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The affiliates dropped three out of four Tuesday.

Buffalo Bisons

Casey Lawrence got a two-inning tuneup before his expected call up back to Toronto. He gave up a solo dinger to Pedro Alvarez but struck out three and got two groundball outs. Bisons manager Bobby Meacham praised Lawrence for keeping the ball down and using both sides of the plate. Lawrence threw 19 of his 25 pitches for strikes, lowering his Bisons ERA to 1.80.

Dwight Smith Jr. pushed his batting average to .289 with a home run, a single and two runs batted in. Jason Leblebijian was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run. Leblebijian made an error at third but he also made a nice diving play at the hot corner and was helped out by a Rowdy Tellez scoop at first to retire former Dodger Alex Castellanos in the fifth. Tellez went 0-for-4 and he is batting just .184 on the season.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Sean Reid-Foley tossed three shutout innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts and five groundouts but he also walked three, giving him six walks in 6-1/3 innings so far.

Tim Lopes drove in the Fisher Cats only run, extending his hitting streak to five, going 8-for-23 with five runs batted in. Christian's younger brother is now hitting .279 and he might join his sibling in Buffalo if he continues to perform. Richard Urena is only hitting .211 with just one extra-base hit. Anthony Alford had two more hits and a stolen base and he is now hitting .514.

Dunedin Blue Jays

Max Pentecost donned the tools of ignorance for the first time this season. He was 1-for-4 in throwing out basestealers before giving way to Danny Jansen in the sixth inning. Plagued by shoulder injuries shortly after being taken with the 11th pick of the 2014 draft, the Jays plan to take it easy with Pentecost behind the dish. At the dish Tuesday, he singled in three at-bats and scored a run but is hitting just .222 this season. Derrick Loveless had a four-hit night with two doubles and two stolen bases. The 24 year-old from Iowa wants to say goodbye to the Florida State League as he has spent parts of the last three seasons there and take another crack at Double-A, where he hit just .207 last season.

Justin Shafer has a scoreless stretch of 9-1/3 innings to start the season after pitching 1-1/3 shutout frames Tuesday. He has a strikeout-walk total of 13-2.

Lansing Lugnuts

Bo Bichette is on a seven-game hitting streak, going 2-for-3 with a walk Tuesday to boost his batting average to .419. The son of Dante has three doubles and a home run to give him an OPS of 1.139 and he has drawn six walks to help offset five strikeouts. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a hit and is now batting .282, walking nine times against seven whiffs. Shortstop Yeltsin Gudino remains ice-cold with the bat as an 0-for-11 skid has sunk his average to .103. He has drawn three walks to help his OBP out a little at .235. He has split time at second and short with Bichette in 2017 after spending all of 2016 at the six spot in Vancouver.

Justin Maese is having trouble keeping the ball on the ground and limiting free passes. He has a groundout/airout ratio of 1.47, which is down from his career rate of 2.39. He has walked eight batters already this season against just 11 K's in just 15-2/3 innings. That's in stark contrast to walking just 15 batters over 15 starts with Vancouver and Lansing last season. Geno Encina still has a 0.00 ERA over 9-2/3 innings to begin the year but has been victimized by four unearned runs. The Univeristy of Incarnate Word product does have a 11-3 K/BB ratio.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Anthony Alford, New Hampshire

2. Dwight Smith Jr., Buffalo

1. Derrick Loveless, New Hampshire

Tuesday's Linescores

Wednesday's Games/Probable Starters

Norfolk @ Buffalo, 6:05 pm ET - Jarrett Grube (1-0, 2.45)
Dunedin @ St. Lucie, 6:30 pm ET - Angel Perdomo (0-1, 5.59)
New Hampshire @ Trenton, 7:00 pm ET - Conner Greene (0-1, 4.82)
Lansing @ Dayton, 7:00 pm ET - Patrick Murphy (1-0, 4.91)

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China fan - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 09:42 AM EDT (#340871) #
Could Jason Leblebijian be the next Ryan Schimpf?  Unheralded infield prospect, reaches the high-minors at a relatively late age, has good OBP and a bit of late-developing slugging power, figures things out and eventually gets a major-league career? 

jerjapan - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#340877) #
Leblebijian doesn't have Schimpf's power, but he's certainly looked a viable utility player to me since his breakout season last year. Coaches rave about the guy, and he's got legit versatility.

