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Durham 4 Syracuse 3

The Bulls charged back from an early 3-0 deficit and gored the Sky Chiefs. That was painful. A two run, two out throwing error by Julius Matos in the 8th inning was the difference in the game. The Chiefs then blew terrific opportunites in their half of the eighth and in the ninth, with cautious baserunning being the culprit the first time and foolhardy baserunning the second. In the result, the Chiefs could manage only 3 runs on 17 hits. Brandon League started and went 6 innings and surrendered 2 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Adrian Burnside, Jason Arnold, who was victimized by the error, and Spike Lundberg finished up. Bryant Nelson had 3 doubles and a single in 5 trips, but his baserunning error in the ninth proved to be important. Gabe Gross singled three times in 4 trips.

Portland 5 New Hampshire 4

The Fisher Cats could not claw their way back after the Sea Dogs scored 4 in the 2nd inning off Josh Banks. Banks pitched well after that, and ended up going 6 innings, allowing all 5 runs on 9 hits and no walks with 6 strikeouts. Jamie Vermilyea continued his fine pitching with 2 hitless innings, including a walk and 3 strikeouts, after Banks. Jordan DeJong pitched a perfect ninth. Raul Tablado and Ryan Roberts (who went 3-3 with a walk) hit solo homers in the fifth to make the game close.

Dunedin 5 Clearwater 3

The D-Jays collected 10 hits, including solo homers, by Eric Arnold and David Smith to defeat the Phillies. Jayce Tingler reached base 3 times and drove in a run wih a sacrifice fly. Kurt Isenberg went 5.2 innings, surrendering 2 solo homers in the first inning and then settling down until he faded in the sixth. His final line was 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Danny Hlll, Brad Mumma and Milton Tavarez each pitched capably in relief to close things out, with Tavarez getting the save.

Clinton 13 Lansing 14

Christian Snavely's bases loaded single in the bottom of the 13th broke a 13-13 tie, but the story of the game was Box favourite Chip Cannon. Cannon hit for the cycle and walked 3 times, twice intentionally. Curtis Thigpen reached base 6 times, and Yuber Rodriguez hit his 2nd homer of the season. Kyle Yates started and was touched for 9 earned runs. Po-Hsuan Keng, Mark Sopko, Jeremy Harper and Juan Perez followed, with Perez pitching 2 scoreless innings for the win, and the cure for trisadekaphobics the world over.

3 star selection

3rd star-Ryan Roberts
2nd star-Jamie Vermilyea
1st star-Chip Cannon

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VGeras - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#118500) #
Wow- What does a guy have to do to get a three star award. I guess a single, double, triple, HR, three walks, and 4 RBI is not enough.
Named For Hank - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#118502) #
I think the first star is the best star -- like first, second and third place. It's the opposite of movies and grade school spelling tests, where more stars are better.
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:27 AM EDT (#118503) #
Chip Cannon has been promoted to Dunedin, according to the Lansing newspaper. I am not aware of any corresponding moves.
Jonny German - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:30 AM EDT (#118504) #
NFH is correct, naturally. Our 3-Star scoring methodology is explained in the last section of this update.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:48 AM EDT (#118507) #

That is correct. Cannon was promoted to Dunedin after the game. Joey Wolfe has also retired. There are two guys coming up from exteded spring to replace Wolfe and Cannon on the roster. I have the names on my voice recorder, but it is at home. I'll write back later with the names.
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#118508) #
I'm guessing the catcher coming up from extended spring training is either Josh Lex or Brian Bormaster.... and maybe Charles Anderson or Anthony Garibaldi to replace Cannon...
JC - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#118509) #
And the winners are.......
Charles Anderson and Aaron Mathews.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:24 AM EDT (#118510) #
Thanks JC,

Now that I read the names, those were the ones that I heard last night.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#118511) #
With Matthews coming to Lansing and Yuber struggling, could this signal that the Jays may demote Yuber to Auburn when the short season starts?
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#118512) #
I think it will really come down to who they draft on Tuesday and Wednesday... If they have a glut of new outfielders then Rodriguez will probably stay put. Cory Patton may end up in Auburn too.
Ducey - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#118513) #
Poor Eric Neilson,
The rest of his team goes banana's offensively and he goes 0-8 with two K's and a GIDP. Ouch.

