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Two wins as the hitting was in short supply.  Lansing led the affiliates in hits with eight, and that took eleven innings.  The six teams combined to get 33 hits.  The poor hitting disguised good starting pitching from Davis Romero (2 hits in six innings), Ricky Romero (five hits in eight innings), and Castillo Perez (two hits in six innings).  Three of the four losses were recorded by the bullpen.

Syracuse 1  Louisville 2

After six shutout innings from Davis Romero, the Chiefs tried to get a three inning save from Brian Wolfe.  In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Wolfe gave up two ground ball singles, one of them deflected by Wolfe.  Then Wolfe gave up a double, scoring both runs and taking the loss.  Romero gave up three hits in his six innings and recorded six K's.  Syracuse scored their run in the sixth, Chip Cannon worked a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Russ Adams.  The Chiefs had only three hits in the game.

Trenton 3  New Hampshire 1

Ricky Romero pitched well, again, eight innings, five hits one run.  New Hampshire scored their run in the second, David Smith tripled and scored on a ground out.  The game went to the ninth inning tied at 1 and Zach Dials came on.  The first three hitters went double, triple, single and the Fisher Cats trailed 3-1.  New Hampshire had only 5 hits.

Palm Beach 5  Dunedin 3

Randy Boone's up-and-down season at Dunedin continued, coming off a very good start he gave up four runs in six innings on nine hits.  Dunedin scored two runs in the second, David Corrente doubled in two walks.  Robinzon Diaz also doubled in a walk in the fourth.  But Dunedin had only six hits in the game, Diaz had two of them.

Quad Cities 6  Lansing 4 - 11 innings

Lansing got on the board in the first when Manny Rodriguez hit a three run home run.  Marc Rzepczynski had a one hitter through four innings but gave up three runs in the fifth.  In that fifth two walks, two hits and an error added to three runs.  Zep gave up a two out walk in the sixth and was pulled but Jimmy Dougher allowed a run scoring double.  Moises Sierra hit a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at four.  The Lugnuts had chances to win, a runner at third with one out in the eighth, a runner on second with two outs in the ninth, and a lead-off double in the tenth.  Edgar Estanga, in his fourth inning pitching, gave up two runs in the eleventh and the Lugnuts could not come back.

Yohermyn Chavez was the only hitter with two hits, Lansing had eight hits in eleven innings.  Chavez was thrown out trying to steal third, with no-one out, in the tenth, a bad mistake.

Tri-City 2  Auburn 5

Through four and a half innings there was only one hit in the game.  Adam Amar got Auburns first hit with a home run in the fifth.  Robert Sobolewski followed with a single and later scored on a Bryan Kervin single.  those two runs held up until the eighth when Tri-City scored two to tie.  In the bottom of the eighth, with two outs, Karim Turkamani singled, Chris Demons walked, Chris Hopkins singled in a run, a balk scored a second and Mike McDade singled in the third run.  Castillo Perez started and pitched six shutout innings with only two hits.

GCL Jays 4  GCL Indians 1

Good pitching for the Jays in this game, Scott Gracey started and pitched three shutout innings, Matt Moody followed and added 2.2 shutout innings.  The Jays scored a pair in the third when Brad McElroy hit a two run home run.  Jon Talley singled in two more in the eighth.  The Jays had only five hits, local guy Kyle Gilligan had two and is now hitting over .300.


3 star selection

3rd star - Ricky Romero
2nd star - Castillo Perez
1st star - Davis Romero

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jgadfly - Wednesday, July 23 2008 @ 10:41 PM EDT (#189323) #
Good for Rickey Romero ! ... 8 innings 5 hits (3 via line drives, 2 via groundballs (1 to the pitcher)), 1 earned run in the 1st inning, 1 flyball out, 1 popout to the 1st baseman, and 19 groundball outs for a GO/FO ratio of 19/2 ... "something seems to be happening here"
Cdnguy - Wednesday, July 23 2008 @ 11:19 PM EDT (#189325) #
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed a 16 year old SS out of the Dominican named Gustavo Pierre, here is the link:

