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It was a winning night on the farm at least as the affiliates won four out of seven Tuesday. The Vancouver Canadians had seven representatives at the Northwest League All-Star Game. Let's just say the pitchers really had their say in this one.

Buffalo 6 Norfolk 2 (11 Innings)

Norfolk, VA
- The Herd made it three straight over the Tide thanks to a Sean Ochinko bases-clearing double in the 11th inning. Ochinko would score on a Kevin Nolan single to complete the four-run frame. The game went into extras after a Brett Wallace home run to dead center field tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth. The Bisons got their first run on doubles by Jared Goedert and Jonathan Diaz in the fifth. Wallace had a three-hit game and was a triple short of the cycle. Nolan and Diaz had two hits apiece with Diaz drawing a walk. Goedert and Ryan Schimpf had a hit and a walk. Melky Mesa made his return from a two-month stay in sick bay with a 1-for-5 effort as his single in the 11th started the big rally. He was activated after A.J. Jimenez was placed on the disabled list. Kevin Pillar was 1-for-6 but stole his 25th base of the year.

Raul Valdes managed to stem the Tides to two runs despite 10 baserunners over six frames. One of his six hits was a home run.  He walked three but struck out four and four of his six outs in play did not make it past the infield. Sergio Santos had a clean inning with a ground out and two infield pop-ups and Ryan Tepera followed up with a shutout frame with one hit and one K. Steve Delabar (2-2) came on for the next two innings and got away with a couple of walks. He equaled his walk total with two K's to keep Norfolk off the board. Kyle Drabek completed the game with a strikeout in the 11th.

New Hampshire 7 Erie 4

Erie, PA
- The Fisher Cats scored the first five runs of the game to beat the Tigers affiliate. Cory Aldridge drove in the first two runs with RBI singles in the first and third innings. The big inning was in the fourth when Jon Berti doubled in a run and Matt Newman drove in two more with a single. An error in the sixth and a Mike McDade sacrifice fly in the ninth to score an Andy Burns triple accounted for the other two runs. Aldridge, Berti and Burns all had two hits. Dalton Pompey singled, walked, stole a base and scored three runs. Newman and Jorge Flores had a base hit and a walk.

Casey Lawrence (9-5) didn't exactly fool Erie as evidenced by their 11 hits and a walk but he lasted seven frames and kept the damage to four runs, including a solo dinger. Lawrence struck out three while collecting nine outs on the ground. Dustin Antolin struck out one in a scoreless eighth and Gregory Infante walked one in a shutout ninth for his 16th save.

Dunedin 7 Lakeland 3

Lakeland, FL - A 14-hit attack was more than enough to overwhelm the Flying Tigers. Dunedin pounced on home plate first when Jorge Saez worked the count to ball four with the bases loaded in the second inning. That was followed by a Christian Lopes RBI fielder's choice. Lopes would triple in another run in the fourth to give Dunedin the lead for good. Marcus Knecht went deep in the fifth to double the Jays lead at 4-2. Peter Mooney singled in another run in the seventh. The Jays tacked on two more in the eighth including a Saez RBI double. Saez, Mooney, Gustavo Pierre, Shane Opitz and Emilio Guerrero all had two hits. Guerrero was hit by pitches twice while Mooney and Saez drew walks. Lopes and Kevin Patterson had a hit and a base on balls.

Despite a game WHIP of two, Jeremy Gabryszwski (1-0) limited Lakeland to two runs over five innings in his Florida State League debut. He gave up seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Tony Davis surrendered a solo home run over two innings. Chad Girodo and Arik Siklula pitched shutout ball the rest of the way with one-hit innings. Girodo struck out two and Sikula whiffed one.

Fort Wayne 7 Lansing 1

Fort Wayne, IN - Miguel Castro (0-1) had trouble keeping the ball in the yard in his first start as a Lansing Lugnut. He allowed just three hits but two of them were homers and that resulted in four of the five runs he coughed up in four innings. Castro walked a batter and hit another one but he struck out five and six of his seven outs in play were on the ground. Matt Dermody worked around four hits with three K's in two shutout innings. Jimmy Cordero survived two hits for a scoreless frame but Roberto Espinosa was rocked for a couple of runs in the ninth.

