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Matt Boyd pitched eight shutout innings with 12 K's as Dunedin won again. Jon Berti homered in the eleventh to give New Hampshire a big win. Tom Robson had another rough start and Lansing lost. Buffalo was rained out.

Buffalo at Scranton WB - postponed

Sean Nolin was due to start.

Reading 10 New Hampshire 11 - 12 innings

New Hampshire led 9-4 before the bullpen coughed up a five spot in the eighth. Shawn Hill made his first start of the year and gave up four runs in six innings. Tyler Ybarra pitched a scoreless seventh but loaded the bases in the eighth and left with one out. John Anderson threw the match on the fire via a single and a home run. Anderson and Wil Browning combined to give up a run in the tenth. Browning ended up pitching 2.2 innings, dodged trouble a couple of times, and got the win.

The Fisher Cats scored five runs in the fourth, Jon Berti with a triple, Ryan Schimpf with a double and a couple of errors were the main contributors. In the fifth New Hampshire added four runs on four singles and two walks. That was it until Berti delivered a home run with two out in the twelfth. Berti was 3-5 including a triple and a home run. AJ Jimenez played seven innings and had a hit in 4 trips. Schimpf had three hits.

Dunedin 5 Clearwater 0

Mayy Boyd was outstanding, 8 shutout innings, 2 hits, 12 K's. His ERA is now down to 0.29.

The hitters had just 6 hits but were walked 9 times. KC Hobson took 4 walks, Dalton Pompey had two hits and two walks. With the win Dunedin improves their record to 16-5 and lead their division by 4 games.

Bowling Green 9 Lansing 3

Tom Robson has really struggled this season, this start was somewhat better until it wasn't. Through the first three innings Robson had allowed two hits. But he gave up three hits in the fourth and three more in the fourth and left with the bases loaded. His line looks bad, 8 hits and six runs, three earned, but some of it was OK. The Lugnuts made three errors.

Dickie Thon had two hits and two RBI, Dawel Lugo also had two hits, perhaps the warmer weather will warm up his bat. Justin Atkinson also had two hits.

3 Stars

3rd star: Ryan Schimpf

2nd star: Jon Berti

1st star: Matt Boyd


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John Northey - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#285295) #
So if the Jays lost one or 2 of Rogers, Redmond, Happ who in the minors is ready to step up?
  • Hendriks, Liam: 25 yrs old, 1.25 ERA over 21 2/3 IP 14 H 0 BB 21 K 1 HR.  That's right, ZERO walks - wouldn't that be nice around here? Lifetime in the minors he has 1.5 BB/9 vs 7.6 K/9 0.4 HR/9 so he clearly has something. In his 156 IP in the majors he has a 6.06 ERA 2.7 BB/9 5.8 K/9 1.7 HR/9 so it is clear the gopher ball got him in Minnesota. Claimed off waivers I'd be debating calling him up with that control he is showing, as long as the Jays figure his home run habit in the majors is now controllable.
  • Stroman, Marcus: 23 yrs old, 2.18 ERA over 20 2/3 IP 22 H 0 HR 6 BB 26 SO. Long seem as a great hope, he is living up to the hype this year. He is producing similar numbers to last year in AA and should be ready very soon for his first call-up.  Another 6 starts (to get to 10 in AAA) is as much as I'd wait if things don't change.
  • Nolin, Sean: 24 yrs old, 2.70 ERA over 16 2/3 IP (was to start yesterday but rained out) 11 H 1 HR 7 BB 21 SO. A LOT wilder than in the past (2.8 BB/9 lifetime vs 3.8 this year) but the K's are up (11.3 vs 9.7) and HR down (0.5 vs 0.6).  Kid is very close, 7 more starts to get to 10 and then a big debate about who is most ready between him and Stroman.

Drabek and Romero have a need for a LOT more minor league time and would only be called up if the Jays were in the mood to lose a lot of games.

