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The affiliates were 2-2 on Wednesday with two extra innings games. A couple of pitching prospects had their best starts of 2017, Conner Greene and Angel Perdomo both looked like what we hoped they would.


Dwight Smith had a great night, at the plate he reached base five times going 4-4 with a walk. In the field he started a double play to eliminate a threat. Smith has had an excellent start to 2017. It's hard to know what to make of it as Smith spent the last two seasons in AA and hit .265 in each season. His .357 average in 2017 seems unsustainable but if he has learned or improved his game and can keep hitting around the .300 mark he would be a viable option for the major league team. This is Smith's sixth year in the system but he is still just 24 years old, the prime age for hitters to reach the majors, so perhaps he is right on track. Smith has moderate pop, 15 home runs last year, two this year, and as a left handed hitter should get some opportunities in the majors. Smith is a nice surprise so far in 2017.

Ian Parmley gets no prospect love. He was signed for just $5,000 as part of AA's draft strategy when the new draft pools came into play. He was signed as a college senior so he had no leverage. All of the similar signees from those drafts are gone from the system but Parmley hangs in there and is hitting .370 in AAA. The Jays have never given him more than 282 at-bats, likely haven't seen him as a prospect, and Parmley now is 27 years old. I always think of Parmley as a Juan Pierre type, a speedy slasher who is as likely to bunt as hit. I don't think he was on the Jays radar but he could hit his way to a part time role.

New Hampshire

Ryan McBroom hit his first home run of the year. McBroom gets lost in Tellez's shadow but he is a prospect. Wednesday might have seen his first home run of the year but he has been hitting, just not home runs. McBroom is hitting .342.

Conner Greene had struggled to throw strikes through his first two starts but that wasn't a problem yesterday. Greene went 6.2 innings throwing 70 strikes to 33 balls. Trenton scored two runs off Greene in the first inning but Greene did not give up another hit until the sixth inning. Greene had 15 ground balls to just one fly ball, also very impressive. Reports suggest Greene was throwing 100 mph in parts of this game.


Angel Perdomo also had his best start of the year on Wednesday. Perdomo went five innings with seven strikeouts. Perdomo had only two K's in each of his first two starts. Perdomo is very tall, and Perdomo has struggled to coordinate his delivery, so we are likely to see hit and miss starts through 2017. Hopefully there are more hits than misses.

Lourdes Gurriel returned from the DL, had two at-bats, and had to leave with an apparent leg injury. Andrew Guillotte went 4-5 and was a triple short of the cycle. Those four hits bumped Guillotte's average from .227 to .286.


Brad Jones had two more hits, a home run, a walk and a strikeout. Vlad Jr had two doubles and his average is just under .300. You wonder if the cold weather is impacting some of the Latino players. Bo Bichette had just one hit but his average is right on .400. Those three hitters are leading the Lugs offense. Josh Palacios took an oh-fer.

3 Stars

3rd star: Angel Perdomo

2nd star: Ryan McBroom

1st star: Conner Greene


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China fan - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#340896) #
If we become discouraged by the Jays season, we now have a huge number of interesting prospects in the system. I don't recall so many impressive performances from so many intriguing prospects in many years. They won't all pan out, of course, but the big-name prospects are mostly producing and there are so many under-the-radar prospects who are suddenly becoming interesting.
Gerry - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#340897) #
Patrick Murphy went on the DL yesterday. Denis Diaz will take his roster spot.
hypobole - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#340902) #
"He was signed as a college senior so he had no leverage. All of the similar signees from those drafts are gone from the system"

They are gone from the system, but Kendall Graveman and Matt Boyd, who were similar underslot signees, did help land Donaldson and Price.
jerjapan - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 05:47 PM EDT (#340928) #
It's pretty amazing that Boyd and Graveman have been so good as 'punted' picks.  I love these longshots who make it, so I'm happy that Graveman seems to continue getting better.  Parmley might be a decent 5th OF - I'm certainly pulling for him.

I don't know if you can attribute the success of these guys to scouting or simply luck.  Graveman is apparently hitting 97-98 at times with his sinker.  Who saw that coming? 

Also, welcome back hypobole!

dan gordon - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#340931) #
Parmley has a career OPS of .637 and is 27 years old. It would be truly remarkable for him to have any meaningful mlb time. Smith is starting to get more interesting after fading somewhat as a prospect the past few seasons. He may have made some adjustments to produce this good start in AAA, or of course, it could just be a random hot stretch. If he can keep hitting well, and the Jays continue to struggle with the bats, we could see him in Toronto by June. Jones has 4 HR's in his last 4 games, and is 11 for 23 over his last 6, with an OPS now at 1.215 - the Jays may have made a nice find with their 18th round pick.
jerjapan - Thursday, April 20 2017 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#340932) #
Agreed on Parmley Dan, which is what makes him so interesting as a longshot - but his numbers from last year, K% aside, were genuinely intriguing.  I'm not super familiar with range factor as a stat, but he's got a minor league career RF of 2.52 in CF which seems pretty good, and he's got some basestealing ability.  He's certainly in the conversation for a fringe MLB reserve, and that in itself is remarkable. 

Jones and Smith are both great stories to follow in the minors at the moment, and Smith does have the pedigree.  Is there any precedent for a guy like that breaking out after 5 minor league seasons?

PeterG - Friday, April 21 2017 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#340947) #
Impressive start from T J Zeuch last night.
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