The Lugnuts laid eight straight eggs on offence against the Padres affiliate before Jason Leblebijian singled home their lone run in the ninth. Leblebijian added a double for a two-hit night. He was joined by Mitch Nay and Dawel Lugo in the two-hit club. Matt Dean had a single, a hit by pitch and a run scored. D.J. Davis also got a base hit.

Bluefield 7 Burlington 4

Burlington, NC - Lydell Moseby got Bluefield rolling with a leadoff home run in the third inning and added a two-run blast in the fifth. A Trent Miller double and an Aaron Attaway triple produced two more runs in the sixth. The last two runs came on a Rowdy Tellez bases-loaded walk in the seventh and a Richard Urena single in the eighth. Moseby had three hits while Miller and Josh Almonte had two each. Attaway added two walks to get aboard three times. Angel Rojas doubled and took one for the team.

Connor Greene
(1-1) got through six innings and gave up three runs against the Royals on seven hits and two walks. He had four strikeouts and seven groundouts. Carlos Ramirez managed to get through two innings with only an unearned run despite two hits and three walks. He struck out a batter as did Oscar Cabrera, who finished up the ninth for his first save.

GCL Yankees2 2 GCL Blue Jays 0

Tampa, FL - The Jays second and third round picks were able to live up to their draft billing on this day. Sean Reid-Foley stumped the Yanks with four blank frames of two-hit ball. He walked nobody, struck out six and four of his six outs in play were ground balls. Lefty Nick Wells added three more shutout frames with just three hits on his pitching line along with one punchout. The good times ended in the eighth when Turner Lee (1-2) was lit up for a two-run homer among the three hits he gave up in the eighth.

The Jays were held to just four hits - all singles - by Deiferson Barreto, Juan Kelly, Freddy Rodriguez and Angel Gomez. Gomez and Juan Tejada were successful on their stolen base attempts. Lane Thomas was 0-for-4 and Matt Morgan was 0-for-3 - both of them struck out twice.

DSL Tigers 13 DSL Blue Jays 12

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - This was a heavyweight tilt as both teams landed lots of punches but it also resembled a soccer match with the ball being kicked around quite a bit. The Jays went up 2-0 in the first on an Enmanuel Moreta triple and he kept chugging on home after an error. Miguel Almonte and Manuel Herazo singled home runs in the third to erase a 3-2 deficit. Edward Olivares lifted a sac fly and Herazo doubled home another run in the fifth to cut the Tigers lead down to 7-6. Two Tigers clanks resulted in two Jays runs to make it a 9-8 Tiger lead in the eighth. Down 11-8 in the ninth, the Jays tied it on a Herazo RBI double and a Rodrigo Orozco two-run homer. They went ahead by a run in the 10th thanks to another Tigers error. Herazo had three hits and Orozco had two hits and two walks along with a stolen base. Moreta, Almonte, Jesus Severino and Bryan Lizardo also posted a two in the hit column while Almonte and Severino added one under the BB. Francisco Rodriguez had a hit and took one for the team.

The Tigers put the hurt on Yonardo Hernandez for two home runs and five runs overall in three frames thanks to eight hits and a walk along with two strikeouts. William Zambrano did not get an out but was charged with two runs, one of them earned. Jose Diaz was also dinged for two runs in 2.1 innings. Jairo Rosario didn't give up any runs in 1.2 innings and matched Diaz with two K's. Juan Nunez was knocked around for three runs on four hits and a walk but only one run was earned and he struck out five. Luis Dominguez (0-1) gave up the winning run on a hit and a walk over one inning. There were 11 errors in this one, six by the Tigers.

Tuesday's Linescores

Northwest League All-Star Game

North Division 0 South Division 0 (Final - 10 Innings)
- Boxscore

Andrew Case
struck out three of the five hitters he faced in the Northwest League All-Star Game in Eugene, Oregon Tuesday.

