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Lansing racked up 13 runs on 14 hits and cruised. Every starter had a hit. Buffalo won 5-2 with Reece McGuire homering and Ryan Borucki pitching well. New Hampshire were walked off, literally, even though Vlad had three hits. Dunedin played two and lost both by 4-3 scores.

Buffalo won 5-2 behind a strong start from Ryan Borucki. Borucki's line was 6 5 1 1 1 7. Buffalo have only played eleven games and they have been split into a stop, start mix since the season started. Its only now that they are playing regular games. Because of that it is hard to make definitive statements about players. Dalton Pompey has played nine games between Dunedin and Buffalo and he has at least one hit in all nine. He has played five games for the Bisons, with three of those being multi hit games. Anthony Alford is off to a slower start but on Wednesday he had two hits and a walk.

Reece McGuire had two hits with a big two run home run putting Buffalo ahead for good. Tim Lopes also deserves a mention, two more hits keeps his batting average high at .452. Lopes has just four strikeouts in his 27 at-bats and is still 23 years old. Between Lopes and Cavan Biggio the Jays have a couple of under the radar second base prospects.

New Hampshire went down 4-1, scored three runs in the last two innings to tie the game but then Zach Jackson had a tough time in the bottom of the ninth and took the loss. Jackson gave up a lead off double then added a wild pitch. He got two outs but then intentionally walked two hitters before unintentionally walking in the winning run.

Vlad Jr. was 3-4 with three RBI's. Bo Bichette was 2-5 with a double. Cavan Biggio was hitless but walked three times. Patrick Cantwell hit his first home run of the season.

Dunedin lost two games both with a 4-3 score. Each team had seven hits in both games. Patrick Murphy started game one and allowed three runs in six innings, six hits, three walks. Connor Eller came on for the seventh, walked the lead off hitter and took the loss on a single. Bradley Jones hit his third homer. Nash Knight, Josh Palacios and DJ Davis had two hits each.

In game two Josh DeGraaf conceded three runs in the first inning and Dunedin could never get back on even terms. DeGraaf did strikeout seven over five innings but also allowed seven hits. Logan Warmoth, Brad Jones and Alberto Mineo each had two hits. DJ Davis is hitting .343 in his third go-around in Dunedin although his K rate is still high.

Lansing scored early and often, jumping out to a 10-0 lead, before finally winning 13-2. Kevin Smith had three doubles. He is playing much better than his 2017. Two hits were registered by Samad Taylor, Cullen Large and Kevin Vicuna. Chavez Young had one hit but walked twice. Reggie Pruitt had one hit but was hit by a pitch and immediately removed for precautionary reasons.

Zach Logue went six innings and gave up one run on six hits. His ERA is down to 2.78.

3 Stars

3rd star: Ryan Borucki

2nd star: Kevin Smith

1st star: Reece McGuire


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Richard S.S. - Wednesday, April 25 2018 @ 10:33 PM EDT (#356931) #
Baring any rockets from new Draft picks or from existing Short Season Teams, this is what the Blue Jays are looking for. This year and the next two, these Players will form the Jays Roster, either being called up or as a trade asset. Itís still small sample stuff, but they are very good right now.
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 05:51 AM EDT (#356934) #
We haven't even seen one the Jays top pitching prospects, Nate Pearson, yet either.
bpoz - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#356937) #
Until Vlad came along, I did not know or follow the 50/50 ratio of bb/k. Now I do. It is 1 extra tool to evaluate hitters. We have a few prospects that have this strength. K Clemens is one, but old for Lansing.
SK in NJ - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#356938) #
I'm interested to see what Biggio does with a bigger sample size. He's walking more, striking out less, and hitting for way more power so far than he did last season. Obviously it is just a 15 game sample so nothing to draw any conclusions on, but he just turned 23 and this is the hardest jump in the minors (A+ to AA). I never saw him as much of a prospect prior to this season so getting anything out of him is a pleasant surprise so far.
bpoz - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#356944) #
I always liked Cavan Biggio. He is not praised for much, except strike zone recognition. Lots of walks. He went straight to Dunedin and did not dominate but IMO was reasonably successful.

I am curious to know why posters don't give him much prospect status. Is he another D Smith Jr?
PeterG - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#356947) #
If Biggio can continue on this current path, he and Gurriel could both be super subs as both can play several positions. Possibly one of the SS prospects would move to 2b.

If Tim Lopes keeps up his superb play (SSS) in Buffalo, he will need to get a shot as he can be minor league FA after this season. A 40 man spot could be opened up by dropping Ngoepe.

