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In three of Thursday's six games, the Jays affiliate scored but a single run, and in one of those three that was all they would need.


Las Vegas 1, Fresno 2

Inexplicably, sometimes the 51's get a nice pitching performance from a completely unexpected source. Such was the case tonight as Bill Murphy scattered 8 hits and held Fresno to only 2 runs in six innings. Clint Everts and the newly acquired David Carpenter each contributed a scoreless inning of work. In 3.2 innings in 3 appearances Carpenter has yet to be scored on and has recorded six strikeouts.

Offensively the night belonged to Adeiny Hechavarria, as he went 3/4 and drew a walk. That's his third straight multi-hit game after having suffered through a 3 for 28 slump. David Cooper was the only other hitter with more than one hit, one of his two being a double.


New Hampshire rained out, will play a double header tomorrow.


Dunedin 1, Charlotte 3

Jesse Hernandez continue to roll along and at some point we are going to have to ask the question when is he legitimately on the prospect radar? His one run in 5 IP tonight puts him at a 1.1.4 ERA over his last five appearances totaling 23.6 IP. He's also allowed a mere 10 hits and 3 walks in that stretch while striking out 24

As you might imagine from a one-run output, the hitters were wholly unimpressive in this game. Only Jon Jones recorded an extra base hit (a double) and no one had more than one hit.


Lansing 3, Bowling Green 6

No question about the prospect status of Noah Syndergaard. The big Texan pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs with six Ks and 4 walks (unusually high for him he had nine total in his previous nine appearances).

Six Lugnuts got a hit, all singles except for the double recorded by Chris Peters and the triple by Kevin Patterson, who accumulated the team's only 2 RBI.

Of minor note, Ian Kadish, who'd been the best pitcher in the Vancouver bullpen was promoted to Lansing which was, in my opinion, well deserved.


Vancouver 1, Eugene 0

Rule Five gem Javiar Avendano continues to make his case for a return to Lansing as a member of the starting rotation. Six innings of 2 hit shutout ball, supported by 6 strikeouts against only a single walk make a strong argument in that case. Avendano has made only one misstep since stepping into the Canadians rotation when the short-season began, that a five run outing on July 11 when he was victimized y the only two homers he's allowed for the team. Take out that one appearance and he's got a 0.75 ERA in his other 36 innings of work. I'm prepared to say this guy is an actual prospect. He still has a lot to prove but he's arguably worth of the top 50 or so at least.

In his case, one run was enough where it had failed two starters at higher levels, even though it came to late in the game to give him the win. In the ninth inning of a 0-0 game, Jason Leblebijan reached and advance to second on a throwing error by the Eugene SS, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on a sac fly.


Bluefield 9, Princeton 2

Highly regarded Kevin Comer got the start in Bluefield and gave up one earned run in 5 IP. Some may note with mild concern that he only struck out one opponent. Particularly after no Ks at all in his previous outing. Forgotten man Griffin Murphy came on the contribute 3 innings of scoreless relief. He's a 1.86 ERA with nice ratios and can probably make a good case, at 21, for a promotion. Would be a nice tidbit of inside info to find out if the Jays see him only as a reliever now and if that means he will take a faster track through the system.

The Bluefield squad had the best offensive night in the system, and the best performance by an individual hitter. Third baseman Matt Dean was 4 for 4, including a solo homer and a total of 3 RBI. No one else had more than one hit, but C prospect Santiago Nessy did have a homer of his own.


GCL Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3

The tandem of Biggs & Cardona took their collective turn on Thursday and Had a nice outing, combining for 8 innings of 3 run pitching with 10 strikeouts between them. Of particular note, given his recent four game stretch of ugliness is Cardona, who's 3 innings yielded only one run and six of those strikeouts.

Seven batters got a hit, only Gabe Cenas for extra bases (a double) and only Justin Atkinson had more than one, and he added a walk to his two singles.


Third Star - Adeiny Hechavarria

Second Star - Javiar Avendano

First Star - Matt Dean


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Lugnut Fan - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 07:12 AM EDT (#261164) #

One correction in the Lansing game Tamra.  Syndergaard threw five innings in the contest.

 

The Bowling Green line up is no joke.  They had five first rounders in their line up against Syndergaard last  night and no one in their line up was lower than an 11th round draft pick.  Tampa Bay is notorious for being a fastball hitting team and they did square Syndergaard up a few times, but he pitched well to limit the damage.

