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The #BlueJays affiliates posted a 7-2 record Tuesday. Lansing had the night off save for the four Lugnuts who played in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

Buffalo 4 Pawtucket 0 (Game 1- 7 Innings)

Steve Pearce hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Bisons all the runs they would need. Danny Jansen doubled, singled and walked while Richard Urena had a two-hit effort.

Ryan Borucki went the distance on a three-hitter, walking one and striking out four to finish with a Game Score of 78.

Pawtucket 6 Buffalo 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

The Herd had just four hits = all singles from Richard Urena, Rowdy Tellez, Jason Leblebijian and Reese McGuire. Dwight Smith Jr. drew the only free pass.

Murphy Smith gave up five runs over 3-1/3 innings on seven hits and two walks, striking out nobody. Conor Fisk pitched 2-2/3 innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He had one strikeout.

New Hampshire 5 Erie 3 (Game 1- 8 Innings)

A two-run single by Cavan Biggio provided the winning margin for New Hampshire FC. Jon Berti had a three-hit game and drove in two runs while Gunnar Heidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Bo Bichette was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jordan Romano gave up two runs and matched five hits with five strikeouts over five innings without walking anyone. Danny Young blew the save by giving up three runs in two innings but got the win. Dusty Isaacs struck out two in a perfect inning for the save.

New Hampshire 5 Erie 4 (Game 2 - 10 Innings)

A sacrifice fly by Gunnar Heidt brought home Cavan Biggio with the winning run. The Fisher Cats won this game despite getting all of three hits. Andrew Guillotte had the big blast with his first homer of the season. Bo Bichette singled and walked and Jonathan Davis had the other knock.

T.J. Zeuch had just two unearned runs on his ledger on seven hits with tallying a K/BB total of 7-0. Of his 14 outs in play, 12 were on the ground. Zeuch was in line for the win but Travis Bergen was victimized for two unearned runs in the eighth and ninth. Kirby Snead walked one and struck out one in the 10th for the save.

Dunedin 7 St. Lucie 3

The D-Jays got long balls from Kacy Clemens, John La Prise and Kevin Smith to win their third straight over the Mets. Clemens, Josh Palacios and Rodrigo Orozco posted a '1' in the hit and walk columns. Riley Adams had a double.

Patrick Murphy gave up only one hit over four innings but walked six batters which resulted in two runs. He struck out five with a groundout total of six. Andy Ravel struck out two but allowed two runs in two innings. Jonathan Cheshire pitched 2-1/3 shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out four to get the win. He needed help from Jake Fishman as he stranded two by striking out the only two men he faced to get the save.

Midwest League All-Star Game - East 3 West 2 (10 Innings)

Kevin Vicuna was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Chavez Young was 0-for-4. Maximo Castillo pitched a scoreless frame as he offset two hits with two strikeouts and Dany Jimenez struck out the only batter he faced.

Vancouver 4 Eugene 1

RBI doubles by McGregory Contreras and Sterling Guzman backed Elio Silva's five shutout innings of one-hit ball. For a full recap of the game, click here.

Bluefield 9 Johnson City 8

D.J. Daniels walked it off with an RBI single to complete a two-run rally to give the Bluef-Jays a win on opening night. John Aiello set the stage for Daniels with an RBI knock of his own to tie the game in the ninth. Luis De Los Santos hit a two-run home run as part of a three-hit ninth. Daniels and D.J. Neal both had two hits apiece with Neal and Hunter Steinmetz stealing bases. Jose Theran had a double.

Alvaro Galindo was gonged for five runs over 4-1/3 innings, giving up two home runs. Joe DiBenedetto struck out the only two batters he faced to end the fifth. Jose Almonte struck out one in a perfect sixth and Adams Cuevas put up a scoreless seventh. Mike Pascoe gave up a run on a hit but struck out three. Sean Rackoski got the win even though he was rocked for a run on two hits. He struck out a pair. 

GCL Tigers West 12 GCL Blue Jays 11

The Jays rallied to take the lead after being down 10-4 but they suffered a walk-off loss. Cal Stevenson had two hits and three walks atop of the order while Troy Squires singled twice and walked twice. Hector Guerrero had two singles, a walk and two RBI. Jordan Groshans reached base three times with a base hit and two bases on balls while knocking home a run.

Matt Tracy started and gave up a run over one inning. Emanuel Vizcaino was eviscerated for five runs over three frames. Brennan Price paid the price by giving up four runs over 1-2/3 innings. Luis Alvarez put together 2-1/3 scoreless frames but Gage Burland gave up the tying and winning runs over 2/3 of an inning.

DSL Blue Jays 3 DSL White Sox 2

Miguel Hiraldo had two hits, was hit by a pitch, drove in a run and stole a base to help the Dom-Jays pull this one out. Alberto Rivas walked once but stole three bases.Jhon Solarte singled, walked and stole a base. Kenny Mauricio walked twice and pilfered a bag.

