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Let's hope better days are ahead for the farm system, as wins have been hard to come by. 1-5 was yesterday's mark.

Charlotte 7 Syracuse 3

The Knights scored 5 in the 4th inning off Francisco Rosario and Spike Lundberg to take a 7-0 lead, and were never headed. Rosario went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 1 strikeout. Kevin Tolar and Lee Gronkiewicz each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Leadoff hitter Gabe Gross doubled and walked and drove in 2, and killed a baserunner. Guillermo Quiroz went 1-4.


New Hampshire 0 Norwich 6

Dustin McGowan pitched well, but was fingered for the loss. He allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits and no walks with 8 strikeouts, in 6 innings of work. Jordan DeJong struck out the side in the 7th inning, before Brad Mumma surrendered a couple of runs in the 8th. Navigator pitching held the Fisher Cats to 5 hits, 2 by Brad Hassey.


Dunedin 6 Daytona 4 (13 innings)

It wasn't a Thirsty Thursday, and the 500 wasn't running, but they had a wild one in Daytona. Mike MacDonald pitched plenty well enough to win, as he left after 7 innings with a 4-1 lead. He allowed 4 hits and walked nobody while striking out 8. In the bottom of the eighth, Brian Reed issued a walk and gave up a single, while recording 2 outs, and on came Milton Tavarez who promptly surrendered a game-tying 3 run shot to Chris Walker. Then the pitchers took over. For the D-Jays, Jeremy Harper threw 2 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 3 and got the win, and Mark Sopko came on in the bottom of the 13th for the save. The D-Jays loaded the bases with nobody out in the 13th. Jayce Tingler grounded into a 3-2-3 double play, before Manny Mayorson delivered the game-winning 2 runs single, his 4th hit of the game. Adam Lind went 3-6 with 2 doubles and drove in 2, and Carlo Cota reached base 4 times in 6 trips. Robinson Diaz threw out 3 runners at second.


Lansing 3 Clinton 6

The Lugnuts put on a clinic on how not to play the game last night. They grounded into 2 double plays, made 2 errors, had runners erased at third and home, and their pitchers issued 7 walks. In the result, they lost despite outhitting the opposition 11-5. Chi-Hung Cheng started and went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned on 1 hit and 6 walks with 4 strikeouts. Jordy Templet followed for an inning and surrendered 2 runs, 1 earned on 3 hits and no walks with a strikeout. Yesson Berroa finished up admirably. Anthony Sanders went 3-4, while David Corrente and Eugenio Velez had 2 hits each.

Still Preoccupied with 1985 Dept.: Clinton second baseman T. Hulett.


Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 1

There was not much good news in Auburn last night. Nick Thomas homered and walked twice in 4 trips, and Orlando Trias pitched respectably for 7 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. That was about it, as the Doubledays could garner only 3 safeties. Paul Phillips did pitch a scoreless ninth, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.


Pulaski 3 Danville 12

Joe Wice surrendered 10 runs in a tough 2nd inning, as the D-Braves pounded 4 homers in the inning. A Jonathan Jaspe passed ball led to 6 of the runs being unearned. Leance Soto went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts, and made 2 errors. On the positive side, Jacob Butler hit a 3 run homer, his eighth, for all the P-Jay runs.


3 star selection
Everyone loves a winner, so:
3rd star-Adam Lind, 2 doubles and a single for Dunedin
2nd star-Mike MacDonald, 7 excellent innings for Dunedin
1st star-Manny Mayorson, 4 hits including the game winner for Dunedin

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Skills - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 09:41 AM EDT (#123828) #
If I'm not mistaken, I think I read somewhere that Lind is leading the league in doubles. Anyone have thoughts on this acting as an indicator of a power surge next season or is Lind just a doubles hitter?
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 09:58 AM EDT (#123829) #
Lind is not yet 22, and definitely has a sweet swing. He is ideally suited to first base, but has been out in left this season. I suspect that he'll be moved to first fairly soon, and that his power will develop some after that.

Shaun Marcum takes the hill for the Sky Chiefs tonight against Indianopolis, Casey Janssen goes for New Hampshire against Norwich, Kyle Yates for Dunedin faces the Cubs of Daytona, while Danny Core toes the rubber for the Lugnuts.
cbugden - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#123831) #
Any idea who the PTBNL will be from the Tigers in the McDonald trade?
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#123832) #
I'm guessing that the PTBNL won't be named until the end of the season at the earliest. The Jays acquired McDonald for Tom Mastny, and McDonald's stock might have improved slightly by virtue of his performance this year. You'd expect that a prospect perhaps similar to Mastny might be coming back.
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#123834) #
The quality of the player will likely hinge on what impact McDonald has... If he is designated for assignment once Polanco is healthy, the Jays won't get much.

I would like to see the Jays get David Espinosa (currently in his second season at double-A). He projects to be a future utility player but he has speed, pop and can play the infield and outfield. Could be useful and, for some reason, Detroit has never been terrible high on him.
Nigel - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#123835) #
The pitching in the farm system is struggling right now. Some can be attributed to adjustments at higher levels (Marcum), but a lot of it has to do with HR's. Banks is the prime culprit but Rosario, Marcum and McGowan are all struggling with the long ball.

