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Lots of action on the farm tonight. We had a no-hitter and an impressive display from a stud prospect. However, the farm registered just two wins.


Dalton Pompey had two hits, stole a bag, and threw a runner out at second from center. Darrell Ceciliani and Domonic Brown had two hits apiece. The Bisons got a shutout inning from Franklin Morales.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6 Portland 4

Rowdy Tellez (Tellez stole a bag too!) and Christian Lopes had two hits and Jason Leblebijian homered. On the mound Taylor Cole pitched five innings of one run baseball.

BRADENTON 10 Dunedin 7

Sean Reid-Foley was hit around in his five and two-thirds innings of work. He allowed six earned on eight hits. He struck out six to no walks. Anthony Alford had two hits, as did Ryan McBroom. Danny Jansen one-up’d them with three hits. McBroom though could boast that both his hits were doubles. Chris Colabello had a double in four trips to the plate.

Lansing 2 PEORIA 3

Ryan Borucki allowed two earned in five innings of work. The lugnuts kicked the ball around in the bottom of the seventh to allow the home Chiefs to walk off.

Lansing 0 PEORIA 1

Jordan Romano and Josh DeGraaf no-hit the Chiefs, but fell due to a DeGraaf error.

Vancouver 1 BOISE 7

Luis Sanchez allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings of work. Matt Smoral is still hanging around the organization and pitched an inning—striking out three, walking two, uncorking two wild pitches, and hitting a batter for good measure. You are a bust Mr. Smoral. Yeltsin Gudino doesn’t seem too far behind.

PRINCETON 10 Bluefield 6

Baby Vladdy had a day. He went deep, doubled twice, and singled. Nick Sinay and Earl Burl III were three-for-three. Matt Morgan homered and doubled. Jose Nova pitched five shutout innings.

GCL BLUE JAYS 10 GCL Phillies 4

Bo Bichette has had a nice little start to his professional career. He had two more hits tonight. Joel Espinal pitched five innings of one run baseball.

DSL ORIOLES1 6 DSL Blue Jays 4

Three Stars

3. Dalton Pompey

2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

1. Jordan Romano and Josh DeGraaf

Box Scores

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scottt - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#326334) #
Morales has now allowed 1 earned run in 7.0 innings, on a solo homerun.
His WHIP is at 1.0.  I wonder if they can trade him for something.

Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 08:18 AM EDT (#326338) #
Chris Colabello played left field in the Dunedin game.  I hope that stops pronto.  Second chances don't extend as far as playing a "rehabbing offender" at a position he is manifestly incapable of playing.  Give the young prospect pitchers a break!
uglyone - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#326344) #
Vladdy's line starting to look very sexy for a 17yr old in Bluefield. A tad more babip and the line starts to look scary good.

Guerrero: 85pa, 10.6bb%/12.9k%, .267bip/.260avg, .219iso, 126wrc+

the low strikeouts for a power prospect that young in his first taste of pro ball is really exciting.
greenfrog - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#326357) #
Vlad Jr. made BA's July 15 prospect hot sheet:

13. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3b, Blue Jays
Team: Rookie-level Bluefield (Appalachian)
Age: 17
Why He’s Here: .412/.560/.824 (7-for-17), 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 BB, 0 SO, 1-for-1 SB

The Scoop: Blessed with many of his famous father’s characteristics, Guerrero showed enough in extended spring training to push his way to the Appalachian League as a 17-year-old. So far, he’s rewarded the Blue Jays’ confidence. He has whiffed just 11 times (none this week) against much older competition and has put up an OPS of .832. (JN)
Parker - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#326359) #
Yeah. Colabello has no business in the outfield. Hopefully he's not blocking anyone. This isn't exactly a strong endorsement for the Jays development system. :/
Parker - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#326360) #
Cola, at best, is a poor man's Darrin Erstad, and even the Angels weren't dumb enough to put him in the outfield in his 30's.
Parker - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 01:53 PM EDT (#326361) #
My bad. The Angels really were dumb enough to put Erstad in LF/CF at age 34.
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#326364) #
Erstad won a Gold Glove in the outfield (and deserved it) at age 26.  Cola has never played the position well, and to his credit, would happily concede that. 
Parker - Friday, July 15 2016 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#326370) #
I did say, "at best". :P
uglyone - Saturday, July 16 2016 @ 02:12 PM EDT (#326420) #
Bo with a 3/3, hr, bb game this morning, pushing his already awesome numbers into the stratosphere.

might be time for a quick promotion.

also noticed that he is indeed getting most of his playing time at SS so far (12 of 17gms) and at least hasn't made any errors yet.
cybercavalier - Saturday, July 16 2016 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#326431) #
About Buffalo roster, with Goins and Castillo present, is it about time to send Optiz and Mier to New Hamsphire ?

