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The Futures game was played on Sunday featuring Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Vlad and Bo were the two youngest players in the game, most of the players are older and are playing on AAA or AA teams. Vlad and Bo could be asked back again next year. Vlad had two hits, the first was on a 99 mph fastball that he lined to left. The second was a grounder up the middle. Vlad also struck out and fouled out. Bo started on the bench and had two at-bats. In the first he hit a fly ball to right field. In the second he struck out facing former Jay, Jairo Labourt. Bo swung at two pitches that were off the plate away. We don't know if he was over eager, not seeing the pitcher well or was it his approach.

On the diamond the Jays affiliates went 1-5. The only win came in Dunedin, a walk off thanks to an error. At the top of the system the hitters are not hitting. In the lower levels the hitters are hitting but the pitchers are not going well.



Buffalo

Buffalo has five outfielders. Dalton Pompey, Dwight Smith, Ian Parmley, Roemon Fields and Michael Saunders. Pompey only played one game on the weekend. Dwight Smith came out of Saturdays game early and did not play Sunday. Saunders is only hitting .147. Fields at .316 has the best batting average of the five.

Rowdy Tellez was 3-12 for the weekend.

Luis Santos had the best pitching performance, seven shutout innings with four hits allowed. Chris Rowley gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.


New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats lost all three of their weekend games. On Sunday Sean Reid-Foley was hit around some, he only went 4.1 innings and conceded five earned runs. Francisco Rios had a decent start, three hits allowed in 5.2 innings. But he did walk four.

Carlos Ramirez missed all of May and June. But he has now pitched three times in July and his numbers are excellent. He has pitched eleven innings with just three hits and three walks allowed in that span. He also has 15 strikeouts.

The hitters were quiet all weekend. Jonathan Davis, Richard Urena and Harold Ramirez had three hits in three games. Danny Jansen had two in two.

Andrew Guillotte had a blistering May but has now cooled off. His OPS was average in June and he is off to a slow start in July.


Dunedin

The Jays had some good pitching performances. Ryan Borucki went seven innings, one earned run, six K's. Jordan Romano was not as strong as he usually is, he gave up three runs in seven innings but just five hits. Josh DeGraaf also went seven innings and he just gave up one run.

Max Pentecost is back and went 1-4 and 2-5 in two games. Most of the hitting was in Fridays game, Juan Kelly had four, Connor Panas had three including a home run. Several players had two including Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel, DJ Davis and Michael De La Cruz.


Lansing

Edward Olivares is a 21 year old outfielder from Venezuela. Following the departures of Bo and Vlad, Olivares has stepped up and taken over as the star of the offense. Over the weekend Olivares went 8-13 with three doubles and a home run. His average is up to .287. Yeltsin Gudino is also playing well, he had two hits in each of the two games he played. Josh Palacios had ten hits in three games a few days ago but then sat out four games, presumably because of a minor knock. He returned on Sunday and was hitless but it seems like every time he starts to get hot he gets injured. They do say that staying healthy is a skill.

Lansing did not get good pitching, both Yenssy Diaz and Gino Encina were hit around a bit.

On the other hand, Osman Gutierrez definitely did not get hit around. In four innings Osman walked six and struck out six. He gave up one hit, a pop up to himself.



Vancouver

The Canadians used lots of pitchers over the weekend. Juan Nunez started on Sunday and pitched four innings, walking six. He was the only pitcher to pitch more than three innings over the weekend. Jose Espada made one of the starts and was hit around for seven hits in three innings.

The hitters were on their game rapping out 33 hits. Kacy Clemens, Kevin Vicuna and Cullen Large had five hits each. Three of Clemens' hits were doubles and one a triple. Reggie Pruitt had four hits and stole a couple of bases. Riley Adams had four knocks in two games.


Bluefield

Bluefield's pitchers followed a similar path to Vancouver's with just two pitchers pitching four innings. Elio Silva went four, allowing just one unearned run, but he had just one K. Joel Espinal surrendered two runs in his four innings, he punched out three.

