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Lansing won while Buffalo and Dunedin lost. New Hampshire had the day off. The Lugnuts scored 11 runs in the seventh inning en route to an easy win. The bullpen took the loss in both the Buffalo and Dunedin games. Among prospects Teoscar Hernandez and Logan Warmoth homered but it was Chavez Young who took the first star.

The Bisons played their home opener although it was interrupted by rain at one point. It was a tight game with the Bisons coming up short by 2-1. Chad Girodo took the loss allowing both runs. Teoscar Hernandez homered for the Bisons run.

Sam Gaviglio started and pitched 4.1 shutout innings. Both Luis Santos and Carlos Ramirez pitched well in relief. After Buffalo's delayed start the pitchers are getting some work and are ready in case the Jays call for them. Reese McGuire, Jason Leblebijian and Teoscar each had two hits. Rowdy Tellez and Roemen Fields are off to slow starts. Fields, like Deck McGuire and Jonathan Davis, are examples of players who had strong springs but whose bats are now cold.

Patrick Murphy was hit around somewhat in his start for Dunedin but did not get the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. Murphy might have had BABIP problems. Seven of his outs were by ground balls with no fly balls and four of the seven hits were ground ball hits.

Logan Warmoth hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot. Riley Adams, Brad Jones and Nash Knight had two hits each.

Lansing used an eleven run seventh inning to cruise to the win. The final score was 13-4. They only had five hits in that inning but were helped by seven walks. Chavez Young had a double and a triple in that inning. Kevin Vicuna also tripled. Overall the Lugnuts had 11 hits. Young and Vicuna had two each. So did Christian Williams and Matt Morgan. Cullen Large reached all five times, two hits and three walks.

Zach Logue started and, like Murphy for Dunedin, was hit around a bit. In 5.2 innings he allowed nine hits and two walks. That led to three of the four runs conceded by Lansing.

Three Stars

Third Star -Teoscar Hernandez

Second Star - Cullen Large

First Star - Chavez Young


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Marc Hulet - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 07:02 AM EDT (#356119) #
Teoscar was pinch hit for in the 9th inning with the game on the line... he made some tough plays late in the game, allowing a line drive double and a triple so I hope he wasn't hurt on one of the two plays...
Mike Green - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#356120) #
I noticed the same thing, Marc.  Parmley pinch-hit for Hernandez in the eighth with two outs and a runner on and the Bisons down 1.  To look at it from a positive light, perhaps Teoscar had to catch a plane to Cleveland.
hypobole - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 09:54 AM EDT (#356121) #
In his chat a couple of days ago, Kiley said the Jays system analysis should be up on Fangraphs within a week.
Mike Green - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#356145) #
CBDC reports in the other thread that Teoscar is in Cleveland.  I'm glad that the "cup half-full" view of life prevailed for once.
Marc Hulet - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#356149) #
Great news.
James W - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#356154) #
If you'd like to know where the other half of the cup is -- Donaldson to the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
BlueJayWay - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#356168) #
The cup is always half empty.
Gerry - Friday, April 13 2018 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#356175) #
Dalton Pompey in the lineup for Dunedin tonight.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 04:26 AM EDT (#356193) #
Great to see Pompey back. He had a hit tonight.
bpoz - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#356206) #
Buffalo postponed, rain.
jerjapan - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#356225) #
I was willing to give Tellez a mulligan last year, and argued strongly that he had to be protected in the rule v, but kid needs to show something this year.  a .105 / .261 / .105 line to start the year is inauspicious to say the least. 

Put Harold Ramirez in the same category, he's been an utter bust since coming to TO... a failure of player development?  He was at least on par as a prospect with Reese McGuire when acquired .... Same thing happened with Eduard Pinto in Dunedin.  Fortunately, lots of young OF are off to a great start - Palacios and Young come to mind.  Ramirez might lose his job sooner rather than later.

And Jonathan Davis looks increasingly like a legit 4th OF.  The team will need to find some space for him in Buffalo if he keeps showing this leadoff hitter skill-set, but that may not be possible without a corresponding move in Toronto.  I'm increasingly convinced we should just release Morales if Hernandez, AA or Pompey can show that they are ready for the bigs. 

dan gordon - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 07:40 PM EDT (#356240) #
Reid-Foley has a perfect game going heading into the 4th inning, Guerrero with a 2-rbi single, Bichette has 2 walks. Cold day and the wind is blowing in from centre field, so it should be a good day for the pitchers. Buffalo and Lansing postponed.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#356241) #
Make that 5 perfect innings for Reid-Foley. He's only thrown 49 pitches, so they should let him go for a while yet.
uglyone - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#356244) #
oh man that is good. 2 great starts in a row from him. would be great if one or two of our disaster top prospects last year rebounded. (SRF, Tellez, Urena, etc.)
bpoz - Saturday, April 14 2018 @ 10:38 PM EDT (#356245) #
Agreed UO. So far SRF, Romano and Y Diaz have looked great.
uglyone - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 12:01 AM EDT (#356247) #
C D.Jansen (23)