There's still lots of potential but JP may need to think about starting pitching help for '06. Right now its hard to foresee any starter being ready to help in Toronto before mid 2006 at the earliest. Rosario hasn't done much this year (particularly since coming back from injury) to indicate that he's that close to being ready.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#123836) #
Espinosa is interesting. I've always liked power/speed guys who will take a walk and who make it to double A by age 22. He's been playing in right field often this season.
the mick - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#123837) #
I think the Jays have to be happy with McGowan's progress post TJ. He's back at AA already, posting a good K/9 (8.49) and a decent K/BB (3.3) ratio. He may not be ready for Prime Time as yet, but it looks like he's getting close.
Nigel - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 01:31 PM EDT (#123851) #
I agree that McGowan is doing really well. In fact, his progress and the surprising development of Janssen are the most promising aspects of the minor league pitching prospects this year. My comment wasn't directed at his progress, but rather to point out that even with that progress the Jays need to be realistic about his timetable. In my opinion, he going to need at least half a year at AAA.
sweat - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#123853) #
The title of this article has caused me to have a severe flashback to ninth grade. Did I ever hate that book. I imagine one day it will be removed from the required reading and replaced with Harry Potter. It will be a sad day for the one person who actually liked that book. And no, I haven't seen the movie.
David Paul - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#123855) #
Funny mental image of the day from a BA interview with Yankees prospect Matt DeSalvo:

"To me, a power pitcher is a guy with desire who makes pitches and refuses to lose. If I tried to throw 95 mph, my arm would probably fly into the stands like a broken bat."

timpinder - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#123857) #
I agree with you, right now the prospects aren't looking good for next year. McGowan's coming along just fine but I'd agree that it's in his best interest to start in AAA next year. I think the biggest diappointment of all has to be Rosario. I assumed he'd be a solid contributor next year with Halladay, possibly Burnett or Zito, Lilly, and Bush, pushing Chacin to the pen. Who knows, he may yet throw a string of 3 or 4 great starts together and get the call in September, but it's starting to look unlikey. I wouldn't say that Banks has been stuggling that badly though. He has pitched much better than his record and ERA show.

Gerry - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 05:36 PM EDT (#123865) #
On Ricky Romero is showing on the Dunedin roster. When Purcey was promoted to AA Romero was the most logical pitcher to take his place.

Daryl Harang is also shown on the Dunedin roster while Dewon Day made his first appearance of 2005 last night for Auburn.
David Paul - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 06:19 PM EDT (#123869) #
Any word on how far they will stretch Romero out this season? Auburn's pitching coach had said he'd be limited to a couple of innings per game.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 08:03 PM EDT (#123871) #
JP was on the TV tonight and said Jackson would start tomorrow night for Syracuse.
kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 09:16 PM EDT (#123872) #
Fisher Cats Update

David Purcey is with New Hampshire in Norwich. I chatted with him tonight and photographed his bullpen session. He is starting the 10:35 am game in Norwich on Thursday. As I mentioned in another thread, Zach Jackson was promoted to Triple-A and most likely will also start Thursday in Syracuse vs. Indianapolis.

Casey Janssen was activated to start tonight's game and 3B Rob Cosby was put on the DL.
kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 10:39 PM EDT (#123883) #
Here is the press release
kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#123887) #
Syracuse was rained out tonight - double header tomorrow - Marcum listed as gm 1 starter - maybe Jackson goes in gm2??
kpataky - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 08:08 AM EDT (#123901) #
Jackson will now start Thursday's game...
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#123911) #
According to the Dunedin website, Ricky Romero gets the start today at 7 p.m. against Daytona. Daytona's games do have an internet broadcast.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#123912) #
is anyone going to do the Minor League Report from last night?
Ryan01 - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#123913) #
Sorry Kevin, it's coming. Just very slowly at the moment.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 10:36 AM EDT (#123914) #
It will be up late today.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#123915) #
OK then I'll post my pictures here from last night:

Gerry - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#123916) #
I remember seeing Janssen pitch last year in Auburn. He really "drops and drives" as you can see from his picture, he sometimes scrapes his knee along the dirt. Great extension visible in his picture. Thanks Kevin.

For those who don't know Purcey is in the pen, and Janssen is pitching.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#123917) #
Thanks for the pics, Kevin. I assume that's Janssen on the left and Purcey on the right. That's quite a stride for Janssen.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#123920) #
Uh, yeah. Janssen is the righty and Purcey is the lefty. Janssen reminded me alot of Tom Seaver the way he dropped and drove. Before the game Janssen and Kratz were going over the signals. Casey throws 6 pitches - 2 seam, 4 seam fb; curve, slider, change and cutter. A complex variety of signals allowed him to mix the pitches to every batter.

Roving Pitching instructor Dane Johnson is in Norwich watching these new guys and helping out veterans like Jordan DeJong get on track. After Janssen and Kratz went through their signs, Dane looked at me with a perplexed look and said "got that?"

A bit of bad luck got Janssen behind in the game and then the lack of Fisher Cats hitting finished him off.

Casey is a very cerebral pitcher - well spoken and polite too. He reminds me alot of David Bush in that respect. Before throwing every pitch, he'd extend his glove in front on himself, reach in and grab the ball with his pitching hand exhale as he closed his eyes. Kind of meditating like. Then as he opened his eys, bam here came the pitch.
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