The opposing pitchers could be getting wary of Ryan Noda already. He was 5-9 with five walks over the weekend. Chavez Young and Kevin Smith each were 5-13. Young had two doubles and a triple. Yorman Rodriguez was 4-8 in two games while Tanner Kirwer, Canadian, went 4-10.


GCL Blue Jays

The GCL Jays only played one game and they were two hit by the Yankees. Jol Concepcion took the loss by giving up two runs in four inning. Concepcion had a little trouble finding the plate, he walked four.



Three Stars

Third Star - Mike Reeves and Mitch Nay

Second Star - Josh DeGraaf

First Star - Kevin Smith


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hypobole - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#345102) #
From BP's Top 50:

13. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

Why Heíll Succeed: Yeah, heís probably a first baseman in the end. If thereís 7 hit/7 power here does anyone care?

Why He Might Fail: Heís probably a first baseman in the end. Smashing the Midwest League at 18 is nice, but thatís a long way from the majors, and the batís going to have to carry the profile. If it falls short, heís a guy, but not a dude.

29. Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Why Heíll Succeed: While we predicted Bichette would make the 2018 101, he was the biggest jumper from our preseason rankings in terms of pure real estate and arrived here a few months early. Why? An advanced approach paired with the controlled violence in his swing led him to blitz Midwest League arms and dispel concerns about the risk in the offensive profile. It looks like the bat might play anywhere.

Why He Might Fail: The bat might play anywhere, but the glove likely wonít play at shortstop. The length and leverage in the swing means he wonít hit .380 at higher levels. He may not hit .280.
jerjapan - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 12:35 PM EDT (#345107) #
Bo and Vlad are so young and talented I wonder why the defensive predictions are so certain that they'll have to move ... do you guys agree that they will have to shift positions?  Both players talk about sticking as very important to them.

Josh DeGraaf is certainly looking good for a 31st round pick in 2015.  Jesse Goldberger-Strassler (Lugnuts broadcast guy) had him as most improved player last year, and DeGraaf looks even better this year.  He didn't play for an NCAA school so he was an off the radar guy.  His stuff wasn't overwhelming but he looks like a potential longman / spot starter type IMO  He's old for Dunedin but he's advanced quickly given his pedigree and has already tasted AA. 

Marc Hulet - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#345112) #
I find that the prospect coverage at BP has fallen way off since Goldstein, Parks left and then they had a mass exodus of prospect people move to some new prospect startup company (whose name I cannot remember)... I wouldn't really read too much into their prospect coverage. They left Vladdy off their Top 100 at the beginning of the year and gave a really weird explanation in the comments - after everyone else and their dog included Vladdy on the Top 100s.
uglyone - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#345118) #
I'm still going to bet they shift down the defensive spectrum at the mlb level....but it sure would be nice if they refined their games and stuck where they are.
Gerry - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#345123) #
Logan Warmoth hit his first professional home run today, a three run shot. He is still in the GCL.
dan gordon - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#345124) #
DeGraaf had a rough 1st AA appearance because he wasn't trusting his stuff, according to an article on him in MILB.com. He was very good after that, but was sent back to Dunedin to transition to the rotation He's been great in his last 2 starts, with 13 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 11 K 1 ER. He'll probably get moved back up to AA if he continues pitching well. Yes, he's 24, but he's moving through the minors quickly. He could be in AAA sometime next year. It would be nice if he could stick as a SP. He has a sinker, slider and changeup, which are all effective pitches, but he doesn't throw hard, typically in the 89-92 range with his sinker.
ramone - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 05:17 PM EDT (#345130) #
Regarding Bichette and his swing, BP (behind a paywall) wrote this about him this morning "Bichette possesses elite bat speed that allows him to get the head into the zone on time"
Mike Green - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#345137) #
Bichette is in the Dunedin lineup tonight. VGJ has the night off.
ramone - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 06:58 PM EDT (#345138) #
Think it may be a rain out for Dunedin tonight, forecast doesn't look promising.
85bluejay - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#345139) #
With Bichette in Dunedin, will be interesting to see where Gurriel plays - Also, disappointing to see Gudino not playing SS with Bichette promoted. I am of the belief that Gudino/Vicuna are the more likely successor to Tulo. Maybe with the team spending a 1st round pick on Warmoth, he's now first among equals in the SS succession race.
Nigel - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#345144) #
Gudino and Vicuna are both fringy prospects. That isn't to say that they might not make it, but a Tulo succession plan shouldn't rely upon them. On a positive note, in my viewings of Vicuna he has looked like an excellent defender. Gudino was pretty "meh" defensively in Vancouver last year. I'm not surprised that he's being tried at 2nd.
jerjapan - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 08:50 PM EDT (#345149) #
Thanks for the thoughts on DeGraaf, Dan. 

