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Sergio Santos continues his hot hitting - he's 13 for his last 23, with 11 of those hits going for extra bases.

Syracuse 5 @ Buffalo 10

Funny how things work. Jamie Vermilyea pitched 3 scoreless innings for the Jays on Sunday and was sent to Syracuse. He pitched three innings last night and gave up 7 runs. Gio Gonzalez wasn't too much better giving up 3 runs over 5 innings.

The Chiefs banged out 12 hits on the night. Thigpen hit his 2nd HR of the year and Sal Fasano hit his 5th HR of the year. Hattig, Lydon and Olmedo each had two hits.

Binghamton 1 @ New Hampshire 3

Jesse Litsch is more of an under-the-radar type of prospect for the Jays. He was drafted in the 24th round and then signed the following year as a draft & follow. Litsch split his time last year between Dunedin and New Hampshire. His NH numbers weren't overly impressive (5.06 ERA in 12 starts), but he had an excellent K/BB ratio (54/13) and got two groundball outs for every flyball out last year. (Gerry had an interview with Litsch last summer after he was promoted from Dunedin.)

Last night the Fisher Cats got their third straight win behind Litsch's strong outing. The 22 year old gave up just 1 hit and 2 walks in 6.1 innings. He struck out 6 Mets. After three starts this year Litsch has pitched 17.1 innings and allowed just 16 baserunners. His ERA sits at 1.56.

Jo Matumoto finished off the last two hitters with strikeouts to earn his first save. After 7.2 innings he still has a perfect ERA.

Sergio Santos continued his recent hot streak hitting 2 doubles in 3 ABs, plus a walk. Santos has 14 hits this season and 11 are for extra bases.  Both doubles were to right field.  The previous night he hit a HR to left and center, and doubled to right.  On Sunday his HR was to RF and his double was off the top of the wall in right center.  So it appears that Santos is hitting for power to all fields.

I mentioned it in yesterday's MLU: perhaps Santos was just promoted too aggressively and now that he's taken a step back he's starting to catch up to where he should be.  It'll be interesting to follow him this year.

Tampa 3 @ Dunedin 2

Brandon Magee got the start and pitched his best game of the year. Magee went 6 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2 and had a 13/3 GB/FB ratio.

Josh Kreuzer had 2 doubles in 4 ABs for the D-Jays. Otherwise the bats were quiet in Florida last night.

Beloit 1 @ Lansing 0

Chase Lirette was the tough luck loser. He gave up one unearned run on a double, ground out and passed ball. Otherwise he pitched a fine game going 6.2 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3. His ERA for the season sits at 0.49 after 18.1 innings over 3 starts.

Lansing had just 5 hits on the night. The only extra base hit belonged to Travis Snider who doubled. In case you weren't sure Snider had a power bat he has 11 extra base hits among his 19 hits overall this year. His ISO Slg is nearly .300, he's 3rd in the Midwest League in Slg, and 5th in OPS. And a year ago he was just starting his senior year of high school baseball. I can't imagine anyone expected anything close to this out of Snider so far.

3 Stars!
3 - Sergio Santos
2 - Chase Lirette
1 - Jesse Litsch
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timpinder - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 12:42 AM EDT (#166542) #
A little LL Cool J?
Anders - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#166552) #
More like a little Motion City Soundtrack.

Snider's listed as a RF... does anyone have an idea if he'll stick there, or mover further down the defensive spectrum? The Jays outfield looks like its going to be pretty crowded for the forseeable future, with Wells and Lind in CF and LF when Snider makes his Toronto debut in 2 years, and with Rios and Sparky potentially still around. Is Snider going to end up at first? Not necessarily a bad problem to have.

Mike Green - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#166553) #
Santos' age 21 season at double A El Paso wasn't bad, but with park adjustments, he probably should not have been promoted.  He's on a very nice roll now with his K rate, W rate and IsoP in harmony. 

Anyways, he didn't make our top 30 list at the end of last year, but he'd probably be in the top 15 now.  A wise man once said that it aint over til it's over.

Here's the report of Litsch's great outing, with comments from him about his stuff and location.

Maldoff - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#166555) #
Anyone have a scouting report on Aaron Matthews? He is hitting really well this year in New Hampshire, and I think I've seen him play all 3 outfield spots for the Fisher Cats.  Another Sparky-type?
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#166558) #

Snider's listed as a RF... does anyone have an idea if he'll stick there, or mover further down the defensive spectrum?

He did throw out a runner at 2nd in last night's ball game.  He also has 4 triples on the season and that makes me think he has the requisite speed for right field for the time being.  Still, his listed weight of 245 pounds makes me wonder if he'll be able to stay in the outfield.

Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#166564) #

I see Snider as a corner outfielder, so I do believe that he will stay there.  He has deceptive speed.  He is a lot faster than you would guess by looking at him.

His power numbers are going to be down in Lansing because I think that Lansing's park is a liability to him for that.  There is a 30 foot wall in right field and Snider hits everything on a line.  They are all ropes.  What happens is that the ball hits the concrete wall and ends up bouncing over the right fielders head to almost center field and he is around second before they pick the ball up.  A couple of his triples would most likely be home runs in major league parks.

This kid is the real deal from what I have seen of him.  I haven't seen an 18 year old at this level make such a seamless transition to wood from aluminum.  Despite his low walk numbers, he also has tremendous plate discipline.  I initially thought that he would spend the whole season in Lansing and although I still think he will be here for a majority of the year, I could see the organization trying to challenge him later in the year.  It will depend on what he did in his off season conditioning though as he also has never played as many games as he will this year. 

Mike Green - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#166568) #
Thanks, LF.  I'll watch the home/road splits for Snider.
Hodgie - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#166569) #

While on the topic of minor league RFs, although for a bird of a different feather, look at who is currently tied for second in HRs. Granted, the PCL is a launching pad of sorts and normally a 27 year old AAA player is not considered a prospect anymore - but then this isn't your traditional RF. How do you put into context the development of such a player, given his previous history is largely in another position? Personally, I am still rooting for the guy....

#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#166583) #

Matt Michael of the Syracuse Post-Standard says Erik Kratz is going to Syracuse to replace Sal Fasano.

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#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#166584) #

Also, Juan Peralta is packing his bags for New Hampshire to replace Erik Kratz according to

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