AAA: 101pa, 14.9b%/9.9k%, 3.4swst%, .352bip/.341avg, .235iso, 187wrc+
uglyone - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 12:03 AM EDT (#356248) #
I think Jansen is probably a better prospect than Alford.
bpoz - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#356253) #
At 250 ABs and 10-12 starts for guys repeating a level J Harris, SRF, Zeuch and Y Diaz the picture will get much clearer.
Also Biagini, Borucki, P Murphy and Romano who are new to their level will show us what they really are. Sort of.
greenfrog - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#356255) #
Connor Greene did SRF one better yesterday, with a line of 6 1 0 0 1 8.

With Leone’s 1.24 xFIP and 15:0 K:BB ratio, the Cards have to be feeling pretty good about the early returns on the Grichuk trade.
jerjapan - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:09 PM EDT (#356257) #
I worried at the time of the deal that Leone was somewhat undervalued, but liked the notion of selling high.  Alas, we sold pretty low on Greene.  I've never liked the idea of moving on quickly from someone with an arm like his, even if he was perhaps overrated prior to last season. 
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#356259) #
I'm not sure you can point to Leone's xFIP and ignore Grichuck's BAIP.

To this point neither Leone or Girchuck has produced at the MLB level, but indicators are that both will likely come around.
uglyone - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#356260) #
Greenfrog are you griping about shapkins trading prospects?
uglyone - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:34 PM EDT (#356261) #
So Vladdy is off to the best start he's had at any level, thanks to keeping all of his elite performance metrics going but now turning his raw power into game power

His hitting performance literally compares with pretty much any prospect, ever.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#356264) #
I think Vlady and Bo could play in the majors right now, and help the team win.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#356265) #
Also if you want to talk about former prospect Edward Ovaries is tearing up the Cal league. It is hard to complain about that what Solarte has brought.
bpoz - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#356268) #
We have a good record so far. If we can translate that to high revenues and keep that going, good record and good revenues then the FO and ownership should be pleased.

We traded for the low risk players ... Grichuk, Solarte and Diaz and only gave up D Leone. E Olivares has a lot to prove. He has not made it to AA yet. Hopefully he and Palacios will be about equal.By that I mean good. If C Greene can command 3 or 4 pitches then we have lost something good ie a decent SP. He can become a v good reliever.
Gerry - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#356270) #
With all the bad weather in the northeast, the Dunedin Jays were the only team playing today. They played four innings in Florida before rain stopped play. Before play was stopped Pompey hit a home run through the raindrops. The game was suspended until June.
finch - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#356272) #
Is anyone else glad the Jays' brass didn't trade Bo Bichette for Christian Yelich?
uglyone - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#356274) #
Ach. Can't believe no baseball to watch during this ice storm.

In lieu of baseball, i give you a way too early prospect update


C Jansen (23): 23pa, 17.4b%/13.0k%, .429bip/.389avg, .278iso, 239wrc+
2B Lopes (24): 18pa, 22.2b%/5.6k%, .538bip/.500avg, .000iso, 233wrc+
OF Teoscar (25): 18pa, 0.0b%/38.9k%, .333bip/.278avg, .389iso, 165wrc+
OF Smith (25): 25pa, 4.0b%/20.0k%, .250bip/.261avg, .304iso, 140wrc+
1B Tellez (23): 22pa, 17.4b%/13.0k%, .125bip/.105avg, .000iso, 22wrc+
C McGuire (23): 13pa, 7.7b%/46.2k%, .333bip/.167avg, .000iso, 16wrc+

Jansen looking awesome Lopes hot but lots of babip and no power. Teoscar tons of power but worrying plate discipline. Tellez with the good approach as always but still not making quality contact. Rough start to AAA for mcguire. Lopes and Smith trying to make themselves relevant.

LH Borucki (24): 5.0ip, 13.0k%/8.7b%, 3.60era, 3.89fip, 4.72xfip

Decent first start for ryan.


3B Guerrero (19): 44pa, 11.4b%/9.1k%, .344bip/.361avg, .278iso, 205wrc+
SS Bichette (20): 45pa, 11.1b%/20.0k%, .452bip/.350avg, .100iso, 169wrc+
2B Gurriel (24): 43pa, 7.0b%/11.6k%, .353bip/.324avg, .135iso, 145wrc+
2B Biggio (23): 31pa, 12.9b%/19.4k%, .250bip/.222avg, .259iso, 139wrc+
C Pentecost (25): 21pa, 9.5b%/28.6k%, .167bip/.167avg, .222iso, 89wrc+

Simply ridiculous perfection from vladdy. Suddenly showing elite power without hurting his elite contact numbers even a little bit. Also awesome from Bo, whose line looks more like his rk and A line than his A+ line. Of the three borderline older guys, gurriel and biggio started hot and max a bit cold. Interesting to see the power surge from biggio - if he has any power it makes him much more interesting.