Eugene, OR
- Canadians pitcher Jairo Labourt got the honour of starting for the North Division squad. He overcame his own throwing error to pitch a scoreless first inning of one-hit ball which included one strikeout, one groundout and one flyout. Joe Lovecchio struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect frame and Andrew Case pitched 1.2 perfect innings with 3 K's.

Roemon Fields, Franklin Barreto, Ryan McBroom and Tim Locastro all went 0-for-2.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Rodrigo Orozco, DSL Blue Jays - Hitting .315 with runners on base and .339 with runners in scoring position.
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2. Brett Wallace, Buffalo - Hitting .308/.400/.442 in 15 games with the Herd.
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1. Lydell Moseby, Bluefield - Five of his seven RBI this season have come in his last two games.
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Wednesday's Schedule & Probable Starters

DSL Blue Jays
@ DSL Rangers2, 10:30 am ET - TBA.
GCL Blue Jays @ GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET - TBA.
Lansing @ Fort Wayne, 12:05 pm ET - Starlyn Suriel (0-1, 3.27).
Dunedin @ Lakeland, 6:30 pm ET - Roberto Osuna (0-0, 8.10)
New Hampshire @ Erie, 7:05 pm ET - TBA.
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PeterG - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#291426) #
Does anyone know why A J Jiminez was placed on the DL in Buffalo?
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 11:08 AM EDT (#291429) #
Still no word on Jimenez's injury but the Jays have signed George Kottaras to fill the void in Buffalo.
John Northey - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#291442) #
For fun I noticed 2005 Pulaski Blue Jays Preview showed up at the top of the comments list again (spammers cause that sometimes).  The only name I recognized was Jesse Litsch from that team.  Sure shows how hard it is to make the majors from the low minors.  Checking B-R I see he was indeed the only player from that team to make the majors so far (might be another one who is still kicking in the minors who'll get a cup of coffee someday).

Figured, lets check some other old Jays lowest of the low minors (in US/Canada that is)...
GCL Blue Jays 1985: Only hitters: Shawn Jeter (wrong Jeter, 13 games), Domingo Martinez (15 games, Dominican), Pedro Munoz (PR, 517 games -1.2 WAR), Francisco de la Rosa (Dominican, 2 games) all made it.  This was back when the Dominican was providing tons of talent to the Jays.
GCL Blue Jays 1995: Only pitchers: Brian Bowles (30 2/3 IP), Joe Davenport (12 IP), Gary Glover (516 2/3 IP, just 1 IP here), Roy Halladay (you might have heard of him), Mike Johnson (218 IP mostly with Expos, a Canadian).

So checking teams 10 years apart I see 1 super player (Halladay), 1 solid for a couple years (Litsch), three guys who had careers (Munoz, Glover, Johnson)  and 5 guys who get to say they made it.  Yup, very hard to reach the majors from rookie ball.
ogator - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#291448) #
Anyone care to bang the drum for this year's sixth round pick, Grayson Huffman, 22ip, 6 hits?
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#291449) #
Dwight Smith Jr. is back in the lineup, and playing centerfield.  He's 1-2 with a walk so far. 
Gerry - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#291451) #
Daniel Norris has been promoted to Buffalo. The Jays have become aggressive promoters all of a sudden.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#291452) #
Dalton Pompey was removed in the 3rd inning tonight after grounding out. 
ramone - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#291453) #
Fisher Cats play by play guy on twitter said he believes Pompey was removed because he re-aggravated his leg injury.
acepinball - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 10:03 PM EDT (#291458) #
With Norris en route to Buffalo, perhaps it's a good time to take stock of what lefties are available down the stretch. Cecil and Loup have been very good in the bullpen and are definitely going to be important for the rest of the year. But after that...

Rasmussen has flashed good stuff with very inconsistent control. Not sure how much I'd be trusting him in a big situation. That said, looks like a good lefty option for the next few years.