Ronald Govea struck out three over four scoreless frames of three-hit ball. Franniel Polanco got the win with 2-2/3 innings of one-run ball. Christian Reyes struck out three of the four men he faced in 1-1/3 perfect frames. Miguel Olivo gave up a run in the ninth but got the save.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Jordan Romano, New Hampshire

2. T.J. Zeuch, New Hampshire

1. Ryan Borucki, Buffalo

Extra Innings...

C's Plus Baseball has a chat with outfielder Tanner Kirwer.
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Mike Green - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#360247) #
In addition to his homer, Kevin Smith walked and did not strike out.  He's now hitting .329/.392/.529 in Dunedin.  Over his minor league career (515 PAs), he's 22-2 stealing bases and has 50 doubles and 5 triples.  That's a pretty good indicator that he's got legs and knows how to use them. 
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#360248) #
Mike I posted this a while back on Smith:

"quality athlete with excellent speed, have routinely timed him between 4.14-4.19 seconds home to first from the right side"

That's 60-65 grade speed. That "below average runner" comment on Pipeline is garbage.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#360249) #
for what it's worth, the BP defensive metrics rank Smith as by far the best defensive SS in the system this year.

on the other end, they think Vicuna is by far the worst, which means I might have to stop keeping tabs on him as a real prospect.


K.Smith 63gms, +4.8 (last year 61gms, +8.3)
L.Warmoth 45gms, +2.8 (last year 45gms, -0.1)
B.Bichette 68gms, +2.6 (last year 110gms,+0.3)
R.Urena 25gms, -0.7 (last year 146gms, -4.4)
L.Gurriel 28gms, -2.0 (last year 64gms, +2.4)
K.Vicuna 62gms, -3.0 (last year 84gms, +0.6)
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#360250) #
might as well look at the catchers:

McGuire: 43gms, +6.5 (last year 45gms, +5.1)
Adams: 50gms, +2.4 (last year 52gms, -0.6)
Jansen: 52gms, +0.4 (last year 104gms, -3.3)
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#360251) #
Also to answer the question "Who the heck is this All-Star Dany Jimenez?" everyone is asking, I looked him up.

24 yr old RH RP. Signed at 21. I'm guessing he's a converted position player, since a report behind the BA paywall lists him as an OF.

Command doesn't seem a strong suit, but over 11 K/9 for the 2nd straight year.

Baseball Census video link

"you can see Dany Jimenez throw parts of two innings in relief for the Toronto Blue Jays' Low-A spring squad, in an outing during which the tall, lanky righty sat 90-94 mph with his fastball, and paired with a spinning slider from 79-82 mph, and a straight changeup from 80-82 mph."
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:05 AM EDT (#360252) #
UO please explain the breakdown of the numbers for McGuire and Jansen. When not catching they are DHing.

IMO Jansen is very much better offensively than McGuire. I rate them equally as defensive DHs. I understand that McGuire is better defensively than Jansen as a catcher. How bad is Jansen's defense?
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#360253) #
ah what the hey let's do them all:

Guerrero 53gms, -0.5 (last year 119gms, -4.1)

Taylor 59gms, +3.1 (last year 52gms, +1.5)
Biggio 66gms, -0.8 (last year 127gms, +6.8)

C.Young 60gms, +8.8 (last year 67gms, +15.9)
D.Smith 40gms, +4.4 (last year 108gms, -4.8)
A.Alford 46gms, -1.5 (last year 77gms, +5.9)
D.Pompey 23gms, -3.1 (last year 13gms, -0.2)
J.Palacios 62gms, -7.5 (last year 91gms, -1.5)

Tellez 58gms, +0.0 (last year 122gms, +1.8)

some interesting numbers in there, imo.

Chavez Young certainly jumps off the page.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:14 AM EDT (#360254) #
bpoz - i'm not going to pretend to know the intricacies of BP's minor league defensive metrics...especially since they aren't the most transparent website when it comes to their methods. But in general I trust that they are a pretty good estimate - with the caveats that even MLB defense is extremely hard to measure, and MILB defense is even harder....and I assume it only gets more difficult the further down the minor leagues you go.

I do think that BP has by far the best catcher defense metrics for major league players, though. They have a system which factors in the pitchers throwing to them and the umpires calling the balls and strikes.

as for Jansen v McGuire - I assume the numbers ignore the DH time (which now I realize means my "games played" numbers don't make much sense...ah well). But they seem to confirm the scouting reports - Jansen is a capable defensive catcher, while McGuire is an excellent one.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#360255) #
uo - Vicana's past reports say excellent glove, weak arm so he's also seen time at 2nd base the past couple of seasons, though with Samad in Lansing his opportunities are limited. Are those #'s SS only? If so how does he rate at 2nd?.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#360256) #
Griffin Conine is on the GCL roster today so he's clearly signed.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#360257) #
Thanks Marc.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#360258) #
Thanks, Marc. Do you have anything you add on Kevin Smith? Saw a few of his games on milb and he really seemed to barrel balls well.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#360260) #
yeah Hypo I was totally under the impression that Vicuna was an ace glove at SS too.

