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Baseball insiders say it is good for a player to have some adversity before they reach the major leagues. Players in the majors will struggle at some point and if you had gone through it before you reach the majors it leaves you more prepared to handle it. Bo Bichette is gaining experience at the moment. Bo was 0-4 on Wednesday and is now hitting around .200 for May. Pitchers have adjusted to Bo and now he needs to adjust too. His strikeout rate is 20% and he is walking, just running into some challenges getting hits. Cavan Biggio and Vlad picked up the slack and New Hampshire continued on their winning ways. Ryan Borucki pitched well but had some umpire trouble, the Bisons lost. Dunedin lost in extras while the Lansing hitters not named Kevin Smith were quiet. That left Zach Logue the loser after his best start as a pro.


Buffalo found hits hard to come by and lost 7-2. They had just four hits in the game, and none until the sixth. Ian Parmley had two hits, one of them a triple. Parmley is hitting .309 although with just one walk and little power. Parmley did get his major league call-up, and three at-bats, last season. Dalton Pompey did not play for the second game in a row. Pompey came out of a game at the weekend because "he didn't look good coming out of the box". He missed a couple of games, came back for one game and now has missed two more. Pompey is very close to the injury prone tag. Rowdy Tellez had a double as his warm-up at the plate continues.

Ryan Borucki pitched well until he ran into some umpire trouble. Borucki pitched 5.2 innings. Through five he had just allowed one run but then in the sixth he walked the bases loaded before a two run single made it a 3-0 game. Pitching coach Bob Stanley then got ejected followed closely by Borucki. It was a good start by Borucki despite the ejection.

New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats won 7-2 even though they were out-hit 10-8. Vlad got his two hits and a walk, his average is at .425. Cavan Biggio had three hits, and was a home run short of the cycle. He drove in three runs. His average is at .304. Jonathan Davis had two doubles and he is hitting .275.

TJ Zeuch went seven innings and his only blemish was a two run home run in the sixth. Zeuch seems to be settling in at AA and his starts are getting better.


This game went to extra innings and ended in disappointment for the Jays. The Jays were down 7-6 headed to the bottom of the tenth. As per the new rules a runner started on second and the next two batters walked to load the bases with no outs. However a strikeout, a pop out and a ground ball left the bases loaded and the Jays with a loss. The Jays had eight hits, Randall Grichuk homered and Kacy Clemens had two hits.

Matt Gunter was called up from extended to make the start and was hit around a bit although Logan Warmoth made an error that led to two unearned runs. It was Warmoth's ninth error. Ty Tice took the loss, he has found it tougher in the FSL.


Zach Logue had never pitched into the eighth but he was pitching a shutout through seven so he went back out for the eighth and gave up a home run to the first hitter. Lansing lost 1-0. Logue's line was 8 3 1 1 0 4. It was a very good start and lowers his ERA to 2.67. With Yennsy Diaz in Dunedin, Logue is now the ace of the staff.

The Lugnuts had just four hits. Kevin Smith had two of the hits, both doubles. The question now is when is Smith getting promoted. I can see Smith staying in Lansing until the Lugnuts hopefully clinch a playoff spot which would be just after the middle of June. The second question is where will he play in Dunedin? I don't see Logan Warmoth going anywhere. Bradley Jones is playing third and has been playing better recently. John LaPrise at second is not playing well and he could get bumped for Smith.

Three Stars

Third Star - Kevin Smith

Second Star - Cavan Biggio

First Star - Zach Logue


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dan gordon - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 11:29 PM EDT (#358399) #
Bichette's OPS in rookie ball 1.182, in A ball 1.071, in A+ .843, in AA .688. Now 3 for his last 32.
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#358418) #
Sean Reid Foley has been promoted to Buffalo and will start for them today.
PeterG - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#358419) #
Justin Dillon was supposed to start today.....any word on him.
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#358420) #
No word on Dillon but Buffalo are still short of starters with three of them in Toronto. You have Borucki, Dillon, Rowley, now SRF, to make four starters and a fifth from one of Santos, Guerreri, Shafer or Fisk.
Dewey - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#358422) #
There's an interesting piece in today's National Post about how Vlad was signed.  Worth a read.
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#358423) #
Pompey back in the Bisons lineup.
bpoz - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#358424) #
Happy to see all the promotions. Y Diaz 21 years old, SRF 22. For this whole minor league season. IMO they are young for their new level, so dominating the previous level was a big achievement.
I am fine with them struggling at the new level. Hope it does not happen.
Hope Romano also gets promoted. He has had only 9 starts in AA so maybe the FO thinks that is too few.

Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#358425) #
After my discussion of Bo above, he has just homered for his second hit of the day.
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#358426) #
And now Vlad has gone deep too.
Gerry - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#358428) #
SRF had a rough start to his AAA career today.
dan gordon - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#358433) #
Yes, SRF gave up 8 hits and 2 walks in 2 1/3 IP, and Isaacs wasn't much better when he came in, allowing 6 hits in 2 2/3. Alburquerque had another scoreless inning, and I suspect that if he was on the 40 man, he'd be called up. Still might be anyway. Some good results for the Bison's hitters - Pompey hit a HR, Jansen and Tellez each had 2 doubles, Urena a single and a triple.

Bichette had a bit of everything, a single, a HR, a walk, a steal and a throwing error. Vladdy's 2 for 4 raised his average to .427.

Buffo had a very good start for Lansing, 9 K's, 0 BB's, 1 ER in 6 IP, while Lundquist hit his 9th HR, raising his OPS to .891.
hypobole - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#358434) #
Jansen actually had 3 doubles.

I'm counting 14 players who've played for both Buffalo and Toronto this season. Of those, Gaviglio and Teoscar may be the most worthy of their promotion. But the guy most worthy has caught in Buffalo all year.
Super Bluto - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#358439) #
Was at the game in Buffalo today. SRF was hit very hard. Like, shelled. Rowdy made an incredible play on a liner over the bag. Pompey hit a home run to the opposite field. Alford looked pretty bad striking out. If it weren't for the QEW, I would make that trip more regularly.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#358442) #
In the Dunedin game tonight, Connor Eller started and went 2.1 scoreless innings before Randy Ponder,  a lefty followed with 6.1 innings. It looks like an experiment along the lines of the Tampa approach. It worked, as Ponder was very good.
hypobole - Thursday, May 24 2018 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#358443) #
It's Pondler, Mike. Not a prospect, but I developed an irrational affinity for the kid last year.
dan gordon - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 12:43 AM EDT (#358445) #
I wouldn't say it's irrational. Pondler is only 21, doesn't walk many, and had a K/BB ratio of roughly 4/1 last year. Reports suggest he has a lively low 90's fastball and a good curve. I figured he'd be in Vancouver, or possibly Lansing this year, so it's interesting that he makes his first appearance of the year in Dunedin.

Also in the Dunedin game, Riley Adams was 2 for 3, and he seems to coming around after a very slow start, now 9 for his last 26. His slow start may have been due to a rather aggressive assignment to Dunedin to start this season, skipping Lansing entirely.
hypobole - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 01:06 AM EDT (#358446) #
Pondler in Dunedin was in all likelihood convenience in walking him over from extended. Saves bus tickets :)

Was looking at Adams' myself - April OPS .527, May OPS .773. Also cut his K's in half (24 to 12) in about the same number of PA's both months.
Mike Green - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 07:16 AM EDT (#358449) #
Thanks, hypobole.  How soon I forget.  I noticed Pondler last year, and thought he was an interesting below-the-radar prospect. 
Mike Green - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 02:57 PM EDT (#358473) #
Cavan Biggio made the Fringe Five this week.  It's not quite the Elite Eight, but it's better than chopped liver. 
hypobole - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#358475) #
Hey.. I like chopped liver, even if no one else seems to. Even our local Switzers doesn't sell it.
CeeBee - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 04:18 PM EDT (#358478) #
"Hey.. I like chopped liver, even if no one else seems to."

mmmmm liver and onions :)
scottt - Friday, May 25 2018 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#358479) #

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