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Buffalo won 7-0, New Hampshire lost 7-1. Dunedin won 6-2, Lansing came back from 4-0 down to win 9-4. Today's MLU features random observations coming out of today's games.

Random Observations

Deck McGuire has reeled off four straight good starts. In those four starts he has pitched 25 innings and allowed 14 hits. He has 23 K's also. If the Jays needed a starter not named Biagini, it would likely be Sam Gaviglio or Deck McGuire if the promotion was based on performance. Ryan Borucki has been up and down and Chris Rowley has allowed plenty of baserunners.

Dwight Smith had three hits, his second three hit game in five days. His batting average is on the rise after a slow start and he did have two hits in his major league start. He is battling with Alford and Pompey but he is hanging in.

The Bisons haven't suffered much with Pompey and Alford in Toronto. Ian Parmley and Roemen Fields each had two hits today. The Bisons will have five outfielders when Pompey and Alford return.

On a related note will Jason Leblebijian ever get a major league call-up? He too had three hits in the Bisons game.

Ben Badler from Baseball America was at todays Fisher Cat game and was impressed by the defense of Bo Bichette. At this stage there seems to be quite a bit of optimism that Bo can be a major league shortstop. After Badler commented, Bo made an error in the ninth.

Cavan Biggio has cooled off. His batting average is down to .283 and his home run outburst has cooled too.

Jon Harris's WHIP is 1.58. Last year he struggled through the first half of the season and then reportedly went back to how he pitched in college. I am not sure which approach he is using this year but it doesn't seem to be helping.

Kirby Snead was recently promoted to New Hampshire and today pitched 2.1 hitless innings with two walks. Snead is a tough, low angle lefty. In Dunedin he gave up three hits in eight innings. He is hard to hit but he still walks too many.

Bradley Jones raked in Lansing for the first half of 2017, was promoted to Dunedin where he struggled and then was injured. He is off to a slow start this year although he has hits in three straight games to raise his average by 30 points. However he has struck out 46 times in 121 at-bats. Yikes!

DJ Davis had a good start to 2018 and was hitting .359 two weeks ago. His average now is down to .258. Cancel the promotion.

Josh Palacios had three hits today and is hitting .302. However his OPS is just .760, he dosn't have a lot of extra base hits or walks. Both need to improve.

Brock Lundquist had hamate bone surgery in the off-season. With that it would be understandable if he got off to a slow start. Today Lundquist hit two home runs to give him six on the season.

Chavez Young and Reggie Pruitt were the two speedsters assigned to Lansing at the start of the year. Over the first month their fortunes have diverged. On Wednesday they converged. Young had two hits to keep his average high at .316. Pruitt had three hits and two RBI. His average is still low at .228 but he is showing signs of life.


The Bisons won 7-0 on the back of a strong eight innings by Deck McGuire. Dwight Smith and Jason Lebelbijian each had three hits.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire lost 7-1 as they were held to just four hits. Jon Harris gave up two runs in five innings. Andrew Case gave up five in the ninth.


Dunedin have had a slow start to 2018 but they had a nice 6-2 win. Taylor Saucedo had his second straight strong start. Both runs he allowed were unearned. He went eight innings with four hits allowed. He had just three K's. The Jays hitters had 13 hits with every hitter notching at least one. Josh Palacios had three hits, Brad Jones and Alberto Mineo had two each.


Lansing trailed 4-0 as Maximo Castillo had a very average start. Colton Laws has a high ERA but pitched four shutout innings in this game. Brock Lundquist hit two home runs.

3 Stars

3rd star: Taylor Saucedo

2nd star: Brock Lundquist

1st star: Deck McGuire


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Mike Green - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#357690) #
Vladdy Jr. has been thrown out a lot on the bases, and sometimes in situations which raise questions about baseball sense.  Last night was an example.  The F-Cats trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth and there were two out.  Vladdy lined a ball to right field and was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double.  That's a game situation where you have to be essentially certain before attempting it.  If there's a close play, the runner has made a mistake of judgment.  Vladdy has made a few of those. 
lexomatic - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#357700) #
I agree but would rather he push things in the minors to understand the limits of his abilities. If he's still making the same baserunning mistakes in the 2nd half ( I would give some leeway after a promotion) then I'd be more concerned. Who knows if someone isn't  talking to him after and getting him thinking about where/when it's appropriate. There may also be some coaching issues were unaware of.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 11:04 AM EDT (#357702) #
I agree that Vladdy Jr. is young- I was raising this in the context of our discussion about his major league readiness.  It may be that baseball sense is as much or more of an issue than fielding per se, at this time.  Baseball sense impacts not only baserunning decisions but fielding decisions, of course. 
GabrielSyme - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 11:17 AM EDT (#357703) #
I think I'm on Lex's side here. If you want Vlad to learn more baseball sense, I'm not sure that getting thrown out doesn't actually teach a prospect more. You already knew you were going to be safe at the previous base, you're finding out when you can take the extra base, whether it takes an extraordinary play to get you out, what the difference in outfield arms makes, etc.

Situational awareness is another matter, and I'm not sure that's as important as overall baserunning skill.
hypobole - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#357705) #
"Chavez Young and Reggie Pruitt were the two speedsters assigned to Lansing at the start of the year."

I've always lumped them together. Only 2 months apart in age, despite Pruitt being drafted a year earlier. Very similar BB/K ratios. but similarities seem to end there. Pruitt base-stealing stats show his speed, Young's not at all.

Pruitt has shown almost no power, .070 ISO in line with previous seasons, Young's .167 ISO also in line with career numbers thus far.

Pruitt's issue is that he's hitting a lot of FB's, probably not a good thing for a guy with no pop, and it kills his BABIP. Young has maintained a high BABIP by hitting more ground balls and has changed from his early pull approach to using all fields.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#357706) #
Personally, I'd want my prospects to have basic baserunning skill long before double A and to be working on basic situational awareness (if the player doesn't have it intuitively) there, or frankly even earlier. 

Anyways, if Vladdy Jr. doesn't have the basic baserunning skills already and is missing the situational awareness (as well as having the well-known fielding limitations), it's a good reason to wait for him a while.

Nigel - Thursday, May 10 2018 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#357716) #
I understand your point about lumping Pruitt and Young together due to age and position, but man are they different. I saw a ton of Pruitt last year. I think the difference in SB between the two is that Pruitt really has elite speed. I haven't seen Young other than one game but I don't believe that Young has that kind of speed. In terms of their offensive games, the key difference is that Pruitt can't hit, period. I'm exaggerating of course, but I didn't see anything interesting in Pruitt's offensive game (outside of his baserunning). His pitch recognition is bad and he makes a ton of weak contact. I can't comment on Young, other than to say that based upon about 400 minor league ABs the stats suggest that Young is an interesting offensive player with a decent mix of offensive skills.
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