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Several high profile starters were on the mound on Saturday. Aaron Sanchez pitched well in his six innings and Buffalo rallied for the win. Matt Boyd is back in AA and he was excellent, nine K's in six innings. Jesus Tinoco had his best start of the season but got no support. Miguel Castro pitched very well to lead Vancouver to the win. Grayson Huffman made his first start as the GCL Jays won. Dunedin won and Lansing lost.

Buffalo 6 Scranton 3

  • Aaron Sanchez with another decent start, very like his last one. Through four innings Sanchez held Scranton off the scoreboard and had allowed just three hits. In the fifth he was tagged for a solo home run. Then in the sixth three hits and two runs were scored off Sanchez. Sanchez was finished after six with three runs scored off him. I do think Sanchez is in the mix for a bullpen call-up this year.
  • Cory Aldridge had two more hits, that's four in two games.
  • Andy LaRoche had three hits.

Trenton 1 New Hampshire 3

  • Matt Boyd had a tough go of it in his first turn in AA. This time is different. Boyd struck out nine in six innings. Boyd didn't issue a walk but did get tagged for a home run.
  • Dalton Pompey went 1-4, his second hit in AA. Pompey is not striking out much in AA, he is taking his walks, he is just hitting the ball right at the fielders. He has 2 hits in 22 non-strikeout appearances.
  • Matt Newman led the offense with three hits and 2 RBI's.

Tampa 4 Dunedin 5

  • Efrain Nieves started instead of Matt Boyd. He lasted four innings and was fortunate to escape with two runs allowed.
  • Dwight Smith had one hit and now has a 760 OPS in A ball. Smith doesn't K much and takes a walk, both positives in case he is promoted to AA.
  • Peter Mooney had three hits.

Great Lakes 5 Lansing 3

  • Anthony Alford had just one hit, but it was a home run. Alford's last game is likely Sunday as he is getting married before he heads off to football season. Alford has hit much better in Lansing than in Vancouver but his BABIP in Lansing is 500, maybe not sustainable.
  • DJ Davis' stats do not vary much between April, May and June. Davis did walk more in May but his K rate only improved a little in June.
  • Dawel Lugo is still scuffling. He had an OPS in the 500's in April, June and July so far. May was a better month but he hasn't been able to replicate that.

Vancouver 5 Spokane 1

  • Miguel Castro was excellent. In his five innings he gave up two hits, one of them an infield hit. He didn't walk anyone and had six K's.
  • Chase Mallard made his Vancouver debut and pitched 3 shutout innings.
  • Franklin Barreto got a hit but his batting average is now below .300.

Bluefield 0 Elizabethton 1

  • The Jays were held to two hits for the second game in a row. Richard Urena had a hit and has a 774 OPS in his last ten games. Not bad for an 18 year old.
  • Jesus Tinoco had his best start of the season, six innings, seven K's, one run.
  • Daniel Lietz made his first appearance for Bluefield. He pitched two innings and just gave up two hits.

GCL Jays 10 GCL Astros 8

  • Edwin Fuentes had two hits, making it five in the last two games. The five hits just raised his average to .262.
  • Lane Thomas had two hits and is hitting .298 with a 757 OPS. Good for an 18 year old. Thomas plays centre and third as the Jays assess where his future lies.
  • Grayson Huffman made his first start. He pitched two perfect innings. Huffman is a JC player so he is a year older than the high school guys.
  • Jacob Brentz pitched four innings and gave up two runs in his last inning.
  • Sean Ratcliffe of Ajax, Ontario, gave up six runs in the bottom of the ninth.

3 Stars

3rd star: Matt Newman

2nd star: Miguel Castro

1st star: Matt Boyd


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jgadfly - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 02:53 PM EDT (#289498) #
RE: Alford ... Some positives: He's played more games this year (13) than his previous two years combined in Bluefield ... 5 for 5 in SB (4 sb in 4 games in Lansing) ... This year would have been his Jr Draft Year and he would have been eligible for the 2014 draft if he had gone to university on a baseball scholarship ... He's still just 19 years old and turns 20 on July 20th ... his quarterbacking days appear to be over as he's listed as a defensive back (Rover)at Ole Miss in a very strong defensive backfield (probably by my read number 4 on the backup list)and his playing time will probably depend on injuries which may or may not happen ... another plus is he's enrolled in business, so hopefully he'll realize where the money is ... his play in his first 4 games at Lansing possibly portend as something special considering he is coming off a combined 20 games of playing experience in low Low A (partial season) over 3 seasons
PeterG - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#289501) #
I now have some hope that Alford will decide on baseball within the next year whereas I had little previously.
bpoz - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 04:56 PM EDT (#289506) #
I calculate that there are about 11 more minor league starts left in the season. The good SPs should get promoted at some time. GCL Evan Smith & Connor Greene for example. If they do well at the next level then they are on a similar route, sort of, to Drew Hutchison IMO. Well actually Hutch had about 25 starts and dominated 3 levels. D Norris is somewhat similar.
Next year could be too good to believe.
PeterG - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#289515) #
Evan Smith has already been promoted to Bluefield....

There are some suggestions out there that Norris could find his way to the majors in the pen along with Sanchez.

bpoz - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 06:53 PM EDT (#289520) #
Thanks Peter G. That is good news.

finch - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 09:13 PM EDT (#289527) #
I imagine the Jays wait until next year, when both are past Super II status.
PeterG - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 09:24 PM EDT (#289529) #
That would make sense to me but that is not what we are hearing especially with regard to Sanchez as AA himself has said he may be up soon.

jayBlue - Sunday, July 06 2014 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#289530) #
Evan Smith looks like he has mastered rookie ball already another 5 shutout innings with 6 Ks should see him in Vancouver pretty soon
bpoz - Monday, July 07 2014 @ 07:19 AM EDT (#289533) #
Evan Smith looks great and has earned his promotion. Daniel Lietz, IMO did nothing to be demoted from Vancouver.
Those 2 along with Conner Greene IMO add a lot to the Bluefield pitching staff. There are other great arms in Bluefield.

Closer to August 1st we will have seen more. Nobody in Lansing and Vancouver currently is doing enough to be moved up. Right now I am nervous to move guys. I leave Labourt in Vancouver because I feel it will help his confidence to dominate there after dominating in Bluefield last year and struggling in Lansing this year.

At least everyone is getting enough work.
jayBlue - Monday, July 07 2014 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#289534) #
The only Lugnut I'd move up would be gabryzynski. not dominating stats but solid all around.
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