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Bad night for the pitchers, as both starters and relievers conspired to give up the go-ahead runs in 4 out of 5 games played. Only Auburn escaped with a victory last night. There were some sterling starting performances ruined when a starter went back to the mound once too often or the relievers couldn't get the job done. Some nights, both sides of the coin come up tails.

Scranton 12 Syracuse 2

Hereís a little comparison for you:

Pitcher		Age 	Level	H/9	HR/9	BB/9	K/9
Pitcher A	24	AAA	8.37	1.35	3.15	6.30
Pitcher B	24	AAA	9.26	1.09	3.64	6.26	
Pitcher A is Francisco Rosario, coming into last nightís game, which he entered in relief and allowed 3 more runs in 1 inning of work in a Scranton whitewash. Pitcher B is, unfortunately, Pasqual Coco, in his last season as a Blue Jays farmhand (Cocoís pitching for Veracruz in the Mexican League these days, in case you were wondering). This isnít meant to say that Rosario will be a washout like Coco, but only to say that his performance so far this year has been much less than stellar. The problem is the lack of strikeouts: heís not getting batters to swing and miss a whole lot. Itís hard to use the TJ surgery as a defence anymore, considering that Dustin McGowan suffered his injury a year later and is pitching effectively in the majors today. Rosario is certainly not ready for a September callup, and he needs to make a much better showing next year at Syracuse to get his prospect shine back.

Prospect Watch:

- Gabe Gross: 2/4, 2B, run, .298 BA
- Chad Gaudin: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K: 2.73 (he pitched better than this: a 1-hit shutout through 5 before imploding)
- Jason Arnold: 1 2/3 IP,3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K: 5.60 ERA

Box score

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 1

The list of true hitting prospects in the Jaysí system is pretty short, but Rob Cosby is elbowing his way onto it. Cosby is following a red-hot July (.404/.443/.789) cut short by injuries with an equally sizzling August. He cracked his 3rd homer of the month and 15th of the campaign for the Fisher Catsí only run last night (and added a single, too). Only his poor walk totals are keeping from elite prospect status Ė the power and the average are there. Josh Banks was brilliant for 8 innings but, like Gaudin, went one inning too many and saw the roof fall in with 4 runs in the top of the 9th (the last courtesy of reliever Tracy Thorpe, who added one of his own.

Prospect Watch:

- Josh Banks: 8 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 6 K: 4.02
- Curtis Thigpen:1/4, 2B, K: .227
- Ryan Roberts: 1/4, 1B, K, .265 BA

Box score

Sarasota 8 Dunedin 6

The Blue Jays once had four left-handers in their major-league rotations (Jimmy Key, John Cerutti, Mike Flanagan and Jeff Mussleman). While weíre unlikely to see that ever again, the organization has never been richer in southpaws, until now. Last night, Davis Romero produced another solid line for the systemís portsiders: after a rough first inning (5 hits, 3 runs), Romero settled down and ended up allowing just 2 more hits and 1 run over 6 innings, walking 1 and striking out 11. Romeroís just about ready for AA. Another blown lead for the bullpen, as the D-Jays led 6-4 in the top of the 9th but saw closer Milton Tavarez allow all 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk, all of them scoring with 2 out.

Prospect Watch:

- Adam Lind: 2/5, 2B, HR (12), 2 RBI: .315
- Jayce Tingler: 2/5, RBI: .269
- Manny Mayorson : 2/3, BB, 2 RBI, R: .279

Box score

Lansing: no game scheduled

Auburn 5 Aberdeen 3

Injuries have slowed him down, but Joey Metropoulos is starting to show the Jays some of the potential they saw when they drafted him in the 9th round last year. Metropoulos went 3-for-3 last night with 2 doubles, a homer, a walk and 2 RBI. He was hitting a respectable .265/.327/.469 in about 100 AB heading into the game, a line that will improve. Metropoulousí vaunted power has only shown up in the doubles category thus far, but he appears to be finding his stroke. For a change, the bullpen held a ninth-inning lead for a Jays affiliate. All hail Yesson Berroa.

Prospect Watch:

- Randy Dicken: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K: 3.99 ERA
- Josh Sowers: 4 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K: 6.00. Maybe the pen is the right fit for him.
- Nick Thomas: 1/3, 2B, BB, RBI, R: .269

Box score

Kingsport 6 Pulaski 4

Eziemir Reinoso, who makes Joey Metropoulos only the second-hardest name to spell in this report, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in just 1 inning of work in the 4th bullpen failure of the night. Graig Badger and Anthony Hatch had the only 2-hit nights for Pulaski.

Box score

Your Three-Star Selection:

3. Rob Cosby, New Hampshire: Home run, single.

2. Adam Lind, Dunedin:Home run, double, 2 RBI.

1. Joey Metropoulos, Auburn: 3/3, 2 doubles, home run, 2 RBI.

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Mike Green - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#125231) #
Davis Romero had 5 ground ball outs and 2 fly balls outs. His ratios since he became a consistent starter have been great.
Craig B - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#125236) #
Itís hard to use the TJ surgery as a defence anymore, considering that Dustin McGowan suffered his injury a year later and is pitching effectively in the majors today.

