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The #BlueJays affiliates won four of six games Tuesday, including a near no-hit bid.

Lehigh Valley 2 Buffalo 0 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

Two runs off Nick Tepesch in the first was all the IronPigs needed. Tepesch lasted five innings and scattered three hits and a walk while striking out two. His strikeout total was two and his groundout total was eight. Conor Fisk finished up with a clean sixth that included a punchout.

Danny Jansen singled and was plunked twice. Darnell Sweeney singled and walked. Dwight Smith Jr. had a double while Roemon Fields and Jason Leblebijian singled. Rowdy Tellez walked but Anthony Alford and Lourdes Gourriel Jr. were hitless in their three at-bats.

Buffalo 9 Lehigh Valley 2 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

A two-run homer by Reese McGuire, an RBI triple by Ian Parmley and a run-scoring single by Roemon Fields in the second inning gave the Herd all they would need for the split. Rowdy Tellez had a three-hit night that included a home run and three RBI. Jason Leblebijian had a two-hit game and stolen base. McGuire and Fields had two hits apiece with Fields stealing a base. He was also caught stealing and is 13-for-22 in that department.

Luis Santos allowed two runs (one earned) over four innings but the win went to Justin Shafer who retired all four hitters he faced. Jake Petricka got two outs and Dusty Isaacs got the final three.

New Hampshire 6 Akron 1

A two-run homer by Bo Bichette in the fourth inning and a bases-loaded triple by Jon Berti in the fifth were the big blasts in this one. Bichette also had a sacrifice fly while Berti walked and stole a base. Jonathan Davis singled and walked and Andrew Guillotte earned two bases on balls.

The bigger story was the start turned in by Jon Harris. He walked just one batter and no-hit the Rubber Ducks through six frames. He struck out six and produced five outs on the dirt. Danny Young gave up the only hit and run in the seventh. The Canadian duo of Brayden Bouchey and Andrew Case struck out two and walked one in their shutout frames.

Dunedin 2 Charlotte 1

Alberto Mineo doubled home the first run of the game and singled home the last run with a walk-off single to score Kevin Smith after his second hit of the ninth.

Despite 10 hits and one walk, Patrick Murphy made it through seven innings by racking up seven strikeouts and inducing eight outs on the grass. Josh Palacios helped Murphy out by throwing out a runner at third from center to end the sixth. Connor Eller worked a one-hit eighth and Ty Tice got away with two walks in the ninth for the win.

Lake County 6 Lansing 5 (10 Innings)

The playoff-bound Lugnuts came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits but could not hold on. Ryan Noda had a two-hit night that included a home run and Samad Taylor went deep and drew a walk. Kevin Vicuna had two base hits and a base on balls and Brandon Grudzielanek added a pair to the hit column. Brock Lundquist was 0-for-5 but threw out a runner at home plate from right field.

Turner Larkins lasted two just innings as he was roughed up for three runs on seven hits and two walks in just two innings. Andrew Deramo went three innings and gave up a solo homer. Dany Jimenez was dinged for a run but struck out three in two innings. Brody Rodning took the loss despite four K's in 2-2/3 innings. Claudio Custodio coughed up the walk-off hit to the only batter he faced.

DSL Blue Jays 10 DSL Orioles 0

Miguel Hiraldo was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Erickvi Celedonio had the other two-hit game.

Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter with Brayan Meijia getting the win thanks to four innings of two-hit ball.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Alberto Mineo, Dunedin

2. Bo Bichette, New Hampshire

1. Jon Harris, New Hampshire

Extra Innings...
  • C's Plus Baseball has a story on Dallas McPherson's opening press conference as the manager in Vancouver and looks at the C's initial 2018 roster.
  • Steve Ewen of The Vancouver Province files this story about Media Day.
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ISLAND BOY - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 05:15 AM EDT (#359841) #
I'm really impressed with how Bo Bichette has adjusted to AA after a slow start. It bodes well for his future in the big leagues.
PeterG - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#359855) #

Systems are listed from #30 - #1 so you need to scroll well down to find the Jays at # 4.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#359885) #
Lansing was scorched today, but Ryan Noda homered again.  Something happened- that's 6 homers in 7 games after 0 in his first 50.  On April 25, his slash line was a ridiculous .195/.500/.268 and it has reverted to a more sustainable .242/.448/.442. 