With Cannon being moved up, can Thigpen be far behind?
VGeras - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#118515) #
I apologize about the star selection thing. Here are couple more transactions
JC - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#118517) #
According to the above link, Clint Johnston is heading to AA (he was a little old for A Ball.....).

Could this mean Kevin Barker is going to fill the void at First Base in Syracuse?
fozzy - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#118519) #
I gotta say I've been quite impressed with Jason Arnold this season; it looks like he's finally found his groove. His pitches seem to have much more command and life, and his peripherals seem to back that up. How long before he's in the show?
joemayo - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#118528) #
now that Felipe Lopez is starting to show his "top-prospect" form with the reds it's nice to see Jason Arnold pitching well. i'm really looking forward to seeing him up with the big club.

his entrance music coming to the mound should be Wild Night - Van Morrison...
Mike Green - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#118538) #
Thanks for id-ing the reference. "Wild Night" and or even worse "Take a walk on the wild side" are not recommended entrance music for closers. "Cannonating drives" and "enormous saves" were two of my favourite Danny Gallivan expressions from the old Montreal Canadiens broadcasts.

I am pleased with Cannon's promotion. He's 23 years old, and if he can put in a good half season in Dunedin, he might establish himself as a prospect.

Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#118541) #
Kevin Barker was indeed promoted to Syracuse in the wake of Johnston's promotion...

From the Fisher Cats' media department:
Manchester, NH- 1B/DH Kevin Barker was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse today and 1B Clint Johnston was called up from Single-A Dunedin to take his spot on New Hampshire’s roster. Barker was hitting .254 with 6 HR and 27 RBI this year with the Fisher Cats and he also drew a team-high 28 walks. He was leading the team in HR, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.

Barker was the only member of the Fisher Cats roster with Major League experience, having played 38 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1999, 40 games with them in 2000 and 7 games with the San Diego Padres in 2002. He was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 3rd round of the 1996 draft out of Virginia Tech. He was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent this off-season. The 29-year-old Barker played with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre in the Phillies organization last season.

The 27-yerar-old Johnston was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 1998 draft out of Vanderbilt. He was originally drafted as a pitcher, but was later converted to a 1B/OF by Toronto. Toronto selected him from Pittsburgh in the rule 5 minor league draft in 2001. The left-handed hitter was batting .310 with 4 HR and 21 RBI this season with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.
JC - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#118542) #
A little off topic, but something I was wondering about today as I did my best to avoid work:

Does anyone have updates on the injuries to our minor-leaguers?

As far as I can tell, the DL roster is as follows:
SP Justin Miller
OF Anthony Sanders
IF Danny Solano
C Guillermo Quiroz
RP Steve Andrade
OF Ron Davenport
1B Michael Snyder
SP D.J. Hanson
OF Rodney Medina
IF Jeremy Acey
RP Dewon Day
IF Brian Hall
RP Jayson Rodriguez

Feel free to pass along info on one, a few or all if you can. Some of these are most likely "Phantom Injuries", but a couple of these guys haven't seen the field yet this season.

Thanks in advance for any info!
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#118550) #
SP Justin Miller - unknown
OF Anthony Sanders - unknown
IF Danny Solano - He's OK, unless he just went back on...
C Guillermo Quiroz - lung surgery
RP Steve Andrade - not considered serious
OF Ron Davenport - not considered serious
1B Michael Snyder - knee, out for season
SP D.J. Hanson - labrum surgery, out for season
OF Rodney Medina - unknown
IF Jeremy Acey - unknown
RP Dewon Day - surgery of some sort
IF Brian Hall - labrum surgery - out for season
RP Jayson Rodriguez - rehabbing from something

And Joey Metropoulos - broken leg
PeterG - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 03:16 PM EDT (#118553) #
Justin Miller is out with a pulled hamstring.
CaramonLS - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#118556) #
I'd like to see Thigpen promoted as well, hes hitting better even than Cannon.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#118561) #
With Anderson coming to Lansing, you may see Thigpen promoted shortly. I think that Curtis is ready offensively for a promotion, but his defense kind of holds him back right now. But with what I have heard about Charlie Anderson so far, I find it hard to believe he will be sitting the bench. I think that Curtis will either get promoted or Anderson will be sent to Auburn when the short season starts.

