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Our Future Game representatives had solid nights down in AA, but Raul Valdes was the star tonight pitching Buffalo to victory.

Syracuse 1 Buffalo 3

Raul Valdes was exceptional over seven shutout innings. Steve Delabar followed, getting in a scoreless inning, though one would like to see the strike out return to his game at some point. Ryan Schimpf had two hits including a homerun, leading the way offensively as Buffalo topped a good Syracuse team.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3

Dalton Pompey has seemed to have found his feet at AA—tonight was his fourth consecutive game with two hits by my count. Daniel Norris continued his impressive season too by pitching five shutout innings. Coming off his first real shellacking of the season, Norris deserves some credit for bouncing back and pitching his team to victory despite struggling with the walk. Andy Burns has also really come alive this month and continued his impressive month by homering and singling.

Charlotte 2 Dunedin 1

Rehabbing Sean Nolin was apparently up to 94 mph, but walked two and allowed two earned runs over four and two-thirds of work. Dwight Smith Jr. collected his seventh triple of the year.

Lansing 3 Peoria 2

Lansing came from behind in dramatic fashion tonight, scoring all three of their runs in the top of the ninth while down to their last out. Matt Dean and Mitch Nay had two hits apiece and Chase De Jong pitched four innings of two run baseball.

Hillsboro 7 Vancouver 3 Game One

Roemon Fields did not steal base, but typically Franklin Barreto and Max Pentecost did collect hits. Alberto Tirado quietly put together a nice few innings of work there at the end of this game.

Hillsboro 2 Vancouver 5 Game Two

Again Fields did not steal base—odd. Barreto got his hit and Ryan McBroom had two in the heart of the order as the Canadians split the doubleheader.

Elizabethton 3 Bluefield 2

Richard Urena had a hit and Rowdy Tellez collected two to go along with two RBIs as the Bluefield squad fell to the Twins’ affiliate.

GCL Phillies 2 GCL Blue Jays 9

Sean Reid-Foley pitched two and two-thirds shutout innings and Lane Thomas doubled and tripled at the top of the order to push the GCL squad to victory. Heck, even Matt Morgan doubled to cap a good showing for some of our 2014 draft crop.

GCL Blue Jays 1 GCL Phillies 12

Angel Perdomo didn’t get out of the first inning and the GCL squad left their bats at home for the second of two today, save maybe Trey Pascazi who singled three times. Nonetheless the GCL Blue Jays were walloped in this one.

DSL Blue Jays 10 DSL Tigers 4

Three Stars

3. Lane Thomas

2. Daniel Norris

1. Raul Valdes

Box Scores

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whiterasta80 - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#290447) #
I think Norris' nickname should be "five shoutout innings". Love his profile but he's going to have to start putting together some QS's if he is going to be our top prospect next year.
soupman - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#290449) #
i would presume it has more to do with the org trying to control his innings/pitches than his ability to go deeper in any particular outing.
snowman - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#290450) #
Is Norris on an innings limit, thus pulling him early?  Or is he racking up high pitch counts in those 5 innings?
soupman - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#290451) #
hutchison, for reference had pitched 6 games at AA before getting called up. he went 5.0 innings 4x, and then 5.2 and 6.0 in the other two starts.

with that said, fatigue could be a real concern with him now, so..i don't know what's what.
jerjapan - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#290452) #
Anyone think Valdes has a chance to help out in the pen?  He's had some success in the bigs before and after his tremendous start sports a WHIP of 1.22 with 49 strikeouts in 45 innings.  AA seems to favour 'prospects' like Jenkins for the last spots in the pen, but vets like Korecky, Infante, Zagurski and Valdes all have impressive stats. 
Oceanbound - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#290453) #
Boxscore says Norris made 85 pitches so you would assume that he is still on an innings limit.
bpoz - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#290454) #
John Stilson has been on the DL for a month now. He is another player that needs to be protected against this years Rule 5 draft. He throws on the upper 90s.
Hodgie - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#290455) #
I could be wrong, but based on usage patterns and comments it would appear that the Jays are less concerned with innings limits than pitch limits in the minors. I also believe the need to stretch out pitchers in the minors is over-stated. Twice through the order seems to be more than enough time to work on their fundamentals, why waste those extra bullets?
jerjapan - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#290464) #
Bpoz, do you know what's wrong with Stilson?  I'd thought he was a candidate to help out in the big league pen this year, but he's struggled compared to last season. 

