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Sam has gone on the 7 day DL so here is your emergency starter version of the MLU. Five wins and three losses for the affiliates on Thursday. Bluefield won two, New Hampshire stayed hot as did Richard Urena and Reese McGuire. Vancouver had a nice win. The GCL Jays had a walk-off, in more ways than one.

Buffalo lost 9-5 despite hitting 4 home runs. Scott Diamond was hit sround the park. Goins, Dominguez, Kotchman and Brown homered.

New Hampshire won 7-5. Richard Urena, Reese McGuire and Jason Leblebijian each had two hits. Derrick Loveless hit a three run home run. Wilmer Font started and got the win.

Dunedin scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie this game at six all, but Clearwater scored a run off Alonzo Gonzalez in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Ryan McBroom and Dickie Thon each hit a two run home run. Chris Rowley started and gave up five runs.

Lansing lost 8-2. Angel Perdomo did not make it out of the fifth inning, his command was poor with four walks.

Vancouver had a nice 8-4 win. Joshua Palacios had three hits, two of them doubles, and two RBI. Jacob Anderson also had three hits, Yeltsin Gudino had two hits and three RBI. TJ Zeuch went four innings with five K's. He did give up a two run home run.

Bluefield played two. They won the first game 2-0 behind a seven inning complete game two hitter by Osman Gutierrez. Gutierrez had seven K's. The Jays won game 2, 5-3 despite being 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Nick Sinay had three hits. Between the two games Vlad Jr had two hits, two walks and four stolen bases.

The GCL Jays won 2-1 in ten innings. Francisco Rodriguez hit a solo home run. The game ended in a very GCL way....walk, hit batter, walk, hit batter. Dany Jimenez allowed one run in six innings.

Three stars: 1: Osman Gutierrez; 2: Derrick Loveless; 3: Nick Sinay

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jerjapan - Friday, August 05 2016 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#328309) #
Thanks Gerry and a feel better Sam!

So far so good for Zeuch and Palacios in Vancouver, but man, Woodman's striking out like crazy - 4Ks last night, 13 in his last 4 games. 

jerjapan - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#328371) #
Richard Urena is 7 for 14 in his first three games in AA.

That team is suddenly packed with positional talent - legit prospects, possible big-league reserves and quality AAAA guys.   Talented players are sitting out and guys are rotating through the DH spot for ABs.  They have a deep veteran rotation - the only thing missing is quality starting pitching - a rotation of Cole, Gabz, Shane Dawson, Wilmer Font and and solitary prospect (currently struggling) Conner Greene. 

1B - Tellez
2B - resurgent? Christian Lopes
SS - Urena
3B - Leblejian / Gurerro
CF - Ramirez / Fields
corner OF - Dwight Smith / Derrick Loveless / Melky Mesa
C - McGuire / Lavarnway
Utility - Jon Berti (7 day DL)

Might be a good time to visit New Hampshire.

Mike Green - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#328372) #
Tellez hit his first homer since returning from the DL last night and also singled twice.  He's slashing .299/.386/.500. 
PeterG - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#328373) #
The Jays may have to trade Tulo or Urena in the not too distant future. Another possibility might be switching Urena to the OF as Red Sox did with Mookie. He can always be moved back if necessary.
uglyone - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#328377) #
and both SRF and Alford may be due promotions soon, too.
PeterG - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#328381) #
Who else thinks that Derrick Loveless may be an unheralded sleeper prospect?
jerjapan - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#328382) #
I'm on the Loveless train PeterG, he's younger than you might think for a 2011 draft pick and he's had two years - this one and 2014 - where he's shown a nice combo of OBP and some pop.  He's cooled off after a fast start in AA but he's on my radar as as 4th OF type- don't know if they want to use a spot on the 40 man for him though, so he's rule v eligible.

Easy enough to find a spot for SRF in NH, but alford just turned 22 and has had such a rough year, I could see him staying in Dunedin.

dan gordon - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#328383) #
That AA team is certainly worth watching. I still have Shane Dawson on the prospect list, too - he's only 22 and was promoted fairly quickly this year - he only had 5 starts at Dunedin last year before being moved up to New Hampshire to start this season. He's walking too many, but that was never an issue for him before.

Loveless has shown a nice power surge in AA, but it's mainly at home, where his OPS is more than 500 points higher than it is on the road. I believe I've heard the home park there is rather friendly for lefty power hitters, but he is hitting home runs and getting walks, and is just a few months past his 23rd birthday. Strikes out a lot, and is probably never going to hit for much of an average.
PeterG - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#328384) #
I don't think Loveless will be placed on 40, nor do I think he will be claimed. Most of the claims are high upside young pitchers. This is why I say he is a sleeper but someone who bears watching. Remember too that he came from a non baseball state (Iowa) and needs more development time.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 05:12 PM EDT (#328388) #
Mike Bolsinger gets the start tonight for the Herd.
lexomatic - Saturday, August 06 2016 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#328403) #
The Jays may have to trade Tulo or Urena in the not too distant future.

As long as you can get something for him, I would totally trade Tulo before Urena, but not for a while... because in a few years, the Jays may be looking to get propects, and Urena would be ready to step in after a trade. A few other options include Tulo shifting to 3B if Donaldson goes, or being a primary DH'ing. The last option would be a shame with his defense, but maybe a necessity health wise.

I really don't think it's going to be an issue before 2018. If they continue to give Urena about a full season per level, then he would make it to AAA midway next year -and maybe get a call-up - and then start at AAA in 2018, MAYBE competing for a spot at a different position if everyone's doing well, MAYBE just staying in AAA. That's assuming he continues to hit. He might hit a bit of a roadblock and require more time.

Either way it's a good position.
scottt - Sunday, August 07 2016 @ 08:43 AM EDT (#328417) #
And it got rained out.

Bolsinger should pitch the first half of a doubleheader today.

bpoz - Sunday, August 07 2016 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#328419) #
The Jays need to protect players from the Rule 5 draft based on the protection rules.
Pompey, Dragmire and Loveless are all the same age, with Pompey being the oldest by 3 months.
Pompey and Dragmire were protected on the 40 man roster in time to avoid the Rule 5 risk. Loveless was exposed last year. Both Loveless and Dragmire were the decision of Shapkins.

This Dec the 2012 draft class is eligible for the Rule 5 draft. That includes DJ Davis, Alford, Smoral, Borucki and S Dawson. Dawson is in the highest level, AA. IMO none of them can do anything for the Jays in Sept so I do not expect any of them to be a Sept call up. The decision will wait until early Dec.
I mention Sept call ups because Pompey and Sanchez were called up in Sept rather than added to the 40 man in Dec. That was 2014.
For the Dec 2017 Rule 5 draft I expect C Greene to get a Sept call up rather than be added in Dec. He would have to be evaluated as being more useful than the 40 man player dropped in Sept 2017. If that did happen.
Mike Green - Sunday, August 07 2016 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#328455) #
Tellez homered twice today.
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