RH R-Foley (22): 12.1ip, 21.7k%/8.7b%, 1.46era, 2.41fip, 3.50xfip
RH Harris (24): 5.0ip, 15.8k%/5.3b%, 1.80era, 2.46fip, 3.23xfip
RH Rios (23): 7.1ip, 22.9k%/11.4b%, 6.14era, 6.06fip, 3.70xfip

Very encouraging start for SRF. If last year was a blip then he goes right back to being a top prospect. Nice 1st start for Harris. 1 good and 1 bad for Rios.


OF Palacios (22): 42pa, 9.5b%/23.8k%, .500bip/.378avg, .027iso, 141wrc+
C Adams (22): 31pa, 3.2b%/32.3k%, .263bip/.200avg, .200iso, 71wrc+
SS Warmoth (22): 37pa, 5.4b%/18.9k%, .231bip/.206avg, .088iso, 63wrc+

Nice start for palacios though it's mostly babip so far. Bad starts for Adams and Warmoth.

OF Alford (23): 13pa, 15.4b%/23.1k%, .286bip/.200avg, .000iso, 92wrc+
OF Pompey (25): 8pa, 0.0b%/25.0k%, .333bip/.250avg, .000iso, 39wrc+

Hey they're playing at least.

RH Zeuch (22): 12.2ip, 19.2k%/4.3b%, 4.26era, 4.77fip, 3.75xfip

1 good start 1 bad start.


1B Noda (22): 34pa, 32.4b%/17.6k%, .375bip/.273avg, .136iso, 182wrc+
1B Clemens (23): 37pa, 27.0b%/16.2k%, .350bip/.296avg, .148iso, 171wrc+

Don't think these 2 are actually prospects but they're walking up a storm to start.

2B Taylor (19): 28pa, 17.9b%/14.3k%, .294bip/.273avg, .227iso, 160wrc+
SS Smith (21): 37pa, 10.8b%/13.5k%, .370bip/.333avg, .182iso, 156wrc+
OF Young (20): 31pa, 6.5b%/19.4k%, .391bip/.310avg, .241iso, 145wrc+
SS Vicuna (20): 40pa, 2.5b%/12.5k%, .353bip/.308avg, .051iso, 91wrc+

Taylor's gonna be a fun eyes vs stats debate for years, as he continues to pass the stats test with flying colors. Very nice starts for smith and young. Vicuna still doing just enough with the bat to keep him alive as a glove first prospect.

RH Castillo (19): 5.0ip, 28.0k%/12.0b%, 7.20era, 2.80fip, 3.16xfip
RH Diaz (21): 11.2ip, 32.6k%/9.3b%, 0.77era, 3.80fip, 3.69xfip

Castillo's start was actually good despite the era. Nice start by diaz too.
dan gordon - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 05:20 PM EDT (#356279) #
In AAA, Rowley, Biagini and Gaviglio all got through their first starts without giving up a run, although Rowley didn't really pitch all that well, with 5 walks and 4 hits in 5 innings. Carlos Ramirez hasn't given up a hit in 3 1/3 innings. I don't know what to make of Leblebijian. He got off to a great start last year, too, and his OPS didn't fall below 1.000 until May 14th. He'll be 27 next month, so he probably won't get much better than he is right now. Probably a AAAA player, but I imagine he'll get some mlb games in for somebody before he's done.

In AA, Connor Panas has hit a bunch of singles, but no power yet. Jordan Romano has 2 great starts, with a 13/1 K/BB ratio, and ERA of 0.67. Former starter Conor Fisk has been outstanding out of the pen. Fisk, Danny Young, Justin Shafer and Andrew Case have combined for 18 IP and only 1 run allowed.

In advanced A, Travis Bergen has been lights out in the pen, with an 8/1 K/BB and no runs allowed in 3 appearances. Bergen, Kirby Snead and Jackson McClelland have combined for 10 IP, with 5 hits, 2 walks, 0 runs and 18 K's.

In A ball, I certainly consider Noda a good prospect. He just turned 22 a couple of weeks ago, and is OPS'ing over .900 after skipping the Vancouver level. He probably gets to A+ some time this year. Among relievers with 3 or more appearances, Ty Tice has been the best, with no hits or runs allowed in 4 appearances. Note that Castillo's stats include a relief appearance where he struck out all 3 batters he faced. His 1 start was not very good, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 earned runs in just 4 innings, although he struck out 4.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, April 15 2018 @ 06:27 PM EDT (#356284) #
I'm not sure what to think of Ryan Noda, as his profile is pretty unique. The batted ball profile shows an absolutely sparkling 37.5% line drive rate in pro ball and he has a ridiculous walk rate. He did not hit that well in college though so I want to see where he is after 1000 PA.
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