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On Sunday the affiliates were 2-3, with the wins coming from the affiliates heading to the playoffs in Vancouver, and Dunedin.  With the Canadians win, they qualified for the playoffs which start on Tuesday versus Spokane. Buffalo unfortunately was eliminated from the wild-card race, with a loss.

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 4

Down 3-2 heading into the top of the 9th, Cole Gillepsie scored on a Matt Hague single to keep the Bisons faint playoff hopes alive.  Unfortunately in the top of the 9th, Matt Hynes allowed a home run to Destin Hood, which ended the game and the Bisons playoff chances.

New Hampshire 3 New Britain 6

Ben White got the start, and pitched 4.2 innings allowing 4 earned runs.

The Fisher-Cats scored 2 runs in the 5th, and one in the 8th.  Four of the Fisher Cats 8 hits were doubles which came from Matt Newman, Andy Burns, Melky Mesa and Derrick Chung.

Dunedin 7 Brevard County 3

Roberto Osuna had a short and successful outing, pitching 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, with a walk, and 3 strikeouts.

LB Dantzler went 2-5, with a double, and a HR while scoring 2 runs.  Marcus Knecht had 2 hits, while driving in 2 runs, with 2 RBI.

South Bend 11 Lansing 7

Rowdy Tellez was 1-3, while scoring a run, with 2 walks, and a RBI.  Jason Leblebijian was 2-5, with 3 runs scored.

Jeremy Gabryszwski was victimized by poor Lugnuts Defense, as he had a line of 3.2IP 6H 7R 1ER 3BB 4SO.  After being practically unhittable in Bluefield, Chase Wellbrock had a rough outing for Lansing, allowing 4 earned over 4ip.

Spokane 3 Vancouver 5

Vancouver scored 2 runs in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 6th.

Matthew Smoral pitched 5 innings allowing 2 earned runs, 3 hits, with 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts.


Three Stars

1.  LB Dantzler

2.  Marcus Knecht

3.  Roberto Osuna

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Richard S.S. - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#292778) #
Daniel Norris received the call to the Big Club. Who else is coming up?
John Northey - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#292781) #
Who will be cut from the 40 man I wonder for Norris and any others called up (if they weren't already on the roster)?

Pitchers: 18 on 40 man plus Morrow (60 day DL).  Easy cuts: Wagner, Hynes
Catchers: 3, Thole, Navarro and Jimenez
Infielders: 11 plus Izturis (60 day DL).  Easy cuts: Johnson (on DL), Matt Hague
Outfielders: 7.  Easiest cut: Mastroianni

So 39 guys on the 40 man heading into today with 2 on the 60 day DL as well putting the 'real' total at 41.  I see 5 guys as 'easy' cuts (ie: if they are released no one will care too much outside of them and their families).  I'd put Izturis on that list too if needed but doubt the Jays would.

Free agents this winter are Janssen, Cabrera, Rasmus, Morrow (no way his option is picked up) which opens up 4 more slots in a month for the short term, I figure 3 of those will remain open.  So 8 40 man slots are easy to clear.  Lots of space for any call ups in September (5 slots) and space for adding others this winter as needed.

Who is likely to be called up?  On 40 man you have Delabar, Morrow, Drabek, Nolin, Rasmussen on the pitching side (13 man bullpen potentially adding in Norris).  Jimenez should be a lock or if not another catcher needs to be added.  Goins should be up, as should Gose and Mayberry. Matt Hague they might take a look at (3B for Jays in AAA, normally 1B) before letting go this winter, same with Hynes.

Off the 40 man you get Pompey, Kottaras (catcher who hit very well in AAA), Cole Gillespie (OF hitting well), Kendall Graveman who pitched great but might be pushing it too much to call up right now.  Part of me would love to see the Jays reward Austin Bibens-Dirkx for his being bounced all over the Jays system the past 2 years with a callup (he is 29 and has never reached the majors) even if he just sits on the bench all September - I always cheer on that type of player.

