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Auburn and Pulaski struggled in their short-season debuts, while the Fisher Cats made Justin Verlander feel most welcome in his AA debut.

Richmond 4, Syracuse 5

Josue Matos had a fine start even though he only lasted 4.0 innings while allowing only a single run striking out 3. Jason Arnold took over from there but gave up 3 runs to put the Skychiefs down 4-0 half way through the sixth. But Syracuse stormed back with a 4 run inning and had the chance to take the lead had Chad Mottola not been thrown out at the plate. An RBI single from Kevin Barker in the seventh put the 'Chiefs ahead and the bullpen would hold on. Brandon League picked up the win and Matt Whiteside the save as they combined for 3 perfect innings.

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Erie 12, New Hampshire 0

With the way Justin Verlander was throwing, it probably didn't matter how many runs the Fisher Cats gave up after the first one. Sometimes, when you're facing a guy with stuff in the upper 90's and harder with excellent command and movement, there's just not much you can do. Vince Perkins has excellent stuff himself, but he was just no match for Verlander as he gave up 6 runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Brad Hassey was the Cats' star of the game for two reasons. He was the only Cat to reach second base and the only one who didn't strike out against Verlander. Jordan DeJong had an even uglier night than Perkins, giving up just as many runs (6), while only going 0.2 innings. Outfielder Jason Waugh pitched a shutout inning after the options in the bullpen ran thin.

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Dunedin 4, Tampa 2 - Game 1
Dunedin 3, Tampa 4 - Game 2

Chip Cannon added two more home runs (his 18th and 19th) to his stat line in this doubleheader. Kurt Isenberg took the loss in the first game after 4 runs in 5 innings. The second game was a typical David Purcey start: 4.1 innings, 1 hit, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. However, both of the runs charged against Purcey scored after he had left the game. Cannon drove in all 4 runs with a grand slam in the 3rd.

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Batavia 3, Auburn 1

Returnee Jordan Timm started the opener and pitched decently enough in 4 innings. But the offense couldn't get much going. Anthony Garibaldi hit a solo home run to score the only run while the highest draft pick in action, 4th rounder Ryan Patterson, went 1 for 4. 12th rounder Billy Carnline pitched two perfect innings with 3 K's followed by two more perfect innings from 10th rounder Josh Sowers.

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Danville 7, Pulaski 1

Francisco Mateo got the start but was hurt by the long ball. 2 home runs resulted in 3 runs charged against Mateo in his 3 innings. Paul Franko drove in Octavio Cordero to put the Jays on the board in the fourth. But Danville kept hacking away, scoring runs against Reidier Gonzalez (19th round), Hector Delgadillo (36th), and Rafael Perez. Jacob Butler (8th) went 2 for 4.

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Three Star Selection!

With little offense or starting pitching to get excited about, I'll reward those middle relievers who get overlooked so often.

Third Star: Billy Carnline - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K's. Solid pro debut.
Second Star: Brandon League - W, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, stopped the bleeding.
First Star: Chip Cannon - 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI, grand salami's just tend to get top honours.

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Mike Green - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 10:21 AM EDT (#120273) #
Chip Cannon's line for 2005 (combined Midwest League and FSL): 224 ABs, .290/.372/.620, 29 walks, 65 strikeouts. He has struck out more than you'd like, but raw power is in short supply here.
Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#120280) #
Cannon's strikout rate is pretty high, but the way he is producing runs, I think the Blue Jays can live with his line. He is hitting almost 100 points higher in Dunedin than he did in Lansing which quite frankly surprises me a little.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#120283) #
I'm not overly concerned about the strikeouts as long as he keeps hitting the long ball. It's rare to find a home run hitter that does not strikeout a lot... even in the low minors. But let's hope he doesn't become Russell Branyan.
Mike D - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#120288) #
Tough debut for Leance Soto with the P-Jays: 0-for-3, three strikeouts.

On the bright side, his career will unquestionably begin its upward path, starting today!
Maldoff - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#120296) #
Just a quick update....

Dunedin started play today at 11 am, and through 5 innings are winning 3-1 over Tampa. Dustin McGowan started for the D-Jays, and thus far has pitched 5 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts. Robinson Diaz is the offensive star thus far, going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs.
Skills - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#120298) #
Assuming that McGowan continues his recovery and string of strong outings, what is the timetable for his rise in the organization?
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#120303) #
McGowan started out throwing straight stuff, fastballs and changes. Getting reports out of Dunedin is difficult, but I would imagine that his progress from here will depend on how the non-straight stuff progresses. Statistical performance might not be the key indicator after TJ surgery.

McGowan's K rate in his outings since his first one is encouraging.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 01:54 PM EDT (#120304) #
There's another first rate pitching match-up in double A tonight. Zach Jackson and the F-Cats take on Erie and Joel Zumaya at 7:15.
Ryan Day - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 02:08 PM EDT (#120306) #
For whatever it's worth, Francisco Rosario made 6 Dunedin starts after he returned from TJ surgery. I imagine McGowan's looking at something similar, though it obviously depends on how sound he is.
MatO - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 03:26 PM EDT (#120318) #
Dunedin won 8-4. Chip Cannon hit his 20th. McGowan added another inning and strike out to that mentioned above. This was his fifth start. The last four starts he's compiled the following:

19.2 IP
14 H
5 ER
3 R
4 BB
18 K
0 HR

I would say his comeback is ahead of Rosario's but I think Rosario had more serious damage in his elbow and a longer rehab time since he was injured in the AFL.
Jdog - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 03:34 PM EDT (#120320) #
So Im guessing Dustin must not have pitched that well and got lucky, maybe his defense really bailed him out ....thus the 5 earned runs and only 3 actual runs.

