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The D'Jays lost the first game of their 3 game playoff series and the Doubledays won as they prepare for their own playoff run.

Lakeland 15, Dunedin 6

The Jays will have to win their next two games if they hope to advance to the Florida State League Championships after dropping the first game of round 1. Kurt Isenberg got the start and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits (3 HR's) in just 3.1 innings. The offense hung kept them in the game temporarily after scoring 1 in the first, 2 in the second, and 3 in the third. But Brian Reed and Jeremy Harper didn't have much luck containing the Tigers offense either as they combined to give up the other 8 runs. Davis Romero finally stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 7th inning but the game was already out of reach. The D'Jays need a win tonight or they'll be heading back home.

Box score

Mahoning Valley 3, Auburn 4

The Doubledays took and 2-0 lead in the third after RBI singles from Matt Cooksey and Emmanuel Sena. Kristian Bell started and pitched well but was removed from the game after 3 scoreless innings with 4 K's. Sean Stidfole came on in relief and quickly gave up 3 runs to cough up the lead. Stidfole settled down however and lasted 3 innings without allowing any more runs. Adrian Martin and Yesson Berroa were strong in relief, holding the opposition scoreless, while Kyle Bohm put the game away with a 2 run homer in the 8th.

Box score

Three Stars!!

With only one team still in regular season action, there isn't much to choose from. But thanks to our new weighting system, the awardees won't pick up too many points either.

Third star: Yesson Berroa - Struck out the side for his 6th save
Second star: Kristian Bell - 3 shutout innings with 4 K's.
First star: Kyle Bohm - 2 for 3 with the game winning HR.

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Brian W - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#127544) #
This may have already been posted somewhere, but the Jays announced the winners of the R. Howard Webster Awards for 2005 (minor league MVPs):

Syracuse: John-Ford Griffin
New Hampshire: Josh Banks
Dunedin: Adam Lind
Lansing: Christian Snavely
Auburn: Ryan Patterson
Pulaski: Jacob Butler
Pringamosa: Edgar Estanga
Nigel - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#127546) #
Hard to argue with any of those other than at NH. Personally, I would have gone with Cosby. I wonder if his walk rate had anything to do with the choice?
R Billie - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#127551) #
That's doubtful. I think Cosby had a good year particularly in that ballpark. I think you could have given it to him though he did miss some games.

Banks' starts down the stretch were probably more memorable. He had a lot of good ones. 145 strikeouts to 11 walks in 160+ innings is also hard to ignore. That's 1 walk every 16 innings.
Jim - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#127558) #
It's hard to take the awards too seriously when Chip Cannon doesn't get one. I know that he can't because he wasn't anywhere long enough, but you probably see the point.
Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 02:44 PM EDT (#127560) #

The same thing could be said about Casey Janssen. Both had outstanding seasons and should not be overlooked. Hard to argue with the people that won however.
Jim - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 04:50 PM EDT (#127571) #
Yep, Janssen the same deal. They had the two most impressive seasons.. and neither won. Not that the other players didn't have good seasons, but none were as good as those two.
Maldoff - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#127575) #
I'm somewhat surprised at the choice of Snavley. While he did have a good year, and no one else on the Lugnuts did anything particularly spectacular, I feel like he had a good, not great year.

At one point, Snavely was a high round pick, but he seems to be stuck in Low-A. Can anyone (LF) comment on his prospect status?
Rob - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 06:41 PM EDT (#127581) #
Just to let everyone know -- if there's no Minor League Update published tomorrow, you can use this thread for the latest minor league discussion.

There are only two games scheduled for tonight, one being Game 2 in the best-of-three Dunedin-Lakeland series (which gets underway soon; the D-Jays need a win to stay alive) and Auburn's last or second-last game of the year...I'm not entirely sure.
Ducey - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#127582) #
I think Snavely may have got the MVP based on the fact he was there all year. He went .287/.390/.444 (all 3rd on the team) and led with 11 homers. The OBP is obviously impressive. I might have picked Cheng. The Jays probably frowned on all his walks.

