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Five wins in six games, only New Hampshire had a loss. Most of the wins were democratic. Every Buffalo hitter had a hit. Eight Lansing hitters reached. The bottom third of Vancouver's order scored five of their six runs. Three pitchers eached pitched three innings for the Canadians. Bluefield also used three pitchers for multiple innings. On the prospect side, Vlad Jr went deep again. Richard Urena had a a nice day as did Andy Burns. Rowdy Tellez had two hits. Anthony Alford had a big double. On the other hand, Conner Greene and Jon Harris were roughed up a bit.

Buffalo 5 Indianpolis 3

This game was tied at three all entering the eighth. Matt Dominguez led off with a single and scored when Andy Burns doubled. Melky Mesa singled in Burns for a two run lead. Indy fought back and loaded the bases with one out against Ben Rowen. The call went out for Danny Barnes who got an inning ending double play. Barnes went on to register a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Buffalo knocked out 15 hits with every starter having at least one. Darrell Ceciliani went 3-4 with a walk. Domonic Brown, Casey Kotchman, Burns and Dominguez each had two hits. Five players scored a run, five drove in a run. It was a democratic offense. John Anderson started and went five innings with plenty of base runners.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 1

The Fisher Cats couldn't get a hit with runners in scoring position, they were 0-7. The bats were held largely silent, just eight hits, all singles. Jason Leblebijian and Rowdy Tellez each had two hits.

Taylor Cole started for New Hampshire and was decent, six hits over six innings. He gave up two runs. Tim Mayza was charged with the third run.

Dunedin 7 Lakeland 4 - Called in the sixth inning

Ex-Jay Jairo Labourt started for Lakeland but didn't survive the first inning. Four walks and three singles sent him to the showers with four runs allowed and an ERA of 6.34. Doubles from Richard Urena and Anthony Alford gave the Jays two more runs in the second inning. Urena was 2-3 with a walk and no K's. Jorge Saez also had two hits.

Conner Greene didn't pitch well and couldn't stick around long enough to get the win. Greene was pulled after four innings and 74 pitches. In those four innings six hits and four walks led to three runs. Brad Allen vultered the win by pitching one inning and giving up a home run.

West Michigan 9 Lansing 12

Lansing out slugged the Whitecaps for the win. The hitting was somewhat democratic like the Bisons. Eight hitters had hits, eight scored runs and six had RBI. John La Prise scored two and drove in three on a 2-4 day. Max Pentecost scored two and drove in two also with a 2-4 day. Juan Kelly, Connor Panas and Carl Wise also had two hits.

Jon Harris, like Greene, wasn't sharp. He was hit for seven hits and one walk in 5.2 innings. His defense didn't help, three of his five runs allowed were earned. Starlyn Suriel and Dusty Isaacs also gave up two runs each. The Lugnuts looked like they were headed for a loss, trailing by two in the eighth, before putting up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Hillsboro 1 Vancouver 5

Both teams had six hits, Hillsboro had no hits with RISP, Vancouver had two. Vancouver us ed three pitchers who pitched three innings each. Luis sanchez started and gave up the only run, a solo home run. Andy Revel, seventh round pick, gave up just one hit in his outing. Mike Ellenbest, 24th round pick, have up two hits in his three innings.

The bottom third of the order scored five of the runs. Gabriel Clark was 1-3 with two runs scored, Mattingly Romanin was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored and number nine, Deiferson Barreto was 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Lance Jones drove in two runs out of the lead off position.

Bluefield 4 Burlington 3

This was a tight game, each team had eight hits, the Bees had one home run, the Jays had two. Nick Sinay hit a solo shot in the seventh inning, Vlad Guerrero a solo shot in the eighth. Sinay had the only multi hit game, going 2-3.

Denis Diaz (age 21, from Honduras) started and went 3.1 innings. He was charged with two runs, one earned. Connor Eller, 22nd round pick, also went 3.1 innings. He had four K's. Chris Hall, 14th round, pitched the last 2.1 innings and gave up a solo home run.

