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Buffalo and Lansing had good come from behind wins. Buffalo came from behind twice in the last two innings. Melky Mesa had the game winning hit but Darrell Ceciliani had the game tying home run. Conor Panas also hit a game tying home run before Lansing went ahead.

New Hampshire, Dunedin and Bluefield had big wins. Dwight Smith hit home runs in back to back innings, including a grand slam. In Dunedin's game Emilio Guerrero had a two run sac fly, Anthony Alford scored from second.

Vancouver and the GCL Jays lost badly. But many prospects had good days, read the whole thing!

Buffalo 4 Louisville 3

Things looked grim for the Bisons after seven innings, they trailed 2-0 and had just two hits in the game. In the eighth Domonic Brown singled and David Adams walked. With two outs Casey Kotchman pinch hit and he delivered, doubling in both runners to tie the game. Colt Hynes came on for the eighth and surrendered a home run to put the Bisons down 3-2. In the ninth Darrell Ceciliani led off with a solo home run to tie the game. Matt Dominguez then singled, Jesus Montero doubled to put both runners on. Melky Mesa singled to deliver the coup de gras. Aaron Loup came on for the save, gave up a one out double to got the save.

Ceciliani and Mesa led the offense with two hits. Scott Diamond started and gave up two first inning runs. Diamond went seven innings to keep the Bisons in the game.

Hartford 3 New Hampshire 14

Dwight Smith had a game, two home runs, six RBI. He hit a grand slam as part of a six run seventh and a two run shot in the eighth. Rowdy Tellez started the scoring with a solo home run in the second. He finished with two hits. Jorge Flores also had two hits including a three run double. Christian Lopes had three hits with two doubles. Jason Leblebijian also had two hits.

Luis Santos went seven innings for the win. He gave up two runs on seven hits. Matt Dermody and Wil Browning finished up.

Dunedin 8 Clearwater 1

The Jays scored four runs in the third inning. Three singles, two hit batters and a walk led to the runs. The Jays added two more in the fifth inning. They loaded the bases with Emilio Guerrero up. Guerrero hit a fly ball to left and both Josh Almonte, from third, and Anthony Alford, from second, scored on the double sac fly. Mike Reeves hit a two run home run in the eighth. Almonte, Urena and Ryan McBroom each had two hits. Alford was 1-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

Francisco Rios had no strikeouts in his last start, he picked up four on Wednesday. Rios went six innings and did give up the only run on four hits. Adonys Cardona pitched one inning and Brad Allen two in relief.

Lansing 2 Great Lakes 1

Lansing trailed 1-0 after six innings. Conor Panas, from Toronto, led off the seventh with a solo home run, his fourth in consecutive games. That tied the game. Ryan Hissey singled and scored on a double by JC Cardenas for the go-ahead run. Hissey, Cardenas and Jake Thomas each had two hits. Max Pentecosts on base streak came to an end.

Jordan Romano, from Markham, had a little trouble with balls and strikes but he hung in through 4.1 innings. Romano had six K's and two walks. Nate Abel pitched 2.2 excellent, no-hit, innings. Starlyn Suriel pitched the last two innings for the save.

Vancouver 1 Tri-City 10

Ugly with a capital U. Just three hits for the Canadians. That just exceeded their number of errors, two. Several pitchers were hit around. Juliandry Higuera started and his line looks decent in comparison, two runs conceded in four innings. Matt Smoral and Gabe Noyalis each surrendered three runs in an inning. They eached walked three hitters. stuart Holmes conceded the other two runs but in his case they were unearned, but he walked two hitters to join the party.

Kingsport 2 Bluefield 5

The Jays were outhit 9-6 and the Jays made three errors but they still won. Jesus Severino struck out to start the third inning but reached on a passed ball. A ground out and another passed ball moved Severino to third. Edward Olivares doubled to score Severino. Levi Scott hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth. The Jays loaded the bases and then got two runs on a hit batter and a walk. The Mets helped the Jays in the eighth. Severino was hit by a pitch, moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Juandy Mendoza doubled.

The Jays used four pitchers. Luke Gillingham started and went 2.2 innings. Osman Gutierrez went five innings. He had just one K but ten ground ball outs to one fly ball.

GCL Tigers East 9 GCL Blue Jays 1

The shellac was ready for this game. Freddy Rodriguez singled to lead off the bottom of the first for the Jays. Bo Bichette then doubled him home. and that was it for Blue Jays hits. Two in the game, both before an out was recorded.

Maximo Castillo and Juan Meza took it on the chin. Castillo went two innings and gave up five runs on six hits. Meza went 2.2 and was charged with four runs on seven hits.

3 Stars

3rd star: Darrell Ceciliani

2nd star: Conor Panas

1st star: Dwight Smith


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short - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#325519) #
Here is some info on the Fisher Cats:
Mike Green - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#325520) #
Aaron Loup has now thrown 8 innings in 8 appearances in Buffalo. He hasn't been scored on and has surrendered 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 10.  You can add him to the list of pitching reinforcements coming soon (Cecil, Hutchison and Morales). 

Tellez is now at .266/.376/.460 in the Eastern League at age 21.  He's picked it up after a slow start, and may or may not be ready for a big league job at the beginning of 2017. 