Thinking about it I expect Kottaras to be up to catch, Delabar, Morrow in the pen (makes it a 10 man pen), Goins, and Gose.  Jays might call up others like Jimenez (just off the DL) but those are the core ones I'd expect.
bpoz - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#292783) #
Norris? Maybe the Jays have a shot at the Playoffs. It would be a long shot IMO.
When the season ends we will know what Norris did for the Jays and how valuable he was.
Is it OK for him to start? Innings limitations. I do not know what he accomplishes in the pen.
Doom Service - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#292784) #
Brevard County's Nathan Orf played all nine positions against Dunedin in Sunday's game.
Mike Green - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 01:09 PM EDT (#292787) #
Brevard County's Nathan Orf

Well, if your last name is Orf, you might as well have the initials NO.  There's a Hall of Names team there, somewhere.
Richard S.S. - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#292789) #
What does Norris achieve in the Bullpen?
1) He face some of the best hitters in the game, in the thick of the Pennant Race. Seattle (4 G), Tampa Bay (6G) and New York (4G) still think they are in it. Baltimore (6 G) knows they should be in it. Only the Chicago Cubs (3 G) are playing for pride.
2) He gets to extend his innings in a limited and controllable manner, while seeing how effective he is now and what he must change. Also learning what he must do next year.
CeeBee - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#292792) #
I'm betting there are more B.O.'s than N.O.'s but most of them are probably S.O.-S.O.'s anyway.
Gerry - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#292807) #
The Buffalo lineup today is missing Gose, Goins and AJ Jimenez.
jerjapan - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#292816) #
Gotta agree on Morrow, Goins and Gose - two guys who could/should be contributors for 2015 and one big-league talent. 

Delabar has 11 walks in his last 10 innings.  can't see the Jays rewarding that. 

Gillespie vs. Mayberry for Lind's platoon partner?

I could see Rasmussen over Drabek (done as a Jay) and Nolin (no need to burn an option). 

a catcher for sure, probably Kottaras (sitting on the bench) over Jiminez.

Bibens-Dirks isn't coming up, but I agree with you John on rewarding minor league soldiers.  my sentimental pick would be bobby korecky. 

PeterG - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#292817) #
why would you ever bring up Kottaras? He will be released.

agree that Delabar should not be rewarded.....

Rasmussen may or may not be recalled now but he will not be turfed from 40 man. Having 2 option years remaining, he is a valuable asset as a yoyo.

I would like to see Norris and Graveman but objectively thinking, neither need take a 40 man spot at present.

Could be though that Jays are at least considering a complete youth movement, in which case here will be fireworks in the off season.

China fan - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#292819) #
"....I could see Rasmussen over Drabek (done as a Jay) and Nolin (no need to burn an option)...."

Nolin is already on the 40-man roster, so he's already burned an option year for 2014.  So the Jays might as well promote him for September and give him another taste of the majors, after a generally quite good season in Buffalo despite injury.

"....a catcher for sure, probably Kottaras (sitting on the bench) over Jiminez...."

For what it's worth, Kottaras is playing for the Bisons today, while Jiminez is not, which possibly reduces the probability of Kottaras being promoted to the majors today.  But since it's a day game, I suppose it's possible that the Jays could simply wait a day and then promote Kottaras tomorrow.   After all, today was the last game of the season for Buffalo, and Kottaras might not get much playing time for Toronto, so it might make sense to give him today's game with Buffalo to keep him fresh.
China fan - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 04:10 PM EDT (#292820) #
Dalton Pompey, meanwhile, is making another strong argument for a September promotion.  He has 4 hits for Buffalo today, including 2 doubles. 
PeterG - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#292821) #
Pompey may be making a strong case....but there is no playing time available it would seem and since he is going to AFL, it is highly unlikely he would be called up now.
jerjapan - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#292834) #
I think Pompey might be my favourite prospect in history.  not that this means anything for him in MLB, but a fast rising Canadian who can steal runs with his D, steal bases and lead off?  sold!
China fan - Monday, September 01 2014 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#292837) #
Neil Wagner has been DFA'd, according to various tweets.

Seems a little unfair.  He was injured, missed most of the season, and finally had to undergo TJ surgery.   He was a feel-good story for the Jays last year: the flame-throwing career minor-leaguer who finally caught a break and did well in the majors.  A victim of the numbers game this year, and then a victim of injury, and now a victim of the roster crunch.  Presumably he had to be DFA'd to make room for September call-ups.  Maybe he'll be back in the Jays system after he recovers from surgery, but he can sign anywhere now.

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