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He let his pitching do all the talking, but Zach Jackson let it be known that there's more than one lefty first rounder to keep your eye on.

Buffalo 7, Syracuse 2 - Game 1

Buffalo 3, Syracuse 8 - Game 2

The Bisons feasted off a struggling Brandon League for 5 runs in 4 innings. Mike Nannini (who coincidentally was part of the package sent to the Marlins for Derrek Lee) didn't fare much better. The 'Chiefs scored both runs in the loss on a homerun from Kevin Barker.

The second game featured a tag team effort from Los Dos Matos', Julius and Josue. Josue pitched 5 innings, allowing only 2 runs while Julius doubled, homered and drove in 4 runs. Chad Mottola and Gabe Gross also added homeruns. Matt Duff pitched the final inning and struck out 3.

Box Score 1, Box Score 2

Game Story - Syracuse Post-Standard

New Hampshire 4, Akron 1

The Fisher Cats took an early lead with a 2 RBI double from Raul Tablado in the second followed by a lead-off home run from 2000 first rounder Miguel Negron in the third. Meanwhile, last year's supplemental first rounder, Zach Jackson, was cruising. Perfect through 3 innings, Jackson gave up a soft single followed by an error from Tablado and later a walk to load the bases. But he flashed his pick-off move nail the runner at 1st to end the threat. He finished the evening with 7 IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 8K and now sports a 0.60 ERA in 2 starts. Ryan Roberts doubled in the eighth to drive home Negron for the Cats fourth run. Ryan Houston allowed a solo homerun in the eighth while Lee Gronkiewicz finished off the ninth for his 18th save.

Box Score

Dunedin 2, Fort Myers 4

From about the sandwich pick onwards, several Bauxites were clamouring for the Jays to draft Chip Cannon at this time last year. They eventually got their wish in the 8th round and he hasn't let them down. He was the brightest spot in the Jays lineup last night while going 2 for 2 with a homerun, 2 walks and drove in both of the D'Jays runs. Kurt Isenberg had a decent night, lasting 6.1 innings but was simply outperformed by Miracle starter and former 2nd rounder Scott Tyler.

Box Score

Lansing 7, Peoria 1

Kyle Yates had an outstanding night giving up only 1 run in 5 innings while striking out 10. However, he left the game with his team trailing 1-0. The Lugs would break out however with a rally in the seventh followed by another in the ninth. After Cory Patton's failed lead-off bunt attempt in the seventh, the Lugnuts strung together a bunch of singles and walks to score 3 but left the bases loaded. Again they strung together several singles and some walks in the ninth but capped the inning with a two run double from Aaron Mathews. Jason Armstrong added 4 hits.

Box Score

Game Story - Lansing Journal

Three Stars!

The Third Star: Chip Cannon, Dunedin. 2 for 2 with a HR, 2 BB's and 2 RBI's
The Second Star: Kyle Yates, Lansing. 5 innings, 10 K's.
The First Star: Zach Jackson, New Hamshire. 7 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 BB, 8 K's.

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Mike Green - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#119082) #
So far this season, Chip Cannon's line at Lansing and Dunedin reads:

208 PAs, .281, 10 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 23 walks.

He's 23, so the possiblity of some double A exposure this year would be welcome. Cannon was a terrific collegiate hitter, and the line above is perfectly consistent with his collegiate performance.
Maldoff - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#119085) #
Any update on where Big Vito is these days? He left a game over the weekend and hasn't been seen since.
jgadfly - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#119088) #
I'm surprised at how well some of the Jay promotions are doing at the next levels (ie. Jackson, Marcum, Cannon). Their success raises the question as to whether their "book" has been promoted with them or is there even a "book" kept on them by opposing teams? One would think in this day of computer filing that it would be easy to compile a file (starting with their BA report) on each opponent which would follow him up the ladder to the majors. I guess not all organizations would have affiliates in the same lower leagues as the Jays. Obviously the guy on 1st with the bases loaded hadn't heard that Jackson has a pretty good pickoff move.
sweat - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 12:39 PM EDT (#119107) #
If Zach Jackson can keep up this pace for a while, would the Jays move him up again? Or is that not something the Jays would do? It certainly looks like he can handle himself at AA.
Gerry - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#119114) #
Two starts is still a small sample size for Jackson. If he is still dominating at the end of July they might give him some starts in AAA. I doubt we would see him with the Blue Jays in 2005 as (1) it is his first full pro season and the Jays likely want to limit his innings pitched, and (2) they would have to use a 40 man roster spot on him.
Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#119115) #
The Lugnut all stars have been named. There were a total of six from the team named, although three of them have been promoted. The all stars are no surprise. Curtis Thigpen, Chi-Hung Cheng, and Juan Peralta. Named, but not appearing due to having bigger and better things to do are Casey Janssen, Chip Cannon and Danny Hill.
Mick Doherty - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#119117) #
Armstrong 2B 5 1 4 0

And the boy can't get some three-star love?
MatO - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#119121) #
Jackson's great run continues. Between A/AA since the end of April his line reads:

55 IP
36 H
9 R
4 ER
5 BB
40 K
0.65 ERA
kpataky - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#119124) #
4 ER in 55 IP is simply amazing. Maybe its his incredibly odd windup and delivery that throws batters off? Perhaps another Chacin here?
Stellers Jay - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#119126) #
Have you got any pictures Kevin? This is the first time that I have heard he has a "unique" delivery. For those of us who have never seen him pitch a few pictures would be wonderful.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#119132) #

It's too bad, SJ, that pictures that were in a pinch-hit here did not survive the transition from the old Box to the new Box. Zach Jack's delivery is indeed unusual.

Ryan01 - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 02:26 PM EDT (#119138) #
That third star was a toss-up Mick. Between Armstrong, Cannon, Matos, and Gronkiewicz I still don't know who deserved it.
kpataky - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#119139) #
Zach's page on my site with pictures is here.

I saw him warming up on his off day - throwing off the mound in New Britain and in the outfield there when he was initially called up - but his first start took place back home in New Hampshire.

I'm going to try to get up to New Hampshire for either his 6/17 start vs. Trenton or 6/22 vs. Erie. In the meantime here is a shot that I took of him warming up.


kpataky - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#119140) #
By the way, the best way I can explain his move is that he starts dipping his head, kind of makes like a circle with his right foot in mid air, and double clutches his pitch to the plate. He hides the ball very well ala Sid Fernandez so it makes his pitches seem that much faster to the batter because its hard for them to pick it up initially.
kpataky - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#119141) #
6/22 looks like it could be a Joel Zumaya / Zach Jackson matchup in New Hamshire. That I definitely will attend.
Stellers Jay - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#119149) #
Thanks Kevin.
Joe - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#119164) #
Those pictures should now be working. E-mail me if they aren't, or if you ever see problems like this anywhere, at any time.
Brian B. - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 07:55 PM EDT (#119186) # still has the scouting videos for the 2004 draft including Zach Jackson's here:
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#119193) #
Joe, thanks for fixing the pictures. Maybe I'm seeing things, but they look even clearer than before. Stellars Jay, I highly recommend checking out the photos in my link to the pinch-hit, above.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 09:13 PM EDT (#119195) #
Dave Bush pitched a solid 8 innings for the win for Syracuse- 1 ER, 7 hits, 1 walks, 4Ks, while Josh Banks had his roughest outing of the year for New Hampshire. 9 ER in the first 3 innings. Ouch.
mendocino - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:13 AM EDT (#119205) #
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