Three Stars

Third Star - Richard Urena

Second Star - Nick Sinay

First Star - Andy Burns


On Saturday Emilio Guerrero had three hits with two home runs. Tayler Saucedo pitched a complete game shutout. Bo Bichette was 2-5. Reggie Pruitt had two hits. Pruitt left Sundays game after beating out a bunt single. Jose Espada was hit around.

On Friday Emilio Guerrero had three more hits with another home run. Francisco Rios had an average start. Max Pentecost also had a home run among his two hits. Bichette had two hits, Kevin Vicuna had three.Wilfri Aleton had ten K's in five innings.

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uglyone - Sunday, June 26 2016 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#325312) #
"Vlad Jr went deep again"

jerjapan - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 07:13 AM EDT (#325325) #
Morales with a clean inning in Buffalo.  Biagini picked a good day for a strong outing yesterday, we could have some serious reinforcements coming to the pen soon - Cecil, Schultz hit 100 in yesterday's game and Danny Barnes seems unstoppable right now. 

couldn't ask for a better start for Vladdy Jr. - I've read that he's looked good at 3B too ...

hypobole - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 08:08 AM EDT (#325326) #
jer, don't quite understand your Biagini comment. You think his job is/was at risk?
jerjapan - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 08:47 AM EDT (#325331) #
It might be - gotta figure the depth chart runs Osuna, Grilli, Storen, Cecil, Chavez, Morales and hopefully Floyd is able to recover. There's 7 guaranteed contracts although obviously poor Floyd is a big question mark.

Not to mention frequent fliers like Loup, Schultz and Tepera. I think Barnes is in the conversation.

The biggest threats to Biagini would seem to be a healthy Floyd or if Loup returns to form, although perhaps the team values him too much to risk losing him back to the Giants.

Aside from Storen, Biagini's got the highest WHIP - over 2 for his last 11 appearances.
PeterG - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#325333) #
They have not kept Biagini this long to jettison him now. He will be a starting pitcher, longer term. They can go with a 8 man pen if necessary.
SK in NJ - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#325334) #
Yeah I don't see any way the Jays get rid of Biagini at this point. His performance over the course of the season does not warrant it (2.68 FIP, 0.5 WAR, 54% GB%, 17% Hard%, etc), and with 5+ years of control left, he's more of an asset than the majority of the pen. He's a Rule 5 pick, so he'll have his down periods, but as long as he's limiting hard contact, keeping the ball on the ground, and striking out guys at a reasonable clip, then he'll have a role on a contending 2016 team. Maybe not high leverage, but certainly enough to keep him on the team all season.
hypobole - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#325335) #
At worst Biagini will be a mop up guy being able to soak up multiple innings. That in itself is a bullpen asset. I don't see him being offered back to the Giants either.
jester00 - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#325342) #
Guadalupe Chavez starting today for the GCL Jays
jerjapan - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#325343) #
If it's the Biagini that's slumped badly for the past month (till yesterday - Pat and Buck thought he hadn't looked that good in weeks) I don't see how a contender can carry him. He'd have to be on the playoff roster, wouldn't he?

Sadly, I fear Floyd will be gone for some time though, which makes the point moot.

I suppose if Floyd does recover, a phantom trip for Biagini to the DL could work - are teams still doing that with rule 5 guys?
PeterG - Monday, June 27 2016 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#325346) #
I suppose what moves jays might make in the coming weeks depends on whether management places more importance on building for the future or trying to win this year. That is entirely another debate which may be triggered soon.
ayjackson - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 07:30 AM EDT (#325389) #
Looks like Statkins doesn't care for International FA's. BA has their July 2 piece up (paywall) and we're not linked to any of the Top 30 players available.
hypobole - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#325391) #
You don't remember what happened last July?

AA's signing of Vlad jr. bans any signings this July for over $300 K.

Hence, none of the Top 30.