  • McGuire, Deck: 25 yrs old, 2.54 ERA over 28 1/3 IP 30 H 1 HR 5 BB 23 SO - why is he still in AA? This kid needs to move to AAA soon.  5 starts has been enough in AA, if he is there for a full 10 there is something wrong.
  • Sanchez, Aaron: 21 yrs old, 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 IP 19 H 1 HR 13 BB 21 SO. Needs to get better control as 4.9 BB/9 is far too high and his lifetime figure is 4.7. I figure 15 total starts in AA before promotion to AAA, not on 40 man yet so leave down all year if possible.
  • Hill, Shawn: just signed (1 start) and a good depth guy. Could be another Rogers/Redmond/Happ type who is useful for long relief or emergency starts but last year had a 5.51 ERA in AAA (2.8 BB/9 vs 5.0 K/9 1.0 HR/9) so I wouldn't count on him being of any use. Last in majors in 2012 for 3 innings, then 2010 for 20.  Last cracked 50 IP in majors in 2008 and never got 100 in a season.  From Georgetown, Ontario where I lived for 8 years.

Other guys who can cover long relief but aren't really getting much of a shot by the Jays it seems are...
  • Jenkins, Chad: 26 yrs old, 2.30 ERA 15 2/3 IP 10 H 2 BB 11 SO 1 HR - pitching well, but just 1 start vs 7 relief games. Deserves a rotation slot a lot more than Drabek or Romero right now.
  • Korecky, Bobby: 34 yrs old, 0.00 ERA 15 1/3 IP 10 H 5 BB 16 SO 0 HR - Can't complain about that, those K/9 are the highest he has ever shown. Just 24 2/3 IP in majors 7.30 ERA 4.7 BB/9 3.3 K/9.  Might be a decent long man given a shot but always been a low K guy thus hard to get a shot.
  • Stilson, John: 23 yrs old, 5 2/3 IP 7 ER 5 BB 3 SO 2 HR. Nuff said. Needs a LOT more time before getting his shot.
A few guys look darn close in AAA, in Jenkins, Korecky, and Hendriks (guys with ML experience who are doing well in AAA).  Stroman and Nolin both are very close to the majors too.  McGuire should be in AAA and the earlier they get a AAA guy to the majors the sooner they can put McGuire where he should be right now. 

My choice of moves?  Clear out Rogers from the ML roster (used only in super-low pressure situations anyways) and Happ (also a low pressure guy only) while shifting McGowan to the pen for long relief and calling up Hendriks to see if he is for real while considering Stroman with a short leash (ideally against a weaker ML team to start at first).  Wagner should be here instead of AAA as the manager has confidence that is well earned in him.  If someone wants to trade for Santos still take advantage as he is just too scary with all those walks.  Hopefully Janssen is back soon.
China fan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#285296) #
There is a lot of speculation by the Jays beat writers that Stroman will be called up to replace McGowan if McGowan doesn't pitch well in his next start.  Stroman's starts in Buffalo are now being aligned with McGowan's starts, so that's he ready to be called up immediately.

