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Jordan Romano pitched a seven inning one hitter on Saturday with nine strikeouts. Lucas Harrell returned to AAA with an excellent start of five shutout innings. Chris Rowley had a good start, Sean Reid-Foley did not. Bo Bichette kept on hitting. Bradley Jones notched his first home run for Dunedin.


Lucas Harrell pitched five shutout innings in his first start for Buffalo. Harrell is presumably AAA material unless he keep pitching like this. Former Blue Jay Marcus Walden got he win against the Jays on Sunday. Walden is now starting for Pawtucket and has a 2.01 ERA. Walden was lost on waivers and has moved around some, he is now 28 years old.

Rowdy Tellez had one hit in two games and his average is down to .200. Its almost the middle of June, Tellez needs to start figuring out AAA pitching. He looked like he was heating up a few weeks ago but his batting has slipped back.

Ian Parmley played two games over the weekend and went 1-4 in each. Parmley's average is .304, one of the top ten in the IL, but his OPS is .737 and he is sporting a 25% K rate. That 737 converts to a 600'ish major league OPS so not good enough yet. Buffalo has three hitters in the top ten in hitting. Jason Leblebijian was 3-10 with a home run this weekend. The third hitter in the top ten is Dwight Smith Jr who was 4-11 with a double and a home run.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 1-11 in three games at DH over the weekend. Salty now joins Tellez with a .200 average. He needs to pick it up, or the Jays could release him for the second time this season.

New Hampshire

Among the pitchers Chris Rowley was excellent, Jon Harris was good and Sean Reid-Foley was not. Rowley's starts have a deja-vu feel about them. He has allowed one run in each of his last three starts. In his last two starts he pitched seven innings, giving up three hits and one run. Last time out he had eight punch-outs, this time "just" six. Jon Harris went six innings on Sunday and conceded two runs on seven hits. SRF just went three innings with six runs on his file. Baseball players always talk about getting more consistent, that's what SRF is looking for.

Danny Jansen hit his first AA home run on Friday night, two hits total, and he liked that so much he did it again on Saturday. Jansen has a .972 OPS in AA after a .963 OPS in Dunedin. There is no sign he is slowing down. Jansen's K rate has moved up a little, from 10% to 15% but his walk rate has gone up too.

Gunnar Heidt had five hits, three of them doubles, over the weekend to raise his on base by 10 points and his slugging by 20. Overall his OPS is just .704 so there is still work to do. The Fisher Cats had some good hitting over the weekend, Matt Dean and Tim Lopes had three hit games on Saturday. Richard Urena had three hits in two games, Harold Ramirez had four hits in three games.


Jordan Romano was outstanding on Saturday. One run allowed on one hit over seven innings. Romano hit the first batter then gave up his hit. He then retired 18 in a row before hitting another batter. He then got his final three outs including his ninth strikeout. Romano's ERA is 2.18 and his ERA in both May and June is around 1.50. Romano has 72 K's in 66 innings.

Ryan Borucki had a rare bad start on Friday, he conceded seven in less than four innings. Borucki's ERA is 4.55, he had an OK April, a great May, ERA 1.98, and now June's ERA is high with this start.

Bradley Jones has had a slow start to high A. He did pick up a hit in each of the three weekend games including, on Sunday, a three run home run, his first for Dunedin. Jones' batting average is .200, he hasn't figured out high A yet. x

The Dunedin bats were pretty quiet on the weekend, over three games they had just 19 hits and Gregorio Petit had five of those. Max Pentecost went 0-4 on Friday and did not play on Saturday or Sunday. He did catch Friday's game so perhaps he picked up a knock. Cavan Biggio hit his fourth home run on Friday.


Lansing had 25 hits in three games but gave up 18 runs to lose two of three. The only starting pitcher not to allow a run was Yennsy Diaz making his first start. Diaz only pitched two innings due to a pitch count of 54.

Bo Bichette broke his hitting streak with an oh-fer on Friday but then picked up five hits over the next two games, three of them were doubles. Vlad Jr had two hits in two games.

Edward Olivares homered in all three weekend games. In total he had four hits, all for extra bases. Olivares is hitting .275 with an OPS of 822.

