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And so do Jays' affiliates, apparently. Sometime I need to compile their collective record on Mondays. I don't expect it to be good. Though considering how the affiliates have been doing, the other days of the week probably aren't much better.

New Orleans 8 at Las Vegas 5

Brett Cecil got his first start since returning to the desert, and had a line inspired by a certain Christmas Carol: 6 hits for Orleans, 5 runs allowed! 4 base on balls, 3 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and a no dec-i-i-sion! When Cecil left the game, the 51s were down 5-4, but they scratched out a run in the 7th on a Randy Ruiz RBI single to tie up the game. Unfortunately, the Zephyrs stormed back for 3 runs off of Dirk Hayhurst, who absorbed his 4th loss of the year.

On the offensive side, Howie Clark went 2-4 with a walk, a double, and 3 RBIs to lead the way. J.P. Arencibia was 1-5 with a K. Angel Sanchez reached base 3 times and currently sports a .699 OPS. That's not good, but he could probably match Johnny Mac's production at the big league level, and is apparently a good glove-man. With that in mind, it's become clear to me that the Jays don't need to keep the Minister of Defense around, as much as I love the guy. Wouldn't the big club be better served using that spot for someone who can hit, like Randy Ruiz or Brett Harper? Both of those guys have OPS's around 900 at AAA, and in case something happens to Scutaro, Sanchez provides the security of having a good glove-no bat SS in the organization. An added benefit is that a spot would be opened up for Brian Dopirak at Las Vegas.

Trenton 7 at New Hampshire 0

Marc Rzepczynski didn't have his best stuff today, as he gave up 10 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings. Even his best stuff might not have been enough, though, as the Trenton pitching staff shut the Fisher Cats down on only 3 hits. There were some positives for Zep: 6 Ks to only 1 walk, and 10 ground-outs to no fly-outs. Danny Farquhar, Nate Starner and Edgar Estanga pitched 4 innings of relief with nothing particularly interesting to report.

As previously mentioned, the hitters were pretty stifled on this day. Adam Calderone walked twice and Brian Jeroloman singled and walked, and nobody else reached base more than once or hit for extra bases.

Dunedin - scheduled day off

Lansing 5 at Cedar Rapids 6

Charles Huggins got the start and was fantastic. Unfortunately, he could only go 4 innings, and the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him. His line: 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, no runs, and 9, that's right, 9 strikeouts. He also had a 1-2 GB:FB ratio. In case you're curious, Huggins was drafted in the 23rd round last year and put up some spectacular numbers as a reliever at Auburn, though we probably shouldn't get too excited yet as he is a little old for the MWL.

Jared Potts, Frank Gailey and Matthew Daly each gave up at least a run, with Daly's 2 runs coming in the bottom of the 9th for the walk-off victory. Despite the bullpen's meltdown, the Lugnuts kept it close by scoring 5 runs of their own, including a 4-run 6th. In the 6th, the bases were loaded on singles by Michael McDade, Jon Talley and Balbino Fuenmayor. Justin Mclanahan singled again to knock in two, and after a Markus Brisker ground-out which advanced the runners, Tyler Pastornicky continued the single parade to cash in two more.

Pastornicky was the hitting star, going 3-5 with 2 RBIs. McDade, Talley and Fuenmayor had 2 hits apiece.

Three Stars!

3. Howie Clark - 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
2. Tyler Pastornicky - 3-5 with 2 RBIs
1. Charles Huggins - 4IP, 0ER, 9K

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Mike Green - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#200533) #
Evidently, the silicon chips inside their heads get switched to overload...So, keep it simple.  See ball, hit ball.  See glove, throw to glove.  That goes for the big club too.
Denoit - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#200537) #

If Huggins can continue to strike guys out he will move up quickly. Brad Mills started the year in Lansing last year and almost made the team this year. Huggins is putting up similar numbers. If you can strike out over 10 / 9 Innings at any level you have to have good stuff.

Ducey - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#200538) #

Huggins was senior when drafted and was noted by Baseball America to throw an 86-88 mph fastball, a decent overhand curve, and a changeup with occaissional fade.

Nothing there seems to indicate why he is striking so many out.  It could be attributed to good movement but also might be that he is way ahead of the hittters at this level.  Hopefully we will see what he can do at higher levels this season and see if he is for real.

