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I know you can't scout the stat line, and I know that Vlad Guerrero Jr. is the better rated prospect, but Bo Bichette is putting together a great season. On Wednesday Lansing scored four runs, Bichette drove in three of them and scored the fourth. He reached base all four times he came to bat. There are some concerns regarding his swing but you have to admire the way he is playing. Between Vlad Jr., Anthony Alford, Bo Bichette and some of the pitchers, you could have quite the discussions at the end of this year as to who is the number one and number two prospect in the system.

There was lots of hitting on the farm Wednesday. The Jays four teams racked up 45 hits. Unfortunately their opponents also had 45. The Jays came out on the short end at 1-3.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back and played DH on Wednesday. Salty had two hits, one of the bloop variety and struck out three times. Salty used to be a decent hitter, a period of a couple of months in the minors might sort out his swing. Jason Leblebijian had two more doubles, and two strikeouts, and made a sparkling play at third. "Leb" had an outstanding April with a 1027 OPS. He has slowed in May but still has an 837 OPS and his strikeout rate is not high. If he does the same in June he would be looking for a major league call-up. Roemon Fields picked up two more hits to keep his average at 400 and Dwight Smith also had a couple of hits and is hitting .297. Despite all that hitting the Bisons lost. Four of their runs came in the last inning off Dustin Antolin and Joe Nathan.

TJ House walked six in five innings and gave up four runs. John Stilson and Wil Browning also failed to keep a clean sheet.

New Hampshire

Like Buffalo, New Hampshire were hitting, 13 hits in the game. Anthony Alford led the way with four hits, Ryan McBroom had three, a single, double and a home run. Richard Urena had two including his second home run of the season, hit to centre field. Danny Jansen had one hit in three at-bats, a double, and was hit by a pitch.

On first look Conner Greene did not have a good start, he gave up five runs in five innings. Trenton had six hits off Greene but only two were hard hit balls. Four of the hits were ground balls and two of those were infield hits. Greene had eight ground ball outs to three fly balls, sometimes the ground balls go through. For better news on Greene check out the scouting report in the link at the bottom of this article.


All nine hitters had a hit, the Jays had 13. Max Pentecost pushed his average back over .300 with two hits. He played DH on Wednesday. After Pentecost, the next best averages belong to Andrew Guillotte and Cavan Biggio each had a lone hit. Lane Thomas got off to a good start but has been struggling in May, his OPS is 485 for the month.

TJ Zeuch went seven innings but was hit around for 11 hits. However, Like Greene, four were ground balls and three were soft fly balls. I don't think he was hit hard, just hit to the right places. Zeuch did get eight ground ball outs and six K's.Tom Robson pitched a clean inning. Robson had a couple of rough outings in April but has had a string of much better appearances recently. He could be settling in to his bullpen role.


Jackson McClelland has pitched well this season but he took the loss on Wednesday. The Lugnuts took a one run lead to the ninth but McClelland walked the lead off hitter and had two on with no outs. With one out Yeltsin Gudino booted a ground ball allowing the tying run to score. A couple of more hits left McClelland with the loss and three runs allowed. Justin Maese had a two sided start. Through three innings he had given up three runs on six hits. Then he retired 11 in a row and did not concede any more runs.

Bo Bichette had an excellent game. He walked and scored in the first inning. He doubled in two runs in the fifth. He walked in the fifth and singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh. He was 2-2 with two walks and played a part in every run scored by Lansing. Edward Olivares had two more hits, one a double. Vlad Jr had the day off.

3 Stars

3rd star: Ryan McBroom

2nd star: Anthony Alford

1st star: Bo Bichette


You can find scouting reports on Conner Greene, Sean Reid-Foley, Francisco Rios and Tim Mayza here.

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Dave Till - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#342192) #
I was looking up the Lansing Lugnuts team statistics just now, and I noticed that Jake Thomas has a .505 on-base percentage. In 97 plate appearances, he has 18 hits and 30 walks.