I don't know what to make of Snavely's prospect status. He was a 6th rounder in 2003. He spent his second full year at low A and while he improved a bit (from .254/.362/.455), he did not get a promotion. He is 23 and doesn't seem to have any defensive value. I like the OBP and might rank him around their 25th best prospect. I assume he will go to Dunedin next year. If he hits 20 homers and .280/.360 there, who knows?
Jim - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#127586) #
'Can anyone (LF) comment on his prospect status?'

That's easy. Not a prospect.
Mike Green - Wednesday, September 07 2005 @ 10:19 PM EDT (#127587) #
Dunedin lost 1-0 tonight on Brent Clevlen's 3rd homer in 2 nights. Kyle Yates struck out 10 in 6 innings, but got bush-whacked by the lack of offensive support. Another playoff loss for the D-Jays. Sigh.

It will be up to the Doubledays to bring some glory to the Jay system this year. They're due, having lost each of the last 2 years despite having superior clubs.
slitheringslider - Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 02:33 AM EDT (#127596) #
Does anyone know who the projected starters are for the next two games in the Dunedin series?

No one from New Hampshire really jump out as the clear-cut candidate for the award. Arguments can be made for or against Josh Banks nomination. His walks/IP ratio is definitely Madduxesque. For a control pitcher like Banks, his misses must be off the plate instead of on the plate, does anyone know which of those categories are Banks misses in?

And congrats to John-Ford Griffin on a successful campaign and a successful major league debut. I hope he could show some power this september and make the big club next year.

I suspect there will definitely be some movement of players this year. Including Gross and JFG, we have 6 outfielders, 3 middle-infielders, and 3 corner-infielders. Who would you rather trade, Gross or JFG?
Lugnut Fan - Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 08:07 AM EDT (#127600) #
Snavely probably isn't what you would call a high prospect. I will say they are looking for a spot for him in the organization. He is going to the instructional league and is going to spend time learning to play first base. As far as his selection for Lansing MVP, I was and wasn't surprised by it. It is more for what he did in the second half. Right before the all star break he was hitting around .175 and had lost his starting spot at third to Armstrong. So for him to come back in the second half, platoon between left and third, move around in the order between the second spot and the fifth spot and come out hitting .287 on the year, well that tells you how great his second half was. The only other player on the team that was here the full you that you may be able to make an arguement for would be Cheng, but he led the league in walks.

Snavely will be in Dunedin next year, but I'm not sure how they are going to use him. He may be at third, in the outfield or possibly at first. My money is that he will be the first baseman there as I think that Hicks will probably be back in Lansing.
Pistol - Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 08:38 AM EDT (#127602) #
"Snavely probably isn't what you would call a high prospect."

I'd consider Snavely a fringe prospect at best. College players shouldn't be in low A two years after they're drafted. For him to be a prospect in my mind he'd have to have a similar numbers in AA this year that he did have in low A this year.

Ryan Roberts was drafted the same year a Snavely and he's in AA putting up a decent line, but I don't think he's more than just an average prospect. Snavely is way behind that at this point.

I thought he'd work out better than he has. His college numbers were comparable to his more well known teammate at Ohio St, Nick Swisher.
Lugnut Fan - Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#127603) #
I would have to agree with your statements Pistol. I think the only reason he repeated low A is because of his transition to third. With the emergence of Armstrong though, he didn't play there that much. I just don't think the player development folks know what to do with him.
infielddad - Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 08:15 PM EDT (#127673) #
Ken Joyce, the manager at Lansing, was interviewed by ITD. Provided some pretty focused comments that Christian Snavely really saved his career by a lot of hard work that remade his swing. He spent hours with Charles Poe working on a swing that kept his bat through the zone longer. From June to Sept., Snavely hit well over .300 with a very good OBP combined with power. Oldsmobile isn't real homerun friendly either. On Monday, Snavely hit a ball about 410 to center that hit off the very top of a wall about 25 feet high and last Thursday he crushed a line drive to right that hit about 2 feet from the top of a 30 foot wall at the 330 marker. He has very good plate discipline and also handles lefties about as well as righties. Joyce also had nice comments about 5 other players he felt made an impression and greatly improved within the organization this year, also.
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