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Roger Clemens was famous for his strikeouts. He finished his career with 4,672 of them. His son Kacy is not so fond of the K's. In 45 plate appearances Clemens has 15 walks and only seven punch-outs. What would happen if he faced his father? Clemens walked twice, and had two hits, on Wednesday to lead Lansing to victory. One of his hits was a triple, and he stole a base, showing some ability on the bases. New Hampshire also won with Vlad Jr. doing his usual hitting. And Dunedin won with Dalton Pompey having a good night and Anthony Alford one to forget. Just like the Blue Jays it was a sweep night on the farm.

Buffalo were snowed out again. The Bisons have played just five games this season. Most teams in the IL have played between 11 and 13 games. The second lowest total is Rochester at nine. It could take a week or more to get the players back on track to where they would be in shape to get called up. To make matters worse today is an off day for the Bisons.

New Hampshire won again, 5-4, to run their record to 8-3. Vlad Jr. was 2-2 with a double. He also hit a sac fly and was hit by a pitch. Vlad is hitting .349 to lead the team. Bo was 0-5. Jonathan Davis also had two hits, his average is coming up, its now at .244. Every starter, other than Bo, had a hit.

Francisco Rios started and was pitching well into the sixth inning. His line was 5+ IP, 5 hits, no walks, three K's and one run. Four relievers finished the game with Craig Breslow getting the save.

Dunedin came back from 4-1 down to win 8-4. The hitters racked up 12 hits, led by Dalton Pompey. Pompey went 3-4 with two doubles and a walk, pushing his average up to .400. He seems to be ready for a promotion. On the other hand Anthony Alford was 0-4 with four K's. He was hit by a pitch to reach base but he was picked off. Nash Knight is 25 years old and is in the form of his life at the moment. He had two hits on Wednesday to keep his average at .395. Some of the hitters who were slow off the mark are picking up. Riley Adams and Brad Jones each had two hits. Logan Warmoth had one hit but he also made three errors, one throwing and two fielding. That makes it five errors for the season.

Patrick Murphy dodged and weaved his way through trouble. In six innings, he gave up eight hits and two walks. The three errors didn't help, but Murphy was charged with all four runs, two of them earned.

Lansing jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two and held on for a 7-2 win. Donnie Sellers struck out 10 batters a few weeks ago but on Wednesday he had just one K in five innings. He had one dodgy inning and gave up two runs, but pitched very well in the other four. Maximo Castillo pitched the other four innings. He didn't concede a run with three hits allowed.

Kacy Clemens was 2-2 with a triple, 3 RBI, and he walked twice. Clemens has 15 walks, versus 7 strikeouts, in 45 plate appearances. His OBP is .556. Kevin Vicuna and Brock Lundquist each had RBI doubles in the first inning.

3 Stars

3rd star: Dalton Pompey

2nd star: Vlad Guerrero Jr

1st star: Kacy Clemens


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Mike Green - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 09:58 AM EDT (#356504) #
Ryan Noda has started the season in about the same way as Clemens with a 13/7 W/K.  His OBP in the minors so far is over .500.  He just turned 22, so he is not young but he is a year and nine months younger than Clemens. Noda is now in left-field.  There is video of him there and he looks at least serviceable.

#2JBrumfield - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#356510) #
Dalton Rodriguez has been activated off the 7-Day DL for Lansing.

Tough game for Logan Warmoth with the glove. Dunedin announcer Jim Tarabocchia suggested he may have a case of the yips. On the positive side, he's drawing walks nearly 11 percent of the time.

FanGraphs has a mock draft with a suggestion the Jays are looking at a couple of high schoolers with the #12 pick.
bpoz - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#356527) #
NH has already played today and won 5-2 Romano 7IP.
cybercavalier - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#356528) #
roster management ideas???

Dunedin --> New Hamsphire
OF Pompey, OF Anthony Alford

New Hamsphire --> Buffalo
C Pat Cantwell

Buffalo --> Toronto
IF Richard Urena

Toronto --> Dunedin
IF Ngoepe

Buffalo ---> New Hamsphire
C Michael De La Cruz
IF Danny Espinosa

Once Pompey is ready
Buffalo to Toronto
Toronto to Buffalo

Richard S.S. - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 03:17 PM EDT (#356536) #
Regular playing time and 12-14 games (50-ish ABs) over 14-16 days should get the AAA bats going enough to be considered as replacement value. Three Starts (16.0 - 18.0 IP) or seven Relief inning (7.0+ IP) should have the AAA arms close to being considered as replacement value. More ABs or IP would be better if possible.
Gerry - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#356539) #
The Jays have sent Alford and Pompey to Buffalo.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 04:34 PM EDT (#356546) #
Gurriel homered and singled today while playing shortstop.  He's now up to .347/.382/.510 with 3 walks/6 strikeouts/5 XBH in 53 PAs.  It's a good line, providing statistical support for those who like him for scouting reasons. 
dan gordon - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#356549) #
Romano is off to a great start in AA. After 3 starts he's pitched 19 innings with only 9 hits and 4 walks, and 17 K's. He's produced good numbers every year since being picked in the 10th round in 2014. He's turning 25 on Saturday, and could probably handle AAA soon. Maybe we'll have a GTA guy in the Jays rotation by late 2019 or early 2020.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Gurriel called up soon to replace Ngoepe on the roster if they feel they need to keep another infielder on the 25 man. I wanted Espinosa to get that spot at the start of the season, but he hasn't had the chance to play much due to the weather, and it would be tough to call him up now. Ngoepe is not a big league player.
cybercavalier - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 06:31 PM EDT (#356550) #
Now Pompey and Alford are playing with the Bisons (Gerry April 19 2018 03:44 PM EDT), whom shall be sent to Dunedin and New Hamsphire to cover the vacancy.
Ngoepe best minor league performance was at Floride State League so sending him to the FisherCats would be good. By coincidence, Gurriel and Ngoepe could just swap roster spots. Much like Pompey, Espinosa needs PAs of a longer rehab to improve.
There were talks last season of bringing up Jason Leblebijian. Maybe it is time to reconsider it. In sequence, this series of roster transaction shall be:
1) Ngoepe from Toronto to FisherCats, Gurriel from FisherCats to Toronto
2) Pompey to Toronto, Gurriel to FisherCats.
mendocino - Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 07:10 PM EDT (#356552) #

#BlueJays RHP Alejandro MeLean (pronounced May-lay-ahn), recently signed out of Venezuela 93-94, CB 77-78, CH 84-85

11:18 AM - 19 Apr 2018 from Dunedin, FL
dan gordon - Friday, April 20 2018 @ 02:27 AM EDT (#356569) #
Melean was signed by the Jays last July.
bpoz - Friday, April 20 2018 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#356577) #
The DSL starts playing in May?
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