Gerry - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#290465) #
Stilson has a sore shoulder. He is currently rehabbing in Florida, building up the distance on his throws.
braden - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#290466) #
Any word on Osuna? Hasn't thrown in over two weeks since his debut. Lansing's beat writer didn't have any clues.....
Lugnut Fan - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#290471) #

To add to the pitch / inning limit discussion here, I would assume Norris is on a very strict pitch count and yes, when you get to this time of year, the innings and number of pitches are watched like a hawk.

From observing Lansing the last few year, typically guys are capped at 70-75 pitches an outing at the lower levels.  I don't recall the last time I saw a Jays prospect throw 100 pitches in an outing.  I probably have in that they weren't so strict with some of the post college arms (Graveman, Hernandez etc.).

The other thing at the lower levels is that if a guy throws a certain number of pitches in an inning, he is done.  I believe that magic number is 30.

John Northey - Friday, July 25 2014 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#290472) #
As it is getting later in the season now, I was curious who leads where in the Jay organizational.  100+ PA for rate stats.

Traditional 3 stats...
Avg: Ryan McBroom 338, Josh Almonte 328, Franklin Barreto 327 ... 200+ is lead by Kevin Pillar 311 then Dalton Pompey 305
HR: Ryan Schimpf 21, Dan Johnson 17, then a big drop to Andy Burns & K.C. Hobson at 11 each.
RBI: K.C. Hobson 66, Dan Johnson 54,  L.B. Dantzler 52

Other commons...
OBP: Chris Carlson 439, Franklin Barreto 408, Dan Johnson 402
Slg: Ryan McBroom 559, Ryan Schimpf 530, Juan Tejada 510 - note: Kratz has a 557 in 92 PA in AAA.
SB: Dalton Pompey (35-6), Jon Berti (30-11), Roemon Fields (28-5)... Timothy Locastro is 16-1, Anthony Alford 5-0 is the most without being caught
BB: Dan Johnson 79, Derrick Loveless 50, Ryan Schimpf 46 (Pompey & Dwight Smith next at 44)
SO: D.J. Davis 124 (gulp), Derrick Loveless 90, Dickie Joe Thon 87

Oddball stuff...
HBP: Timothy Locastro 15, all others 8 or less
SH: Jonathan Diaz 12, all others 7 or less
IBB: Ryan Schimpf, Dan Johnson and Matt Newman have 2-4, all others 0 or 1.
TB: Dwight Smith 172 despite just 8 HR (leads in hits and triples)
OPS: only Ryan McBroom is over 900 with 100+ PA (935)
CS: D.J. Davis 15 vs 12 SB...IE: glue this kids foot to 1B or pay Tim Raines to smack him across the head.

For pitching just a couple of points...
10+ Starts: 22 guys.  ERA below 2 - Kendall Graveman (1.83); below 3 - Daniel Norris (2.46), Taylor Cole (2.90), Liam Hendriks (2.40), Casey Lawrence (2.94), Radhames Liz (2.89).  Osman Gutierrez should join them with one more start (2.43 ERA in DOSL but just a 0-1 record as he averages just over 4 innings a start).
SO: Taylor Cole 134 (108 2/3 IP), Matt Boyd 119 (106 1/3 IP), Daniel Norris 112 (91 1/3 IP) are the only minor leaguers over 100.
BB: Aaron Sanchez 57 (5.1 BB/9), Alberto Tirado 54 (8.5 BB/9), Ricky Romero 42 (10.0 BB/9)
Saves: top 3 have ERA's in the 1's, K/9 in the 10's - Arik Sikula (22), Griffin Murphy (16) and Greg Infante (15). Bobby Korecky also over 10 and has a 0.72 ERA.
HBP: Frank Viola leads with 12 in just 39 IP. 
W: Kendall Graveman & Scott Silverstein have 10 each, no one else over 8.

Nuke award: Kelyn Jose in 3 2/3 IP walked 8 and struck out 6 and had 8 wild pitches (!) plus 1 HBP.  Yikes.
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