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Late inning heroics for the Lugnuts almost make up for four losses in the other games.

Nashville 5 @ Las Vegas 3Boxscore

Adeiny Hechevarria was 3-for-5 and finished a homer short of the cycle. Danny Perales was 2-for-4 with a double and they scored two of the 51’s three runs. The third came off a solo homer by Adam Lind off of old friend Vinnie Chulk. Lind also walked. Anthony Gose was 1-for-4 with a walk and David Cooper was held hitless, but drew a free pass. Luis Hurtado added a hit and Moises Sierra was 1-for-4 with a double. Ruben Gotay was hitless with a sac fly and Chris Woodward was hitless with a sac bunt.

Robert Coello started and walked five Nashville batters over 5 innings. As wild as he was, he was also that hard to hit last night and only allowed one hit. He struck out six and surrendered an earned run. Tim Redding and Bobby Korecky each allowed two runs in relief, while Jerry Gil pitched a scoreless frame.

Portland 7 @ New Hampshire 6 (Game 1, 8 innings)Boxscore

Deck McGuire continues to fail to inspire in Double-A. He allowed four runs over 5 innings on six hits and three walks. McGuire struck out one before turning the ball over to Sam Dyson, who pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. As it was a doubleheader, this took the game into extras, so Ron Uviedo was summoned to pitch the extra frame and he allowed three runs.

However, the Fisher Cats demonstrated the importance of insurance runs by scoring two of their own in extra innings. The offense was led by Brian Van Kirk, Mike McDade, Brad Glenn and Brian Jeroloman, who all had two-hit games. All but Jeroloman also had a double and two RBIs and all but Jeroloman and Van Kirk hit a homer. McDade and Glenn each drew a walk. Ryan Goins and John Tolisano each added singles while Brian Bocock added a single and a walk. In fact, Glenn’s homer was in extra innings, with none out, and brought the Fisher Cats within a run, but New Hampshire didn’t get another runner on base.

Portland 3 @ New Hampshire 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)Boxscore

New Hampshire lost again by one run and again scored a run in the bottom of the last inning, but not enough to tie the game. Kevin Howard was 2-for-2 with a walk, while both Van Kirk and McDade were 1-for-3. Ryan Goins and Sean Ochinko had the other hits. Both of New Hampshire’s runs came on solo homers: one by McDade and the other by Ochinko.

Clint Everts started and took his first loss of the year. He gave up three hits and three walks over 3 innings. However, he only surrendered a run and struck out four. Matt Wright was also called upon to do 3 innings of work. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four. Matt Daly struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief.

Jupiter 6 @ Dunedin 2Boxscore

John Stilson had a solid start, allowing only one run on one hit over 5 innings. Stilson walked a pair and struck out six. He left with the lead, as minor league Rule 5 draftee Gabe Jacobo hit a two-run homer, scoring Jonathan Jones. Jacobo also added a double and had the only two extra-base hits for the D-Jays.

Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. Dustin Antolin gave up four runs on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings to put the Hammerheads back in front. Boomer Potts gave up a solo homer in his 1.1 innings of relief and Danny Barnes pitched a scoreless 9th.

Dayton 8 @ Lansing 9Boxscore

An incredible game in Lansing didn’t begin as promisingly as hoped, as Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs over 4 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three, but he gave up eight hits. He was followed by Noah Syndergaard, who struck out six batters. However, Syndergaard allowed six runs on six hits over 3.2 innings. Five of those runs came in the 8th, when he allowed five of the last six batters he faced to reach base, before being lifted from the game. Blake McFarland pitched 1.1 scoreless frames to close out the game.

Although Dunedin was ahead 5-3 after 7 innings, it seemed as if Syndergaard’s implosion in the 8th may have cost the game. And that’s where we’ll pick up the narrative. However, that’s where nothing happens except for a Carlos Perez single. So, we’ll skip ahead to the bottom of the 9th. Andrew Burns led off the inning with a walk and then KC Hobson flew out to right field. Kevins Pillar and Patterson both walked, as well, with Markus Brisker replacing Patterson on the bases. A grand slam would win the game, but Kenny Wilson didn’t let that get to his head and calmly singled to left, advancing everyone a base. Kellen Sweeney struck out swinging.

