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Lansing won their ninth in a row. They are one win shy of their record for consecutive wins. Last year Lansing had Vlad and Bo and rode them to a playoff spot in the first half. This years team doesn't have someone like Vlad or Bo but they keep winning and are currently in a playoff spot. New Hampshire's pitchers gave up 21 hits, they lost. And Dunedin continued their slide.


The Bisons had the day off. Recently itseems as though the weather has been good when the Bisons have an off-day and bad when they are scheduled to play. Buffalo have played around eleven games less than the other affiliates. At the moment it works out because they are short of starting pitchers but long term this will create a pinch when the doubleheaders come.

New Hampshire

It was a bad night for the pitchers in New Hampshire. Three pitchers each conceded seven hits and the Fisher Cats lost 11-1. Francisco Rios hasn't had a good start to 2018 and his struggles continued on Thursday. In five innings he was charged with four runs. Jose Fernandez gave up four more runs and finally, Andrew Case, who also is not having a good 2018, gave up the last three runs.

On the hitting side the Cats had just six hits. Harold Ramirez had two, Vlad, Bo and Biggio had one each although Biggio struck out three times.


Dunedin have hit a rough patch and that continued on Thursday with a 6-2 loss. Logan Warmoth singled and scored in the first inning but committed an error leading off the second that ultimately opened the gates to three runs. Patrick Murphy is still struggling to find himself in the FSL. In five innings the allowed seven its and two walks. Because of the Warmoth error only one of his four runs conceded was earned. He was also helped by his catcher, Alberto Mineo, who threw out two baserunners in one inning. However his 1.51 WHIP needs to improve. Ty Tice gave up a two run home run and he too hasn't found his groove in the FSL.

The Jays had just five hits. Kacy Clemens had the only extra base hit, a double, but he is hitting just .147. Make that three players trying to .....



Lansing won 4-1 behind some unexpectedly good pitching. Turner Larkins has flown under the radar this season but on Thursday he threw six shutout innings with seven K's. He didn't walk anyone and allowed just four hits. Brady Rodning pitched the last three innings and gave up the one run.

The Lugnuts scored three runs in the third inning. Newly called up Brandon Polizzi singled and that was followed by three walks,scoring the first run. Samad Taylor singled to make it 3-0. In the seventh Kevin Vicuna singled, and later scored when Norberto Obeso singled. Taylor and Vicuna led the way with two hits each. Kevin Smith had an off night, just one hit!

3 Stars

3rd star: Kevin Smith

2nd star: Samad Taylor

1st star: Turner Larkins


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Jonny German - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 09:25 AM EDT (#358096) #
Ben Badler of Baseball America was on the Artificial Turf Wars podcast (highly recommended BTW). He feels like Vlad could potentially stick at 3rd base early in his career and then move to 1st in his mid 20s. He emphasized how little he's played the position - both being only 19 and having been an outfielder until he was drafted.

He was quite positive about Bo's defence - here's what he said:

I think more than anything what's impressed me this year with him is his defence. I mean, certainly coming out of high school a couple years ago a lot of questions on, not even questions but more like, was he going to play third base or second base. And then last year he improved his defence to the point where he had more people thinking "Oh, maybe he could play shortstop". Watching him play all this year, and I know he put a ton of work into it over the offseason, he looks like a shortstop to me. I don't really have much doubt about his ability to stick at that position. Some of it's going to be circumstantial, where if you happen to have say Adeiny Hechavarria or Andrelton Simmons or some spectactular defensive shortstop already on the club, alright well he's not going to play there. You know, Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, all these guys probably could play shortstop at the major league level but have played other positions just due to circumstance. But footwork, reads off the bat, he gets very good reactions, ranges well up the middle, turns double plays well, uses his arm effectively. I've really been impressed with the strides that he's made defensively at shortstop.
BlueJayWay - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#358102) #
I second the recommendation of the ATW podcast. It's one of three Jays podcasts I listen to regularly (others being At The Letters and Birds All Day). The link to the most recent ATW is
Lugnut Fan - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#358104) #
One small correction Gerry,

Although they did have Bo and Vlad for the first half of the season last year, Lansing unfortunately did not qualify for the playoffs in either the first or second half. There was a dire shortage of arms.
Mike Green - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 10:33 AM EDT (#358106) #
Taylor has been hitting the ball in the air even more this year.  I wonder whether that is a good idea.  I would think that a player like him, with excellent speed and some pop, would want to be level.  Obviously it's not as easy as simply saying it but the air-ball revolution might be having an impact on his approach.  It isn't exactly for everyone.  
Gerry - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#358107) #
Thanks Chad, the memory is not what it used to be.
bpoz - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#358116) #
Borucki developed a slider last year. Success. Y Diaz throws a FB and change like Borucki. He should add a slider or curve.
hypobole - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#358119) #
bpoz, Yennsy does throw a curve - it's just not very good very often yet.
bpoz - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#358121) #
Thanks hypobole.
bpoz - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#358124) #
Great site hypobole. The draft is about 3 weeks away.