 

Also of note, there were four to five scouts in Lansing last night and Anthopoulos was also in town.  The focus seemed to be heavily on Syndergaard as the scouts didn't pick their guns up when Markel (BG pitcher), was throwing and he looked very good.  Once Syndergaard left the game, so did AA.  It will be interesting to see if something comes down the pipe this weekend.

jerjapan - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#261171) #
Avendano has looked great this year, both as a starter and a reliever, and he's still young enough to transform into a prospect.  He was a minor league rule 5 pickup if I recall - can anyone explain how the minor league rule 5 draft works?  How often do these guys actually make it to the bigs? 
Denoit - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#261181) #

"The focus seemed to be heavily on Syndergaard as the scouts didn't pick their guns up when Markel (BG pitcher), was throwing and he looked very good. Once Syndergaard left the game, so did AA"

Thats very interesting.. could mean absolutly nothing, but still interesting. I would think if Syndergaard was included in a deal it would be for someone big. Is Josh Johnson worth Syndergaard? I wouldn't think so, but again im not a scout and there are mixed reports on Syndergaards ability to throw offspeed. I keep hoping that AA is going to get an ace somehow, I know it may be false hope but Felix Hernadez is a guy I would have no problems trading Syndergaard and a few other top guys for.

Gerry - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#261184) #

I don't know the full specifics of the minor league rule 5 draft but I know the outline.

At the end of the season the Blue Jays set their 40 man roster prior to the major league rule 5 draft.  At the same time they allocate minor league players to their AAA and AA rosters.

Players who are not on those rosters and who meet the usual 3 or 4 year experience requirement can be selected by another team.  But in the minor league portion there is no recourse, you can send the player anywhere and you don;t have to offer him back.

Avendano had four years in the Cardinals system before he was drafted last winter.

I don't know if any minor league rule 5'ers have ever made the major leagues.

fozzy - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#261185) #
Denoit, I'm not particularly huge on scouting, but wouldn't Syndergaard's upside be pretty much in line with what Johnson is now? I'd do that trade in a heartbeat, provided we sign Johnson to a 2 or 3 year extension.
Lylemcr - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#261186) #

I was looking at TSN's site today, and they are wondering if Romero will get traded.

I hate that about the media.  Lester is struggling, he might get traded.  Lee is struggling, he might get traded.  Why would people sell when a player's stock is low?  Sometimes the media is ridiculous....

Gerry - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#261187) #

Thanks LF.  Here are a couple of points:

This is the busiest time of the year for scouts.  They have to see everyone on their list before the trade deadline.  Even some scouts who normally do amateur coverage handle pro work in July.  So having five scouts there at the end of July is not a big deal to me.

Scouts are organized in different ways.  Some organizations have scouts handle specific major league teams, others have scouts cover leagues, such as the midwest league.  Scouts usually sit on a team for five days so they see each starter, so that means they usually are scouting the home team as otherwise they have to follow a road team from one town to another.  So this means that it is not unusual for scouts just to be tracking Syndergaard, and not the visiting pitcher.  Now if the scouts don't raise the guns for the Lugnut relievers you would have a story.  However having all five scout the home team only is a lot.

This is AA's third or fourth trip to Lansing.  My belief is that AA knows he might have to trade one of Syndergaard, Nicolino or Sanchez this July or this coming off-season and he needs to know himself what he is trading.  Who are the Jays major trading chips from the minor leagues at this point?  In no order they are d'Arnaud, Gose, Marisnick, Sanchez, Syndergaard and Nicolino.  You could add Hechavarria to the end of that list.  The Jays don't have a boatload of major league ready high value prospects to deal.

I think d'Arnaud is close to untouchable.  That leaves the other six.  If there is a big trade one or two of them will go in the deal.  Lansing has 50% of his top trade-able assets, AA needs to know who to deal.

 

China fan - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#261191) #
"......I was looking at TSN's site today, and they are wondering if Romero will get traded. I hate that about the media...."