Now I'm unsure.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#360262) #
So uo, do those #'s you posted include his time at 2nd base?
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#360263) #
Thanks for all the numbers UO. They are helpful.
Nigel - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#360264) #
Those defensive numbers on Vicuna donít match the eye test on him from last year in Vancouver. I would have said, above average range, above average glove, and an average arm. But who knows, maybe this is another case of the eye test failing? I will say that I am confident that heís a better defensive SS than Warmoth notwithstanding those numbers.

Taylor is definitely a 2B only prospect.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#360266) #
Chavez Young's defence leaps out at you.  His vulnerability, and it is a big one, is putting bat-to-ball.   I'm all in favour of moving him nice and slowly through the system.  Devon White was in the Midwest League at age 20 and striking out over once per game.  He wasn't ready until age 24.  Mike Cameron was also in the Midwest League at age 20 and hit .238/.292/.297 with poor walk/K numbers.  He wasn't ready until age 24 either. 

Thanks, hypobole, for the reminder about Kevin Smith.  What have they got with him now?  He's fast, he's got power, he has decent control of the strike zone and he plays a fine defensive shortstop.  He turns 22 next month and he's in high A ball.  It seems to me that the big question is whether he will hit at the double A level.  If he does, he's a great prospect.  There is nothing wrong with having two prospects who can hit and play shortstop capably- it has worked out pretty well for the Astros. 
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#360268) #
Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter confirms the Conine signing. 

I'm happy with the draft overall.  It isn't one player but quite a few who I think have a decent chance to make it.  With luck, two or three will. 
Glevin - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#360269) #
"I'm happy with the draft overall. It isn't one player but quite a few who I think have a decent chance to make it. With luck, two or three will."

My feelings as well. Prospects are a bit of a crapshoot so getting more quality prospects and spreading risk out seems like a good idea. There are about four or five genuinely interesting prospects from this class.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#360270) #
Nigel, just want to say one thing that Marc alluded to about first pro year players, and was also brought up by either Kiley or Eric in an FG chat. These kids are playing a lot longer than they ever have before and that grind wears them down.

That may account for why his D seems better this year that when you saw him, His hitting this year though is definitely disappointing.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#360272) #
If I remember correctly, it was said that the 1st year results do not mean much.

That sounds good for Hagan Danner because he was not good last year. But N Pearson had absolutely great results last year. Bo was doing very well until that appendix operation.

Maybe the 1st year means little and it is the winter training if it happens that carries more weight.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#360273) #
In my last post, by "him" I meant Warmoth.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#360275) #
Conine threw out a runner heading to home at the top of 2nd inning, and walked in his first atbat.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#360276) #
Haven't seen Kloffenstein assigned yet.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#360278) #
Kloff really makes the draft for me.

Most all the other picks are in the "solid" range, but I think Kloff compares very well to arms that were considered to be high/mid first rounders.
Nigel - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#360279) #
Hypobole, I totally understand that about first year pro players. That may well explain Warmothís range issues in Vancouver. I donít know that that would explain his lack of arm strength, but again, maybe. He does have excellent hands and decent athleticism, on the upside. I think his BA will come around in Dunedin and there are some positive signs on the BB% front. I donít see much power potential though.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:12 PM EDT (#360280) #
I see your point about the arm strength. As for the power, KLaw was very high on Warmoth - loved his swing - but also pointed out scouts were concerned about his exit velocities, so yeah, the power may never come.

Also, from ' FG chat:

12:36 Kevin Smith has looked VERY good all year and hasn't lost a step after his A+ promotion. Do you see him as a big mover on offseason prospect lists? Thanks!

Kiley McDaniel
12:37 Saw him briefly last week and he's really shortened up the swing from college. He's fine but not great at SS. One scout compared him to Jordy Mercer, who has had a nice run of being a 45 or 50 FV. That would be a very nice find in the 4th round.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#360281) #

Mercer (21): 208pa, 84wrc+
Smith (21): 204pa, 184wrc+


Mercer (22): 580pa, 97wrc+
Smith (21): 79pa, 162wrc+

awful takes are awful.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#360282) #
Hey, what do scouts know?
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#360284) #
remember when Kiley told us we ruined Hoffman by "shortening his stride"? that was funny.

