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All four affiliates had day games scheduled and three of them won and one was rained out. These games are scheduled for school groups to come in and get a day at the park. The teams clean up on the concessions while the players try to wake up when they normally sleep. The affiliates won behind good pitching. The three starters conceded one run between them, Sean Reid-Foley, Cesar Valdez and Angel Perdomo all pitched well. Chris Rowley also turned some heads with his pitching out of the bullpen.


Cesar Valdez is no spring chicken, he is 32 years old and he has 29 innings of major league experience. In his first start for Buffalo he threw five hitless innings with just one walk on his record. He had just two K's but got ten ground balls. Interesting that Matt Latos came out of the bullpen and pitched an inning. Is that Latos working his arm back into shape or is it a permanent move?

The Bisons had ten hits but five of them were doubles. Jake Elmore had two hits and scored two runs. Rowdy Tellez doubled off the wall and drove in two. Hot hitters Dwight Smith and Jason Leblebijian each had a hit.

New Hampshire

Sean Reid Foley had his best start of the year. He pitched five innings of three hit ball with seven K's and no walks. The absence of walks is the most surprising part of this start, prior to Wednesday SRF had walked 14 hitters in 15 innings. It was an excellent start and now we just need to see a few in a row. Chris Rowley tried to one up SRF. Rowley had seven K's in just three innings. That gives him 27 K's this season in 21.2 innings. In those 21.2 innings Rowley has given up 13 hits and walked just two. Thats a WHIP of .69. In case you have forgotten Rowley spent a couple of years away from baseball because of his military commitments. He is now 26 years old but certainly getting noticed.

The Fisher Cats had just seven hits and were out hit 10-7. Gunnar Heidt had two hits although his average is still just .224. Harold Ramirez hit his second home run of the season. Ramirez is just hitting .210 which is low but it the highest it has been since the second day of the season. Anthony Alford went 0-4.


Angel Perdomo had a decent start. His pitched five shutout innings but he had to use 94 pitches to do so. 53 of those were strikes so 41 were balls and he walked four in five innings. Its the usual story for Perdomo, he also walked four in his last start. Over his last five starts he has 26 K's in 25 innings with 13 walks. This was his pattern last year too, he just needs to tighten his control at each level.

The Jays have a couple of new hitters in their lineup, both coming off the DL. Josh Almonte had two hits with a home run to lead the offense. Almonte has shown glimpses of potential without much consistency. This is his age 23 season so this is the time to step up. Carl Wise is the other newbie, he was 1-4 out of the DH slot. Wise is another player who needs to show what he has this year after a below average year in Lansing in 2016. Kevin Vicuna has only one hit in his last six games and his average is down to .227. DJ Davis had a hit and has six hits in his last four games with just one strikeout. Is this a blip? Danny Jansen and Max Pentecost had the day off.


Lansing were rained out and the game will not be made up. I believe the Lugnuts just make one western trip per season, so there was no opportunity to make it up.

3 Stars

3rd star: Josh Almonte

2nd star: Cesar Valdez

1st star: Sean Reid-Foley


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uglyone - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#341902) #
BA updated top-100 today:


not bad for a gutted system.

p.s. bichette is too low
PeterG - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#341904) #
Agree that Bichette is too low. This seems outstanding for a system supposedly ranked #20 as 6 is a little less than double the average and average should be around #15, right.

I think that you can make a good case for Jansen and Zeuch as well.

I am excited to see Gurriel play and hope that he will take to the field soon.
bpoz - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#341905) #
Guerrero, Alford and Bichette are having good seasons so far. It is good that they still like Tellez. Gurriel and Reid-Foley must impress BA with their tools.

With Jay's prospects being added, someone else had to be subtracted. Some would be in the ML and so no longer eligible and other subtractions simply got dropped out.
bpoz - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#341907) #
Just for fun assume that half of the BA staff consider this a business. OK majority 51%.
They don't want to upset a big quantity of readers/subscribers just because they have a lousy farm team. It is better to upset a smaller number of subscribers like maybe the TB ones. It is irrelevant if they have a good farm system. But to a degree. Since you don't want to lose credibility by sounding stu_id. I apologize if "st_pid" is an unacceptable word on our site.

So then how close in ranking would Thor as a Mets prospect and Sanchez and Osuna be in the years that they qualified. But then Thor did have the best minor league career of the 3, I think.
uglyone - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#341909) #
thor leapt up the rankings instatntly after the trade. it was funny.
hypobole - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#341913) #
Not a knock on the Jays system, but system rankings almost have to improve when they don't graduate or trade anyone of note 2 years in a row.
bpoz - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#341914) #
If you are saying that some bias exists in these prospect rankings, I agree with you uglyone 100%.

Nobody will care if we rewrite the rankings. Bichette and Vlad possibly deserve to be higher. They probably will be higher at season end ranking.

Guerrero at #16 for example moves up 5 spots if #1-15 has 3 graduates and 2 fall backs. Then it would be Vlad's performance and other factors that determine how close to #11 he is. Then remove a few spots for bias and other factors like age etc...
Bichette has more room to maneuver on the prospect highway. Again based on the above factors.

But seriously what is wrong/right with Zeuch. He has not struggled as a professional. Good numbers in GCL and Vancouver. Lansing's ERA of 9 was very bad. But 8IP, 10H 2BB and 14K are really incredible. Being in Dunedin was overly aggressive I thought. But he is handling it well. I expect him to regularly pitch into the 7th inning soon. In his 1 loss he out pitched his 2 wins. I hope he gets to AA this year and hopefully get 5-10 starts.

Gooden and Saberhagen did not need any minor league seasoning. They probably won ROY. Steib needed some minor league time. Did not win ROY, because ineligible. I always dream big ........ Zeuch!!!

PeterG - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#341918) #
Casey Lawrence claimed by Mariners.
John Northey - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#341922) #
Steib was an outfielder who was converted to pitching. As is he had just 19 games as a pitcher before he was called up 7 in AAA, 12 in A (Dunedin). His first 7 years in the majors were 100 or better for ERA+, a bad year in '86, then 5 more 100+ ERA+ seasons at which point his arm went kaboom sadly enough.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 05:16 PM EDT (#341926) #
Stieb.  "i before e except...."  He was a great pitcher, who arguably ought to qualify for the Hall of Fame-note comment 13 in the link!.
scottt - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#341927) #
Barreto is 25 and Hoffman 27.
cybercavalier - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 08:05 PM EDT (#341928) #
About catching, would some veterans who are on the shuttle between Triple-A and the Major League and not on their original teams' 40 men roster come to Toronto? Tim Federdowicz of the Giants come to mind...
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#341931) #
Justin Maese went the distance tonight. 9IP 5H 1R/ER 1BB 7K 10 GO in Lugnuts win at Kane County. 103 pitches, 69 strikes.
bpoz - Thursday, May 11 2017 @ 10:24 PM EDT (#341932) #
C Greene and Zeuch also good.
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