PeterG - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#285297) #
if management is going to rush young players before they are ready and continue to waste options as happened with Nolin last year, then management needs to be changed and quickly.....I have been an AA supporter but there have been just too many mistakes the past 2 years......Beeston has to go as well. The only way to get a credible guy in here is to pay him and give him both jobs (Pres and GM).... jays could have had Dombrowski when JP hired had they been willing to do that.
I like Stroman but he absolutely does not belong in the majors at this to give Hendriks a look though. And I agree that McGuire should be at Buffalo......
jerjapan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#285299) #
PeterG, I found the Walden move this year and the Nolin move last year confusing, and the Dyson call-up the year before idiotic, but I'm not sure that promoting Stroman is a firing offence.  He's an elite prospect, about to turn 23, has been dominant in the minors and is improving at every level.  If management deems him ready, I'd be far, far more excited about him in the rotation than waiver wire claim Liam Hendricks.  Plenty of talented young hotshot prospects get called up earlier. 
China fan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#285310) #
It's worth noting that Dyson and Walden are both nearly 26 years old and neither has shown anything in the majors so far.   It's unclear if the Jays gave up much when they let them go.   (Walden did not show up on the consensus list of the top 43 prospects in the Jays system this year.)   If we're going to beat up the Jays over their personnel decisions, probably better to focus on the major-league team, rather than fringe prospects.
92-93 - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#285313) #
When the team loses players because of procedural errors and not knowing basic MLB rules, it's fair to criticize them whether or not the player is 20 or 30.
China fan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#285314) #
Much ado about nothing,
Richard S.S. - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#285317) #
The Dyson call up was one of the worst handled decisions I've seen this team make. Any callup that doesn't get more than 0.2 IP should get someone fired. He may not be ready, but that's not enough of a sample to decide his future. The Walden call up was incompetence, and someone should be fired for that. No one knows if he could pitch at this level and he's gone. A lot of money is being spent on staff, mistake like that shouldn't be made, ever. The Nolin move was not understandable. If he's good enough to call up, he good enough to pitch more than once for 1.1 innings.

I'm not sure I trust this team with important call ups.
Original Ryan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#285319) #
While Dyson and Walden might ultimately prove to be minor league journeymen, they had enough value to be added to the active roster and then be snapped up by other major league clubs. The team lost two potentially useful players solely because of its poor management of the roster, and that deserves criticism.
PeterG - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 04:20 PM EDT (#285321) #
The fact that Stroman is an elite prospect is the very reason I would like to see him stay in Buffalo to learn more about pitching, not necessarily to improve his stuff....We have pitchers on the major league roster now with good stuff but no clue as to what they doing. I may change my mind if Stroman dominates for another 8-10 starts. He is giving up too many hits atm.....Also, his pitch counts are high like too many on the present staff.  More time in Buffalo will not hurt him whereas a premature call up might.

Hendriks might be a surprise.....not holding my breath...but a couple of starts for a looksee might be prudent.

bpoz - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#285326) #
When you lose something unnecessarily, IMO it is a mistake. When that mistake gets repeated, IMO there is a lack of learning.
We burn options too easily IMO. Some players do not need all their options, others can use an extra couple. For example J Olerud did not need all his options. Sierra could probably use another option, no, I change my mind. Sierra has had about 500ABs in each of the last 3 years playing AA & AAA, so it is enough. He is 25, so he is getting old. He should think of pitching IMO.
I cannot think of someone that could use an extra option. Well maybe 1-3 players in our bullpen.
China fan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 05:26 PM EDT (#285328) #
"....they had enough value to be added to the active roster and then be snapped up by other major league clubs...."

This is exactly the kind of contradictory advice that a lot of fans like to dish out.   When the Jays hang onto players, they are attacked for being "fixated with Jeffress" or for "over-valuing" a player like Happ or Rogers, or for "hoarding" marginal players.  They are attacked for having too many pitchers in the bullpen, and for using the waiver wire excessively to acquire too many relievers.  But as soon as they lose a couple of fringe relievers, they are attacked for that too.  There are definitely a lot more serious things for us to worry about on the Jays today than the loss of a couple of 26-year-old non-prospects.
bpoz - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#285329) #
Matt Boyd is doing very well. 23 year old big lefty. How good is his stuff???? He did get a fairly good draft bonus, so I hope his stuff is fairly good.
Thanks to John N's link, he received a $75,000 bonus as a 2013 6th round draft pick. This was an under pay to build up unspent Draft budget money. IMO $75,000 would be paid to 15-20 round picks, coming under $100,000 and somehow being ranked at that selection by scouts (my guess).
To continue, going back to the Richardi era, I remember many, really many college picks that dominated or at least did well at A & A+ ball but that was all she wrote. I hope Boyd & Graveman do not fit there.
Original Ryan - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#285332) #
This is exactly the kind of contradictory advice that a lot of fans like to dish out.

