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This afternoon the farm went 1-3, with the only win coming from Buffalo.  Dustin McGowan continued to struggle, and further-delay his arrival to Toronto.  As well, Dunedin faced a former starting pitcher with mlb success, trying to make it back to the majors.

Buffalo 7 Norfolk 4

Buffalo managed to hit Norfolk starter Jair Jurrjens well, knocking him out of the game after 2.2 innings.  Eugenio Velez had 3 hits, Jim Negrych Josh Thole, and Adam LaRoche had 2 hits as well.  Luiz Jimenez hit his 12 home run of the year, and Adam LaRoche had his 7th of the year.

Justin Germano put together 6 solid innings for Buffalo giving up 2 earned runs over 6 innings with 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts.  Dustin McGowan had another rough outing for Buffalo giving up 2 earned runs over an inning raising his ERA to 9.


New Hampshire 2 Binghamton 7

Sean Nolin was on the mound for New Hampshire today and went 5 innings giving up 5 earned runs including 9 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. 

Clint Robinson went 2-4 with a homerun highliting what was a slow day for Fisher Cats hitters who only managed to put up 2 runs.


Dunedin  0 Clearwater 7

Dunedin faced a former big leaguer in Carlos Zambrano, who is trying to return to the majors with the Phillies.  Dunedin was anything going versus Zambrano who went 6 innings of 4 hit ball with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.  Gabe Jacobo, and Nick Baligod each had a double which highlighted an off-day for Dunedin batters who only managed to put together 5 hits all game long.

Austins Bibens-Dirkx had a solid start going 5 innings of 5.1 innings of 3 hit ball, giving up 3 earned runs with 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.  Alan Farina pitched his first game of the year after returning from his 50-game suspension, and put up a scoreless inning.


Lansing 7 Great Lakes 5

Lansing put up 7 runs this afternoon, with 12 hits, and 2 walks.  Gustavo Pierre continued to hit well with 2 hits including a double, and a run.  Emilio Guerrero had 2 hits as well and a walk, raising his slash line to 292/382/326.


Ben White had a solid start, going 5 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, 3 unearned runs with 3 strikeouts.  Efran Nieves, and Arik Sikula closed out the game for Lansing going the remaining 3 2/3 innings. 

Three Stars

3-Justin Germano

2- Luis Jimenez

1- Andy LaRoche

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soupman - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 08:47 AM EDT (#273093) #
i asked in another minor league update thread, but i was wondering if anyone knows what has happened to former Dunedin/New Hampshire closer Wes Etheridge?

He had returned to pro ball in 2011 after leaving to do missionary work (i think), and had played well enough in 2010 to merit being picked up. His 2011, at least statistically, indicated that there was still some promise there - and since Delabar has been such a success story for the Jays, I'm wondering how/why Etheridge has effectively disappeared entirely for over a year now.

Also: Bibens-Dirkx? Is there a story behind this odd orthography?
John Northey - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 08:49 AM EDT (#273094) #
Not a good night on the farm.  Sigh.

Looking ahead to the draft got me thinking about past great ones.  The 1985 one was famous at the time as there was a lot of talent.  In the first round there was...
100+ WAR: Barry Bonds (#6 overall)
70+ WAR: Rafael Palmeiro (22nd) & Barry Larkin (4th)
50+ WAR: Will Clark (2nd)
30+ WAR: B.J. Surhoff (1st)
10+ WAR: Gregg Jefferies (20th), Walt Weiss (11th), Bobby Witt  (3rd), Brian McRae (17th), Joe Magrane (18th), Pete Incaviglia (8th - forced rule change locking draft picks to their team for a year)

Sadly the Jays didn't pick until #25 after all those guys were gone and got Greg David, a career minor leaguer who never reached AAA.  The second round produced Randy Johnson (#36 with over 100 WAR), 3rd Tino Martinez (ironic it was the Red Sox drafting him...he'd not sign and later become a core part of the Yankee Dynasty of the 90's).  4th round had David Justice, The Jays though had a horrid draft - Jim Abbott being the only good player drafted but he didn't sign (later would go straight to the majors from college for the Angels).

FYI: Abbott pitched in the NL in his final season and had 2 hits and 3 RBI plus 3 sacrifice bunts - not bad for a guy with just one usable arm.
John Northey - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#273096) #
Good question soupman.  Found an article on him after the 2011 season and it sounded like he was still playing - he was off to winter ball.  Wonder if he blew his arm out there?  B-A lists him as injured for 2012 so that probably is what happened.  Baseball Prospectus shows his winter league stats here, which suggests he briefly pitched in 2012 but just in 2 games for 3 innings. 
bpoz - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#273098) #
The draft goes Thursday. I always get excited by it.
hypobole - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#273111) #
"Sadly the Jays didn't pick until #25"

If picking 25th is sad, I don't ever want to be happy at draft time.
sam - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#273115) #
I'll have another draft post up tomorrow. 
soupman - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#273118) #
Thanks, John.
I had a huge amount of trouble finding anything - thanks for the input from BP - I was worried it was injury-related, hopefully we hear something soon!
I'm not familiar with the winter it possible that the 3 innings from 2o12 took place in January of last year (ie. at the tail end of 2011?)
Mike Forbes - Monday, June 03 2013 @ 10:31 PM EDT (#273150) #
Josh Thole played firstbase for Buffalo tonight and hit his 7th dinger of the year. Good thing he's in AAA.
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