Spifficus - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#325521) #
That has to be one of the best MLU titles yet... And now I'm hungry.
uglyone - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#325522) #
Biggio and Bichette off to screaming hot starts. That's refreshing.

Might indicate that they should be at a higher level already, even though both are at age appropriate levels, which would be a very good sign.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#325523) #
JB Woodman has a 48% K rate after putting up a 37% K rate in the cape cod league last year. This pick was always puzzling to me and it looks really bad early on.

The Biggio and Bichette picks are definitely encouraging so far.
PeterG - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#325530) #
Jiminez on the DL again. Anyone know the nature of the injury this time.
dalimon5 - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#325531) #
Biggio is 3 years older (21 yrs) than Bichette (18).
uglyone - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#325535) #
Biggio (A-) is 2 levels higher than Bichette (Rk), and off to an even better start.
Gerry - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#325541) #
I am fascinated by the start Jake Fishman made for the GCL Jays today. Fishman is a LHP who was a 30th round pick in this years draft.

Fishman induced 11 ground balls, one fly ball, one line drive, a bunt and he walked two. On the face of it that looks like a decent line, other than the bunt he had 11 ground balls to 2 balls in the air. But nine of the ground balls went for hits. At one stage Fishman had four straight balls hit to the shortstop (Kevin Vicuna). Three were singles and one was a double play.

Of the eleven ground balls, three were to centre field, two to right, one to left and five to short.

I have no idea how hard the balls were hit but the play by play looks unique.
Maldoff - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#325543) #
Gerry, any thoughts on Connor Panas? He has caught fire over the last few weeks.....
Gerry - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#325544) #
Angel Perdomo has been added to the futures game roster. He joins Francisco Rios.

Panas can hit but lacks a real position. I am sure he can climb higher in the organization but you have to hit a ton to make it as a first baseman or DH. He has been playing some outfield but I am not sure if he will last out there.
85bluejay - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#325545) #
Tellez is interesting - he's putting up encouraging numbers in AA @ 21 but whenever prospect gurus have been asked about Tellez in chats etc. - they are not fans - the response is that his swing will not play in the big leagues - will be fascinating to see how it plays out - I wouldn't be upset if the jays moved him.

Bichette is off to a nice start but his brother Dante started off like a house on fire as a yankees prospect in 2011, then becoming pedestrian pretty quickly.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#325547) #
Here's Jeff Moore's prospect report on Tellez.  The key points to me are above-average bat speed and control despite a somewhat long swing.  This report fits with his very fine W/K data.  We'll see how the rest of the season goes.
jerjapan - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#325548) #
85bluejay, have you got sources on that?  The only coverage I've seen on Tellez has been positive ... Sickels had this to say before the start of the season:

2) Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Grade B-/B: Age 20, hit combined .289/.347/.454 between Low-A and High-A, 38 walks, 84 strikeouts in 401 at-bats. Big raw power with good pure hitting skills, defense limited but good reason to be increasingly confident about his bat. Probably won’t rank this highly on other Blue Jays prospect lists
Gerry - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 03:46 PM EDT (#325550) #
Chad Jenkins has been released by Buffalo. He had really fallen down the depth chart recently and it looked like he was on the phantom DL a week or so ago.
uglyone - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#325552) #
a very encouraging thing about tellez is how he's improved as the season has gone on every year so far. his final line numbers (which are very good) might actually underrate the progress he's made each year.
jerjapan - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#325554) #
Chad Jenkins, we barely knew you, but we'll still always have Detroit!
85bluejay - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#325556) #
I've read a number of dissenting views on Tellez since he was drafted mainly to do with his swing, the latest being the fangraphs prospect guy- - John Sickels is the only positive review I can remember reading but I think he's a lightweight because he seems to find it difficult to be negative about any prospect. Having said all that, Tellez is producing nicely at AA.

85bluejay - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 04:26 PM EDT (#325557) #
I remember how disappointed I was on draft day when the Low ceiling but "safe" troika of David Cooper (2008), Chad Jenkins (2009) and Deck McGuire (2010) were announced.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 04:49 PM EDT (#325558) #

dan gordon - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#325562) #
Re: Woodman, I mentioned on the "draft" thread that the Giants had taken an OF just 2 picks after Woodman who looked to me like a significantly better prospect, Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds hasn't played yet, but Woodman is certainly struggling so far in Vancouver. Of course, it's only 29 AB's.
Speaking of the Giants, I see that they are not going to use a DH in today's game in Oakland. They are letting Bumgarner hit for himself. First time it's happened in 40 years (Ken Brett, who had a career OPS of .698, hit .300+ for a season 3 times, and twice drove in 15+ runs).
dalimon5 - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#325564) #
I didn't realize they weren't both on the Canadians, my bad
cybercavalier - Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#325565) #
About the Bison's roster, it seems what Gerry typed a couple of weeks (?) earlier was right -- veterans plays in Triple-A so they can play in the majors, again.

Wade LeBlanc won the International League player of the month and was traded to Seattle. Called up days later, he is going to start for the second time for the Mariners at home on Canada's Day.

Matt Dominguez, once a top prospect for defense in the Marlins organization, was kept on Jays' 40-men roster. He hit not one but two grand slams recently.

Melky Mesa, once a good prospect for the Yankees, delivered the game winning RBI in the game mentioned above in the write-up.

Thanks Gerry for this write-up and a previous insight.
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