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Shaun Marcum got back on the rails last night, while Casey Janssen keeps on trucking. Hmm, maybe I need a travelling holiday. The farm boys, as my spouse calls them, went 2-4 on the evening.

Syracuse 6 Scranton Wilkes-Barre 2

Shaun Marcum gets the hang of triple A with 6 innings of 5 hit, no walk, 5 strikeout ball. He allowed 2 earned runs, and moved his record to 5-1, although his ERA is higher than it has ever been since Joey Brown hit a solo homer off him in Marcum's first inning of Little League pitching. Gabe Gross led off the game with a homer, and also walked and struck out 3 times. Kevin Barker went 4-5 and drove in 2. John Hattig singled and walked in 4 trips, while Guillermo Quiroz took the collar. Jason Arnold, Game Over Gronkiewicz and Spike Lundberg each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.


New Hampshire 6 Reading 1

Casey Janssen continues to dominate his third minor league of the season. This time, it was 6 innings, 1 unearned run, 3 hits, 3 walks and 5 punchouts, as the Fisher Cats continued the recovery from their longest losing streak of the season. With the stick, it was a team effort as the Cats drew 6 walks to go along with 7 hits. Ryan Roberts singled and walked in 5 trips. Miguel Negron had a 2 run double in 5 appearances, and Rob Cosby also singled and walked but in 4 trips. Chip Cannon had the night off. Jesse Carlson and Ryan Houston finished off Janssen's masterpiece with aplomb.


Dunedin 3 Fort Myers 4

Three D-Jay errors led to three unearned Miracle runs, with the last leading to the deciding run in the bottom of the ninth. Justin James started and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and no walks in 3.2 innings. Mark Sopko and Brian Reed pitched well in relief, but the D-Jays were unable to mount an attack after tying the game at 3 in the fifth inning. Adam Lind doubled and (uncharacteristically) struck out 3 times in 5 trips. Robinson Diaz singled twice and drove in 2, while On-base Jayce Tingler lived up to his name by reaching all 3 times he came to the dish.


Lansing 1 South Bend 5

A.J. Wideman was dinged for 2 run homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but recovered to throw 6 innings of 4 run, 6 hit ball with 3 strikeouts. The Lugnuts' offence was quiet with Eugenio Velez' triple and single being the high note. Jason Armstrong also singled twice, but that was about it for the Lugs.


Oneonta 4 Auburn 1

Ryan Patterson's 10th homer was the major piece of good news for the Doubledays. Orlando Trias started and gave up all 4 runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings, but Sean Stidfole, Josh Sowers, and Paul Phillips all did a nice job in relief, with Stidfole's 2.2 no-hit innings with 4 Ks definitely capturing one's attention. Both Brian Pettway and Josh Bell did not play, while Cory Patton went 1-4.


Elizabethton 9 Pulaski 6

Jacob Butler and Paul Franko hit back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the first, but Shane Benson couldn't stand the prosperity and allowed 6 E-Twin runs in the top of the 2nd. Pulaski clawed back from a 9-3 deficit with single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but 3 double plays and the absence of a key hit led them to a loss. Franko singled, doubled and walked twice, in addition to his homer, to lead the attack. Butler also walked twice and scored 3 runs on the game. Rafael Perez pitched 3 nice innings of relief to close out the game, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out three.


3 star selection
3rd star-Shaun Marcum, finally a good start in triple A
2nd star-Paul Franko, reaching base 5 times with a homer and a double qualifies as a good night
1st star-Casey Janssen continues his roll.

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DepecheJay - Sunday, August 07 2005 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#124904) #
As Casey continues to dominate yet another league, I wonder, what can we expect from him if/when he reaches the major leagues? Is he another pitcher in the mold of Dave Bush, a 3 or 4 type, or could this guy possibly continue to get better and possibly become a 2? I know his stuff isn't overpowering, but I've seen reports that he can at times hit 93 and 94 on the gun and his strikeout rates are solid. Combine that with his amazingly low walk totals, and the Jays might have something that nobody expected when he was drafted in the 4th round last year.

So, I guess my question is, what is Casey Janssen's upside? What is the best he could become?
Mike Green - Sunday, August 07 2005 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#124906) #
At this point, Janssen, like Bush and Marcum before him, is a Grade B prospect, due to age and lack of overpowering stuff. For such a pitcher to turn into Ferguson Jenkins or Doug Drabek is certainly not unheard of. It's not likely, but then that's why you stockpile pitching prospects.

Gustavo Chacin is a perfectly fine #2 pitcher now, and Janssen is way ahead of where Chacin was 2 years ago. The whole concept of "ceiling" for a pitcher particularly is of really marginal value.
Marc Hulet - Sunday, August 07 2005 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#124913) #
Anyone know why Ray Gonzalez has been removed from the Pulaski roster but does not appear anywhere else? He was pitching lights-out in the Appy League.
huckamaniac - Sunday, August 07 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#124914) #
I heard Rob Neyer on the Fan yesterday, he said JP told him the jays had 6 starting pitchers in the system that could all be in the bigs in '06 and '07. Apparently he's doing an article this week on the jays. Should be interesting.
Mylegacy - Sunday, August 07 2005 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#124916) #
Chacin was almost a total bust in the minors, FOR YEARS, before he picked up the cutter and turned into Cycin.

Janssen, Marcum, Jackson and McGowan's RESULTS have been light year above Chacin's.
David Paul - Monday, August 08 2005 @ 03:05 AM EDT (#124931) #
Hmm. I'm a little puzzled about Gonzalez as well. mentions him in yesterday's game story:

The [I assume Pulaski, not Blue] Jays added a new player over the weekend,
right-handed reliever Ray Gonzalez, who just signed. ..."

Odd - he had to have already signed, and he pitched for Pulaski as recently as July 28.

Maldoff - Monday, August 08 2005 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#124934) #
And Gonzalez has not been added to Auburn......It would be a shame if something happened to him, because he was throwing bullets.
David Paul - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 12:21 AM EDT (#124997) #
Still no word on what happened to Ray Gonzalez, but it looks like the player who took his number 30 is 23yo right hander Jon Grijalva who the Jays signed out of the independent professional Frontier League last week.
Maldoff - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#125014) #
I guess he fell off the face of the earth....
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