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The #BlueJays affiliates split four games down the middle Tuesday.

Durham 5 Buffalo 1

Darnell Sweeney's two-out RBI single in the ninth spoiled Durham's shutout bid. Dwight Smith Jr.—who scored the lone run—had a single and a walk. Danny Espinosa had two hits. Dalton Pompey, Rowdy Tellez and Tim Lopes put a '1' under the column 'H' in the boxscore.

Chris Rowley allowed six hits and walked three but it only resulted in two runs over four innings. Taylor Guerreri gave up two runs in 2-2/3 innings and Luis Santos surrendered one in 1-1/3.

New Hampshire 9 Binghamton 4

Jonathan Davis set the tone with a leadoff dinger. The quartet of Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Connor Panas and Patrick Cantwell had two hits apiece. Bichette had two triples while Biggio was hit by pitch and stole a base. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-4 with a plunk and two RBI. Andrew Guillotte was 1-for-4 with a swipe.

Jordan Romano missed out on a quality start by one out but gave up four hits and four walks while plunking a batter. He struck out four and produced six outs on the ground. Danny Young allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up a run on four hits but rung up four over 1-2/3 innings. Justin Shafer stranded two of Young's runners and struck out two over 1-2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Lakeland 2 Dunedin 1

Angel Perdomo put together five shutout innings in his 2018 debut. The big lefty allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out seven. He threw 78 pitches, 48 for strikes. Baseball Prospectus writer Jason Woodell tweeted this about Perdomo's outing - "91-92 but keeps the ball out of the middle of the zone. Offspeed is flat with little life. Inconsistent SL and CH. delivery is funky enough to keep hitters from getting too comfortable". William Ouellette was charged with the blown save when he gave up the tying run in the seventh. Travis Bergen gave up the winning run in the eighth for the loss.

A Josh Palacios triple and a Richard Urena sacrifice fly accounted for the Dunedin scoring. Bradley Jones doubled but whiffed three times. Logan Warmoth and Nash Knight had the other hits. Riley Adams was 0-for-4.

Lansing 7 Dayton 0

Kevin Smith sent Packy Naughton packing with a two-run double in the first and a three-run home run in the third. Kacy Clemens had the other two-hit game for Lansing. Cullen Large had an RBI single and two walks. Samad Taylor drew three free passes. Matt Morgan singled and walked twice. Reggie Pruitt doubled and stole a base before giving way to Chavez Young in center field late in the game. Brock Lundquist had a run-scoring single and Christian Willliams had a base hit and a base on balls. Ryan Noda walked once. Despite hitting .205, his on-base percentage is .516.

Yennsy Diaz threw a no-hitter over five innings. He walked four but matched that with four groundouts and struck out five. Dalton Rodriguez and Brody Rodning pitched two shutout innings of one-hit ball apiece with Rodriguez striking out one and Rodning striking out two.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Angel Pedromo, Dunedin

2. Yennsy Diaz, Lansing

1. Kevin Smith, Lansing


Extra Innings...

Rob Fai has a chat with New Hampshire Fisher Cats manager John Schneider on TSN 1040 about Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio among other things.

The C's have also released its promotional schedule for 2018 which will include throwback jersey nights.
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hypobole - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 12:49 AM EDT (#356890) #
"Bichette had two doubles"

Actually, Bo's hits were both triples, not doubles.

Checked the FG leaderboard earlier and the best hitter in the league prior to today's games was Biggio with a 221 wRC+.
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 05:04 AM EDT (#356893) #
Yennsy Diaz has now pitched 22 2/3 innings and given up just 4 hits.
ramone - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#356904) #
Fangraphs top 22 prospects for the Jays is out:
bpoz - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#356906) #
Thanks Ramone. J Romano was probably quite close to getting in.
GabrielSyme - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 02:08 PM EDT (#356918) #
A few prospects who have had very slow starts to the season had nice games this morning in Durham. Borucki gave up a home run but struck out seven while walking only one over six innings. Alford and Reese McGuire both went 2-3 with a walk, a strikeout and a caught stealing. Alford had a double and McGuire went deep.

It's good to see them perhaps rounding into shape.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#356919) #
Bichette had two doubles.

Noted and corrected.

Ryan Noda's walk rate gets some love at's Toolshed column.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#356921) #
The hit tool evaluation for Bichette in the Fangraphs evaluation is weird.  It has him at present/future of 30/50 on the 80 point scouting scale.  For comparison, Urena is 40/55, Rowdy is 40/50 and Warmoth is 35/50. 

The 50 future is, um, not very optimistic but possible considering his unusual swing.  The 30 present though?  Maybe it's a typo, or maybe Kiley McDaniel believes that Bichette's swing while successful through high A is simply not going to succeed at higher levels.  There is a bit of hubris there- when a batter makes consistent hard contact at a young age for his level for three levels through A+, I think that's all you can ask.  There have been enough players who have succeeded with unusual swings over the history of the game that it's probably best to acknowledge uncertainty.  I'd actually feel better that it would be more credible if it was 45/45 or something like that, if the evaluator feels the prospect's swing isn't likely to stand up to better pitching. 

Nigel - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#356930) #
Mike, I agree. The offensive metrics on Bicnhette were odd. It suggests that his power tool is better than his hit tool. That may be true, but if we can see anything since Bichette has arrived in Dunedin, it is that his hit tool has held up but that there are questions about how much power there is.

The Lansing line-up has some interesting names. Young has had a very interesting start to the season. Taylor continues to be very interesting. I found his fangraphs write up intesting as well. I think his defence is an issue and I do not worry about whether his size is an offensive limitation. I will admit that I only saw him play 5-6 times last season.
lexomatic - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 02:57 PM EDT (#356953) #
Bichwttw hit tons of doibles last year. No worries about the power for his age/level.
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