TamRa - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#200546) #
Couple of things:

In his interview on 590 JP said Snider needed to hit every day in AAA "a couple of months"

Now JP isn't mister reliable on these pronouncments but it seems certain to me that he'll be down until after the last game in an NL park (i.e. June 22) so that is a given. Wilner speculated that if he's not recalled until after the ASB he wouldn't be a free agent until after 2015. The actual date is earlier than that - after the break would give him 80 more days and he can afford up to 95 (iirc) but teams don't tend to recall a guy within a week before the break. I'm not sure what they would consider a safe margin but surely it won't be before july 1 if in fact they are taking that into consideration.

but "a couple of months" sure SOUNDS like he's thinking he'll be down until the ASB. I assume if Millar and/or Bautista went off the table that is subject to reconsideration.

The other thig is this - why is it Cecil loses his control when he goes to Vegas? The only place he's had any issue with too many walks in his professiona career is when he's pitching in Vegas. I get giving up more hit or more homers but why would you walk more? Is there a problem with the upiring in the PCL?

Mike Green - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#200547) #
why is it Cecil loses his control when he goes to Vegas?

Hmm.  Nah, you weren't suggesting anything...Seriously,  if you put a pitcher who relies on the groundball in an environment where groundballs disproportionately go for singles and doubles and where flyballs tend to leave the ballpark, pitching patterns are often adversely affected.  That is why I thought that Cecil was not really going to learn a whole lot being sent down to triple A.  It would be much better if he was in the major league bullpen (assuming that the club decided that he ought to be pulled from the rotation after one bad outing). 
John Northey - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#200551) #
Of course one other thing to remember with the tough PCL pitching environment is that it was a great place for Dodger pitchers over the years.  Their guys would get all the pitching they could handle, and have to deal with adverse conditions before going to the heaven that is Dodger Stadium.  Now the Jay pitchers get that pain before coming up to a top quality defense.  Might be a useful thing.  At first I thought it could kill them, but perhaps the old saying about what doesn't kill you makes you stronger applies here.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 26 2009 @ 09:48 PM EDT (#200556) #

Keith Law has his first round draft predictions up and he has the Jays taking a left-handed college pitcher, Kyle Heckathorn.

MLB Outsider has written to let me know they are doing a mock draft and the Jays are taking HS catcher Max Stassi

Richard S.S. - Wednesday, May 27 2009 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#200566) #
The Toronto Blue Jays have 5 of the 1st 104 picks and money to spend.  The first two picks #20 and #37 are their gold of this draft.  If a High School Pitcher(s) is/are selected, Roy Halladay will be signed to an extention.  Guess why.  If not?
rtcaino - Wednesday, May 27 2009 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#200615) #
RRS: How does us drafting a HS pitcher relate to Doc reupping?
Richard S.S. - Thursday, May 28 2009 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#200637) #

How does us drafting a HS pitcher relate to Doc reupping?

When drafting College Pitchers, it's more about what you see is what you get, than about upside.  College Pitchers are more developed, usually making the majors in 2, 3-4 years.  College Pitchers are # 2s & # 3s when good, sometimes Aces; but never Roy Halladay caliber.  When drafting High School Pitchers, it's all about upside, they can become vastly better.  High School Pitchers take 3, 4 to 6 years to make the jump.  They are # 2s, # 3s & Aces when good; occassionally Roy Halladay caliber; sometimes great heartbreaks

If Toronto drafts High School pitching with pick #20 or #37 or both, they are looking for Roy's replacement.  They will go 3 years $50.0 -$75.0 M. plus an option year or two.  If they don't sign High School pitching that early, they might sign Roy to an extention. It's more likely they'll try to fill it with what they have.

Mike Green - Thursday, May 28 2009 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#200641) #
College pitchers are never Roy Halladay caliber

Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb would like a word with you.  If you look at the career ERA+ leaders among active starters who passed through the draft, they are pretty much equally divided among collegians and high schoolers (like Maddux and Oswalt).

John Northey - Thursday, May 28 2009 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#200647) #
I'm sure someone has done a study on this somewhere.  College pitchers vs High School pitchers in the first round and how they turn out would be interesting to see.

Halladay and Roger Clemens were the first examples I thought of for each.  Checking Jays first rounders by win totals we get Halladay & Carpenter over 100 wins (both HS), then 4 guys with 20+ (Cerutti, Karsay, Koch, McGowan) who are evenly split 2 HS/2 college.  Under 5 wins with 0 saves is the situation for the other 8 who reached (all college includes Cecil, Romero, Purcey).  Pitchers who didn't reach were 1 HS and 2 college one of whom is Trystan Magnuson  who was drafted in 2007 (college).

Huh.  The Jays have done well drafting pitchers in the first round, although only two who really did well so far.  Shortstop (for example) has had 5 guys not make it out of 12 drafted with only 3 getting more than 150 games in (Felipe Lopez, Aaron Hill, and Russ Adams) with Justin Jackson to be heard from still.

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