FisherCatsScribe - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 12:48 AM EDT (#189328) #
Talked with Brian Jeroloman after Wednesday's game in New Hampshire -- and he was packing his bags. The Blue Jays promoted J-Ro to Triple-A following Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Trenton. "I'm going to Trips," he said.
Dave Rutt - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 01:32 AM EDT (#189331) #
I don't remember which Bauxite suggested this move (Jeroloman) a couple days ago, but I agree with it. Even though Arencibia is the better prospect, he could use more time in AA, whereas Jeroloman is hitting better this year in AA than he ever has in lower levels. And since he has a good chance to be a major league catcher, he needs an opportunity to play every day. Thigpen doesn't appear to be in the Jays plans - though I'm not sure what's going to happen when Diaz is ready to come back to Syracuse. Perhaps the Jays are hoping they'll get something for Zaun or Barajas, and Diaz moves up to the show.
Kelekin - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 02:17 AM EDT (#189333) #
I definitely agree with this move.  Jeroloman was the guy that I told my buddy had the best chance of being our starting catcher (before Arencibia was drafted) and I was worried with Arencibia's surge that Jer would be forgotten about by some scouts. The guy is an OBP machine and a great defensive catcher and at this juncture, I would rather see him as our everyday catcher.  Thigpen has fallen off the map this year sadly as he used to take a ton of walks, and Diaz's rehab is a very long rehab stint.

Lucky - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 08:02 AM EDT (#189343) #
I read a blog on the Syracuse site that indicated Chip (I assume Cannon) broke his hand.  Anybody have any news?
Pistol - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 08:31 AM EDT (#189344) #
"something seems to be happening here"

Well, he's certainly pitching better, but even in his last 7 starts where he hasn't given up more than 4 runs in any start (and just 1 run in each of 3 starts) he's still only struck out 28 in 47.2 innings - 5.3Ks/9 - which isn't going to cut it at higher levels.

But he's certainly going in the right direction, which is why you don't give up on talented pitchers no matter how frustrating they can be.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 09:07 AM EDT (#189346) #
I listened to Ricky Romero's last start.  He allowed 1 earned run, but was very fortunate to have a 2 run homer knocked back by a stiff wind and benefited from good defence behind him.  In his last 3 good starts, he has allowed 4 earned runs in 23 innings, but with 6 walks and 8 strikeouts.  He was pitching in bad luck earlier, so his seasonal ERA of 5.05 reflects how well he has pitched.

The most encouraging thing about him is that he will occasionally throw something nasty, but he is a long way from being consistently good over a couple of innings, let alone over a season.

Lucky - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#189347) #

I guess I should have started a new post about Chip Cannon, since no one is responding to my question.  I'll try that.

Gerry - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#189352) #
The game recap says Chip Cannon left the game with an injured arm, that could be a broken hand.
Ryan Day - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#189353) #
Romero had a pretty good strikeout rate last year, but also struggled with his control a lot. The Ks are down lately, but so are the walks; hopefully he's on his way to more of a happy medium.
damos - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#189355) #
Not sure if it's been posted anywhere but here's a new Baseball America article on Travis Snider:

Mike Green - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#189356) #
There's quite a bit of similarity between Jeroloman and Campbell.  Both 6'2", 200 lbs, 23 years old, left-handed hitters, with very good strike zone control who have added power at double A this year.  Jeroloman runs like a catcher, and has less pop than Campbell, so his BABIP and batting average are significantly lower. 
John Northey - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#189357) #
I suspect Chip being hurt is a factor in the promotion of Jeroloman.  Jeroloman goes behind the plate, Kratz can go to first with Thigpen being the backup catcher/utility man. 

FYI: Thigpen is now down to 220/265/310 while Adams is now at 208/306/336 - proof that counting on prospects to develop is a big risk as they can collapse completely.

PeterG - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#189358) #
I agree that the injury is at issue here. I also can see Zaun being moved next week. I don't see Diaz coming right to the bigs but to AAA. Someone else will be called up. Who would like to see Kratz receive an opportunity?
Ryan Day - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#189359) #
I kind of wonder about players whose primary strength is patience. Is it a skill that will translate to the majors, or are they just taking advantage of young pitchers who can't find the strike zone consistently? Jeroloman in particular, since he doesn't hit for average or a lot of power - will MLB pitchers be able to simply throw hard stuff across the plate and get him out?

Granted, if Jeroloman's defence is as good as people say, he doesn't have to hit much to be a good backup, and could even be a decent starter if he can hit a little bit.

If only there were a way to fuse Jeroloman and Arencibia together in some sort of teleportation accident. We'd have  Hall of Famer then.

John Northey - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#189360) #
An oddity, just checked Syracuse roster for who is on the 40 man.  No sign of Kratz.  Just 11 hitters listed along with 14 pitchers.  Listed as DL'd is Lance Carter (P), on reserve status is Jesse Litch.

40 man guys (offense): Thigpen, Adams, Coates.
40 man guys (pitching): Litsch, Bill Murphy, Davis Romero, Wolfe

AA has only one guy on the 40 man, Jean Machi.  Just JP Arencibia listed as a catcher.  Could Kratz have been sent down to AA to backup Arencibia?  Looks like it as a search for his player page on has him listed in New Hampshire.  Price of being an organizational soldier I guess.

