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Lordes Gurriel did not play well in Dunedin but was promoted to New Hampshire anyway. In a small sample he has hit well there and looks like he is getting back in the groove after time off for his defection from Cuba and his early season injuries. Joining him in New Hampshire is Ryan Borucki who has been promoted according to John Lott. This might precipitate another move as New Hampshire already had five starters. The Jays have had to shuffle a lot of pitchers recently and it it hasn't always worked out well. New Hampshire, Dunedin, Bluefield and the GCL Jays won on Wednesday while things are ugly in Buffalo, Lansing and Vancouver. Buffalo have been in very bad form for over a month now. Lansing have lost the glow of Bo and Vladdy and have also lost pitchers to the DL. Their pitching is a definite weak link. And Vancouver are in first place but hanging on through a rough patch.


The Jays have used a lot of pitchers this year and have also had their share of injuries. This has taken a toll on the the teams down the line, and in particular Buffalo. The Bisons dropped another close game on Wednesday, this time in the bottom of the ninth when Griffin Glaude took the loss. Glaude was pitching in Lansing a week ago. It wasn't all Glaude's fault, Michael Saunders and Gregorio Petit made back to back errors in the ninth. Cesar Valdez was the scheduled starter but he was in Boston. Five relievers pitched and each of them allowed one run.

Petit and Roemon Fields each had two hits. Fields is hanging in there with his .319 average.

New Hampshire

Another win for the cats. Shane Dawson did not pitch particularly well but he did enough to get the win. Carlos Ramirez picked up his first save.

Lourdes Gurriel was 2-2 with two walks. It is only 25 at-bats in AA so far but he is hitting a lot better there than he did in Dunedin. Harold Ramirez was 3-4 and Jonathan Davis was 3-4 with a double, a home run and a walk. Davis is hitting .256, Ramirez .260. But Davis walks more and has more power so Davis' OPS is .777 while Ramirez OPS is at 667.


The D-Jays won with Bo Bichette having the day off and Vlad Jr. going hitless. Vlad was 0-2 with two walks. Juan Kelly and Connor Panas homered for Dunedin. Anthony Alford was 1-4 and drove in the third Dunedin run.

Pitching was the name of the game for the Jays with five pitchers combing on a shutout. Jordan Romano got back on track with five good innings, three hits and seven K's. Taylor Cole pitched an inning in relief as he works his way back following injury. As mentioned above John Lott is reporting that Ryan Borucki has been promoted to AA.


The Lugnuts were whitewashed 20-3, it was Ugly with a capital U. Mike Ellenbest started and was bombed. The Luggies need some pitching help.

Rodrigo Orozco was the lone bright spot. He was 3-4 with a walk and has picked up his game recently.


Vancouver are in a playoff push. Their first half ends this week and they have a one game lead. The lead was bigger but they have gone 2-8 over their last ten games and they are on a five game losing streak. They were shut out on Wednesday and they had as many hits, three, as errors.

Donnie Sellars started and didn't do well. At the back of the bullpen Orlando Pascual and Jake Fishman each pitched two good innings. Both have been pitching well this season.


The Jays racked up 11 hits en route to the win. The usual suspects Chavez Young and Yorman Rodriguez had two hit games. Ryan Noda was hitless but walked three times, the word is out on him. Mc Gregory Contreras also chipped in two hits.

Maximo Castillo started but couldn't get through five. Three relievers took it home including Marcus Reyes and Ty Tice, both later round draftees this year who have been pitching well out of the pen.

GCL Blue Jays

The baby Jays also rapped out 11 hits. Dominic Abbadessa and the rehabbing Emilio Guerrero each had three hits. Joseph Reyes added two doubles and four RBI's.

Justin Maese started and was shaky in his first rehab outing. Felipe Castaneda had five punchouts in four innings.