Chavez Young and Samad Taylor both reached base 3 times in 5 trips. 
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 06:28 PM EDT (#359888) #
Noda's passivity was clearly working against him... since attacking the ball more he's been very successful. Curious to see what he can do at a higher level.
jerjapan - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#359891) #
I still think Noda was working on something ... that was a freakish slash line.  He remains a top 30 prospect in my book, and now that he seems to have adjusted to A ball, he may be top 20.  Harder to fault a guy for being old for the level when the org is consistently slow with promotions.  Not judging that approach, but I do feel that some lower pedigree guys get slagged a bit too much for being old for the level when they could have been promoted sooner.
Interesting to see Biggio 6th on the Bleacher Report prospect list.  And then Paradinho 7th.  Loads of informed posters round here had Biggio borderline top ten, which I felt was too high, but I do seem to be in the minority there. 

and Paradinho is 17.  Seventeen.  I give seventeen year-olds detentions and lecture them on responsibility.  This guy is a child.  The Bleacher Report list smacks of trendiness, and I think I just weirded myself out.  How the heck do you evaluate a 17 year old? 
greenfrog - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 08:47 PM EDT (#359892) #
Well, scouts really liked Osuna when he was 15, 16, 17 ... so why not Pardinho, too?

Noda's career slash line in the minors is now .311/.480/.517, with more walks than strikeouts. Take that for what it's worth (yes, he's a bit old for the level). He will have to keep proving himself, but his recent power surge is a promising development.
jerjapan - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#359896) #
Greenfrog, what I was trying to allude to is the idea of evaluating children in the same we as we evaluate adults.  I know that we have the systems in place to be able to do so, with some accuracy.   And I know it's an arbitrary line, adult vs. child,  but part of me gets a bit queasy talking about kids with the same language we use for adults.  anyway, that's far to philosophical and negative for a baseball forum, so I retract the question. 
uglyone - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 09:27 PM EDT (#359897) #
Good news: warmoth back
Bad news: golden sombrero
jerjapan - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#359898) #
Dwight Smith really deserves some run in the bigs.  This is a team that employed Zeke Carrera for years.  Smith is a cheaper, better Zeke Carrera.  decent, controlled, 4th OF is not not valuable, and he's done nothing but hit in his big league stints.  shouldn't a minor league system reward fringey guys based on performance, as an incentive? 

On another note, our low level pitching is capital T terrible. 
lexomatic - Wednesday, June 13 2018 @ 11:04 PM EDT (#359899) #
Dwight Smith really deserves some run in the bigs.
I've always thought he would do about the same no matter what level he was at. somewhere in the 260-300 10 HR 10 SB range. Not not valuable, with the chance to put up a surprise semi-valuable season. I hope he gets a chance somewhere, anyway.
dan gordon - Thursday, June 14 2018 @ 02:27 AM EDT (#359901) #
Smith is continuing to show improvement year after year. In 2015, he OPS'd .711 in AA. In 2016, he improved that to .765. In 2017, he moved up to AAA, and almost kept the OPS the same, despite the tougher competition, slipping marginally to .743. Now this year, he's at .841 in AAA. He's only 25, so it shouldn't be a big surprise that he is still getting better. Also, a lot of people think of him as a platoon player, but this year, his OPS in AAA vs lefties is .949, compared to .784 vs righties. Last year he was at .819 vs lefties, compared to .715 vs righties, so that's 2 years in a row he's been much better vs lefties. He'll take a walk, and doesn't strike out a ton. He doesn't really have the power you'd like in a corner OF, though. He's not a big stolen base guy, and isn't a plus defender. I think he's a guy who could hit for a pretty good average in the big leagues, have a pretty good OBP, and hit the occasional HR, steal the occasional base. Sounds like a good 4th OF to me. And who knows, he could continue to show improvement for another couple of years, and be a bit better than that for a few seasons.
uglyone - Thursday, June 14 2018 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#359908) #
The funny thing is Dwight has absolutely crushed it in MLB in both callups. His most recent one didn't even need a fluke babip to boost it.

imo clearly he deserves a chance.

what holds him back is that from what I've seen his defense is irredeemably bad. but as a DH/bench bat he's still hitting well enough to get a looksee imo.

let's flush and refresh the whole thing asap.

CF Pompey 25
RF Grichuk 26
LF Teoscar 25
3B Gurriel 24
SS Diaz 27
2B Travis 27
1B Tellez 23
C Jansen 23
DH Smith 25

UT Lopes 24 -- Guerrero 19
OF Alford 23 - Biggio 23
IF Urena 22 -- Bichette 20
C Maile 27 --- McGuire 23
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