Sean Nolin is the next guy in line but he's missed so much time I doubt he'd get much more than a September callup. Reasonable hope for him going forward as a prospect if he doesn't have as many injuries as he did this year.

After that would be Norris. If he pitches well in the next two weeks it wouldn't surprise me to see him added to the 25 man roster before September (ie. playoff eligible). He's got to be added to the 40 man this off-season anyways, so they might as well have him usable in case he's needed.
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#291460) #
...Pompey was removed because he re-aggravated his leg injury.

Is this just a freak thing or is it a future injury issue?
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 11:20 PM EDT (#291462) #
Can someone explain (from MLB Trade Rumors site):
•The Blue Jays have acquired minor league righty Hunter Carnevale from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations... He's terrible. "Why?"
James W - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 11:26 PM EDT (#291463) #
Hendriks was traded to Kansas City and Deck McGuire was lost on waivers when he was removed from the 40-man roster. They're just getting another body in the system.
uglyone - Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 11:31 PM EDT (#291464) #
Norris to BUF?

that was quick.

don't be surprised to see him in the 'pen.
John Northey - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 12:31 AM EDT (#291465) #
There are always dozens of those types of moves (guys like Carnevale and other minor league free agents or organizational filler who are traded for cash) each year to fill rosters.  Surprised MLB Trade Rumors bothered mentioning it to be honest.
John Northey - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 12:40 AM EDT (#291466) #
Norris to Buffalo?  Wow. Between him and Graveman the Jays clearly are pushing it with the prospects.  Guess the Jays want to see if they have decent options for 2015's #6/7/8 guys in the rotation (succeed in AAA and you got a potential). 

Guess for 2015 we're looking at Dickey/Buehrle/Stroman/Hutchison/Happ then Sanchez/Nolin/Norris/Graveman (guy goes from Lansing to Buffalo in one season you gotta figure the Jays are looking seriously at him) with guys like Casey Lawrence, Radhames Liz, and organizational filler Austin Bibens-Dirkx (has done well in AA and AAA but at 29 his window is closing) all trying to sneak in there too.  Taylor Cole, Matt Boyd, and others will fight to slip into the discussion by mid-2015 as well.

I suspect the Jays will look at other quality starters this winter but odds are 2015 will begin with the 5 we have now with Sanchez trying to push Happ into the pen.  The others will fight in AAA to earn a slot in the majors as soon as someone goes down via injuries.
whiterasta80 - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 07:31 AM EDT (#291468) #
I think Happ is close to having earned a permanent slot in a rotation. Even if it isn't with us because Sanchez is ready I'd say he's a trade candidate.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 08:54 AM EDT (#291470) #
I am a bit puzzled by the decision to promote Norris.  He's only had 8 so-so (but promising) starts in double A.  That's awfully early to be promoting him to triple A or to even consider him for the major league bullpen in 2014.  The timetable he seemed to be on- 1/2 season in New Hampshire in 2014, 1/2 season in Buffalo in 2015 followed by promotion to the major league pen/rotation in mid 2015- made a lot of sense to me. 
rfan8 - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 08:55 AM EDT (#291471) #
Didn't AA say both Sanchez and Norris were candidates for the MLB pen this year? I expect Norris take a similar route to Sanchez to the bigs.

They will probably end up back in the minors next year as starters in Buff or NH.
Gerry - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#291473) #
I too am surprised by the Norris promotion. The Jays do seem to have changed philiosophy on pitcher promotions, for some at least. There is a theory that pitchers have only so many innings in their arms when they are available to pitch, the attrition rate for pitchers due to injury is very high. Therefore you should promote them as soon as you think they are ready so you benefit from those non-injured periods in the major leagues and not in the minor leagues.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#291474) #
Sanchez had 22 total AA and AAA starts before his promotion to the major league pen.  I suppose Norris could get a cup of coffee in September, but personally I don't think that's the best way of introducing a pitcher to the Show. 
Spifficus - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#291475) #
I wonder if the opportunity to get Norris some playoff race experience in Buffalo factored into it.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#291476) #
Maybe, Spifficus.  I don't really have an issue if the club sends him to Buffalo for August, 2014 and the beginning of 2015 and there would be a bit of a plus if he could get some minor league playoff experience. The default I suppose would be to ship him back down to Dunedin as a ringer at the end of August. 
jerjapan - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 10:08 AM EDT (#291478) #
With Norris en route to Buffalo, perhaps it's a good time to take stock of what lefties are available down the stretch. Cecil and Loup have been very good in the bullpen and are definitely going to be important for the rest of the year. But after that...