That's uncalled for. There's nothing contradictory. The underlying theme of the criticisms is consistent -- the team has made some poor roster decisions.

The team made a mistake by adding Dyson and Walden to the 40-man roster and calling them up to the majors. Their potential value to the team was lost when they were claimed by other teams as a result of their ill-advised call-ups. They weren't hurting anyone by staying in AA or AAA, and they would have been able to stay in the organization had their ill-advised call-ups not occurred.

The team also made a mistake by keeping Jeffress and Rogers on the active roster when there were better options available. There's absolutely nothing contradictory about saying that Jeffress and Rogers should have been removed from the roster and that Dyson and Walden should not have been added to it when they were.

While there are certainly more serious issues with this team than losing Dyson and Walden, it's still something that should have never happened. Discussing it isn't precluding the discussion of other topics, so I really don't see why you have such a problem with it.

Richard S.S. - Saturday, April 26 2014 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#285333) #
There are top 4th year College/University players that make it to the Game. As they are not many, A.A.'s job is to find those people. If you are going to draft Seniors in the 5-10 rounds to save money, it would help if they are the best you can find. After all, didn't Boyd start in the College World Series?
Oceanbound - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 12:11 AM EDT (#285339) #
Spot on, Original Ryan. While losing Dyson and Walden is probably nothing to worry about, the losses were completely unnecessary. The decision-making is the real issue here, not the players themselves. As for Jeffress et al, those situations aren't even vaguely related.
TangledUpInBlue - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 03:27 AM EDT (#285340) #
The team also made a mistake by keeping Jeffress and Rogers on the active roster when there were better options available.

Such as?
Original Ryan - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 08:14 AM EDT (#285345) #
That's already been debated here at length and I have little interest in going through it again.
scottt - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 08:43 AM EDT (#285346) #
The cost of keeping Jeffress on the roster was losing him and another player. While he was here he contributed absolutely nothing.  (War 0.0)

Interestingly he went back to his original team, who probably still overvalue him as well, but not enough to play him in the Majors.

TangledUpInBlue - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 08:47 AM EDT (#285347) #
That's already been debated here at length and I have little interest in going through it again.

Yeah, Chad Jenkins was a popular choice as I recall.
92-93 - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 11:09 AM EDT (#285348) #
Neil Wagner was the preference, though, and Gibbons clearly believed Wagner was a better reliever than Jeffress.
bpoz - Sunday, April 27 2014 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#285350) #
Better options than Jeffress & Rogers? My 2 cents. Looking at the 40 man roster to start. Definitely Jenkins. I thought he was doing well at AAA. Yes he got hammered by Boston. Any young pitcher getting hammered by Boston or NYY is OK/acceptable by me. Those 2 teams do not give you a break 1-9 in the lineup. Their long time former catchers Varitek & Poseda could hurt you. Catchers? So Hutch is the latest to get beat up by a former Beast from the East, NYY. Lets see how he adjusts as the season goes along, hopefully a full season, his 1st.
Hendriks, Rasmussen, Storey & Wagner are on the 40 man roster, so they can go up & down, but IMO only Wagner may do a better job than Rogers & Jeffress. But Happ can refuse to go down and Rogers & Jeffress are a risk to be lost due to no options. Does this affect the big team winning? Maybe? So it is OK to hoard some assets in the pen this year as long as your 5 SPs can go about 6 innings per game. So far that is not happening regularly. Will the season be lost 82-86 wins? And how will this happen? How do you adjust? Please...No Happ trade. Maybe a Rasmus type trade, either add or subtract a Rasmus.

In 2010 Cito refused to use M Valdez & another guy in his pen. IMO he had not enough confidence in them? Also Eveland was not his choice to be in the rotation IMO. An injury allowed Cecil to come up and have a nice year in the rotation. I have my views on that season's decisions but rather than be negative, no comment.
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