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Mother's Day 2014 included an abbreviated schedule for Jays affiliates as Lansing, and Dunedin had the day off.  Buffalo won, and New Hampshire lost despite scoring 12 runs.

Buffalo 8 Charlotte 4

Liam Hendriks had his first rough outing of the season, as he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) over 6 innings on 5 hits, with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.  Ryan Tepera, Neil Wagner, and Bobby Korecky each followed with a scoreless inning in relief.

The Bisons offense had success versus a bunch off of former major leaguers in Tommy Hanson, and a former Jays 1st round pick David Purcey.  Dan Johnson had a double, and his 6th HR of the season.  Jared Goedert had a great game as well hitting 2 HRs.


New Hampshire 12 Portland 13

Matt Boyd had his first poor outing of the season, as he gave up 5 earned runs over 1.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, with 4 walks, and only 1 strikeout.  The Fisher Cats bullpen did not pitch much better the rest of the game, as they gave up 8 earned runs.  Dustin Antolin was given the lost after he gave up game winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

The Fisher Cats bats scored 12 runs on 19 hits, with solid contribution across the board.  AJ Jimenez had 4 hits, including 3 doubles, while scoring 2 runs.  Jon Berti had a home run, and a triple, while scoring two runs.


Three Stars

1.  Jared Goedert

2.  AJ Jimenez

3.  Jon Berti

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Mike Green - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#286133) #
Hendriks' outing wasn't so bad- 10 ground ball outs, 4 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings.  He had one rough inning, gave up 3 runs (2 earned) and a solo homer, and that was about it.  He's made 6 starts and gone 5.2, 6.1, 5.2, 7, 7 and 6 innings.  In his minor league career to date, he has an ERA of 2.89, a W rate of 1.59, a K rate of 7.52 and a HR rate of 0.43.  He was battered about in Minnesota in 130 innings during 2011-13, but just about every pitcher who was there had the same thing happen. The Twins just weren't very good at turning ground balls into outs (Hendriks' batting average on ground balls in play over his career .286 vs. a league average of .243), and that really hurts someone like him. 
uglyone - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#286134) #
Well AJ's numbers look a helluva lot sexier after last night.

7.9bb%, 15.9k%, .175iso, .316/.362/.491/.853, 136wrc+

Which isn't to praise him too much because as a 24yr old in AA he should be doing at least this well to justify being even a defense-first mlber...but it's still nice to see him do it, and maybe start showing that he's starting to get healthy.

Hopefully he can creep up closer to .900ops and get a deserved promotion soon.
Gerry - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 07:49 PM EDT (#286149) #
Another home run, and a double, from Dalton Pompey tonight, in the fifth.
Mike Green - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 08:18 PM EDT (#286152) #
Evidently the power that Pompey displayed in August last year was not a fluke.  He seems to have all the skills now.
greenfrog - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 08:46 PM EDT (#286154) #
Pompey's emergence (which has been impressive) raises the issue of what to do with Rasmus. Pompey might be ready to take over in CF in Toronto in 2016, give or take. So, do you offer Rasmus a medium- or long-term contract (maybe eventually moving him to a corner OF position)? Or do you let Rasmus walk after this season, find an interim solution in CF for 2015, and then give the job to Pompey the next season (assuming he continues to excel)?

It would be nice if Rasmus made the decision a bit harder for the Jays.
Mike Green - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#286156) #
Rasmus reminds me of Rick Monday.  I am hoping that he refines his approach at the plate and can make the conversion to a corner in a few years.
greenfrog - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#286158) #
I would feel better about Rasmus long-term if the Jays played on grass. Rasmus seems to have a lot of nagging injuries crop up. Late last year, in discussing the RC turf, he said something to the effect of, my body aches all over. Which would make me nervous about giving him a sizeable contract. (It also makes me dislike the carpeted concrete.)
92-93 - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#286162) #
The nagging injuries might be what keeps him affordable for the Jays, because they wouldn't give him the 5/75 he'd get on the open market after a full season.
finch - Monday, May 12 2014 @ 11:58 PM EDT (#286167) #
Off topic a tad but with the news of Marlins stud Jose Fernandez needing TJ surgery, I started to think draft strategy. Would the Jays be better off taking the 2 top ten pitchers slated to TJ surgery, getting them at a discount, and using that money for harder to sign talent? The Jays would give the kids the money and the best medical attention. Hoffman is a name of one of the kids and the other escapes me. If we don't sign these two below slot, then we still acquire protect picks next year. Then the money saved this year on the draft can allow the Jays to go way above slot for Latin FAs.

Also, we have young pitchers in the lower levels that need to be developed like Clinton Hollon and Jacob Brentz and Matt Smoral
dfp - Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 01:51 AM EDT (#286169) #
Erick Fedde was the other previously projected top 10 pick, who now requires tommy john surgery.
PeterG - Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#286188) #
Yes. I would draft one or both of the two in question.....but judging from comments on another thread, it is not a popular opinion. Don't know why we would not want a pitcher who was ranked #3 before the injury and #2 at season outset if we can get him at 9 or 11 and likely well under slot as well.
John Northey - Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#286189) #
I think the question is how low can we get him.  #9/11 seems the likely spot, but could one of those TJ guys last until #50?  #84? #115 (round 4)?  Maybe even until round 11 when the Jays could not sign him and still keep 100% of their cap money?  This is where the value of scouts comes into play big time.  To maximize the talent you want to save cap room, but also want to actually sign these guys if at all possible and if you fail to sign them you want the space later on. 

I'd bet on the Jays being risky with their #9 pick and doing a 'safe' guy with #11.  #50 will probably be high talent who is wanting to start a career while #84 and beyond are hard to call - will depend on who they get for 9/11/50.  I'm sure the Jays have multiple strategies for the draft depending on who falls and who is taken.  At least I would hope they do. 
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