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Today is opening day for the Auburn Doubledays with the GCL Jays starting next week.  The Jays have not signed their top six picks so the Auburn roster will likely change a lot over the next week or two as those players sign.  Usually the Jays are prompt in signing their number one pick, this year they appear to be slower.

Down on the farm the full-season teams went 2-2 with the top two teams victorious.  Marc Rzepczynski had a good start in what could be his final AA start.  He is rumoured to be headed to AAA to replace Cecil or Mills.

Kyle Ginley, Alan Farina and Marty McLeary were each activated and Ginley and Farina pitched.

Portland  3  Las Vegas 4

Las Vegas trailed 3-1 in the sixth but scored single runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eight to seal the win.  In the sixth Brett Harper singled in Randy Ruiz who had doubled.  In the seventh Russ Adams was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Ruiz single, in the eighth Harper doubled and scored on an error.   Meanwhile the bullpen did a great job in relief of Davis RomeroBill Murphy got his mojo back and pitched 2.1 innings of one hit relief and Jonah Bayliss pitched the last two hitless innings.  Harper was 4-4 and Ruiz 3-4 to lead the offense.

Akron 1  New Hampshire 2

The Fisher Cats finally beat Akron with a run in the bottom of the ninth.  With the score tied at one, Brian Dopirak doubled and moved to third on a passed ball.  Nick Gorneault then singled through the infield to score the winning run.  It was Gorneault's third hit of the night.  Dopirak had earlier homered for the other Fisher Cat run.

Marc Rzepczynski gave up a run on two doubles in the first but then settled down and held Akron off the board through seven innings.  He gave up five hits and dropped his ERA to 2.93.  Danny Farquhar pitched two innings of relief and gave up one walk.  His ERA is 0.77.

Fort Myers 7  Dunedin 2

Kenny Rodriguez gave up two runs in six innings and left the game in a 2-2 tie.  Kyle Ginley made his season debut and gave up a run in an inning.  Alan Farina made his first appearance since April and gave up three runs in an inning.

Dunedin got on the board in the first with a Darin Mastroianni special, a single, a steal, an error and a ground out.  Matt Liuzza homered in the second but that was it for the Jays.

No Jay had two hits.

Lansing 1  Great Lakes 6

Josh Wells gave up five runs in three innings and Lansing were never in the game after that.  Justin McClanahan singled and scored Lansing's only run in the fourth but two errors by the Loons allowed the run to score.  Lansing had five hits and hit into five double plays as the Loons faced three hitters over the minimum.

McClanahan had two hits and has bumped his average to .287.

Three Stars

3rd star - Marc Rzepczynski
2nd star - Brian Dopirak
1st star - Brett Harper

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Mike Green - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#201576) #
Zep had 1 walk, 8Ks and a 9-3 GO/AO last night. 

The Doubleday pitching staff is a bit thin.  I wonder if Shaun Marcum might make his return there.

China fan - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#201577) #
Dopirak now has an OPS of .924 and really should be promoted to Vegas soon.  Yes, there's no obvious place for him in the Vegas lineup -- so create a spot, but it's time to find out what the Jays have here.  He's not 22 years old.
Ryan Day - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#201578) #
I'd be tempted to give Randy Ruiz a callup. Sure, he's probably a AAAA-guy, but what do you have to lose? Millar's not doing much, and you might get lucky with a hot streak for a couple weeks.
Richard S.S. - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#201583) #
I noticed that the Blue Jays signed  20 of their picks, but the tone of your article implies more were signed.  Do you know who were the other signings?
Ducey - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#201585) #

The only problem with calling up Ruiz is that even though a RH hitter, he is not that good of a hitter against lefties - he wouldn't really work in a platoon with Overbay.

John Northey - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#201587) #
Y'know, thinking about it I can see why the minors are having a few more problems this year winning games.  The ML team is now on pitchers #7-11 on their depth chart with just one of the top 6 being in AAA (Purcey) with another guy who was in the majors for a stint (Ray) on the DL as well.  That means that the AAA team now has guys who should be in AA starting, AA has A+ starting, etc.  Some of this is avoided with AAAA guys in AAA but still it is pushing guys further faster than the Jays planned on I'd have to think.

Should be interesting to see how this affects guys going forward.  Should the Jays keep developing pitchers who succeed then it worked well, if not...

rtcaino - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#201588) #
Pretty interesting occurance:

I was road tripping with some friends last week going to Bonnaroo! We left Wed, second day of the draft as you know, and made it as far as Cincinatti. We grabbed a hotel room and ventured into the city. So we end up at this pretty cool place, packed, heaps of girls.

So this one dude had a jays hat on - shiney and new, so I figured he could be a pick. Turns out he was (drum roll) - Lance Durham 14th rd pick, OF/1b... Which is not a story one would likely make up.

So I tried explaining I am a huge baseball geek and that I would be following his progress. -- girls were around, so I was trying to sound somewhat cool.

Seemed like a cool guy. Dad's a pro, which I saw after the fact - it'll be interesting to see how he does!