How about Mike Zagurski?  A big lefty with an ERA over 7 in the majors, but keeps getting looks due to his huge K numbers - 69 in 50 IP this season.  Fastball is low 90s but tons of movement leads to high walk totals.  3 BBs in his last 14 IPs, maybe he's worth a look. 
bpoz - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#291479) #
Looking at a possible IP limit for Norris, would he go into the AAA pen. There is still the AFL for experience in a different league. He does not need to be added to the 40 man roster until after next season.
PeteMoss - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#291481) #
The Jays need to look at guys to fill in the rotation in the case of injuries. I suspect that is why guys are being moved quickly right now. With Hendricks gone, you've got Nolin who's coming back from injury. You need Norris and Graveman as close to MLB ready as possible in case they are needed.
uglyone - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#291483) #
I don't think there's any doubt that sanchez and norris are being rushed. Doesn't mean they can't be helpful out of the pen, though.

I would imagine that AA is feeling pressured to show he was right not to deal them this deadline for immediate help, not just to us the fans but to his players, too.

Unfortunately, IMO he was wrong not to deal them for immediate help, and rushing them is more likely to backfire, as they probably won't be upgrades over the likes of mcgowan and rasmussen this year anyways. Sanchez losing the plate last game should be a clear warning - they better be very selective how they use him or he will cost us games this year.

That being said.....i bet norris has a better chance of being useful than sanchez does. He's been better than sanchez this year, and i'm not sure but i would wager he's been MUCH better against lefty hitters.

As for graveman....i'm still not buying him as a prospect, and can't see him helping...but hey, could easily be wrong.
John Northey - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#291488) #
Graveman is the new Tim Collins.  Collins was only found via JP's dad seeing him pitch after he was undrafted iirc, mix in the short height and he should never have made it, yet here he is with 207 1/3 ML innings over 3+ seasons.  KC is even stretching him out it seems, with 4 games where he threw 3+ innings.  I remember around here we were all pulling for Collins a lot well before he reached, largely due to his being short and K'ing so many.  Graveman is more due to being a 'value pick' ($5k bonus to open up well over $150k of spending money for 'real' prospects) and now seeing him shoot through the minors.  Hopefully Graveman can have as much of a career as Collins has had if not more of one.
uglyone - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#291491) #
Thing is collins was utterly dominant in the minors. 15+k/9 in AA as a 20yr old, withe barely over 3bb/9. That's pretty crazy. Like stroman, he was slept on because he was short, not because of his skills or performance.

So chalk up another one for Stats > Scouting right there.

Graveman's numbers are nothing special, especialy for a 23yr old in A+. Then again, he had a nice first outing in AAA, and if he can keep that up then that actually would be pretty impressive.

dan gordon - Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 12:17 PM EDT (#291493) #
Did Norris have some kind of minor injury in early July? Looking at his games in AA, he only pitched twice between his June 29 and July 24 appearances. In those 2 games, he gave up 10 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Aside from those 2 appearances, his numbers in AA are very strong, with only 8 earned runs allowed in 32 innings, an ERA of 2.25, with 44 K's. His last game was the best, with 1 run allowed on 5 hits and zero walks in 6 2/3 innings, with 8 K's, and in his last 15 2/3 innings, he gave up only 2 runs. The Jays may be looking at that kind of thing in deciding to move him to AAA.
PeteMoss - Friday, August 08 2014 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#291573) #
He had a long break in there, but he also pitched in the Future's Game which likely led to a break between appearances with NH.
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