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On Sunday Dunedin hitters were on fire, racking up 21 hits. Bo Bichette was 0-6. A weird exception to a great season. Anthony Alford hit a game tying home run in the ninth and scored the winning run in the eleventh. Sunday saw lots of competition for the three stars. Josh De Graaf pitched well again. Several hitters pitched in, Jake Elmore, Raffy Lopez, Conor Panas, Christian Lopes, Cavan Biggio, Juan Kelly, Edward Olivares and Yorman Rodriguez all had multi-hit games. A lot of those hitters are regulars on the good hitting lists.


Buffalo notes from a 1-2 weekend: Michael Saunders has just returned from an injury and went 2-5 on Friday but didn't play the rest of the weekend. Similarly Darrell Ceciliani came out of Friday's game with lingering shoulder soreness. He too did not return over the weekend. Veterans Jake Elmore and Raffy Lopez each had three multi hit games. Roemon Fields was 4-10 to keep his average just over .300. Rowdy Tellez sat out Fridays and Saturdays games but was 0-3 on Sunday.

The best start of the weekend was by new Jay Nick Tepesch who pitched five innings with one run and three hits. Lucas Harrell made a three inning start as he works his way back.

Some names to note in the bullpen: According to Bisons broadcaster Ben Wagner JP Howell is getting stronger, his last outing was the best Wagner has seen him. Taylor Cole has pitched three times out of the bullpen and hasn't allowed a hit. Leonel Campos is pitching on his way back from rehab. He could get called up if Smith gets traded. Tim Mayza is settling in nicely in AAA and has lowered his ERA to 1.29.

Sportsnet's Gare Joyce has followed Chris Rowley for a while and he wrote a long story about him. The money quote from Buffalo pitching coach Bob Stanley The storybook end to Rowleys season would have the Jays calling up him to the big club in September. While effusive in his praise for Rowley, Bisons pitching coach Bob Stanley tries to tamp down such talk. Hes been outstanding, very surprising for us, Stanley says. Hes a bulldog out there, attacking batters with his sinker. Hes got a great slider and his change-ups getting better. Great command. Hes opened eyes. You could see him going up to the big leagues as a long [reliever] but I dont think hes quite ready for that right now.

New Hampshire

Ryan Borucki had a tough loss on Friday. He gave up the only run in the game. His line was 7 3 1 1 1 7. He has been impressive in his first two AA starts. John Harris has been pitching better recently but he was bombed on Saturday.

Francisco Rios came off the DL on Sunday to make a shortened start. Carlos Ramirez pitched 2.1 innings on Sunday and kept his 2017 ERA at zero. In 16 games Ramirez has pitched 21.2 innings. In that time he has allowed 8 hits, 7 walks and racked up 26 strikeouts. Due to his conversion to pitching Ramirez has a career total of just 136 innings pitched.

The bats were quiet on the weekend, just 18 hits over three games. The only multi hit game was by Anthony Alford who was 3-5 on Sunday. Alford hit a game tying home run in the ninth and then singled and scored the winning run in the eleventh.


Dunedin won all three games and put up 43 hits in them. On Sunday they scored 17 runs on 21 hits and Bo Bichette was 0-6. Christian Lopes, on rehab, had four hits. Cavan Biggio also had four hits including his ninth home run. Juan Kelly had three hits and six RBI.

Vlad Jr. was 3-8 with two doubles six walks over the weekend. Conor Panas went 7-12 over the weekend and is red hot right now. His OPS in July is 1061. He has five home runs in July.

Josh De Graaf made the best start of the weekend, he pitched seven shutout innings and now has a 2.58 ERA in the FSL. His ERA as a starter is 1.98.


Lansing had a quiet weekend, prospect wise. Kyle Weatherly pitched well through five, Andy Ravel and Mike Ellenbest each gave up three runs which counts as good for them this season.

Nash Knight, Josh Palacios and Edward Olivares were the only hitters with multi hit games.


The C's won two of three. Dalton Rodriguez had his best start of the year on Friday, seven innings without an earned run to lower his ERA to 5.02. Nate Pearson started and Saturday and just pitched two innings, an effective two innings. Wilfri Aletonwas hit around on Sunday.

The hitters were quiet other than Reggie Pruitt and David Jacob. Pruitt and Jacob each had three hits on Friday. Over the weekend Pruitt was 5-11. His batting average is still just .220 but over the last 25 games he is hitting .280 with a .717 OPS. It would be interesting to hear from our C's supporters if they see signs of progress in Pruitt. In addition to his three hit game Jacob hit a two run home run on Sunday.


The catchers in Bluefield are all hitting. Over the weekend, Yorman Rodriguez was 7-12, Ryan Gold was 2-7 and Reilly Johnson was 4-8. Chavez Young had four hits in three games, Ryan Noda had three.

None of the starting pitchers were outstanding. Turner Larkins, 21st round, was good, Alvaro Galindo was not, while Josh Winckowski was in between. "Wink" went 5.2 innings, his longest start of the year, and arguably his best start of a year in which he has struggled.

