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A ninth-inning collapse spoiled a perfect Tuesday night on the farm for the #BlueJays affiliates. The three winning clubs combined to score 29 runs.

Columbus 7 Buffalo 5

Sean Reid-Foley was a bullpen collapse away from his first Triple-A victory. After getting torched in his first outing with the Herd, it looked like he was going to be in for another rough night after surrendering three runs on the first on a single, a walk, a double and a triple. He would settle down after that as he retired eight in a row and 10 of his last 11 hitters to turn in a quality start. He struck out 10 and gave up 10 hits. Murphy Smith put up two more zeros but Al Alburquerque blew the save by giving up a tying home run to the only batter he faced to start the ninth. Sam Moll was mauled over for three more runs to take the loss.

Lourdes Gourriel Jr. hit a two-run homer and had a two-hit game. Jason Leblebijian and Anthony Alford were the on-base leaders with Leb-leb getting two knocks and a walk while AA singled with two bases on balls. Alford also stole a base.  Dalton Pompey was 1-for-3 with a stolen base before giving way to Ian Parmley late in the game. Roemon Fields was 0-for-3 but drove home a pair of runs, one by sacrifice fly. Rowdy Tellez and Reese McGuire singled and Danny Jansen walked but Richard Urena went 0-for-5.

Also of note, both managers got tossed as Herd skipper Bobby Meacham and his Columbus counterpart were sent to the showers in the seventh.

New Hampshire 11 Portland 2

At least the Jays hammered the BoSox affiliate here thanks to 11 unanswered runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had just one hit but it was a big one as he socked his 11th homer of the season. That accounted for two of his three RBI. Bo Bichette, Gunnar Heidt, Max Pentecost, Juan Kelly, Harold Ramirez and Andrew Guillotte finished in a six-way atop the hit leaderboard with two. Guillotte had a triple and a double while Pentecost and Kelly had one extra-base knock. Cavan Biggio and Jonathan Davis also had base hits with Davis drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Only the rehabbing Aledmys Diaz was hitless by going 0-for-3 before being replaced by Heidt. Bichette had two stolen bases and is 14-fot-18 in that department. He also took one for the team.

Josh DeGraaf overcame a two-run first that included a home run to deliver 5-2/3 solid innings of five-hit ball without walking a batter. He struck out eight and had six groundball outs for get the win. Jose Fernandez matched two walks with two K's over 1-1/3 innings and stranded a runner. Dusty Isaacs finished up by getting the final six outs, one by strikeout, while giving up just one hit.

Dunedin 8 Florida 2

All nine Dunedin hitters made a dent in the hit column and eight of them drew a walk. They had 10 hits and 11 walks in all to cool off the Fire Frogs. Eduard Pinto had the lone multi-hit game while drawing a walk and stealing a base. Nash Knight reached base four times thanks to three walks. Kevin Smith drew two walks to get aboard three times in his Dunedin debut. Riley Adams also reached thrice as he took one for the team not once but twice. I hope the two pitchers involved profusely apologized to Adams as he does have a black belt in karate.

Zach Logue was one out away from the win in his Dunedin debut but had to settle for 4-2/3 innings of four-hit ball in which he allowed an unearned run. He walked three, struck out four and induced seven groundball outs. Connor Eller got the win with 1-1/3 perfect innings that included a punchout. Jackson McClelland walked two over a scoreless inning-plus. Ty Tice stranded two runners and pitched two inning of one-run ball on a hit and a walk. He struck out three to record the save.

Lansing 10 Lake County 1

Every Lugnut hitter reached base by a hit or a walk to otherthrow the Captains. Chavez Young had three hits, a walk, a run driven in and a stolen base at the top of the order. The two and three hitters Kevin Vicuna and Cullen Large had two hits apiece with Vicuna getting a double and an RBI. Brandon Grudzielanek tripled while Ryan Noda and Andres Sotillo doubled. Noda walked while Sotillo knocked home two.

Maverik Buffo ran his record to 7-1 by scattering eight hits and a walk over seven innings of one-run ball, the one run coming on a home run. He struck out two to go along with eight outs on the diamond. Andy Ravel overcame two hits in a scoreless eighth. Dany Jimenez struck out the side in the ninth.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Chavez Young, Lansing

2. Bo Bichette, New Hampshire

1. Sean Reid-Foley, Buffalo

Extra Innings...
  • New Hampshire manager John Schneider won't forget this ceremonial first pitch anytime soon.
  • The Toronto Sun has a story on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • WILX-TV has a feature on a host family in Lansing that has housed Lugnuts players for nearly 20 years.
  • C's Plus Baseball has a chat with Travis Bergen and an interview with pitcher Colton Laws.
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hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 12:31 AM EDT (#358777) #
"Herd skipper Bobby Meacham and his Columbus counterpart were sent to the showers in the seventh."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
PeterG - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 01:11 PM EDT (#358793) #
With the draft 5 days away, some may want to take a look at the latest BA rankings (not a mock)....complete with pics.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#358795) #
This from Kiley's chat today

Carl: Do you know who the jays could be linked to at the 12th pick in the draft? I saw somewhere they were linked to high schoolers which was surprising for the front office.