Terrible comparison. Not all pitchers recover from surgery at the same rate. TJ in particular has potential complications that can lengthen the recovery time while having little or no longterm effect.

McGowan's recovery from TJ and return to effectiveness was unreasonably, improbably fast. Two full years to return to a previous level of effectiveness is the norm; many pitchers take longer. If you want to write off everyone who doesn't bounce back as fast as McGowan, you're going to be writing off most of your injured pitchers.

Nigel - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#125237) #
Craig, I think that's a fair comment about recovery times. What I do think is troubling is that, if anything, Rosario appears to be regressing over time. I don't think that's a good sign.

I think Romero has done enough to get a 40-man roster spot. No matter what his stature, those are some fantastic K-rates from a 22 lefthander (with pretty good control as well). If he's not protected he'll be a rule 5 loss.
mcpherv - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#125241) #
I don't think its fair to say that he's regressing right now. He is still only just a few starts and a couple of bullpen appearances away from having a month off due to a tired shoulder. I read one of the game reports following that off-period in which he didn't fare so well, and he stated he was struggling with his fastball command a bit since coming back. He was dominant for a while at the beginning of the season (his era was mid 2s for a little while), then he started regressing a little before his injury - there must have been some correlation there. Maybe he will be a bust, but I'd give him the beneift of the doubt until around the middle of next season considering his injuries and recovery from TJ.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#125246) #
Does anyone (Gerry, Mike, etc) know how hard Davis Romero throws and what pitches he has in his repertoire? I have never been able to locate that information.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#125251) #
I wish I knew, Marc. I looked for reports when I did the last monthly Dunedin review, but could not find any.
Craig B - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#125253) #
My reports in my file on Romero are real sketchy. Beyond "superior stuff" and "works quickly" I just don't know.
Evair Montenegro - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#125255) #
I read in an article from a newspaper here in Panama from 2002 that Romero was throwing between 90-92 MPH and sometimes 93 I also have read that he has a very good courveball and in the article also said that his weight was 165. Here is the link
Mike Green - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 02:59 PM EDT (#125257) #
Thanks, Evair.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#125258) #
I also found an article, from BA, previewing the 2004 Rule 5 draft that said Romero has a plus curveball.

So a lefty who can throw 90-92 with a plus curveball has successfully LOOGY written all over him, which is not a bad thing at all. Now if he has developed a good change up along with that, he could become a nice lefthanded starter.
CeeBee - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#125259) #
Smallish pitchers should not be slighted as much as they sometimes are. Oil can Boyd, while 6-1 weighed only around 160 and Bobby Shantz was listed at 5-6/ 139. I'd rather rely on their pitching abilities than base too much on their size or lack of. :)
Rob - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 03:32 PM EDT (#125264) #
In case anyone didn't know how well Josh Banks was doing, he is fifth in the Eastern League in strikeouts. No big deal, right?

Well, he has eight walks. The top four in strikeouts have, in order, 52, 47, 62 and 49 walks. Banks has pitched 134 innings. Those same four pitchers? Nobody is within ten innings of him.

The only knock on Banks is the number of hits he has allowed, especially the homeruns. But still, I'm quite excited over this season.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#125280) #
Banks has allowed quite a number of hits on balls in play, so I thought I would do a little study. I looked at his starts since June 1. During this period, he has recorded 56 outs on balls in the air, 46 by fly ball, 10 line drive. Of his hits on balls in play, he has allowed 32 by ground ball, 26 by line drive and 18 by fly ball. For a flyball pitcher such as Banks, those numbers are not suggestive of any particular problem with line drives.

You can get a feel for Banks' current line of 134.1 innings, 16 HR, 8 W and 123 strikeouts by doubling the numbers: 268.2 innings, 32 homers, 16 walks, 246 strikeouts. Those numbers would fit into Juan Marichal's career line quite nicely. If you believe that pitchers exert relatively little influence on balls in play, Banks is having a fine season.
jsoh - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 05:16 PM EDT (#125284) #
Banks has allowed quite a number of hits on balls in play

Anyone know how the defence behind him is? ZachJack had a great start in AAA, but was murderized by some pretty awful defence (none of them errors, IIRC) which jacked up his numbers.

Hmmm. Based on that, I wonder if Marcum's unhealthy numbers in Syracuse are due (partially) to the same effect. Perhaps its not such a bad idea to keep Banks in AA

Marc Hulet - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#125294) #
The Jays have signed an undrafted senior college right-handed pitcher by the name of Peter Eberhardt, who is 6'3'' 215 lbs. He is 23 and has been added to the Pulaski roster. He had a 5.05 ERA, 35 BB, 52 K in 66 innings at Cal State Northridge, the same school that Albert Quintana, Pulaski catcher, went to.
Rob - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 07:38 PM EDT (#125299) #
Spike Lundberg is making his first start of the year for Syracuse. He's given up two runs on four hits through two innings as the Chiefs are down 2-0.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 11 2005 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#125306) #
The Chiefs rallied for 9 runs, with homers from Gross and Barker.
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