Nigel, I think Gudino and Vicuna are too young to be called fringy, but they are D first guys in my mind, so hearing that Gudino may not be that good with the glove lowers my view of him somewhat. 

Urena is the clear heir to Tulo, IMO.  AA is the biggest jump in the minors, and he only turned 21 in Feb.  He's no superstar in waiting, but he should be a solid regular. 

Nigel - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 09:07 PM EDT (#345150) #
I agree completely that they aren't to be given up on. By fringey I just meant that I'd be surprised if either were in the team's top thirty prospects.
jerjapan - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 10:22 PM EDT (#345154) #
Yeah, you are right about that, maybe not even top 40.  Good sign though eh?  System is clearly on the rebound.
uglyone - Monday, July 10 2017 @ 10:26 PM EDT (#345155) #
i think if vicuna's defense is that good then he's showing enough offense while young for his levels that i could convince myself that he might crack our top 20. The only big negatuve so far is his utter lack of power.
hypobole - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 12:01 AM EDT (#345156) #
From Clutchlings last July:

Vicuna has shown an ability to barrel up balls. Only 18, the Venezuelan has caught the eye of Chris King (@StatsKing), a Tampa-based evaluator, who says, "once he gets stronger, he's gonna be a beast." Vicuna already shows a line drive swing, and when he does put more weight on (he's listed at 140 lbs), it's easy to see that turn into gap power.
dan gordon - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 01:34 AM EDT (#345157) #
Gudino has improved his hitting each year despite moving up a level each time. I like seeing that kind of progress. His OPS has gone from .386 to .516 to .596 and to .664 this year, as he has moved from the GCL through to Lansing. Hitting for a .324 average his last 10 games. Seems like a guy who is figuring things out with the bat. In the field, he has made 63 errors in 181 games at SS, but only 2 errors in 40 games at 2B, which says to me he has a throwing problem. Vicuna, on the other hand, has seen his OPS drop from year to year as he has moved up. He's a year younger than Gudino, but a level lower as well. His error rate is even higher than Gudino's, and his range factor is lower at both SS and 2B. I have Gudino in the 30ish range on my prospect list, and Vicuna considerably lower. Both guys could probably use some more muscle, as both are 6' 0" and weigh 150 (Gudino) and 140 (Vicuna).
scottt - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 08:34 AM EDT (#345162) #
There's a rumour that the Jays are looking at Dee Gordon.
It would be interesting if it's a pure salary dump.
He's a good defender who gets on base and already has 32 stolen bases.

uglyone - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#345167) #
it's criminal that they've let goins/barney start this long without even trying anything else.
Nigel - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#345169) #
Gudino and Vicuna absolutely have time on their side and Kelly knows much more about baseball than I do so that is reason for optimism.

However, I think you need to be cautious here. There absolutely is a route to MLB for undersized players with little or no power (Eckstein comes to mind), its just a road that very very few are able to travel. Two recent(ish) examples of undersized/little power prospects in the Jays organization were Brent Abernathy and Tyler Pastornicky. Both hit significantly better than Gudino and Vicuna at similar ages at the same or higher levels. Many well regarded prospect evaluators said that everything would be fine once they grew into their "man strength". In the end, the margin for error in all other areas of a player's game becomes almost zero if the player has no power.

Anyway, I am thoroughly enjoying watching Vicuna play in Vancouver.
ramone - Tuesday, July 11 2017 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#345177) #
https://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2017/07/11/blue-jays-promoting-infield-prospect-lourdes-gurriel-jr-to-double-a.html

Gurriel up to AA.
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