Former prospecty Art Charles is hitting 15HR, 17xBH, 40/57 BB/K, .356/.475/.701 in an independent league. Would the Jays consider signing him to Buffalo ?

Mike Green - Saturday, July 16 2016 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#326433) #
Bo with a 3/3, hr, bb game this morning, pushing his already awesome numbers into the stratosphere.
might be time for a quick promotion.

Yes.  The GCL Jays are 17-3 so they can take the hit.  I'm sure the Vancouver chapter of Bauxite Inc. would be happy to have a first-hand look. 
jerjapan - Saturday, July 16 2016 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#326440) #
The draft signing deadline was yesterday - anyone with any thoughts on some of their later over-slot signings?  The guy we drafted 39th, HS OF Chavez Young, got 200K, which certainly stands out.  According to Blue Bird Banter's awesome draft signing table (which is more up to date that the official site) we got all but one of our 1st 15 picks - 13th round HS RHP Chris Lincoln.

We spent over our max but under the 5% extra threshold - but still had about 236K in space - surprised we couldn't get one more guy with that much extra money, but TBH I don't know how close to maximum most teams usually go. 

Biggio and Bichette are off to great starts and look to be fun prospects, Zeuch and Jackson, along with most of the pitchers really, have only just started getting into games.  2 sport player DJ Daniels is struggling badly but was always considered a project, and 8th rounder Kyle Weatherly is getting hit hard. 

The one real late surprise is big 1B David Jacob, taken in the 32nd round - he's only just turned 21 and has continued to show control of the strike zone and legit power in the GCL.

Predictably, many of the college relievers such as 22nd rounder Connor Eller and the 35th and 37th picks - Carkuff and Gillingham - are off to quick starts.

Obviously super early, but it seems like a solid draft that may highlight the new regimes greater conservatism than the last ones- not a single HS pitched in the top 10, definitely a change in approach. 

bpoz - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 08:05 AM EDT (#326467) #
I like the HS position players we got. Ryan Gold catching.
uglyone - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#326472) #
Jansen's in a bit of a groove now. His usual decent power hasn't shown up yet but babip has finally looked favorably on him and with his elite plate discipline he's rocking a near .400obp giving him a very good 118wrc+.

Through his career so far, injury riddled as it has been, but age appropriate at every level with apparently a legit defensive C profile:

612pa, 11.9bb%/12.3k%, .264babip/.242avg, .110iso, 110wrc+

he already looks good, and if that low babip is at all fluky he's not far from looking very good.
jerjapan - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#326480) #
Bpoz, what do you like about Gold?  outside of the top ten we had 3 HS position signings and several unsigned - in addition to Gold, CF Dom abbadessa and Chavez Young, both overslot, speedy defensive types. 

Gold is on the GCL Jays who are 17-3 and seem to have a bunch of guys in need of a quick promotion including the just turned 21 Mexican OF Noberto Obeso- OPS over 1000 - and some very intriguing your arms - Lupe Chavez, Espinal, Travis Bergen - too old for the level but coming off injury. 

Ugly, where do you get your sense of Jansen's D? 

rough Vancouver debut's for both Zeuch and Jackson.

Gerry - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#326483) #
Justin Maese starts for Lansing today.
uglyone - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#326485) #
Jer pretty much every report on Jansen praises his D. Both his plus arm and his receiving skills, as well as his intangible leaderbeans. Kiley gave him a 55 arm in his last fangraphs update, and here's a really nice article i just found from just a few days ago:

it's well worth reading in full, but here's an excerpt:

"Wes Penick remembers scouting Jansen in the summer of 2012.

Penick, the upper Midwest scout for the Blue Jays, scours Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas for Toronto through heat, rain, cold and snow in hopes of finding that diamond in the rough.

It was Jansen’s physical presence that first caught Penick’s eye.

“I was watching him play for the GRB Rays and I was like, ‘OK, here’s a kid that is big, strong, physical and looks like he can catch,’ ” Penick said.

