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Only two wins on Saturday. Jairo Labourt had a lot of offensive support but he didn't need it. He K's 8 and only walked one in his start. On Friday the Jays obtained Michael Lee in a trad with Arizona. On Saturday he pitched six shutout innings. Edwin DH'd for Dunedin and was 1-3. Daniel Norris' first start for Buffalo was rained out.

Buffalo at Durham - postponed

  • Doubleheader Sunday
  • Daniel Norris will make his AAA debut in game 1

New Hampshire 5 Akron 2

  • The starter was Michael Lee who the Jays just picked up from Arizona. Lee is a big 6'7" righty who was a mid-season all star in the southern league. Lee is 27 years old. Lee pitched six shutout innings.
  • Andy Burns went 0-4 but he did play at second base. At the start of the season the Jays did say they were going to try and generate more positional flexibility with some of their infield prospects. They haven't done a lot of that but Burns has played 2B a few times now. Burns seems to be headed for a utility infielder spot, at least to start with in the major leagues. He can play all the infield positions.
  • Jon Berti had two hits. Berti has improved his OPS every month with Aigist still young. His OPS by month is 622, 661, 746, 759, 783. Berti is a very fast right handed hitter who is good a 2B. He has a chance to make it to the majors too.

Tampa 2 Dunedin 1

  • Dwight Smith had a home run, his ninth, for Dunedin's only run. The knock on Smith was his lack of power for a corner infielder. But the FSL is hard on home run hitters. Smith now has 5 in 157 AB's post the all-star break, that's 20 home run pace, decent for a 21 year old.
  • Edwin Encarnacion went 1-3 in a rehab start. In the first he hit a ball off the pitcher that deflected to third for a single. In the the third he grounded out to the pitcher and in the fifth he reached on an error by the right fielder. The two infield balls suggest he would have had to run hard to test the quad.
  • Pierce Rankin has never hit more than 230 in a season other than his first in the GCL. This season he hit .029 in New Hampshire but since reaching Dunedin two weeks ago he has been on fire. He is hitting .351 over his last ten games.

West Michigan 3 Lansing 2

  • Matt Dean had two more hits with one a double. His BA is now .296. It will be interesting to see whether Dean or Mitch Nay is the Webster Award winner for Lansing.
  • DJ Davis was 0-3 with 2 K's. He has 143 strikeouts for the season. Davis' numbers were being watched to see if his strikeout numbers would go down through the season to show he was getting better at recognizing pitches. Unfortunately they haven't improved to any material extent.

Vancouver 11 Tri-City 1

  • Gunnar Heidt had two more hits and 3 RBI. Heidt has hit well in Vancouver. The Lansing infield situation for 2015 will be interesting, Barreto, Heidt, Urena will be in the mix.
  • Jairo Labourt had an excellent start, 5.2 innings only one walk, eight K's. In Vancouver Labourt has 29 walks in 39 innings, much better than his Lansing numbers. Labourt also has 57 K's in those 49 innings.
  • Yeyfry Del Rosario has similar numbers to Labourt's, in 19 innings he has 14 walks and 25 K's.

Princeton 3 Bluefield 2 - game 1

Princeton 5 Bluefield 2 - game 2

  • Richard Urena had two hits in the nightcap and is hitting .349 over his last ten games.
  • Rowdy Tellez had a hit in each game and is hitting .500 for August and .447 for his last ten games. Tellez has just 3 home runs but remember he is only 19.
  • Josh Almonte had a couple of hits in game one. He is hitting .315 although he swings at everything, never walks and K's at a 27% rate. But he has shown a base to start from for a guy who was on nobody's radar at the start of the season.

GCL Blue Jays 2 GCL Phillies 3

  • Angel Perdomo four shutout innings. His numbers are getting better and he could be in line for a Bluefield look before the end of the season.
  • Franklin's older brother Deiferson had three hits and is hitting .286. He doesn't walk much and doesn't have much power but he is a useful player.

