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Dunedin saved the day by banging out eighteen hits. DJ Davis made an error that led to three unearned runs as Lansing lost. New Hampshire and Buffalo lost by a lot. JA Happ made a rehab start and pitched OK but did not dominate.

Pawtucket 7 Buffalo 4

This game was close until the seventh. Marcus Walden had pitched well in relief of JA Happ but in the seventh he gave up a run and left the bases loaded. John Stilson poured fire on Walden's mess and four runs scored in the inning. Happ went 4.2 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 6 K's, 90 pitches.

The Bisons had six hits, Kawasaki had two. Pillar and Gose had a hit each.

Binghamton 9 New Hampshire 1

Austin Bibbens-Dirkx pulled a Dickey, he gave up a two run and a three run home run in six innings. Randy Boone gave up the other 4.

The Fisher Cats had just six hits, Brad Glenn and John Berti had two each. Both of them are hitting over 300. Andy Burns had one hit, Kenny Wilson had an o-fer and after a hot start has a 240 batting average.

Dunedin 12 Daytona 2

Dunedin's bats were on fire, 18 hits in total, with every hitter registering a hit. Derrick Chung had four hits, including his first home run. Dwight Smith had two doubles, drove in three runs, and lowered his batting average to 469. Dalton Pompey, Matt Newman and Gustavo Pierre had two hits each also.

Ben White made his first start of the year and pitched five innings giving up both runs. Kramer Champlin and Chad Girodo each pitched two innings in relief.

Quad Cities 5 Lansing 3

This game was decided by a two out, two run error by DJ Davis in the seventh inning of a tied game. Another unearned run was tacked on that innings and now Lansing trailed 4-1. Brady Dragmire was the victimized pitcher. Jeremy Gabryszwski also gave up an unearned run, but that's all in five innings.

Offensively Matt Dean had two doubles to bump his average to 370. Justin Atkinson broke his season zero average with three hits. Dickie Thon had one hit to keep his hit streak going and Santiago Nessy tripled in a run.

3 Stars, all Dunedin all the time

3rd star: KC Hobson

2nd star: Dwight Smith

1st star: Derrick Chung


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Mike Green - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 08:41 AM EDT (#284555) #
Smith now has 5 extra-base hits, 1 walk and no strikeouts in 32 PAs.  He's also stolen two bases.  He is well and truly en fuego.
John Northey - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 08:48 AM EDT (#284556) #
Good news is the Jays are still tied for first in the AL East (woohoo!).  The affiliates are 15-12 overall, Dunedin at 6-1, Bisons 4-2, Lugnuts 3-4, and Fisher Cats 2-5.

The numbers below are super-super early and mean virtually nothing but still fun to look at...
  • 5 hitters have a 1000+ OPS, A.J. Jimenez, Derrick Chung (26 years old in A+), Dwight Smith, Juan Francisco (maybe he should've made the team), and Dan Johnson
  • Kevin Pillar is 2nd last with an OPS of 160 (2 for 25).
  • No one has hit more than 2 home runs,
  • Jon Berti, a second baseman, has 6 stolen bases in AA to go with his 321/345/393 line. He stole 56 in A+ last year and has 119 in his career so far.  24 years old.
  • Dan Johnson has 7 walks in 6 games
  • Dwight Smith has the most hits at 15 in 7 games
  • Taylor Cole leads in K's for pitchers at 16 in 11 2/3 IP in A+ (just 3 walks)
  • J.A. Happ is actually 3rd in K's (behind Stroman) which is odd for him.
  • Jairo Labourt 'leads' in walks with 8 given up in just 6 1/3 IP in Lansing (ouch)

bpoz - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#284559) #
Thanks John N. Taylor Cole has exciting numbers. He may be a steal by the Jay's drafting team.
Impossibles - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#284563) #
Great to see Dwight raking. Any word on his defense? Jays haven't had a homegrown offensive prospect force his way thru the system in a while (except for maybe Pillar).
chips - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#284566) #
I spoke with Taylor Cole at the Blue Jays Minor League complex and he said he was drafted in the 29th round. He told me his father thinks that he has to be 6'6" 240lbs to make the majors. His goal is to prove his father wrong. Extremely nice and likable young man.
Mike Green - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#284567) #
I haven't see Dwight Smith Jr. play, but Lugnut Fan saw him quite a bit last year.  He was drafted as a centerfielder; by all accounts has average speed with a good first step and an average arm.  I like that the club has made him a leftfielder, where he should be easily within his comfort zone.  The major issue with him is development with the bat and the ability in particular to hit LHP.  He's off to a great start in 2014 in that department. 
John Northey - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#284569) #
Cole is 6'1" which should be plenty tall enough.  Heck, Tim Collins is fairly successful and is listed at 5'7" which many think is an overestimate.He is now in his 4th full ML season.  Amazing that he has made $2.8 mil so far in his career (once 2014 is over) given he wasn't drafted.
Mike Green - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#284570) #
Here is one of many good role models for Taylor Cole.  Don't listen to papa...
uglyone - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#284571) #
"J.A. Happ is actually 3rd in K's (behind Stroman) which is odd for him."

Sorry i'm confused - what's odd for him?
cybercavalier - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#284574) #
2B/LF/RF Eugenio Velez, who was a Bisons last season, is now the hottest Triple-A hitter; his career Triple-A OPS is a quite okay .834 over 1760 AB, so he is at least okay against MLB pitching lingering in Triple-A. With the trio of Diaz, Izturis and Goins as the middle IF in Toronto, would the Jays trade (say Tolleson) for Velez who replaces Diaz ?

Lugnut Fan - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#284575) #

As Mike stated, I did get to see Dwight Smith Jr. quite a bit last year.

The first thing that sticks out to you is he is built pretty solid.  He was much bigger that I originally had thought he was.  He has sneaky power and plays decent defense.  His arm is average, and I would put his speed at slightly above average, but he's not a burner.

The one thing I will say, is Smith Jr. is a smart player and I honestly attribute that to his father.  As most of you know, his dad played for a few teams, but is probably most notably known as a Cub.  Having been credentialed last year (which I didn't do this year, I'm having fun being a fan), I would get the opportunity to watch early work and BP.  His dad was there constantly and would always work with Dwight on his swing, pitch selection, etc.  He basically worked with him on everything and would quickly break down in each round of BP what he thought Dwight did well and what he thought Dwight needed to work on.  I'm quite sure that carries on through the off season.  There are a lot of players that have had fathers play Major League Baseball, but honestly, Dwight is the one player that I have seen taking full advantage of the experience his dad can provide.

That being said, I see him topping out as a fourth outfielder on an MLB club.  I could be wrong, but I don't know if he projects to be an MLB regular.


Mike Green - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#284578) #
Thanks, LF.  I did not know that his dad was so involved.  I could be wrong too, but I like his swing and his smarts.  You can easily see him as ending up to be a good pure hitter with good plate discipline and medium range power.  The organization surely could use some of those. 
John Northey - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#284581) #
Never thought of Happ as a strikeout pitcher so it seemed odd for him to be #3 in the Jays minors for K's.  Although he was at 7.5 last year and lifetime 7.6 so doing as he is in the minors probably makes sense.
uglyone - Friday, April 11 2014 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#284582) #
Yeah that's why i was confused...strikeouts are the one thing happ does well (career 7.6mlb, 9.2milb....8.3 with the jays).

It's everything else he struggles with.
bpoz - Saturday, April 12 2014 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#284613) #
Regarding Taylor Cole, he is 24 years old, last year he had 137IP. Progressing to AA this year is a strong possibility depending on how the season plays out.
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