I can see a few demotions forthcoming however. I think Yuber may be headed to Auburn and, as stated earlier in the post, General Patton may be on the flight there too. It would probably do Cory some good to go down there and play everyday, get his stroke down and then possibly come back to Lansing at the end of the season.

Question for you guys though. Is it common to have this many transactions within the Blue Jays organization? I ask because there is always a new face and my head is spinning right now. The Cubs never promoted anyone (maybe one or two players in the middle of the season over the six years they were married to the Luggies, but no more). That is why a Brian Dopirak hits 39 home runs and a Sean Gallagher in Peoria (who is a starter) has a 0.83 ERA (the Luggies will probably see him this weekend). I expected a few transactions, but the shear number of them has shocked me. With that said, I believe the kids that did get promoted deserved them.

My prediction for Cannon is that he will probably struggle a bit in Dunedin to start, but I think he will adjust well and find his stroke and have a fairly successful second half for the D-Jays.
Mike Green - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#118564) #
Lugnut Fan, due to the number of college players in the Jay system, promotions probably occur generally faster here than in the Cub system.

The promotions have occurred a little earlier than usual this year, and the Jays have been more aggressive in their promotion decisions this year than the last 2. For instance, Cannon probably would have been giving a longer tour in the Midwest League last year or the year before in order for him to establish better strike zone control. He has been coming along in that department in the last 3 weeks or so.

It seems pretty clear that the Jays see a window of opportunity at the big league level during the next 3 years, and they want to marshal their resources for a big push during that time. Whether that is a wise decision with respect to players in the low minors is a question for another time.
Stellers Jay - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#118569) #
To add to Mike's comment. The one thing that I have noticed differently this year compared to in the past is that there has been a series of small moves already this year. Last year, they shuffled the rosters almost all on one day and lots of bodies all at once shortly after the draft.
Maldoff - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 05:36 PM EDT (#118571) #
If the Jays were to move Thigpen to Dunedin, then what would you suggest they do with Diaz, who I think can be a decent prospect?
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#118574) #
Why would Charles Anderson's fate be connected to Thigpen's? Anderson is a 1B/OF unless he was moved to catcher in extended spring training, but he wasn't listed there on the master list I got from the Jays.
Nigel - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 07:50 PM EDT (#118579) #
Following the recent trend for Jays' demotees, Bush is getting knocked around in his first start in Syracuse tonight. Seven hits and 3 runs through 3 innings so far.
Gerry - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 09:59 PM EDT (#118586) #
Syracuse come back late to win. Bush gave up a lot of hits but had more K's than IP.

New Hampshire win thanks to two run home runs from Ryan Roberts and Vito Chiaravalloti. Clint Johnson had two hits in his debut.

The Can-man, Chip Cannon homered in the eighth and ninth to end 2-4 in his debut as Dunedin win.

Lansing lead after 8, could be a 4-0 night.
R Billie - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:07 PM EDT (#118587) #
Bush gave up a couple of doubles among the ten hits but also got 9 groundouts against 2 strikeouts. At least he was keeping the ball down today.
Gerry - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:26 PM EDT (#118588) #
I think RBillie meant to say 9 goundouts and 2 fly-outs. Bush had seven K's.
Chris H - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 10:37 PM EDT (#118589) #
Dont know if anybody read todays Baseball America chat with Allan Simpson. He states that the Blue Jays are looking seriously at four players that they expect to be available at #6 - Romero, Townsend, Clement, and Maybin.

This fan is hoping for the players with the most upside - Maybin. Hope he is still there at #6 as there has been talk that the Brewers at #5 are interested.
Lugnut Fan - Saturday, June 04 2005 @ 06:40 AM EDT (#118600) #

The information that I was given was that he was a catcher being brought up to replace Joey Wolfe. My information could be wrong though. I wasn't at the Lugnut game last night, so I guess I haven't had a chance to peak at the roster to see where they had him listed. I will have to take a look to see if they have the guys posted anywhere on the Lugnut roster and see where they are listed.

Lugnut Fan - Saturday, June 04 2005 @ 06:42 AM EDT (#118601) #
Looks like Anderson is listed as an infielder on the Lansing roster. Thanks for the correction Marc.
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