As Jansen entered the spring playing for Appleton West, his talent defensively became undeniable when Penick made several six-hour treks from his home in Iowa to visit the Fox Valley to watch him play.

Inclement weather postponed his first opportunity to see Jansen. But David Gassner, the Appleton West coach at the time and a former major league pitcher, put Jansen through batting practice and catcher’s drills in an attempt to showcase his skills for the group of scouts on hand, including Penick.

Penick came away impressed and made another visit to watch Jansen play. It was a bit of deja vu for Penick, with the game again mired in inclement weather. Still, Jansen’s defensive prowess shined.

“I was more impressed with his ability to receive and block balls. Especially for a kid in the upper Midwest and a high school kid, you don’t see that often,” Penick said. “And then there’s the fact that he had some pop in his bat, too. So we look for catchers that are built around the 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3 range and about 200-230 pounds. And he kind of fit that mold.”

Jansen’s leadership was also apparent, and it’s those kind of intangibles that boost a player’s value.

“You could see that. The leadership. He’s a competitor,” Penick said. “And I underestimated that a bit actually. I knew he was competitive, but now that he’s in pro ball, he’s more competitive than what I expected him to be.”

Also helping Jansen’s cause was catching teammate Nathan Disch, currently a senior pitcher at Jacksonville University (Fla.), a Division I program.

“Upper Midwest catchers, they’re not usually catching guys with quality stuff and he was catching a DI type pitcher (Disch),” Penick said. “When I saw him (his senior year) he blocked a lot of balls, threw some guys out and hit a home run to center field that day."
hypobole - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#326486) #
Nice find on Jansen. uglyone.
jerjapan - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#326487) #
Super encouraging Ugly!  I was actually  wondering if you had a source for stats on minor league D, but I guess that it's all the eye test and scouting at that level.  Love that Jansen gets on base and has the same number of Ks and BBs for his minor league career. 

Now if Pentacost shows he can catch again - since the bat is clearly solid - Id say we are pretty good behind the plate in the lower levels. 

Anyone know if Yorman Rodriguez is going to be able to stay at catcher?  That bat looks great in the DSL.

uglyone - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#326488) #
stats are solid too. around 30cs% so far.
PeterG - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#326490) #
Another minor league catcher who may come into the mix is Matt Morgan who many may be ignoring because he is repeating at Bluefield. He is starting to improve his hitting and apparently Jays roving coach Sal Fasano likes him the best among all catchers in the system. I assume his preference is due to defensive prowess for the most part.
jerjapan - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 01:06 PM EDT (#326491) #
Morgan was a 4th rounder and I remember people liking the pick, but he'll need to be damn fine defensively unless he can up that career .505 OPS.  He's only 20 and he's off to a good start thus far, but like you said, repeating a level. 
bpoz - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#326492) #
Jerjapan, 26 PA is a small sample size. But I like his BA and bb. Also his youth. I don't know if 5 Ks is bad or not.

uglyone - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 01:31 PM EDT (#326493) #
javier hernandez another C off to a solid start in Vancouver.
uglyone - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#326499) #
Pompey with a big 4/5 game after a HR yesterday. With zeke cooling off it would be a great time for him to get hot.
hypobole - Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#326521) #
Dunedin's manager used 3 pinch runners in the 9th inning today. Can't remember ever seeing that in the majors. Emphasis on the "can't remember" because it probably happened in some September expanded roster game.
Mike Green - Monday, July 18 2016 @ 08:42 AM EDT (#326528) #
Bluefield lost a 20-inning marathon last night.  They left 20 runners on base and went 2-22 with runners in scoring position.  Ouch.    They had 16 hits including 2 homers, 10 walks and 34 strikeouts.

They had the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth and couldn't score.  They followed it up with two on and one out in the twelfth, a runner on second and nobody out in the fourteenth, and runners on second and third with  one out in the sixteenth and couldn't score.  They grounded into a double play, they flew into a double play, they grounded into fielder's choice at the plate, they laid down sacrifices, they popped up and they struck out.  Torture.

Greenville scored the winning run on a ground ball single, a wild pitch and another ground ball single.

uglyone - Monday, July 18 2016 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#326529) #
the most surprising thing on that boxscore to me was seeing that vladdy has 5 stolen bases already in his first 20gms. That is a lot. And last night's was a steal of 3rd no less.

maybe he's a bit more athletic than i feared.
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