Dunedin has Diaz listed on the 40 man, no one else.

The overall 40 man has 19 pitchers plus Janssen (60 day dl thus not part of 40 man limit).  3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 8 outfielders plus 2 DH's (Diaz and Stairs).  Thus one open slot is available should the Jays need to call up someone before they'd have to remove Adams or Thigpen from it.

Mike Green - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#189361) #
Ryan Day, Jeroloman does have some pop now; his IsoP is at a healthy level.  Gregg Zaun was a similar kind of hitter in the minor leagues.
Ryan Day - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#189376) #
Zaun's a good comp, but he had more ability to hit for average - he hit 306/372/380 in his first shot at AA.
peiscooter - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 05:54 PM EDT (#189391) #

A lot of roster shuffling:

Syracuse - Promoted LHP David Purcey to Toronto, demoted C Erik Kratz to New Hampshire, received C Brian Jeroloman from New Hampshire and C Robinzon Diaz from Dunedin, placed 1B Chip Cannon on the disabled list, received (not activated) RHP Jesse Litsch from Toronto.  Roster now at 23, one under limit.

New Hampshire:  Promoted C Brian Jeroloman to Syracuse, received C Erik Kratz from Syracuse.  Roster now at 24 player limit.

Dunedin:  Promoted C Robinzon Diaz to Syracuse, received C Matt Liuzza from Lansing.  Roster now at 25 player limit.

Lansing:  Promoted C Matt Liuzza to Dunedin.  Roster now at 24, one under limit.

peiscooter - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#189396) #

Dunedin has also placed OF Sean Shofitt on the disabled list, leaving their roster one under the limit.

Lansing is now left with Ebarb and Jaspe at catcher, however Ebarb hasn't played in the last week.  Wonder if he may be nursing an injury and we might see Joel Collins moved up from Auburn. 

wacker - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 07:35 PM EDT (#189397) #
Lucky - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 07:37 PM EDT (#189398) #
Interestingly, New Hampshire has Kratz listed on the roster as a PITCHER, not catcher.  Why do you suppose they moved him down instead of Thigpen?
peiscooter - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 07:50 PM EDT (#189400) #

I'm thinking that if the Jays trade Zaun in the next week, Diaz would move up to Toronto and Kratz return to Syracuse.

I thought of Talley as a  possibility for Lansing, but I thought at 19 a little more time at either Gulf Coast or Auburn may be needed first.  

Kelekin - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 08:26 PM EDT (#189401) #
Wow, I can't believe I didn't notice Matt Lane finally got released. Hallelujah.

Oh, and someone asked about Carmandese somewhere over the past week - he was released too.  A little bit of a surprise.

Steve Condotta got released too.  Not a huge surprise there, but with the depth we had he wasn't given a shot at all.

TamRa - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 08:37 PM EDT (#189402) #
Why the sudden fascination around here with Erik Kratz?

He's 28 years old and has a  .287 OBP in AAA

He's a non-prospect and a non-factor. An organizational soldier.
Lucky - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#189403) #
Where do you see all of these releases and roster moves?
RhyZa - Thursday, July 24 2008 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#189406) #
Sickels top 20 BJ review is up, and as expected it's not very pretty.

China fan - Friday, July 25 2008 @ 01:11 AM EDT (#189413) #
Seems a little odd that he had Magnuson and Thigpen so high on his list in January.  I wouldn't have thought they were Top 20 on anyone's list, let alone Top 10, even six months ago.

greenfrog - Friday, July 25 2008 @ 02:07 AM EDT (#189414) #
The Jays' top 20 prospect list is going to look a lot better the next time around (and better still after the next draft, especially if we gain a first-round and sandwich pick for AJ). For one thing, Sickels's list is missing Scott Campbell, David Cooper, Brian Jeroloman and Brad Mills, all of whom are excelling this year...
peiscooter - Friday, July 25 2008 @ 06:17 AM EDT (#189416) #
Where do you see all of these releases and roster moves?     I get my roster moves by simply reviewing the rosters every day and looking for any differences from one day to the next; promotions, demotions, DL changes, etc.   As for transactions, such as releases and free agent signings, the same link above will direct you to the team page (e.g. Syracuse), where under the STATS heading, you'll find a "League Transactions" tab, or New Hampshire, where the transactions tab is on the left of the team page.  Sometimes, they're posted a couple of days behind and sometimes not at all as is the case with the Gulf Coast team.   Hope this helps ya.    
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