That brought Jonathon Berti to the plate with the tying run on second and two out. Berti was hit by a pitch. The bases were then still loaded for Perez, who doubled to center to score Brisker and Wilson and give Lansing a two-out walk-off win.

Three Stars:
3rd Star – Adeiny Hechavarria, 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 6 TB
2nd Star – John Stilson, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
1st Star – Mike McDade, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, 10 TB

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hypobole - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 04:14 AM EDT (#256886) #
Is McDade a true prospect? Repeating a level is often a kiss of death for prospect status. But McDade is now 4th in OPS in the Eastern League, and the youngest among the top 10, with only one other among the top 10 less than a year older.

A couple of years ago, when he led the FSL in HR's, BA didn't have him among the Top 20 FSL prospects because he had only one skill. Since then he seems to have worked on contact and a better approach.

The past couple of years his walk rate was a bit over 5%. This year it's almost 10%. One stat I find very interesting is that in 2010, 21.9% of his PA's ended with a swing and a miss. Last year he cut it to 15.8% and this year it's only 12.4%.
Chuck - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 07:21 AM EDT (#256889) #

Not on the topic of this thread....

Brett Lawrie has now virtually matched his rookie season's PAs. Here are the two halves of his career thus far.

2011: 171 PA, 293/373/580, 153 OPS+
2012: 170 PA, 270/312/365, 83 OPS+
Total: 341 PA, 283/342/469, 117 OPS+

Lawrie's remarkable 2011 set expectations awfully high for 2012, with many forecasting an 850 OPS or better. What if he had posted his 2012 numbers in 2011 instead? Surely the expectations (short term, anyway) would have been greatly tempered. Would there have been the Lawrie mania... or merely cautious optimism?

Lawrie clearly seems to have the raw tools for long term success, but he is still very much a work in progress, as is reasonable for a 22-year old. His good batting eye has not yet translated into walks. His powerful swing has not yet translated into gap power.

His struggles this year are, to my mind, due to the second pass through the league that he never experienced last year. Pitchers know him now and are making adjustments. Now it's Lawrie's turn.

clark - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 07:36 AM EDT (#256890) #
I agree that the expectations for Lawrie were a bit out of control heading into this season. Same for Matt Moore in Tampa.

I have been following the minor league boxes and noticed the success of Burns and Berti. I see that they were both drafted in 2011, in the 11th and 18th rounds. I know that in that draft, the Jays were being ultra aggressive and selecting hard to sign players. I'm wondering if anybody knows what it took to sign these guys.

Good to see another Lind homer in AAA. I've got him in my AL only pool, so I"m going to need him to get back to Toronto and start hitting!
JB21 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 08:47 AM EDT (#256891) #
Clark, surely in an AL only pool you could pick up a player to replace Adam Lind... haha.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#256895) #
That is a useful summary of where Lawrie is at.  He has been a little better than George Brett, Richie Hebner and Carney Lansford were at the same stage.  What is different about him is that you can see his talent developing in so many ways- he could regularly hit 35 homers a year, he could regularly hit .320 (while walking 60-70 times and stealing 25 bases) or all (or none) of the above.  Expectations ought to be very high for him, with the understanding that many times player do not develop as one might reasonably hope.

As for McDade, he has shown he can hit 25 homers but his W/K rate has normally been only fair.  He is hitting .335 right now, but that is driven by a high BABIP
John Northey - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 09:58 AM EDT (#256897) #
Got me curious about McDade...
A 6th round pick, he first played professionally in his age 18 season. This year is the first that he didn't move up a level after a full season at another. His progress has been...
Rookie: 578 OPS
A-/A: 600 (demoted to A- mid-season)
A: 801
A+: 763
AA: 785
AA: 937

He hasn't shown much speed (4 stolen bases, 1 caught all time) or versatility (1B for 504 games, DH for 6 plus one game at 3B where he didn't touch the ball). Basically he is all bat and before this year hadn't really shown enough to think of him as a serious prospect.

