - continuation of suspended game

Bowie 1 New Hampshire 3 - scheduled game

New Hampshire and Bowie's first order of business yesterday was to complete the suspended game from Wednesday night. That game had been suspended due to rain in the fifth inning with Bowie ahead 4-2. Jordan DeJong completed the top of the fifth, and pitched the sixth before "blowing up good" in the seventh. Bowie scored six runs with the first six hitters of the inning are recording hits. Ismael Ramirez took the loss.

Game two was scoreless through five and a half innings. Vince Perkins made his second start since coming off the DL and was strong once again. On May 21 Perkins pitched five innings allowing one run on one hit. Yesterday he pitched six innings with four hits and two walks. Perkins also had five strikeouts. For the season, over nine starts, Perkins has these numbers: 46 IP; 39 H; 22 BB; 40 K. Perkins is similar to Rosario, a hard throwing pitcher who is refining his control, and like Rosario, Perkins looks to be getting close. Once he gets his walks down by about 25% he should be pushing Banks and Marcum for a shot at AAA.

Perkins escaped a jam in the fifth, runners on first and third with no outs. A strikeout of ex-major leaguer Peter Bergeron, followed by a double play got him out of the jam. In the bottom of the sixth Maikel Jova singled and Ron Acuna followed with a walk. Raul Tablado doubled them both home. Rob Cosby followed with a single to make it 3-0. Lee Gronkiewicz gave up a two out homer while recording the save.

Game Story

Daytona 0 Dunedin 9

Like the parent club Dunedin struck early and often yesterday, five runs in the second, with three more in the fifth, made it an easy game with Zach Jackson on the mound. In the second inning three singles and an error scored two runs, and Carlo Cota followed with a three run home run. In the fifth Cota singled and Adam Lind hit his second home run of the year. The Jays added another run in the fifth and Eric Arnold hit a home run in the seventh.

Zach Jackson had another excellent start, 8 innings, four hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Carlo Cota carried the big stick, 4-5, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI's.

Lansing 13 Quad Cities 4

Lansing scored in each inning from the third to the seventh in laying the wood on Quad Cities. Lansing actually trailed after three innings by a 3-2 score, but the deficit was quickly eliminated. Danny Core started for Lansing and had another sub-par performance, four runs allowed in five innings with two home runs. Daryl Harang pitched three strong innings in relief.

Lansing got on the board in the third when Chip Cannon doubled home Curtis Thigpen and Juan Peralta. In the fourth David Hicks doubled and scored on a single by Yuber Rodriguez. Cory Patton hit a three run jack in the fifth and followed with two sac fly's later in the game to give him five RBI's on one hit. Lansing had fifteen hits, Jason Armstrong had three, while Thigpen, Cannon, Hicks and Klosterman had two hits each.

Game Story

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Vince Perkins, six shutout innings

Second Star - Zach Jackson, 8 shutout innings

First Star - Carlo Cota, swinging the big stick

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Pistol - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#117869) #
ZachJack update!

59.3 innings
48 Ks
6 BBs (and no HB or WP)
3 HRs
2.88 ERA
1.05 WHIP

I think Jackson has just about nailed down a mid-season promotion to AA.
Mike Green - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#117870) #
Carlo Cota has responded to his demotion with appropriate determination. Really both he and Roberts deserve a full shot at the double A 2nd base job, but only one can have it.

Tonight, Francisco Rosario starts for the Sky Chiefs and Josh Banks for the Fisher Cats. If it seems as though 2 fine prospects are pitching each night, it is not our imaginations.
Sister - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#117874) #
Jackson and Purcey have really reversed course over the last few weeks. Many of us expressed some concern with Jackson's early season showing (despite some solid peripheral numbers), but he has really turned it around. Meanwhile Purcey has been very inconsistent.

I think someone (Mike Green?) mentioned that a little luck might be the central issue -- i.e. Jackson had very little early on while Purcey had a bit too much.

Either way, good showing Zach!
Rich - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#117875) #
Most interesting minor league line so far has to be Steve Andrade:

1.59 ERA
17 IP
4 H
0 HR
7 BB
20 K

He must have had some back luck to be 0-2 when he's giving up a hit every 4 innings...

Also interesting to see how much further ahead Jackson looks than Purcey at the moment. Their lines are pretty similar except that Jackson has walked 6 and Purcey has walked 27.
Mike Green - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#117877) #
Actually Purcey and Jackson are exactly where the pundits predicted coming out of the draft. Jackson is closer to major league ready, whereas Purcey remains the better long-term prospect due to his significantly higher K rate.

I agree that Jackson is a very good candidate for promotion, while Purcey needs more time.
Joe - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#117879) #
For everybody's information, Purcey's at 50 K in 45 IP (a rate of 1.1 K/IP); Jackson's rate is 0.8 K/IP.

That K/BB rate for Jackson boggles my mind.
MatO - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#117883) #
Jackson has had 6 fine starts in a row. Ever since being hammered on April 25th he's put up the following line:

ERA 0.68 IP 40.0 H 30 R 8 ER 3 BB 4 K 33

Jackson and Purcey have crossed paths going in opposite directions.
Pistol - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#117889) #

I thought that Purcey's better K rate might have been because he was facing more batters (since he's walking more). So I checked K% (strikeouts/batters faced) and found this among the players that have started this year in Dunedin.

Name	        K/BF
D Romero	30.3%
C Janssen	24.7%
D Purcey	24.3%
K Isenberg	21.8%
Z Jackson	20.2%
M MacDonald	16.2%

Note - Janssen is only in 3 starts, and Romero has been in the bullpen the past couple weeks. (Romero's K rate is impressive nonetheless.)


Also, Baseball America has their weekly Friday draft chat at 2:30 today.

jsoh - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#117892) #
I dont know if anyone is up to it, but John Sickels is having a Community Mock Draft on June 6th, where his readers 'run'a given team

The Jays' Mock Scouting Director position is still open :)

Mike Green - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 02:03 PM EDT (#117895) #
Thanks, Pistol. That's handy. In my June Dunedin review, I hope to have dERA for the pitchers you have listed.
HollywoodHartman - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#117930) #
When is the draft?
Pistol - Friday, May 27 2005 @ 11:29 PM EDT (#117944) #
Yours truly has volunteered to be the Blue Jay Scouting Director over at John Sickels' site for his mock draft (watch out Jon Lalonde!).

Feel free to go over and contribute to the Blue Jay thread on who they should pick. Your input will go into who I ultimately select in the mock draft. The emphasis right now is on the #6 pick.
Jordan - Saturday, May 28 2005 @ 09:40 AM EDT (#117954) #
From the Sickels site:

The Giants don't pick until the 4th round

Brian Sabean, draft dodger. It's a good thing the Giants are a young, healthy and dynamic team that doesn't need an infusion of fresh talent. Oh, wait....

Nice work, Pistol! Looking forward to an excellent Diary on Draft Day.

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