I am beginning to think Travis does not have a long term term future in TO.
ComebyDeanChance - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#356952) #
Cavan Biggio may well be benefiting from the hitting environment. I'm not a 'Keith Law says' guy, but Keith Law says that NH boosts the offensive numbers of left handers. For example Tellez hit will there and when he didn't make the Eastern League Top 20 that year, BA wrote that his numbers were inflated by the short (305 ft) porch. The RF alley is only about 350. I don't know if that's true in Cavan's case, but it's something to keep in mind. And if he keeps on his current path, he's not a 'super sub'. He's Joe Morgan. He's slashing .321/.448/.698/1.146 and just for good measure has swiped a few bags. Nor is Gurriel a 'super sub'. He should be starting now at 2b in Toronto in my opinion.
uglyone - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 03:06 PM EDT (#356954) #
rowdy showed only slightly more power in AA (.223iso) than he did the previous year in A+ (.198iso)
Dr B - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#356956) #
Tellez had 447 PA in 2015 and hit 14 HR. He had 514 PA In 2016 (AA) and hit 23 HR. It does seem that the short porch theory is plausible. One would have to look at spray charts and distances to get a better idea.

One does of course have to be cautious about sample size. Tellez went from 801 OPS in 2015 to 917 in 2016. The majority of that difference was those 9 extra home runs. Suppose 8 of them were instead caught at the wall (not 9; I'm scaling for the extra ABs in 2016). Then the slug is almost identical in those two years  and the OPS in 2016 would be about 840. Those HRs really happened of course, but it does show how a few differences can skew the results.

His AAA failures will be a different story, however.

Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#356957) #
CBDC, Biggio has hit all four of his homers on the road.
uglyone - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#356961) #

A: .358babip, .304avg, .061isobp, .148isop
A+: .293babip, .275avg, .063isobp, .198isop
AA: .324babip, .297avg .090isobp, .233isop
AAA: .264babip, .221avg, .075isobp, .105isop

the big power surge came when he moved up to A+ (though iirc it actually blew up in his last couple months in A).
hypobole - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#356964) #
The player I remember the short porch helping the most was Anthony Gose in 2011. 16 HR's that year, never hit double digits before or since.
Gerry - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#356967) #
Reggie Pruitt has gone on the DL after being hit by a pitch last night. Norberto Obeso has been called up to take his place.

Also Chad Girodo has been released.
prospect - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 05:17 PM EDT (#356968) #
I think most of us here are aware of the short porch in right field in NH. Biggio's home (1.295 OPS) vs away (.723 OPS) splits tells us that it is not a factor in his hot start.
prospect - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#356969) #
Sorry, i missed up the numbers

Home - .723 OPS
Away - 1.295 OPS
ComebyDeanChance - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#356970) #
CBDC, Biggio has hit all four of his homers on the road.

Yes. I had read that his home/away OPS splits were in favour of the latter. I've also looked at the minor league park factors, and Manchester (whatever it's called) is one of the best in the minors.

I'd obviously love to believe that Cavan Biggio is the next thing. I was simply cautioning that (beyond it only being April), there may need to be a bit of skepticism about numbers from left-handers in NH. That seems to be borne out by the rise of Tellez' and his fall from grace once he left. The drop of OPS in his case on going to Buffalo was almost 300 points, and but for a few at bats in Lansing in 2014 (which he didn't reproduce when reassigned there the next year and had many more), the .917 OPS at New Hampshire looks like a real outlier.
greenfrog - Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 06:32 PM EDT (#356975) #
For some perspective on how strong Biggio's 2018 has been in the early going, he's currently second in the Eastern League in wrc+ at 225. Peter Alonso, a good offensive prospect, is first at 233. Guerrero Jr. is sixth at 169. Bichette is a bit further down the list but has posted a solid 141.
Thomas - Friday, April 27 2018 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#357027) #
Gerry, any idea why they released Girodo as opposed to moving him down or shuffling a DL stint? Was it a numbers game?

Biggio's first month has been one of the best stories from the minors. Although, as was noted, right now he's hitting like Joe Morgan, despite the fact he has fallen-off, this stretch has suggested that he may have a future as a utility player.
scottt - Saturday, April 28 2018 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#357045) #
Girodo got into 3 games this year. He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits over 3.2 innings while striking out 3 and walking out none.

Girodo does not throw hard and is 27. They might have decided he didn't have enough upside to keep around.

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