Well in seriousness, good to see him getting it back!
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 03:34 PM EDT (#120321) #

Cannon's shot, incidentally, broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth, and the D-Jays scored 3 in the ninth with Adam Lind's double the key blow.

Cannon's shot. Hmm, I typed that without thinking. Subconscious punsterism.

Ducey - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#120322) #
Cannon has hit 9 taters in 16 games in Dunedin with an OBP of over .400 - its only 16 games but the Jays have to start thinking about sending him to AA don't they?
Skills - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#120324) #
Sounds good to me, but maybe that's just blind optimism speaking. Either way, I think the Jays are due to have a little touted prospect come out of nowhere and have a major impact in the big leagues. Regardless, this recent power streak is impressive.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#120329) #
One stat I like to look at for power hitters who strike out a lot is BABOP (batting average on balls out of play- i.e counting only homers and strikeouts). .200 is good (e.g. 20 homers and 100 strikeouts, 30 homers and 120 strikeouts, 40 homers and 160 strikeouts). Better at the minor league level is obviously preferable, and Cannon is there so far this season at a BABOP of .230.
MatO - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 04:33 PM EDT (#120332) #
Ugh. 5 R and 3 ER.
MatO - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#120334) #
I wonder how good a comp to Cannon will be Dallas McPherson. If Cannon is promoted to AA then their careers will be on a similar path at similar ages. They also share prodigious K totals (also good BB rates) and the best of all, they both attended the Citadel.
Gerry - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#120337) #
Cannon has hit 9 taters in 16 games in Dunedin with an OBP of over .400 - its only 16 games but the Jays have to start thinking about sending him to AA don't they?

No, 16 games is much too small a sample size. 60 games maybe but a sample size less than a month is not meaningful.

Gerry - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#120338) #
Jim - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 05:47 PM EDT (#120339) #
Thanks Gerry.

You might want to switch Charleston to Lansing though :).
Mike D - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 05:56 PM EDT (#120340) #
Congratulations to Zach Jackson (USA) and John Hattig (World), each of whom made the All-Star Futures Game!

Full rosters by organization:

Arizona -- Conor Jackson (USA), Miguel Montero (World)
Atlanta -- Jeff Francoeur (USA)
Baltimore -- Adam Loewen (World)
Boston -- Hanley Ramirez (World), Anibal Sanchez (World)
Chicago Cubs -- Scott Moore (USA), Felix Pie (World)
Chicago White Sox -- Bobby Jenks (USA), Chris Young (USA)
Cincinnati -- William Bergolla (World), Edwin Encarnacion (World)
Cleveland -- Fernando Cabrera (World), Ryan Garko (USA)
Colorado -- Juan Morillo (World)
Detroit -- Justin Verlander (USA), Joel Zumaya (USA)
Florida -- Jeremy Hermida (USA), Josh Willingham (USA)
Houston -- Fernando Nieve (World), Troy Patton (USA)
Kansas City -- Justin Huber (World)
Los Angeles Angels -- Kendry Morales (World), Brandon Wood (USA)
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Andy LaRoche (USA), Russ Martin (World)
Milwaukee -- Nelson Cruz (World), Hernan Iribarren (World)
Minnesota -- Travis Bowyer (USA), Francisco Liriano (World)
New York Mets -- Lastings Milledge (USA), Yusmeiro Petit (World)
New York Yankees -- Melky Cabrera (World)
Oakland -- Daric Barton (USA)
Philadelphia -- Scott Mathieson (World)
Pittsburgh -- Zach Duke (USA), Ian Snell (USA)
San Diego -- Josh Barfield (USA)
San Francisco -- Marcus Sanders (USA), Merkin Valdez (World)
Seattle -- Yunieski Betancourt (World), Shin-Soo Choo (World)
St. Louis -- Chris Lambert (USA)
Tampa Bay -- B.J. Upton (USA), Delmon Young (USA)
Texas -- Thomas Diamond (USA), Edison Volquez (World)
Toronto -- John Hattig (World), Zach Jackson (USA)
Washington -- Frank Diaz (World)
Maldoff - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 06:05 PM EDT (#120341) #
Wow, I can't believe Bobby Jenks made the team. The Angels basically gave up on him after last year. The Jays should have given him a look. A power arm in the bullpen is always a good thing to have.
Mike D - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 06:19 PM EDT (#120342) #
Jenks has been good but not phenomenal this year, considering his age and his bullpen role.

Bobby Jenks, RP, Age 24, Birmingham (AA)
1-2, 16 Sv, 2.78, 35 2/3 IP, 31 H, 1 HR, 18 BB, 40 K
Jim - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#120351) #
This is just off the top of my head, but Jenks may have had a few really bad outings to start the season that is why his ERA is almost 3. I think since the first week or so of the season he has been lights out.

Not that I'm not with you, at age 24 in the Southern League it isn't a huge deal.
Jim - Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#120352) #
As for the Jays and Jenks. I'm pretty sure that Jenks is on the 40 man roster. Add that to the fact that JP has a fetish for control pitchers and you can see why they didn't claim him.
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