Juan Graterol has been traded to the Angels, but our catching depth should be fine with Maile in the fold.

Alford is gunning for AAA - Loveless could take his AA spot, both are raking. Anyone think we could get an Alford sighting in Toronto by the end of the year?
finch - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#340878) #
I could see Alford getting a call after Super 2 status has passed. He's what they need at the top of the line up. Great vision, work the counts and speed when he gets on. He could be your LFer come mid May
PeterG - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#340879) #
I think I would wait longer on Alford, maybe till after the trade deadline if roster spots open up. I can see him as the starting RF next year. LF seems a waste of his defensive abilities.
Marlow - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#340881) #
Dan Jansen and Anthony Alford have really stepped it up in the early season.  If Jansen can keep it up, I think he will surpass Max Pentecost in the depth chart.

Anthony Alford has about 880 ABs in the minors.  I thought the average major leaguer usually needs at least 1000 ABs in the minors before graduating to the major leagues.  While it would be great for him to come up soon, it probably is more beneficial for him in the long run to get the reps in a lower pressure environment. has a nice article on Mr. Alford's hot start (

Nigel - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 12:35 PM EDT (#340882) #
BTW Schimpf is working on becoming the three outcomes king. His average is below .130 but he's still managed to put up an OPS over.700 on the back of 15 BB and 3HR's. Fun story.
jgadfly - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 12:43 PM EDT (#340884) #
RE: Anthony Alford ... There is an interesting article at MiLB site by Craig Forde on a one & a half hour conversation Alford had with Tim Raines during spring training ... With yesterday's game, Alford now has 6SB in 7 attempts and has more walks than strikeouts (8W/7K) ... I don't recall any Jay prospect ever starting a season as successfully as Alford has in his first 10 games this year ...
John Northey - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#340887) #
No question in my mind that Alford and Tellez will be the most fun to watch over the next few years. A pair of guys who dropped in the draft due to signability issues but the Jays decided 'screw it, lets try'. Something Pat Gillick learned back in the 80's was to never let that stop you from chasing the player you want. He wanted Bo Jackson but kept holding off and regretted it when KC took the shot instead. A few years later he jumped in earlier on John Olerud and was very happy.

I think more clubs need to recognize that early draft picks are still a crapshoot. For example, the 2002 draft (just to pick one that is long gone but not out of the modern era) you see 27 of 41 made the majors in the first round plus the inbetween 1st and 2nd part. So far 2 of them have cracked 50 WAR (Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels - a pair of HS pitchers) drafted #6 and #17. Jays took Russ Adams instead of Hamels (sigh) one of the 7 guys with negative lifetime WAR. Of note: Melvin Upton was the 2nd overall pick while the #1 pick only got into 26 games and went 1-9 5.62 ERA. Round #2 19 of 31 made it, with 2 in the 40's for WAR so far (Votto, Jon Lester) with 5 having negative WAR. 3rd round 8 of 30 made it Curtis Granderson over 40 WAR, all others under 2 (ouch).

With each round, as you can imagine, the quality goes down but after the first handful of picks it really becomes a crapshoot. I doubt anyone at the time really expected Howie Kendrick (10th round pick) to have more lifetime WAR than all but 3 first round picks (he is at 29).

Funny - I grabbed 2002 at random but it turns out that was the Moneyball draft where Bean was laughing about Prince Fielder being picked with a top 10 pick (23.8 WAR lifetime) and mocked the HS pitcher picks (Greinke, Hammels, Cain who had the top 3 WARS for round 1) What is interesting is that the best college player in round 1 was the guy the A's wanted (Nick Swisher). For the A's the player who got the most WAR was the one they couldn't sign, a 40th round pick named Jonathan Papelbon. Go figure. Still 80.4 WAR out of that draft for them is pretty good (that would be if all of them had signed - limted to signed they get 41.6 and no negative WAR guys). Jays on the other hand only got 0.7 WAR from their players.
China fan - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#340889) #
Good news: Gurriel is back. He doubled in his first AB for Dunedin tonight.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 19 2017 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#340891) #
The bad news is Gourriel has left the game due to injury according to these tweets.
bpoz - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 09:41 AM EDT (#340895) #
Some good outings on the farm last night. Many of our prospects are showing signs of adjusting to their new/higher leagues.
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