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The affiliates came away with a split of their four games on Monday. The winning teams put up a 15 under the hit column. Another had 16 but they lost.

Buffalo 9 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6

Moosic, PA
- The Herd used four doubles to score three times in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie and beat the Yankees affiliate. Jesus Montero doubled home Andy Burns with the winning run before Matt Dominguez doubled in pinch-runner Alexi Casilla and Casey Kotchman with insurance runs. Kotchman and Junior Lake went deep for the Bisons and Dominguez had a pair of RBI singles for a three-hit night. Burns, Montero, Lake and Jio Mier all had two-hit games with Montero drawing a walk. Brown and Mier also had stolen bases. Dalton Pompey was 0-for-4 with a walk while A.J. Jimenez went 0-for-5.

Drew Hutchison was knocked around early and fell behind 1-0 after a single and a double to the first two batters of the game. He gave up another run in the second but was bailed out by Lake as he started 7-5-4 and 7-4 putouts to cut down a pair of runners at second base. Nick Swisher socked a solo shot in the fourth before a Jonathan Diaz triple and a sac fly produced two more Scranton runs in the fifth. Hutchison lasted six innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits but struck out six without walking anyone. Chad Jenkins got through the seventh but Chad Girodo (2-0) coughed up the tying run in the eighth. Ryan Tepera overcame two walks in the ninth to get his first save.

Hartford 4 New Hampshire 3 (15 Innings)

Manchester, NH
- Despite outhitting the Rockies affiliate 16-9, the Fisher Cats could not put this one in the win column. They struck first in the first inning when Dwight Smith Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly to score a Roemon Fields double. Rowdy Tellez would go opposite field with a home run to left field in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2 before Smith doubled in a Jorge Flores walk in the seventh to even things up again at 3-3. New Hampshire had at least one runner on from the eighth inning on but they could not get that timely hit. Fields made it to third base twice but could not score. Fields had three hits and a stolen base. Jon Berti, K.C. Hobson, Shane Opitz, Ian Parmley and Flores all had two-hit efforts with Flores swiping a bag. Tellez drew a pair of walks to go with his second homer of the season. Wilkin Castillo also had a one-hit, two-walk game and Melky Mesa walked once as every Fisher Cat got on base at least once.

Jeremy Gabryszwski
pitched 6-1/3 innings of three-run ball (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Wil Browning got the final two outs of the seventh but allowed one of his two inherited runners to score. Colt Hynes and Danny Barnes each tossed three shutout innings with Hynes whiffing six of the 10 hitters he faced and Barnes ringing up five of nine. Daniel Schlereth (0-1) surrendered the winning run in the 15th after a scoreless 14th.

Dunedin 10 Palm Beach 3

Dunedin, FL
- The D-Jays erupted for eight runs over their final four at-bats to pull away from the Cardinals. David Harris got things rolling with a two-run single in the second inning but it was a J.D. Davis three-run home run in the fifth to cap off a four-run rally that included an Emilio Guerrero RBI double. Richard Urena doubled in a run before scoring on a Jason Leblebijian single in the sixth. Danny Jansen singled home another run in the seventh before Urena scored on a balk in the eighth after getting on board with a leadoff single. Urena, Leblebijian and Davis accounted for nine of Dunedin's 15 hits. Guerrero had two doubles as every Dunedin hitter got on base at least once.

Tom Robson
(1-1, 9.72) had a much better outing by lasting five innings and giving up just one run on three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch. He struck out four and recorded seven of his nine outs in play on the ground. Brad Allen allowed two runs in his two innings of work before Tim Mayza wrapped things up with three K's over two shutout frames.

Fort Wayne 7 Lansing 1

Lansing, MI
- The Padres affiliate roasted Ryan Cook (0-1, 4.50) with six runs over his four-plus innings on five hits, four walks and an HBP. He only struck out one but got six of his 10 outs on the diamond. Dan Lietz was nicked for a run in his two innings but Starlyn Suriel shut down the Tin Caps with two perfect frames that included two punchouts. Colton Turner also had a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth.

Carl Wise
drove in the lone Lugnuts runs with an RBI single in the second inning. Gunnar Heidt had two hits and a walk, Juan Kelly doubled and Jacob Anderson singled. Lane Thomas was 0-for-4.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. J.D. Davis, Dunedin

2. Junior Lake, Buffalo

1. Matt Dominguez, Buffalo

Monday's Linescores

Tuesday's Schedule / Probable Starters

Hartford @ New Hampshire, 5:35 pm ET - Luis Santos (0-0, 6.35)
Buffalo @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6:35 pm ET - Scott Diamond (2-0, 1.50)
Dunedin @ Tampa, 7:00 pm ET - Ryan Borucki (1-1, 7.71)
Fort Wayne @ Lansing, 7:05 pm ET - Jon Harris (0-0, 5.79)