Our #1 pick value is about $4mil. #2 $1.5mil. Huge difference IMO. #1 cannot be 2+ times better than 2nd pick.
scottt - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 06:22 PM EDT (#358134) #
You shouldn't look at it as first round versus second round. It's more 12th pick vs 52th pick.

scottt - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 06:33 PM EDT (#358136) #
Joe Espinal suspended 80 games for Stanozonol. 
The name doesn't ring a bell.

hypobole - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 06:43 PM EDT (#358139) #
Here he is, scottt.
Gerry - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 08:05 PM EDT (#358144) #
Lourdes Gurriel...Grand Slam.

The Dunedin lineup today has eight prospects out of nine hitters. Pompey, Alford, Jansen, McGuire, Tellez, Lopes, Gurriel, Travis. And with Borucki on the mound its an interesting game to watch.
Shoeless Joe - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#358147) #
Borucki has had a nice there game run here, and Zack Louge is starting to put up an interesting stat line in Lansing despite modest stuff.
dan gordon - Friday, May 18 2018 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#358148) #
Yes, Borucki is turning his season around nicely. Seven shutout innings today. Warmoth is also getting it in gear, had 3 hits and a steal today, through 7 innings, and Samad Taylor had another 2 hits today, and is picking up the pace a bit, with 4 multi-hit games in his last 5.

On the other side of the coin, Bichette is 0 for 6 so far in the DH, and is now 8 for his last 48 (.167).
rabbit - Saturday, May 19 2018 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#358149) #
I was at tonight's New Hampshire double-header and have a few observations to add. Bichette's at-bats were terrible. Only one semi-hard hit ball (including fouls), lots of bad swings at breaking balls. Almost always behind in the count. Alternatively, his defence looked good, at times really good. Quick, fluid, and made some nice throws. No doubt he can stay at short if he hits. A few others:

Biggio looked good. A little stiff in the field (hesitated on an easy double-play ball) but generally ok. Much better at the plate. Hit the ball hard, usually in control of the count, only 1 bad swing I can remember.

Vlad was ok at the plate, works the count, very few bad swings, but only one hard-hit ball. Pentecost was mixed. Had a couple of horrible at-bats, really weak. But also had a couple of really good at-bats, and hit the ball hard quite a few times. Not sure where he ends up.

In terms of the pitchers, SRF started the first game and had a good line score, but he had trouble with his control and seemed up and down. Zeuch started the second game and his stats were worse but I thought he looked better, seemed in control other than a few blips. Wouldn't be surprised if he started turning in quality starts soon.

Attending Saturday & Sunday's games and will pass along what I see.
Dr B - Saturday, May 19 2018 @ 01:43 AM EDT (#358150) #
Thanks, Rabbit. Always good to get the firsthand accounts.

PeterG - Saturday, May 19 2018 @ 05:08 PM EDT (#358178) #
3rd good outing in 3 AAA starts for Mr. Dillon. From the Bisons:

Big first @TripleABaseball win for RHP Justin Dillon in just his 22nd career professional appearance.

Dillon allows just a run on four hits in 7 innings. #Bisons win 9-2.👏
greenfrog - Saturday, May 19 2018 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#358182) #
Kevin Smith just hit his seventh HR in the first inning tonight. He's now hitting .375 with an OPS of around 1100. I imagine a promotion to Dunedin can't be far off.
greenfrog - Saturday, May 19 2018 @ 07:40 PM EDT (#358183) #
Also, I looked up Chavez Young and noticed that he only made one top-30 list this past off-season. But the 20-year-old centre fielder (turns 21 in July) is having a very nice season for Lansing, hitting .312/.358/.478 (with 9:4 SB:CS) entering tonight's game. So far tonight he has walked and scored in his only PA. His BB and K rates are about 7% and 20%, respectively.