Kiley McDaniel: Still hearing mostly high school guys unless a college guy that shouldn't get there slides. Sounds like the floor for Swaggerty. If TOR gets Bichette, Pearson and Swaggerty in three consecutive drafts in those spots, Jays fans should be doing backflips.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#358798) #
Does anyone have a feel for Chavez Young's defense?
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#358799) #
I don't think the Jays will take Swaggerty. He hasn't hit well enough with wood bats. Alex Bohm is the dream, but he won't drop that far.

Ryan Weathers as another bloodline player is interesting. However I still think guys like Gilbert, Rollison, McClanahan and Kowar which is my wildly weird mind is how they have them lined up/
hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#358800) #
Again from Kiley today:

Why are you guys higher on Travis Swaggerty

Kiley McDaniel: He has maybe the best tools of any position player in the draft and he's performed before, just had some bumps this spring. That rap is super similar to Trea Turner, who like 20 teams mis evaluated and privately would tell you that. Luckily I got to see him as a college freshman/sophomore so I had more context than most national scouts who just focus on draft eligible guys in their draft year.

If you take a step back and ask your scouts why they didn't like Trea Turner and their answer is I saw 13 plate appearances and didn't like it, that's kinda an insane answer when the guy has tools like that and was breaking records statistically, but was banged up/making swing changes on Team USA and the first half of the spring when like 90% of the scouting looks happened.

For all the truth that scouting can reveal that can't be replaced by numbers, the lack of context and lack of searching for answers to reconcile something that doesn't make sense can often be maddening. Like the two games you saw can tell a kid's entire athletic future on multi-million dollar decisions and that's a good process.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#358801) #
I think the Trea Turner comps are very appropriate.
jerjapan - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 02:51 PM EDT (#358805) #
Ugly, I'm not really sure how to get get good minor league defensive info, but Young certainly has a positive rep defensively.  He's athletic and Jay Blue notes that he 'was scouted highly for his strong throwing arm and speed, reaching first base in 4.1 seconds from the left-handed batters box.'
He can play all three OF positions, but apparently prefers centre:

“because I am the boss,” said Young. “In center I can direct the field on how I want to play hitters and go gap-to-gap.”   He had 450 innings in CF last year with five assists - sounds like he has some defensive chops to me.

uglyone - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#358807) #
tbh, da Box in-person scouting reports might be the best place to get defensive info on our prospects.

it sounds like Young has all the tools to be a plus defensive CF, but I'd love to hear some lansing fans chime in on how he looks.
acepinball - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#358808) #
Just wanted to pipe up that this is actually one of the best websites to get info on Blue Jays prospects and has a pretty good feel for prospects overall and draft stuff.

Also really like Baseball America (though their new website is pretty meh), Keith Law, has improved, Baseball Prospectus has gone the other way, fangraphs is great (for everything), John Sickels.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#358812) #
tbh, da Box in-person scouting reports might be the best place to get defensive info on our prospects.

Definitely the people who attend multiple games throughout the season. Scouting reports online tell something, but are only snapshots of one or a couple of games.

Otherwise, the best place to get real scouting info you can trust is a subscription to milb TV. All AAA and AA games televised, I believe, plus a smattering of Lansing and a few Dunedin.

The production/camera angles/sightlines not the greatest in most cases (Las Vegas was horrific), but they are also archived, allowing to to watch whenever, skip ahead or back etc. $50 US/season, or $13 for a month of bingewatching.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#358817) #
Two words of caution about the milb tv -Automatic Renewal. Make sure you know how to cancel your subscription.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#358818) #
Dalton Pompey has gone back on the DL, he came out of yesterdays game after grounding out in the sixth.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#358819) #
Any word on what the injury is, Gerry?
Gerry - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#358820) #
I don't know Mike but Dalton has had leg injury issues before and it came on an infield grounder so I am putting 2 and 2 together.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#358822) #
I was guessing a hammy myself, Gerry. 
scottt - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#358824) #
Jays fans should be doing backflips

I don't think he realizes the age of the average fan.
Glevin - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 07:36 PM EDT (#358827) #
This seems like a good draft to be picking where the Jays are. No elite prospects and about a dozen very interesting prospects. I'd be happy with most of the players the mock drafts have the Jays taking.
greenfrog - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#358828) #
Biggio with another home run tonight (his 13th). There is no question that statistically he's having a superb offensive season. Now, can he play an adequate 2B or 3B in the majors? Or is he destined to become a 1B/LF/DH type?
hypobole - Wednesday, May 30 2018 @ 08:32 PM EDT (#358829) #
"Does anyone have a feel for Chavez Young's defense?"

uo, There is a highlight reel catch video at the bottom of his milb page. Announcer is correct, he does play a shallow CF.
dan gordon - Thursday, May 31 2018 @ 01:15 AM EDT (#358832) #
Biggio's range factor and error rates have been consistently good in the minors. He's not a big bulky guy, and must have decent speed given the triples he hits and reasonable stolen base numbers. No idea about how he turns the double play, but I see no reason to think he can't stick at 2B, at least at the start of his career.

Nice to see Grichuk hit a HR today and Aledmys Diaz get a couple of hits.
ramone - Sunday, June 03 2018 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#359044) #
Crappy 0-5 day on the farm.

On the draft reading Keegan Matheson's draft primer on his site, Baseball Toronto, he has a few interesting tidbits. He says the Jays have done "extensive" background work on college LHP Shane McLanahan and have had plenty of looks at high school OF Jared Kelenic
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