No, that's a complete misreading of the TSN article. It said nothing of the kind. It actually said that Romero's recent troubles are complicating AA's decision about whether to trade for a top pitcher at a high price. The article is suggesting that the Jays shouldn't surrender their top prospects to acquire a top pitcher since Romero's troubles might mean that the season is lost anyway. The actual quote from the TSN article is as follows:

"So the question becomes - is there any point in giving up top prospects for a standout pitcher when the club is so riddled with injuries and Ricky just isn't the pitcher he was a year ago? The answer would appear to be no."
jerjapan - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#261193) #
Thanks Gerry! 
Cal Jays - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#261197) #
Denoit, I'm not particularly huge on scouting, but wouldn't Syndergaard's upside be pretty much in line with what Johnson is now? I'd do that trade in a heartbeat, provided we sign Johnson to a 2 or 3 year extension.
That's not how it works.Can anyone think of a time when an extension was worked out pre-trade with the new team in a mid-season deal? The deal is simply for the rest of Johnson's contract. How much is the right to pay Johnson $13.75M next year + $4.5M for the last 2 months of this year + 1 first round pick + 1 sandwich pick  in 2014 worth?
Mike Green - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#261200) #
Syndergaard's upside is roughly what Johnson was 2 years ago.  His chance of reaching that upside is (like any pitcher)  way below 50%.
greenfrog - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#261201) #
Do teams get two draft picks as compensation under the new CBA for losing a player to FA? I was under the impression that they receive only one.
hypobole - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#261202) #
Only one sandwich round pick. The signing teams forfeited pick does not go to the team losing the player as it did under the old CBA.
Richard S.S. - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 04:17 PM EDT (#261203) #
TSN's article is so much manure and zero common sense. By acquiring an Ace, Romero no longer must be THE MAN. This way we have this Ace in 2013, may e 2014 &2015, because those A-, A and A+ prospects won't be here before 2015 at the earliest. Acquiring an Ace is more about solvings Romero's problem than contending.
China fan - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#261206) #
Ummmm.... If I were claiming that the Jays could fix Romero by simply acquiring another pitcher, I might try to avoid the use of "manure" and "zero common sense" in the same paragraph....
Richard S.S. - Friday, July 27 2012 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#261222) #
Ummmm.... If I were claiming that the Jays could fix Romero by simply acquiring another pitcher, I might try to avoid the use of "manure" and "zero common sense" in the same paragraph....

You read the same article I wrote. You apparently think the whole article was about TSN. Only first sentence was. The article was about Romero.

cybercavalier - Saturday, July 28 2012 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#261250) #
A bit off topic.

The Brewers seems to have stacked up quite a few Canadian ballplayers, beside Lawrie and Kottaras who was recently DFA'ed.

1. Brock Kjeldgaard
http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=489024
#16 Brewers prospect of MLB.com Prospect Watch
-http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2012/#list=mil
-recently DFA'ed

2. Jim Henderson
http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=449104

3. Taylor Green
http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=488919
- on Brewers 40-men roster
http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=mil

In my opinion, more than coincidence drive the Brewers organization to pick up Canadian ballplayers ? What do you guys think ?

By the way, Could Kjeldgaard and Kottaras be picked by the Jays ? Let Kottaras split playing time with Mathis. Double-A New Hamsphire is performining not as good as would have been wished, so Kjeldgaard can help there.

In the greater picture, does nurturing Canadian ballplayers in the Jays farm system help expand the baseball franchise' influence across Canada ?
Marc Hulet - Saturday, July 28 2012 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#261255) #
I would imagine it would have to do with the fact that the Brewers are lead by Canadians GM Doug Melvin and asst GM Gord Ash
sam - Saturday, July 28 2012 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#261257) #
I remember in my amateur days too the Brewers were one of the few teams that had someone at elite ballgames on the weekend in Ontario as opposed to what teams usually did was have their area guy cover the showcase event put on by Walt Burrows and maybe attend one of the area tournaments. The franchise from Melvin and Ash down seemed to believe in the talent in the country and two baseball hotbeds (southern Ontario and Greater Vancouver area).

From a player's perspective it was nice having that exposure even though there probably wasn't more than one or two high school kids in the province with a top ten round grade my draft year.
Gerry - Saturday, July 28 2012 @ 11:15 PM EDT (#261273) #
I assume no bauxite is in Everett tonight but it would be nice to see Roberto Osuna's debut. So far he has pitched four innings with ten K's.
ComebyDeanChance - Saturday, July 28 2012 @ 11:44 PM EDT (#261277) #
Then he finished off his evening by striking out the side in the 5th, the third inning that he struck out the side with two k's in each of the third and fourth.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 29 2012 @ 12:07 AM EDT (#261278) #
And then the Canadians bring on Stroman.  Fun times coming to Nat Bailey this month.

Shawn Hill is throwing a shutout for the 51s tonight, with home run support from Cooper and Perales. 

bpoz - Sunday, July 29 2012 @ 08:21 AM EDT (#261284) #
I just read the article on Osuna. WOW!!!
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