If he keeps this up a promotion to AAA or the majors could easily occur. 6 seasons in the minors means he has to be on the 40 man anyways so a promotion in September is safe for the Jays (not wasting a roster slot on a guy who they could keep off the roster). Vegas has Cooper and Lind so I doubt a Vegas vacation will occur for him anytime soon.
finch - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#256899) #
"Basically he is all bat..."

Sure except I've read and heard multiple times that he plays an outstanding first base, even a gold glove first.
John Northey - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#256901) #
Ah, good to know finch. Normally if a guy plays just 1B (except an emergency game at 3B) odds are he isn't strong defensively. Obvious exceptions have occurred in the past and if McDade is another one that is great.
uglyone - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#256902) #
I have never really been a McDade fan, and never really thought of him as a prospect.....but if he can continue to show this kind of patience, then IMO he definitely becomes a legit prospect.
bpoz - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#256903) #
In general AA does not rush prospects. Also Lind was blocking all out 1B prospects, none of which seems to be a super prospect. They all offer something however.

I don't know what AA wants to do at the trade deadline. Our performance over this current tough stretch will determine a lot. A career year from EE & a good year from KJ should bring something good back, but will AA sell. EE as more than just a DH has better value.

Going further:- Do not discourage the team by weakening it because that is a negative statement.
SPs that can be demoted should not be demoted unless their performance warrants it, unless a stud SP is acquired.

Still going further:- By mid Aug many of us will have a better idea of who our top prospects are. Some may need to be protected. If there is not enough room then hopefully he will protect the right guys.

greenfrog - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#256904) #
Some notes on the Lansing prospects:
mendocino - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#256915) #

DSL Blue Jays cleaning house before June 2nd opening day (all transactions fron MiLB)


DSL Blue Jays released 2B Alvaro Blanco.
DSL Blue Jays released C Jonathan Pumarol.
DSL Blue Jays released C Franklin Moreno.
DSL Blue Jays released LF Mauricio Nagahashi.
DSL Blue Jays released LF Jacinto Cipriota.
DSL Blue Jays released SS Ricardo Guillen.


DSL Blue Jays released SS Gabriel Quintana.
DSL Blue Jays released OF Angel Feliz.
DSL Blue Jays released C Tonguar Perez.


DSL Blue Jays released RHP Juan Agostini.
DSL Blue Jays released OF Maydawin De La Cruz.
DSL Blue Jays released RHP Cesar Sanchez.
DSL Blue Jays released 1B John Delgado.
DSL Blue Jays released RHP Osman Gutierrez.
DSL Blue Jays released RHP Daniel Tiburcio.
??DSL Blue Jays released RHP Luis Zerpa.???


??DSL Blue Jays placed RHP Luis Zerpa on the restricted list.???

Steven Romero listed as released (no date)

Dave Rutt - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#256917) #
Lawrie's remarkable 2011 set expectations awfully high for 2012, with many forecasting an 850 OPS or better. What if he had posted his 2012 numbers in 2011 instead? Surely the expectations (short term, anyway) would have been greatly tempered. Would there have been the Lawrie mania... or merely cautious optimism?

On the other hand, Baseball Reference seems to think Lawrie has been the fourth-best player in the American League, approximately 90% because of his defense. I'm thinking a defensive WAR calculator goes into some sort of seizure when it sees a third baseman making plays in right field zones...
hypobole - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#256921) #
I'm pretty sure UZR simply ignores plays made in right by a 3rd baseman, whether good or bad. Anyone know how Total Zone and DRS handle these situations?
Sal - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#256923) #

UZR does ignore such plays. I think DRS gives credit to the player during shifts, but also penalizes him if the ball is hit towards his normal position in such situations.