3 Stars

3rd star: Michael Lee

2nd star: Gunnar Heidt

1st star: Jairo Labourt


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Mike Green - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#291660) #
Heidt will probably be joining Lugo, Barreto and Urena in the full-season A middle infields of next year.  That is a good situation.
CeeBee - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 12:46 PM EDT (#291663) #
It sure is nice to see the number of position player's that are having good seasons. Been a long time since we had so many to dream on.
PeteMoss - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 05:16 PM EDT (#291677) #
Good day for the 'big' pitching names so far today.

Castro rebounds from a poor first start with Lansing. 4.2 IP, 2 hits, 1ER, 1BB, 4 K.

Norris is dealing in his first start in Buffalo through 4 innings.

uglyone - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 05:48 PM EDT (#291681) #
That is awesome to see from both of them at their new levels. So good.

Now if the jays can hurry up and win this game i can bust it old school.....

Ice Cube - Today was a good day:
finch - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 06:12 PM EDT (#291684) #
6 IP 10 SO 2 H 1 BB
Pretty awesome numbers for his debut.
Mike Green - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 06:26 PM EDT (#291687) #
Lane Thomas was promoted to Bluefield and homered in his first at-bat.
Mike Green - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#291762) #
Matt Smoral in to pitch for the Canadians just now.  More fun for Vancouverites.
PeteMoss - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 09:49 PM EDT (#291765) #
Tim Locastro isn't super hyped or likely even much of a prospect, but he has put up good numbers in Vancouver this year (419 OBP) at 2nd base.
Richard S.S. - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#291767) #
Norris: 6.0, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 SO. First AAA Start.
TangledUpInBlue - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 10:56 PM EDT (#291768) #
Tim Locastro isn't super hyped or likely even much of a prospect, but he has put up good numbers in Vancouver this year (419 OBP) at 2nd base.

Tim Locastro! Let me tell you about this guy. Just yesterday I was looking at his stats, and you know what's amazing? Well, first let me give his slash line: .320/.419/.384. So, yeah, you look at that and you think, "Hmm... very nice OBP." Well, the amazing thing is he's been doing it with a 5.2% walk rate, which is actually pretty bad. You see, this Tim Locastro is an HBP demon. In 213 PA this year in Vancouver, the guy's got 22 HBP! He's got a 10.3% HBP rate! That's crazy. He's more than doubling the next nearest guy, one Johneshwy (that's no typo) Fargas, in the HBP race there in the Northwest League, and he's not far off the HBP totals for some teams. The Tri-City Dust Devils and the Hillsboro Hops, for example, each have a total of 29 HBP, and that's in roughly 2050 PA. Last year, in Locastro's first season of pro ball in Bluefield, he had 6 HBP in 162 PA. That was good for 7th in the Appalachian League, but it seems he's really stepped up his game this year, and at a higher level no less.

Now the thing is, how do you value a prospect like this? Bill James used to talk about about the hidden greatness of Craig Biggio, much of which had to do with his HBP ability. Could Tim Locastro be the next Craig Biggio? Well, he'll have to hit, which he's already doing with that .320 BA. It's true that as he moves up the ranks and faces pitchers with better control, his numbers might decline. On the other hand, I imagine it's a type of skill that might not be hard to maintain as you move up. Assuming the pitch location is the same, is it really any harder to get hit by a pitch in the low minors than it is in the majors? I don't know, but all of you in Vancouver really need to get out to the park and see this guy (get) hit. A scouting report would be great!
hypobole - Sunday, August 10 2014 @ 11:48 PM EDT (#291769) #
Maybe Locastro can be the next Ron Hunt. In the 6 yrs from 1968 to 1973 he had between 24 to 26 HBP's, except for 1971, his first Expo season, when he managed an incredible 50 HBP's.
ISLAND BOY - Wednesday, December 24 2014 @ 06:59 AM EST (#296767) #
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