Extra Innings
  • has a story on the politically-themed uniforms the New Hampshire Fisher Cats wore at their official home opener
  • WMUR-TV Manchester has video of the lead-up to the home opener
  • WIVB-TV Buffalo takes a look at what you will see at Coca-Cola Field in 2016 and has two quick highlights of the Herd's win over the RailRiders
  • In case you missed it from yesterday's Minor League thread, FanGraphs has a Blue Jays prospect rundown
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SK in NJ - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 08:24 AM EDT (#321302) #
Tellez is looking promising so far: 11 BB, 4 K, .229 ISO at age 21 in Double-A. Obviously it's a very small sample size, but that's a pretty darn good start.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#321303) #
Here is the KATOH take on Blue Jay prospects. Urena and Tellez lead the way with Connor Greene, Sean Reid-Foley, Danny Jansen and Anthony Alford following. As Chris Mitchell says, the system is prone to underrate prospects like Alford.  He does not mention anything about Alford's defensive skill and that too is iimportant. 
jerjapan - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#321304) #
Ouch, ranking the system 28th? That's far and away the worst ranking I've seen for us this year - we tend to be 20/21/22 in most system evaluations. That can't be all on undervaluing Alford, can it?
uglyone - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#321305) #
katoh crushes low minors guys, as it should.

I'm a bit surprised at Alford's projection, though.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#321306) #
The chart on Urena's comparables interested me.  The two names that caught my eye were Brandon Phillips and Trevor Plouffe.  As it happened, both were in the FSL at age 20.  Phillips hit .284/.414/.428 and was in the Eastern League and holding his own by mid-season.  Plouffe hit .246/.333/.347 and slowly made his way up the minor league system.  Urena might be ahead of Plouffe as a hitter by mid-season, and he probably was ahead of both as a fielder.  A reasonable offensive target for Urena in 2016 would be something like .290/.340/.415, but I'm mostly watching the K rate. 
uglyone - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#321307) #
Good Starts:

CF Pompey (23/AAA): 29pa, 13.8bb%/13.8k%, .429babip/.360avg, .040iso, 162wrc+
SS Urena (20/A+): 52pa, 3.8bb%/15.4k%, .425babip/.367avg, .102iso, 165wrc+
1B Tellez (21/AA): 48pa, 22.9bb%/8.3k%, .161babip/200avg, .229iso, 130wrc+
SP Rios (21/A): 7.2ip, 38.2k%/5.9bb%, .444babip, 3.52era, 1.64fip
RP Girodo (25/AAA): 6.2ip, 25.9k%/7.4bb%, .333babip, 1.35era, 2.04fip

Meh Starts:

SP Hutch (25/AAA): 15.1ip, 32.8k%/9.8bb%, .303babip, 4.11era, 2.84fip
SP Greene (21/A+): 14.1ip, 7.9k%/7.9bb%, .250babip, 3.14era, 4.44fip
CF Alford (21/A+): 3pa, 33.3bb%/0.0k%, .000babip/.000avg, .000iso, 52wrc+
SP R-Foley (20/A): 10.2ip, 19.1k%/19.1bb%, .192babip, 1.69era, 4.61fip

Bad Starts:

3B Burns (25/AAA): 49pa, 8.2bb%/16.3k%, .270babip/.222avg, .089iso, 76wrc+
C Jansen (21/A+): 33pa, 9.1bb%/24.2k%, .238babip/.172avg, .000iso, 46wrc+
CF Davis (21/A+): 48pa, 4.2bb%/31.3k%, .290babip/.196avg, .043iso, 42wrc+
SP Borucki (22/A+): 9.1ip, 7.5k%/7.5bb%, .344babip, 7.71era, 6.29fip
SP Perdomo (22/A): 7.2ip, 30.8k%/11.5bb%, .214babip, 3.52era, 4.64fip
SP Harris (22/A): 4.2ip, 14.8k%/22.2bb%, .313babip, 5.79era, 6.65fip


Mike Green - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#321308) #
A word on Lane Thomas.  Thomas was playing centerfield and hitting .412 with a 5/2 W/K over the first five games of the year.  They moved him to second base for two games and he struck out 7 times in 10 at-bats.  He's back in centerfield and I hope that the infield experimentation is finally over. 

I still think that he's going to be getting some more prospect attention by the end of the year. 
uglyone - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#321309) #
oops Lane Thomas should definitely have made my list there under the good starts. not sure how I missed him.

OF Thomas (20/A): 36pa, 13.9bb%/27.8k%, .350babip/.258avg, .129iso, 129wrc+
Jevant - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#321310) #
Hutch seems like he's more of a "good start" to me, personally, but I guess it depends on the standards/expectations.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 19 2016 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#321311) #
Yeah expectations for me. He needs to dominate to be interesting, and a 4.11era and barely 5ip per start isn't dominating imo, despite some very good peripherals.
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