sam - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#256924) #
If Osman Gutierrez has indeed been released something must be up. He signed just last year as a 16 year old and was reported to have a power arm and ideal size (6'4 200) for the position.
Krylian19 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#256952) #
Ya.  I'm very curious about this Gutierrez release as well.  What could he have possibly done to warrant being released.
dan gordon - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 06:01 PM EDT (#256953) #
I've considered McDade a good prospect for quite a while now.  He's always been young for the level he's played at, and when you account for that, it makes a big difference in his projections.  Also, don't forget that last year he was having an excellent season until he got injured about halfway through the year.  He continued to play, and his numbers plummeted in the 2nd half.  If not for that, he probably would have opened this year at Vegas.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him with the Blue Jays at some point this season.
jester00 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 06:01 PM EDT (#256954) #
Maybe they found out he was actually 22 and not 16
Krylian19 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 06:16 PM EDT (#256955) #
Possible.  But doesn't stuff like that usually come out?  I figure we would've heard about that.
sam - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 06:26 PM EDT (#256956) #
I quick scan through the names and no real surprises other than Gutierrez. Almost all of the players released have played two full seasons in the DSL with the Jays with no real statistical improvement or success. Online scouting reports from the DSL are virtually non-existant. Most are now 20 years old or older. In fact, almost the entire lineup for the DSL Jays last game of the season last year was released.

I'm quite interested to see what the Jays do with some of the international free agent signees. Adonys Cardona made the jump almost immediately to the US and did not play an official DSL game. Gabrial Cenas played a handful of games early on last year than disappeared from scoresheets. I know I saw the two marquees Venezuelans signed last year at Spring Training, but I do wonder if they'll be playing in the GCL or down in the DSL. The same goes for Dawel Lugo. The only substantial names that I can thing of that have featured in the DSL before coming over in the past couple years have been Santiago Nessy, Luis Martin, and Jairo Labourt.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 07:20 PM EDT (#256961) #

These are some of the names that should be making their North American debuts this year: pitchers Juan Cabrera, Yeyfry Del Rosario, Jairo Labourt, Alberto Tirado, and hitters Wuilmer Becerra, Gabriel Cenas, Jesus Gonzalez,  Emilio Guerrero, Dawel Lugo,

Some of the new players you'll see in the DSL this year include hitters Ronniel Demorizi, Andres DeAza, Juan Tejeda, and pitchers Manuel Cordova, Jesus Tinoco, Greylor Conde, Miguel Castro, and Kendry Melo.

jester00 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:32 PM EDT (#256970) #
Marc, any word on Gutierrez's release?
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:34 PM EDT (#256971) #
Perfect start for Vegas tonight:

Gose single
Hech walk
Lind 3 run HR
d'Arnaud solo HR
Mike Green - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:48 PM EDT (#256972) #
Actually, Lind's HR was a 2 run job.  After Gose singled, he stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a balk!  It's not quite the same as stealing 2nd, 3rd and home, but it does seem plausible that he may have disrupted the pitcher and catcher that inning.

Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#256973) #
Correction, Gose scored on a balk and Lind's HR was of the 2 run variety.
jester00 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:56 PM EDT (#256974) #
Actually Gerry, Gose scored on a balk.  I believe it went single for Gose, stolen base, walk for Hech, passed ball Gose to third, balk scores Gose moves Hech to 2nd, then Lind with a 2 run homer.
jester00 - Thursday, May 24 2012 @ 10:57 PM EDT (#256975) #
Edit, nevermind.  Delayed post
Dave Rutt - Friday, May 25 2012 @ 12:12 AM EDT (#256977) #
Wait, how did Gose score?
CeeBee - Friday, May 25 2012 @ 08:23 AM EDT (#256980) #
Who was on second? Oh, nevermind, it's way too early in the morning and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
bpoz - Friday, May 25 2012 @ 05:40 PM EDT (#257027) #
Just reading some draft stuff. I just have a feeling that I cannot shake... I would like to gamble 1 of our extra picks on HS OF Nick Williams.
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