JB Woodman hit a big three run home run on Sunday to help Lansing get the win. Woodman had a mini hot streak at the start of the week with fewer K's but he had two K's in each of his last three games. Back to normal I guess.

Three Stars

Third Star - Edward Olivares

Second Star - JB Woodman

First Star - Bo Bichette


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lexomatic - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 07:50 AM EDT (#343320) #
Tellez has horrible AAA numbers partly because his vs left totals are unimaginably bad. He does not have an abnormally high ab total vs them, though.
He needs to improve in general, but needs a clue vs left.
At this point I'd like to see something along the lines of 270/320/450 vs R and 600 vs L. By the end of the season. Then try to build from there. He's always had a big split, with only 2016 in AA where it was good (963 vs R, 800 vs L)
He also needs to figure out Buffalo. He is sub 600 ops at home but with more HR. Along with his terrible average, he's on pace for something like 20 1 10 for extra base hits. That won't cut it unless the rest of your line is like Mark Grace.
I'd love to know if there's been any change in approach that would explain things being worse than they should be, but I don't think xbabip  type stats if available are trustworthy for Aaa.

Gerry - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#343330) #
Mitch Nay is back with the Lugnuts. Nay's last stop was Dunedin but he hasn't played in 18 months so he just needs some at-bats right now.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#343333) #
Here is the Vancouver Canadians roster to start 2017. Their season opener is Thursday in Eugene
PeterG - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 05:17 PM EDT (#343334) #
I am sure there will be a few additions before the end of the month as some high college picks are added. I am excited to see the progress of Chavez Young, whom I think was a steal in the 2016 draft.
mendocino - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 06:04 PM EDT (#343335) #
I'll second the excitement for Young (thought he'd be in Bluefield) No Jacob or Monzon? Milb TV broadcast Van's away series starting Thur.Like the young group of bats
PeterG - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#343341) #
Sparkman starts for NH tomorrow night.
Gerry - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 07:58 PM EDT (#343348) #
No Pentecost in the Dunedin lineup again tonight. Now I see that Pentecost is on the DL.
Gerry - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#343349) #
Pentecost was put on the DL today. Jose Nova and Jesus Navarro were added from extended.
CeeBee - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:01 PM EDT (#343350) #
Any idea what the Pentacost injury is? Hope it's not his arm.
Nigel - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#343353) #
That is a pretty ugly looking roster in Vancouver from a prospecting perspective, but I guess that was inevitable once Vladdy Jr. and Bichette jumped to Lansing directly. In addition to Chavez, I think Vicuna and Severino would be the only semi-prospects on the team. Whether they are a good team (from a W/L perspective) depends entirely, as it does every year, with the quality of the late round college players that they add.
jerjapan - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#343354) #
Thanks for the C's roster #2.  I'm excited to see Yorman Rodriguez there - at 19 years old, the org clearly likes his bat.  If he can play catcher at all, his offense is pretty intriguing.  If he can't - and he's been playing lots of first base - different story.  Hope to hear some eye witness reports over the coming months!

Hopefully some of the young Canadians pitchers will step up - as good as our minor league hitters have been this year, the pitchers have been on the other side of the ledger. 

Who are you guys following on the team?

uglyone - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#343358) #
yeah i think yorman is a good one.
Marc Hulet - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#343360) #
For me this is one of the more intriguing rosters that Vancouver has had in a few years... Aleton, Espada, Jimenez, Weatherly, Lizardo, Y Rodriguez, Vicuna, Obeso, Pruitt and Young... Really nice to see the Jays international picks filtering throughout the lower minors - takes some pressure off their modest drafting.
jerjapan - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:46 PM EDT (#343361) #
That is an interesting bunch of names to me Marc.  What's the scoop on Jiminez?  He's the one guy I've literally never heard of.  Do you have a favourite from the group? 
Marc Hulet - Monday, June 12 2017 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#343363) #
I'm a Yorman Rodriguez fan - great approach at the plate... if he can continue to develop his gap pop -- or stick behind the plate -- then his value really climbs. Shocked that Chavez made Vancouver but his bat must be catching up to his athleticism. Signed as an older pick out of the Dominican, Jimenez has added some zip on his fastball and has a chance as a bullpen guy.
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