I don't think he's a major prospect - he's 23, so he's old for the league, and he isn't showing power or speed - but .505 is an extremely impressive OBP figure. I'd like to see what happens to him when he moves up. (He'll probably be overmatched by more advanced pitching, of course.)

The Lugnuts appear to have three legitimate hitting prospects: Bichette, Vlad Jr., and Bradley Jones. When was the last time the Jays had three hitting prospects on the same minor league roster? Has this happened since the days of Shawn Green and/or Carlos Delgado?
uglyone - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#342193) #
Still not really buying Jones given how old he is (should be 2 levels up at his age).

But what Bo is doing is starting to look every bit as impressive as Vladdy. I mean Bo's numbers are boosted by crazy babip still but he's putting up better numbers than Trout and Harper did at the same age and level.
bpoz - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#342198) #
Our young players in AA should help soon. Either this year or next.
PeterG - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#342199) #
Brad Jones is 21 and was only drafted in 2016. How is this old for his level? He is exactly where he should be in terms of progression.
Nigel - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#342202) #
Jon Harris got rocked again this morning. As I've said for some time now, his stuff just isn't very good. I wonder if they'll consider making him a reliever on the off chance that his FB gains a couple of ticks out of the pen. I suspect that they will be reluctant to go that route with a former 1st round pick but I think it may be the only way to salvage something out of that situation.
uglyone - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#342203) #
well you're right he's a june baby so even though this is his age 22 season he's a very young 22, so it's closer to a year and a half. and you're right that he's a recent draftee and he can only be promoted so fast. Still, I'll wait until he gets to more age appropriate levels until I buy in - especially since some of the underlying numbers seem questionable (though it's encouraging that his strikeouts seem to be coming down).

For example, his fellow (and younger) 2016 draftee Zeuch is exceling in A+ already.

TBH, I'm most interested to hear about whether his conversion to 2B is going well. If he's more than a 1B type then that raises his profile quite a bit for me.

Does anyone have any reports on his defense?
uglyone - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#342204) #
This is kind of what I'm worried about with Jones - his line pops out at you but there may be some sustainability issues there:

First 17gms: 72pa, .475babip, .391avg, .391iso, 234wrc+
Last 17gms: 72pa, .320babip, .262avg, .123iso, 107wrc+
PeterG - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#342205) #
From what I have heard listening to some Lansing broadcasts, his defense is average but he is very versatile.

And to answer an inquiry a few days back concerning the defense of Edward Olivares, he has better than average speed and an outstanding arm with 7 OF assists already this season. He threw (no bounce) out a base runner from RF to 3b in a game I was listening to Monday.
uglyone - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 02:18 PM EDT (#342207) #
Noting that both Vladdy and Bo are march babies so will be amongst the youngest of their age groups, here are the best teenager wrc+ seasons (min 100pa/qualified) in A ball since 2006 (as far as fangraphs goes back):


1.M.Trout '10: 172
2.J.Soto '17: 170
3.G.Stanton '08: 168
4.B.Harper '11: 164
5.V.Guerrero '17: 160
6.F.Freeman '08: 150
7.C.Correa '13: 147
8.J.Singleton '10: 146
9.R.Torreyes '11: 146
10.J.Heyward '08: 143


1.B.Bichette '17: 197
2.O.Tavares '11: 190
3.C.Kieboom '17: 178
4.B.Buxton '13: 176
5.J.Baez '12: 170
6.J.Decker '09: 169
7.J.Gallo '13: 163
8.E.Jimenez '16: 162
9.C.Seager '13: 155
10.V.Robles '16: 153
11.B.Bradley '15: 153
12.W.Myers '10: 152
13.C.Rasmus '06: 151
14.T.Snider '07: 151
15.J.Drennen '06: 150
Gerry - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#342220) #
Tulo in the Dunedin lineup tonight.
Gerry - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 04:52 PM EDT (#342222) #
Part two of the New Hampshire scouting report is here. In summary the scout likes Alford and Urena, and is less optimistic on Ramirez and McBroom.
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, May 18 2017 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#342231) #
It's been mentioned in the game thread already but Dwight Smith Jr. got the call today to join the Jays. Congrats to him. He's come a long way from his struggles in Vancouver when he hit just .175 in 63 at-bats back in 2012. Hopefully, the Georgia native gets a chance to bat in his hometown tonight and play against one of the teams his Dad played for.
PeterG - Friday, May 19 2017 @ 11:09 AM EDT (#342249) #
There have been 3 mock drafts published in the past 48 hours-- BA, John Sickels and 2080 Baseball. 5 different players are mentioned as possible picks by the Jays at 22 and 28.

