Strong night on the farm even with rain preventing our two Dunedin darlings from appearing in this MLU. Two first base prospects had strong nights, while the pitching in our lower affiliates was mighty impressive.
Rowdy Tellez went three-for-three, walked twice, and drove in all three of Buffalo’s runs. To pick up on the conversation in the previous thread—I think you need to protect him in the Rule 5. He’s close enough to the Majors that a team with a gap at first-base/DH takes him as a potential platoon option hoping that he catches fire in the first couple months. It’s a pretty easy risk assessment for another team. Upside—you’ve got a controllable second division left-handed slugger for years to come. Downside—your team, which is likely already a bottom-third team, struggles a little more to hit right-handed pitching. Maybe that’s a gross oversimplification, but it would seem counterintuitive for this front office to lose an asset without any substantive return. Tellez presumptively would have been traded at the deadline if the team had no ambition of protecting him, no?
Michael Saunders tallied three hits of his own, while Danny Jansen had two hits and a walk. Jansen has had a spectacular season and deserves a great deal of credit. I guess in a perfect world, Jansen gets a season behind Martin with the big club before he gets a run at the everyday job, though that’s probably a bit optimistic given the seemingly high rate of failure for catching prospects. The Bisons lost 6-3.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Richard Urena, Lourdes Gurriel, and Tim Lopes all went deep. Urena, Jonathan Davis, and Harold Ramirez had three hits. It was a successful night at the plate for the Fisher Cats. On the mound, Jon Harris turned in a solid outing. He pitched six innings of two-run baseball. The Fisher Cats won 9-6.
Dunedin Blue Jays
Edward Olivares breakout year continued last night. He hit his 17th homerun as part of a two-for-four evening. The Lugnuts lost 7-1.
Vancouver put up ten runs in the second inning on their way to a comfortable 11-0 win. David Jacob was the standout performer—going four-for-four, homering, walking, and driving in four.
Bluefield Blue Jays
Righty Turner Larkins pitched five innings of shutout, two hit baseball. He struck out two. Lefty Jordan Barrett pitched four innings in relief, allowed an unearned run, and struck out eight. The Blue Jays won 6-1.
GCL Blue Jays
Starter Anderson Nunez pitched four innings of one run baseball. Luis De Los Santos had a hit and a stolen base, but was lifted before the game was through. The GCL squad won 5-2.
DSL Blue Jays
Starter Nathanael Cruz pitched five shutout innings, striking out eight. The DSL squad won 5-0.
3. Turner Larkins/Jordan Barrett
2. Rowdy Tellez
1. David Jacob