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Buffalo Bisons

John Stilson was tagged with the Herd's first loss of 2017 after giving up a home run to Kennys Vargas that snapped a 0-0 tie in the sixth inning. The 26 year-old native of Texarkana, Texas looks to break through in his sixth season in the pros as he begins his fourth stint with the Bisons.

The third round pick of 2011 did not get to pitch until 2012 because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder which he suffered at Texas A&M. The Jays tried him as a starter during his first season with Dunedin and New Hampshire but has remained in the bullpen ever since. Baseball America rated Stilson three times among its top 30 Blue Jays prospects, ranking as high as number 7 after 2012 when he went 3-0 for the D-Jays with a 2.82 ERA before finishing 2-4 with a 5.04 ERA with the Fisher Cats.

Stilson spent the majority of 2013 with the Bisons where he went 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA and struck out 47 batters in 47-1/3 innings with four saves. He started 2014 with Buffalo and won both of his decisions with a 3.18 ERA but was sidelined with yet another labrum injury. He missed most of 2015, save for one appearance in Dunedin. The 6-foot-3 hurler pitched one inning for Buffalo in 2016 but was in New Hampshire the rest of the time where he went 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA, whiffing 41 batters and walking 23 in 48-1/3 frames. Stilson is said to throw a fastball in the 95-MPH range with an above-average changeup but a career WHIP of 1.38 means means he has to make more strides with his control before going to the show.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Like Jon Harris a night ago, Shane Dawson gave up three home runs as the Fisher Cats were pounded again by Reading. Chris Rowley has a shutout streak of five innings after putting up three goose eggs Tuesday. The U.S. Military Academy grad has five K's and zero walks so far. has a good article on his background.

Anthony Alford has a five-game hitting streak after going 1-for-4. However, his multi-hit string of four in a row is over. What a disappointment!

Dunedin Blue Jays

Danny Jansen and Juan Kelly had a chance to be the hero but they flied out the bases loaded as the Jays dropped a one-run decision to the Florida Fire Frogs. Still, Jansen is off to a good start with eight hits in 17 at-bats, giving him a .471 average on the young season. After suffering hand injuries in 2015 and 2016, Jansen will look to build on a strong AFL showing in which he batted .282. Known for his good defence behind the plate, the 21 year-old hopes to continue progressing with the bat.

Tom Robson gave up the winning run in the eighth to take the loss but he struck out two. Justin Shafer surrendered just one hit and struck out four over two scoreless frames, giving him eight Ks and zero walks over five innings. That's a substantial boost from his career strikeout rate of over five per nine innings in his four-year career. His only successful stint in the Jays system came with Lansing in 2015 when he went 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA but he has struggled since being promoted to Dunedin as a starter and a reliever over the past two years. The 24 year-old from Lake Wales, Florida was assigned to the Arizona Fall League at the end of 2016 for further development.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Justin Shafer, Dunedin

2. Chris Rowley, New Hampshire

1. Brett Oberholtzer, Buffalo

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Tuesday's Linescores

Wednesday's Schedule/Probable Starters

Reading @ New Hampshire, 10:35 am ET - Sean Reid-Foley (0-1, 5.40)
Lansing @ Bowling Green, 11:05 am ET (DH) - Andy Ravel (NR)/Justin Maese (1-0, 3.60)
Rochester @ Buffalo, 1:05 pm ET - Mike Bolsinger (NR)
Dunedin @ Florida, 6:35 pm ET - Jordan Romano (0-0, 3.86)
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Mike Green - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#340572) #
Sean Reid-Foley took it on the chin again this morning for the F-Cats.

Andy Ravel got the start for Lansing.  The Luggies need to find Pete Debussy (or more likely Carl Salzedo) to join him in the rotation.  Impressionist music and auto parts go together very well. 

Mike Green - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#340576) #
Ravel got the win and Saucedo (close enough to Salzedo for me) got the save in a Lugnut shutout.  Maese gets the start in Game 2. 
China fan - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 02:57 PM EDT (#340577) #
Jose Fernandez now has 8 strikeouts in 4 innings this season. No runs and just 2 walks.
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#340578) #
The walks are the key for Fernandez. He has shown an ability to generate K's, but has had some control issues. Last year at Dunedin, for instance, he walked 34 in 43 2/3 IP. On the other hand, he only gave up 29 hits. I don't know what the scouting report is on him, but he looks like he might have a shot at a bullpen job in a year or two, based on his numbers. Another NH bullpen arm, Alonzo Gonzalez, is in a similar situation. He has produced lots of K's, but lots of walks. Had a good outing in relief of Reid-Foley today.
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#340579) #
Vlady with his 2nd HR of the season in game 2, Woodman 3 hits in the DH, Maese pitched the 6 inning complete game in game 2, but was hit around for 9 hits and 5 runs (4 earned).

In the Buffalo game, Lawrence started and was excellent in his 3 innings, with 4 K's, no runs allowed, Bolsinger had a decent appearance, and Dermody struck out all 5 batters he faced. Campos with the 2 inning save, including 3 K's, as the Bisons combined to strike out 15.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#340580) #
I had forgotten that Woodman is a collegian.  He is 22 years old and is having significant strike zone issues in the Midwest League.  That's not what you want to see from a 2nd round draft choice less than a year later.
PeterG - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#340581) #
I am not as concerned with Woodman as many....still only played 3 months of pro ball. He does everything else well.

I really liked what I saw of Jose Fernandez in ST. I think he has a good chance to advance.
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#340582) #
Woodman had concerns around his K rate even when he was drafted.  I wasn't a fan of the pick then and while he had a strong debut in 2016, the K's kept coming.  He's got some speed and power and if he can stick at CF could be a good prospect, but he's struggling mightily right now. 

Obviously the team knew he had issues with strikeouts when they drafted him - I've only started following prospects closely in the past few years .... does anyone know of prospects with similar issues that succeeded?  I wonder if the team thinks he can succeed despite the K%. 

85bluejay - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#340585) #
Was a bit surprised when the Jays passed on CF Bryan Reynolds (#59 - Giants) to take Woodman (#57) - will be interesting to follow their development paths.
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#340587) #
Ian Parmley is putting together a nice resume for a non-prospect and is off to a good start with Buffalo.  He was one of the 'punted picks' in 2013 - AA drafted a bunch of college seniors in the top ten to save bonus pool money for Alford.  The rest of them washed out fast - one or two seasons.  But Parmley, who has never been a regular, had a solid 2016 in AA at 26 years old and appears to be the most legit CF option (defensively) for Buffalo this year.  With some D, speed and on base skills, he might have a shot at a 5th OF role.

At the very least, he's a fun guy to root for. 

PeterG - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#340592) #
I would not say that Woodman is struggling mightily at all. He had 3 hits in the doubleheader today and is hitting .250. I listened to some of the games today and runners would not try to take any liberties on balls hit to him as announcer alluded to that specifically.

Tough crowd.
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#340594) #
Scottt, I was referring to 12Ks in 24 at bats for Woodman, to go with his K% of 32% last year.  His 2 hits in the 2nd half of the doubleheader help his line, but he's gotta deal with those Ks. 
cybercavalier - Wednesday, April 12 2017 @ 08:09 PM EDT (#340596) #
LHB I. Parmley and RHB J. Leblebijian are off to good start with Buffalo whereas the the usual 2nd batter J. Elmore is not. How about putting Parmley against RHSP and Leblebijian LHSP and put Elmore as the 7th which Parmely and Leblebijian would be?
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