Haha - with his Dad being a pro, it's probably a good thing I didn't lay it on too thick with the "I read - I know what it takes to make it, kid."
ayjackson - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#201589) #

Auburn's roster has been updated since yesterday's skeletal version, though it still shows Huggins.  Brisker, Eiland and Wellington Ramirez should be an interesting outfield to follow.

Draftee Zach Outman (Josh's brother), was not listed as signed in last week's posting at the Jays site, but he is listed as a pitcher for Auburn.  There is also 29 Active players listed, so who knows.

Gerry - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#201591) #
My comment was that the Jays top eight picks are not on the roster.  Now the top eight includes some high school players who might stay in the GCL but if Auburn had Jenkins and Paxton leading the pitching and Goins and Schimpf in the lineup the team would be stronger. 
Denoit - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#201596) #
Goins and Schimpf....that just sounds funny!
Mylegacy - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#201599) #
Goins and Schimpf Attorneys at Law...or...Goins & Schimpf Kosher Pork Products - whatever... two great names. Hope they can play ball.
Pistol - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 03:38 PM EDT (#201600) #
The Jays have generally taken it easy with college starters after they've been drafted since they've already pitched close to 100 innings this year.

Signings might be a little slower than normal due to the 'slots' being rolled back 10% this year.  Draftees are likely going to look for something at or above slot and teams will try to stick to the slot for the time being.  With pitchers not going to be getting a lot of work the rest of the season I suspect there's no particular rush to get them signed either.  Jenkins might be done relatively soon, but Paxton will probably go right close to the 8/17 deadline being a Boras client.

Mylegacy - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 04:06 PM EDT (#201603) #
When I looked at Auburn's roster I thought that Eiland seemed heavier than I remembered SO I compared his 2008 (BA Almanac) to 2009 (Jay's Auburn Website) in 2008 he was 6' 2" 200 in 2009 he is 6' 2" 220 - 220 WOW - it's going to be interesting to see if he has more power and has he kept his speed...

Then I looked at the rest of the Auburn outfield...

Chris Hopkins 2008 5' 11" 170 - 2009 5' 11" 175
Markus Brisker 2008 6' 4" 192 - 2009 6' 3" 210 - Interesting to see a guy put on weight and lose an inch.
Welinton Ramirez 2008 6' 2" 175 - 2009 6' 0" 205 - DOUBLY interesting is that Welinton has gained 30 pounds AND lost 2" - WOW.

Methinks either the 2008 "heights" were askew or the 2009 "heights" have gone off the treddle. (Apologies to those that arn't Monty Python fans).

mamboon - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 06:31 PM EDT (#201612) #
RE: Las Vegas game.  Check the Box Score.  Diaz was pinch runner for Harper in the 8th.  Diaz scored on the Error.
Magpie - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 07:05 PM EDT (#201613) #
(Apologies to those that aren't Monty Python fans).

I am. And I still don't have a clue what it means! One of our flayrods has gone out askew on the treadle? Is that it? What is that?
Bankertuck - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 07:50 PM EDT (#201615) #

Re: Dominican Summer League

Does anyone know if it is only dollars that the Jays only have one team in the Dominican this year or a lack of players signed ? I also noticed that their high priced  16 year old from last year ; Gustavo Pierre has not played this year , anyone know why/

Mike Green - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#201616) #
Ryan Schimpf homered again today for the LSU Tigers.  The scouts say that his bat "profiles better" at second base, but I do think that he will hit well enough whatever position he ends up at.
Mylegacy - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 09:05 PM EDT (#201617) #
Pierre's been in the US in extended spring training - he'll be in the GCL next week.

ayjackson - Friday, June 19 2009 @ 10:55 PM EDT (#201620) #
Pierre's also recovering from Tommy John surgery, isn't he?
Alex Obal - Saturday, June 20 2009 @ 12:50 AM EDT (#201622) #
The scouts say that his bat "profiles better" at second base

I love that phrase. Whose bat doesn't profile better at second base than in left field? Nothing says credible source like bashing a guy without risking your credibility by explicitly bashing the guy.
mendocino - Saturday, June 20 2009 @ 03:28 AM EDT (#201623) #

TORONTO BLUE JAYS_Agreed to terms with C Yan Gomes, RHP Zach Outman, OF John Roberts and OF Nick Zaleski.

Zaleski signs with Toronto

ayjackson - Saturday, June 20 2009 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#201630) #

I love that phrase. Whose bat doesn't profile better at second base than in left field?

If I remember the context of that quote, it was that he may stick at short stop, but his bat profiles better at 2b, which is a ludicrous statement.  Any bat that profiles to 2B, profiles better to shortstop.

rtcaino - Saturday, June 20 2009 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#201638) #
I think his bat profiles best at first.

Can I have a broadcasting job?
budgell - Saturday, June 20 2009 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#201642) #

Got sick at a friend's bar mitzvah once.

Overdid it on the Goins and Schimpf.

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