Maybe a sleeper prospect to keep an eye on?
krose - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 12:24 AM EDT (#358185) #
#Bisons manager Bobby Meacham says Dalton Pompey was removed from the game as precaution after one at bat, not moving well out of the batter's box. #BlueJays
uglyone - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 12:36 AM EDT (#358187) #
greenfrog I'm all on board with you there - imo Young has definitely taken the next step into legit prospect territory. I think I might have him top 15 already. the only guy below AA that I think is clearcut better than him is Smith.
hypobole - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 01:38 AM EDT (#358188) #
Kevin Cash started Sergio Romo vs the Angels Saturday. He only pitched the 1st inning, striking out all 3 batters he faced. So the starting pitcher for the Rays Sunday? Sergio Romo of course.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 05:59 AM EDT (#358189) #
Prospect A (22y, 3m) - 5th Round - A Ball Stats:

16.3% BB%, 12.5% KK%, .206 ISO%
26.0% LD%, 40.0 FB%. 34% FB%

Prospect B (21y, 10m)- 4th Round - A Ball Stats:

9.4% BB%, 13.5% KK%, .278 ISO%
18.3% LD%, 37.3% GB%, 44.4% FB%

Prospect A is Cullen Large and prospect B is Kevin Smith. I think people are sleeping on the guy drafted one round later because of a .308 BAIP instead of a .403 BAIP.
hypobole - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 06:45 AM EDT (#358190) #
Smith 174 PA's, Large 80 PA's.

Large has been injured and has only 1 AB since April 29th. Hard not to sleep on that.
ayjackson - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#358193) #
Good points 'bole. Still worth keeping an eye on.
ramone - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#358223) #
Walk off two run shot to right field for Vlad Jr to cap off a 4/4 day. Bichette looks a little lost at the plate right now, the broadcast crew was shocked when he finally took the first pitch of an at bat.
rafael - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#358231) #
Don't understand.
Guerrero has 15 walks in 149 plate appearance. OPS off charts.
Ryan Noda has .198 BA in 100 PA and has walked 45 times.
I checked and Ryan Noda is not 18 inches tall. has he invented baseball repellant or umpire mind control or are pitchers generally not thinking this through very well.
Vladdy is said to have good plate discipline.
Seems beyond small sample size magic.
I just think at this point in season pitchers would be nibbling corner to Vladdy and throwing down the middle to Noda but today it accelerates reverse.
ramone - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#358233) #
Rafael, perhaps Noda is taking advantage of the single A pitchers with lesser command than AA pitchers. I suspect Noda will find fewer walks as he progresses through the system.
greenfrog - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 06:19 PM EDT (#358237) #
Question: is Guerrero Jr. having the best season a prospect of comparable age has ever had in the history of AA?
jerjapan - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 07:39 PM EDT (#358238) #
Chavez Young is past sleeper status for me as well.   Speed, pop, plays CF, young enough for the league.  He was a 39th rounder, but the 200K bonus speaks to the upside that got us to pony up for him, and he seems to be improving his K%.  Top 20 prospect in my books. 

Noda is fascinating, with his.190 / .461 / .280 slash line.  That's past taking advantage of lower level pitchers lack of control.  I'm at the point where I think he has a bet with his batting coach or something. 

rabbit - Sunday, May 20 2018 @ 10:14 PM EDT (#358246) #
A few comments on today's AA double-header.

Vlad is obviously pretty good. His at-bats are really good, always in control, seems to see everything, on every pitch, swings within himself. The homer in the first game was classic. First pitch a called strike. He turns to the umpire and makes a face. Gets back in the box, the crowd is getting really wound up, someone yells "walk-off", the pitch ... the swing, opposite field no-doubter. Crowd is electric. Btw, his defence isn't horrible. He showed a decent glove a few times and made an awesome throw on a line from behind 3rd to nail the batter at first. A few other things:

Bichette looked better today, better at-bats. A few times, though, he looks to be guessing fastball in fastball counts and swung wildly at breaking balls (very) low and away. That happened several times Friday. Quick bat though, and his defence was great. He is definitely a shortstop.

Jon Harris looked worse than his horrible line score. They hit the ball hard and often, and many outs were loud and long. They were on everything he threw. Jonathan Davis is a nice looking player. Good defence, runs very well, decent hitter, could be a #4 OF in majors. Ramirez may be a better hitter but didn't show much else, and he has a "why am I here in AA" vibe.

Manchester is a nice place, ballpark is perfect, people very friendly. Great place to visit to watch a few ball games.
PeterG - Monday, May 21 2018 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#358272) #

3 Jays in top 20 this past week.
TangledUpInBlue - Monday, May 21 2018 @ 11:42 PM EDT (#358297) #
It's great to hear your thoughts on the players, Rabbit. Thanks for the reports.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 22 2018 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#358311) #
As jerjapan said C Young was paid $200K.

Looking at the 2016 draft there were maybe 10 young players selected. DOB 1997/98.

We signed about half. R Gold I believe got $100K. I don't know the payment to D Abbadessa, J Winckowski and T Hosterman and any others. Nice drafting strategy. They have tools. So do DJ Davis and R Pruitt.

2017 probably had a number of picks like this as well. I can check later.
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