I wonder why colorado never bothered fixing him by reversing that.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#360285) #
Why do you keep repeating this "ruined" bs???
uglyone - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#360286) #
the only BS is that he clearly blamed the jays for Hoffman not being as good as he looked pre-draft, due to "shortening his stride", which he copped from Keith Law, who made it up when talking about Sanchez.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#360287) #
IMO we have some ML ready SPs.

1st wave. Borucki, SRF, Romano, Zeuch. Possible Panonne and J Harris if he can keep doing well.

2nd Wave. N Pearson, P Murphy, Y Diaz, Z Logue and A Perdomo.
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#360288) #
Nate Pearson was the Jaysí first attempt at signing a #1 Starter for the Team. I think the Jays were planning on Pearson being on the Roster in the 2020 Season. While Pearson as a #1 Starter might still happen, it will take a year or two more than expected. Adam Kloffenstein is the Jaysí next attempt at signing a #1 Starter. I think the Jays see him on the Roster in the 2021 Season.

Itís thought that a true number 1 Stud makes it obvious very early. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did and I thought Nate Pearson did as well. I want to see what Adam Kloffenstein will do.
Parker - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#360290) #
the only BS is that he clearly blamed the jays for Hoffman not being as good as he looked pre-draft, due to "shortening his stride", which he copped from Keith Law, who made it up when talking about Sanchez.

Not being right 100% of the time entirely destroys someone's credibility when it comes to prospect evaluation?

Lylemcr - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#360291) #
Could you imagine if the Jays had a roster of Vlady Jr, Bichette, Biggio and Connine? Good bloodlines...
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 05:31 PM EDT (#360292) #
One more chat question

1:01 Thoughts on Adam Kloffenstein? What's his ceiling A mid-rotation guy? He seems pretty filled out for a HS player st 6'5 220, so I'm wondering how much more projection or velocity there still is left.

Kiley McDaniel
1:02 There's some and he's really loose and athletic, one scout told me he thinks he'll throw 100 in a couple years. Yeah mid rotation upside.
scottt - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 06:26 PM EDT (#360293) #
I knew  Guerrero and I knew  Bichette ó those guys are tearing it up and you hear about them a lot and I knew about their dads, obviously ó but I didnít know Clemens,  Biggio, and the full extent.

 Iím looking forward to getting to know them and, hopefully, being future teammates with those guys

There's an article on
CeeBee - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 06:57 PM EDT (#360294) #
I presume that Conine but I can't find the article.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#360296) #
I believe that the Jays are $1 mil over their draft budget.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#360297) #
E Pardinho is pitching tonight for Bluefield.
mendocino - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#360298) #
I got $71,905 left in bonus money
MLB Draft Tracker has Bec's bonus at $5,000
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 08:07 PM EDT (#360299) #
Thanks, mendocino.

So that means the Jays can throw just under $200 K at one of the unsigned HS kids. Just need one to take it.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#360300) #
Pardinho. Darn good debut for a kid who doesn't turn 18 till next year.

4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K.
bpoz - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#360301) #
I guess Blue Bird signing table must be wrong.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:14 PM EDT (#360302) #
bpoz, no team has gone more than 5% over their bonus pool allotment - the penalties are too severe.
mendocino - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 10:41 PM EDT (#360303) #
Blue Bird does not have Bec's Bonus included.
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, June 20 2018 @ 11:30 PM EDT (#360304) #
The Person who updates the Bluebird Banter Draft Table has a Job, a Family and a Life. He updates everything when good sources are included, but only as he can.

The $71,905.00 figure remaining in the 5% bonus, so up to $196,905.00 may be offered to tempt someone to sign. Maximum penalty for exceeding the MLB Main Draft number occurs if a Team exceeds that number by 15.00001% or by 65% - loss of two 1st Round picks in back-to-back years. If you are going to go over go big, Draft all High School and sign everyone.
uglyone - Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 01:24 AM EDT (#360305) #
Eric J. Dunnett

A name for the future is 17 year old Eric Pardinho from Brazil. In his minor league debut, he was hitting 97mph. As a 17 year old. 97mph.
Glevin - Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 03:38 AM EDT (#360306) #
Best bit from Fangraph chat.

"Fans are too obsessed with the concept of upside anyway. Cameron talked a lot about how we donít even really know what any given players upside is anyway, which I agree with. We use it since scouts do to speak about physical tools, but we realize it doesnít mean as much as most fans think it does. Like itís a good pick because a guy is an 80 runner with an 80 arm and 60 raw power but has never played in a game beforeÖthatís the logical extreme of that obsession."

scottt - Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 06:59 AM EDT (#360308) #
Article came out 6 days ago.

hypobole - Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 07:08 AM EDT (#360309) #
Oddity from the Bisons loss to the PawSox last night.

Josh Smith was the winning pitcher and Josh Smith got the save. That would be Josh D. with the W, Josh A. with the S.

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