BA - #22 - Evan White, College 1b, OF
#28 - Alex Lange. College RHP

Sickels - #22 - Griffin Canning - College RHP
#28 - Brendon Little - Jr. College LHP

2080 - #22 - Logan Warmoth, college SS
#28 - Brendon Little, Jr. College. LHP

85bluejay - Friday, May 19 2017 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#342250) #
Please, top picks with upside - I just cannot stand another Jenkins/McGuire/Harris type - I am not Optimistic. This will be the new regime first draft totally in charge with "their" guys, that's what I will be hanging my hat on.
uglyone - Friday, May 19 2017 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#342251) #
Alford called up.

sweet. probably only for one game but I love it.
jerjapan - Friday, May 19 2017 @ 06:56 PM EDT (#342261) #
Fantastic news about Alford - an infusion of youth seems is clearly in the cards for the future, but I think Alford may even be able to help right away ... push Jose to DH and ... oh wait, we've got that damn Morales contract.

85, the new FO is less likely to go for the high risk, high reward draftee than the AA FO .... last year showed a greater emphasis on the more conservative college player, and that was with Brian Parker still running the show.  AA would make the odd conservative choice, like Harris, but they were pretty aggressive in targeting helium and upside.  Harris is an outlier in their draft history, and I'll take AA's draft record over Shapiro's 100 times out of 100.

That said, Shapiro has shown a willingness to hire talented people in his FO, so hopefully Steve Sanders lives up to the hype he had around him when hired.

soupman - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 01:18 AM EDT (#342292) #
shapiro's draft history is pretty bad outside of lindor. best player coming out of the first round (by WAR) he's drafted in 15+ years is Jeremy Guthrie, for example. in the second you get a hit with kipnis. but then really nothing in rounds 3 or 4.
bpoz - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#342296) #
Lets hope Shapiro's drafting improves. Based in Cleveland usually being a weak team, Shapiro would have got a few high choices. There must be a long list of good players that he missed on.
uglyone - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#342301) #
i'll give him credit - his first draft is as of now looking as good as it possibly could.
jerjapan - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#342304) #
Not sure how much input the new guys had on the last draft - Parker's last at the helm.  It certainly did have a different feel to it, with less risky picks and more college position players.

Bichette alone is enough to make it a solid draft, but Zeuch looks like a decent 1st rounder, Jackson should be a quality reliever, and guys like Palacios, and Biggio, who just continues to get on base, add some more intrigue.  Throw in a longshot breaking out in Bradley Jones and it does seem like a good draft.  It is worth noting how many of the pitchers are struggling though - Ravel, Hartman, Snead, Hall, Ellenbest, Eller, Carkuff - literally every pitcher drafted after Jackson who is active in 2017 is struggling. 

scottt - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#342305) #
Weird the way he brought up Kevin Barker. "He reminds me of a right handed version of Kevin Barker offensively when he was with the Blue Jays in 2006". I mean, Barker was 30 year old then and definitively one of those "bitter old men" Zaun likes to talk about.

What's a "dead red profile"?

uglyone - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#342306) #
who's that in reference to, scottt? "dead red profile" would indicate to me a pure fastball masher power hitter, who can't hit a curveball. like Juan Francisco.
scottt - Saturday, May 20 2017 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#342309) #
The scouting report from AA that Gerry linked. Dead red was used for both Ramirez and McBroom.
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