GCL Blue Jays

The Jays won all three games and as I mentioned last week the hitters are playing well. They put up 26 runs in their three games. They were helped some by Christian Lopes and Reece McGuire on rehab. As I noted last week the infield is hitting well. The Jays mix and match players a lot but regular infielders Jose Reyes, Jose Theran, Luis De Los Santos and Otto Lopes each had a multi hit game. The star of the weekend was Dominic Abbadessa who had eight hits in 14 at-bats. Abbadessa was drafted last year in the 23rd round out of a California high school. His .373 average is second in the league.

Travis Bergen, one inning, and Justin Maese, four innings, each made a start.

Three Stars

Third Star - Conor Panas

Second Star - Josh De Graaf

First Star - Anthony Alford


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Mike Green - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 09:38 AM EDT (#346178) #
In the real longshot department, Jake Thomas is a player I am rooting for.  He's a tiger when it comes to control of the plate, but has almost no power.  If you squint very hard, you can imagine him as a LH platoon corner outfielder/PH of the Dane Iorg type.  The odds are severely against him even achieving that. 
scottt - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#346180) #
I'm still expecting Nick Tepesch to start a Blue Jays game soon.
Mike Green - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#346181) #
Yorman Rodriguez played first base yesterday and Ryan Noda played right field.  They are making sure that Rodriguez gets his at-bats without too many games behind the plate at a young age.  Makes sense.
But I don't think that they really intend for Noda to be a rightfielder; it would be nice if the club let him have a shot at Lansing for a month.
Marc Hulet - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#346188) #
Jays are taking a flyer on a beast of a pitcher from a small college that went undrafted - he can reportedly hit 93-94mph right now but was a two-way player so there could be more to come with pro coaching:
scottt - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#346197) #
Thanks Marc. That's good to hear.

I was always puzzled by names like "middlesex" until I found out it means "center of Saxon land".

Gerry - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#346254) #
In case people don't read the MLU I suggest you look at the Buffalo section where Bob Stanley doesn't think Chris Rowley is ready for the major leagues. I have seen some comments today suggesting he be called up to replace Liriano.
Gerry - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#346259) #
Dominic Abbadessa was 3-3 with a walk today to give him 11 hits in his last four games. Abbadessa is hitting .390.
jerjapan - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 04:36 PM EDT (#346295) #
Gerry, do you think Rowley is ready?  I'm not really sure I can take the comments of the coaches as anything other than the narrative of the FO, and this FO doesn't want to promote marginal AAA players.  They may be right of course, just wondering.  The fact that we have had below replacement level vets playing for a while in multiple positions makes me question their concept of readiness. 
ISLAND BOY - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#346301) #
Not answering for Gerry as he has probably more perspective, but I gathered from the Buffalo's coach's comments in the sportsnet article that he thought Rowley should spend more time in the minors simply because he needs more seasoning. He missed a couple of years while serving in the military but he has advanced through the system this year and posted good numbers despite not having overpowering pitches. He may be indeed just marginal when he gets to the big leagues, but as a former officer at West Point he's definitely an interesting story.
Gerry - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#346302) #
The honest answer is I don't know. But Rowley has moved quickly. He is now seeing better hitters and even in the story Rowley says he was lucky in one of his starts, the hitters were hitting the balls hard but at the fielders. It could be he needs more time to figure out how to get smart hitters out. He might need to go around the league a couple of times to prove he can do it.
jester00 - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 06:00 PM EDT (#346306) #
MLB has updated the Jays top 30 after today. Hernandez at 5, Pannone at 21. Seems a bit high to me for Hernandez, a bit low for Pannone.
Richard S.S. - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 06:49 PM EDT (#346312) #
Hernandez is not better than the Jays' #1-4 and better than anyone else. Is Borucki better than Pannone?
scottt - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 07:05 PM EDT (#346313) #
It's the first ranking for Pannone. Hernandez was #9 in the Astros system.
Mike Green - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 08:10 PM EDT (#346320) #
Bo shakes it off.  He has singled, doubled and walked in his first 3 PAs.  He has also stolen 2 bases. 

Reese McGuire was promoted to Dunedin and is catching tonight.  He's 2-3 with a double. 

katman - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#346321) #
Roemon Fields is starting to look like a real prospect top me. They basically got him out of the US Post Office, so he's a bit behind in terms of baseball training (somewhat like Alford), but he has plus speed and is putting the bat together this year.

A guy who can play CF with good defense, good BA, and steals profiles as a potential regular even with low power numbers. Anyone know where Fields' defensive game is at?
Mike Green - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#346334) #
Bo is back to .400 after his 0-6 by going 4-4.  VGJ has 2 hits and walk, and is getting the hang of the FSL too.  The homers have yet to come, but everything else has. 
Nigel - Monday, July 31 2017 @ 09:27 PM EDT (#346336) #
A couple of notes from Lansing. Since Palacios has returned from the DL he has been excellent. He's a good defender and has some speed. He was far and away my favourite college draftee on the Vancouver roster last year. I continue to have high hopes for him. It's too bad that Ridge Smith's defence is an issue because his offensive line sure looks interesting.
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