3 Stars

3rd star: Jordan Romano

2nd star: Joseph Reyes

1st star: Lourdes Gurriel


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Mike Green - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#345552) #
The Dunedin Blue Jays tweeted a picture of Cavan Biggio, VGJ and Bo with the caption- Biggio, Guerrero, Bichette, The Sequel. 
85bluejay - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#345558) #
If Jonathan Davis can stay healthy (a big IF), he has a good chance of at least being a 4th OF type. I'm the high guy on Emilio Guerrero, so I'm hoping he's back in AA soon - I think he can be a late bloomer - now stay healthy!
ramone - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 10:50 AM EDT (#345560) #
BP has an unlocked article "Eyewitness Accounts" with scouting reports on Jordan Romano and Harold Ramirez, neither reads very promising. The author says Romano lacks deception and sees him as "an up/down reliever with potential for 7th inning work"
PeterG - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 01:39 PM EDT (#345569) #
With Borucki's promotion to NH, it seems likely that a NH starter may be moved up to Buffalo as the Bisons currently have a shortage. If this happens, I figure it will be either Greene or Dawson. If the former, it would be because he has had a years time in AA and that they want to give him a change and some incentive. He does have the stuff but can he put it together?

If Dawson, it would be because he is the lesser prospect whose development is considered less important to the organization. I don't see any way it could be Harris, SRF or Rios.

The Borucki move could also be a signal that Zeuch is soon to pitch again in Dunedin.

Shoeless Joe - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#345577) #
Gurriel's progression so far has mirror'd Adeiny Hechavarria first season with the Jays. Quite a poor showing in A+ followed by an unexpected promotion and seeing improved results.

However the defence clearly isn't as good as the last Cuban the Jays gave a big bonus to.

Honestly even though he hasn't played a lot I've tempered my expectations for Gurriel.
PeterG - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 04:06 PM EDT (#345581) #
I am still high on Gurriel. When looking at on field performance, you have to remember that he did not play in a competitive game for almost a year and a half. It does take a little time to get things going. Of his 7 hits at NH, 5 have been doubles and reports are that he is squaring up the ball and hitting it hard.
China fan - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#345584) #
I think Gurriel is the opposite of Hechavarria. He's an excellent hitter who might not be good enough defensively to stick at middle infield.

His early-season injuries are an under-appreciated component of the Jays problems this year. If he'd been playing full-time at NH in the first half of this season, he might have been able to help the Jays at LF or 2B in the second half of the season.
Nigel - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 06:10 PM EDT (#345585) #
I think China Fan's general assessment is correct. The sample size is way too small to reach any conclusions on Gurriel. However, the early indications are that the Cubans have the same saying as the Domincans (i.e. you can't walk off the island).
PeterG - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 06:28 PM EDT (#345588) #
I don't believe anyone has posted on the promotion of Mexican righty Felipe Castaneda from GCL to advanced rookie Bluefield. The reason this is noteworthy is that Felipe is only 17 years old, same age as Vlad last year with the same team. If Felipe has any success at this level, it will be extremely encouraging to say the least.
jerjapan - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 06:54 PM EDT (#345589) #
PeterG, that's interesting about Castaneda.  His numbers aren't crazy, but his youth, frame and those Ks may have the org being aggressive.  As for who starts in AAA, I'd guess Murphy Smith - none of those AA starters are at all ready, and Smith is the ultimate org soldier. 

I've found it interesting to compare the new FO's promotion strategy with the old.  Gaude pitching in AAA stands out as unusual, as was Jacob in Buffalo for a game a few days back ... not sure if this indicates that they see value in giving a guy a game at a higher level, or if they are simply more willing to fill needs with 'org soldiers'.  Guys would bounce up and down levels under AA, but never jumping from low A to Buffalo. 
PeterG - Thursday, July 20 2017 @ 06:57 PM EDT (#345590) #
I think it is just filling needs. Regardless, who starts in Buffalo, there are still too many starters in NH unless there is an as yet undisclosed injury.
SK in NJ - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 07:37 AM EDT (#345613) #
Too early to get any sense on Guirrel. Not only a small sample size but he missed a lot of time due to injury as well. Would have been nice to see a full minor league season out of him. Hopefully he can finish the month out strong.

I am a Borucki fan so glad he is going up to AA.
Marc Hulet - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#345626) #
Reese McGuire is back and rehabbing in today's GCL game.
uglyone - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 02:13 PM EDT (#345637) #
It really says it all about Vladdy that he's managing to post an above league average line in AA so far despite not having even one extra base hit yet.
uglyone - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#345638) #
A+ i mean.
uglyone - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 03:50 PM EDT (#345639) #
Alford on his way back to NH.
PeterG - Friday, July 21 2017 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#345640) #
It may take Alford a while to get going again.
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