AA ended up trading DeJong and Locastro for bonus money to prevent it from being a 2 yr ban

Nothing to do with Shatkins.
ayjackson - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 08:20 AM EDT (#325392) #
i'll just log off
bpoz - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 09:55 AM EDT (#325397) #
Good memory hypobole. There are a few things that I am not clear about.

Yes we are limited in how much we can sign a player for. $300,000.

But I don't think we have lost our budget. It should be a few million $. If so, we can sell this budget. Is that correct? Anyone know how much this budget is?
Gerry - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 10:29 AM EDT (#325398) #
Conner Greene appears to have been promoted to New Hampshire. Not sure yet if there is a domino effect in Lansing.
jerjapan - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#325399) #
wow, Greene only just righted the ship on his season - that appears to be a less conservative promotion than I'd expect from the FO. 

Hypobole, I don't fully understand this bizarre IFA system (if you do, please explain) but I wouldn't get too worried about a soon to be 24 year old utility IF in high A - we've got a bunch of these guys ourselves.  DeJong is pitching well in AA as a 22 year old, so that might sting some, but man, we got Vladdy Jr.  It's way early, but this guy could be special. 

Mike Green - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#325400) #
You'd think that Perdomo and Harris would both find their way to Dunedin. 

Perdomo hasn't thrown more than 70 innings in a season, so you'd think that the club would max him out at 100-120.  He's at 65 so far, so maybe a trip to the pen is in order.  Harris threw 139 innings last year and is at 59 innings so far this year and will be turning 23 in October.  The club would probably prefer if he went deeper into games for the remainder of the year.

Gerry - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#325401) #
Greene hasn't been lights out but he has spent a lot of time in Dunedin and at some stage pitcher motivation/mental health might come in to it.

Two starts ago Greene was excellent, not so much at the weekend, but promotions are based on what the pitching coach and manager see, not on results.
uglyone - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 11:30 AM EDT (#325402) #
yeah, statistucally greene hasn't really even "righted the ship", so the promotion is more of the eyetest/intangibles reasoning.
cybercavalier - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#325403) #
LF/RFJeremy Barfield, a son of Jesse, is one fo the hitting leaders in the Atlantic League, where many players previously in MLB or MiLB play. Sugar Land Skeeters features Canadians CF Tyson Gilles, CF/RF Rene Tosoni, previous MLBers 2B Brooks Conrad, 1B/3B Andy LaRoche, 1B/2B Delwyn Young,

So if Buffalo needs some outfielders, maybe Barfield can help.

Regarding uglyone listing Pastronicky, maybe he could play in one of the independent league ? Obviously, it is a player's decision.
Mike Green - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#325406) #
The D-Jays have a morning tilt today.  Reid-Foley has gone 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 8Ks.   If that's your bad outing, you are in good shape. Alford, Jonathan Davis and Heidt have gone deep.
hypobole - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#325410) #
jj, I don't fully understand it either. Can we trade our bonus pool money, since we can't use it? Do $300K signings count against the pool?

As far as the trade of Locastro and DeJong; I think AA was going to sign Vladdy anyway, or had already signed him. All the trade did was negate 2017 IFA limitations.
SK in NJ - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#325412) #
I remember reading about the Jays having an agreement with Vlad months before the signing, so the trade with the Dodgers was definitely to reduce/lessen the draft penalty for subsequent seasons (as mentioned, AA would have signed him regardless).
bpoz - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 07:04 PM EDT (#325428) #
We can definitely trade our Intl pool money. AA did that. So what do you/ bauxites want.

I want surplus catchers. Because we suck at producing catchers.
John Northey - Tuesday, June 28 2016 @ 10:22 PM EDT (#325443) #
While it'd be fun to get Jesse's kid in the system, his lifetime AAA numbers (PCL) are just 228/293/367 over 266 PA. Sure, sign him as I don't see a problem anytime they sign a minor leaguer but don't expect him to ever contribute to the ML team.
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