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Jon Harris was promoted to AAA and took on the Paw Sox including Adam Lind, Rusney Castillo and Mike Olt. He pitched well and, backed by a Rowdy Tellez home run, got the win on his debut. Dunedin came from behind to win. Lansing won again with Maximo Castillo getting the measure of the Midwest League. Vancouver also won with Griffin Conine hitting his first professional home run. Bluefield won with a hitter who is hitting over .500. The DSL Jays also won. New Hampshire were rained out, the GCL Jays had the day off.

Buffalo

Jon Harris started and was the star in this game. He threw six innings, just 81 pitches and the only run he allowed was unearned. He had nine ground ball outs and two fly balls. Three relievers pitched hitless ball.

The Bisons scored eight runs on eight hits. Rowdy Tellez hit his sixth home run, a two run shot, and was 2-4. Richard Urena was 2-3 with a walk. Anthony Alford was 1-3 with a walk and two RBI. Roemon Fields also drove in two runs.

Although the Blue Jays farm system is having a good season, one area where it has not been good is the Buffalo hitters. Other than Danny Jansen the hitters have not hit enough to force the major league team to consider them. Anthony Alford is hitting just above .200 with two home runs. Dalton Pompey was injured, again. Richard Urena is hitting .240, he has hit better in the big leagues. Rowdy Tellez is playing better than last year but not at a major league level. Dwight Smith Jr. was hot for a while but now is hitting .259 with three home runs. Reese McGuire has not hit well. Lourdes Gurriel is the one player, other than Jansen, who has hit around what you would expect. If the jays were to trade some hitters at the deadline they will not have an automatic replacement. Most of those players had question marks over them before the season, it is disappointing that none of them have eliminated the questions.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire were rained out.


Dunedin

Dunedin came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3. In the seventh the Jays scored two off of three extra base hits. Rodrigo Orozco and John LaPrise doubled and Ivan Castillo tripled. The Jays then added two in the top of the ninth. LaPrise was hit by a pitch and then Pinto doubled again to drive in the tying run. Kevin Smith reached on an error that allowed the winning run to score. Pinto was 3-4, Kevin Smith had two hits, both doubles, and Rodrigo Orozco and John LaPrise also had two hits.

Yennsy Diaz went six innings and was charged with all three runs. He got off to a rough start with two runs allowed in the first and one in the second but pitched well thereafter. Connor Eller pitched two good innings in relief. Jake Fishman got the save.


Lansing

Lansing stayed hot with a 5-1 win. Maximo Castillo pitched five shutout innings. It was his third strong start in a row. He has now pitched 16 shutout innings over his last three starts with 14 strikeouts. Kyle Weatherly went three shutout innings, one hit allowed.

Norberto Obeso and Brandon Grudzielanek led the offense. The first Lugnut run came when Obeso singled to drive in Grudzielanek. Obeso singled and scored the second run on an error. Grudzielanek doubled and scored the final run on a sac fly. Both Obeso and Grudzielanek finished with two hits. Samad Taylor had one hit, an RBI double. He then scored on another error.


Vancouver

Griffin Conine led the Jays to a 3-2 win. He hit a solo home run in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2. The C's scored a 2018 C's run in the eighth. Vinny Capra walked, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a sac fly by Conine. A winning run without a hit does represent the 2018 C's. The C's had just five hits and were outhit 7-5. Ho hitter had two hits.

Jose Espada went five innings. He allowed the two runs, one earned. Three relievers finished up.


Bluefield

Bluefield have been hitting really well and have a team batting average of .313. Surprisingly that is only good for third in the Appy League. The Jays have three hitters with averages over .400 and two more over .300. The hitting leader is Dominic Abbadessa. He had two more hits and is hitting .519. DJ Neal had two hits, with two RBI, to keep his average at .400. Davis Schneider just had one hit and he is hitting .440. Hagen Danner had two hits, after a slow start he is starting to hit. John Aiello also had two hits.

Claudio Galva went five innings, but had just one strikeout. Three relievers did not allow a run to keep the 4-2 lead intact.


GCL Jays

The GCL Jays had the day off.


DSL Jays

The DSL Jays won 3-2 despite having only five hits. The winning run was scored in the ninth after the runner reached on a strikeout, so a player who struck out scored the winning run. That's low level baseball for you. Miguel Hiraldo was back in the lineup and was 0-4. Erickvi Celedonio also was back in and went 1-4. Jhon Solarte who we highlighted yesterday was 2-4. The Jays used four pitchers, Junior Guzman started and pitched five innings with two runs allowed.


3 Stars

3rd star: Griffin Conine

2nd star: Maximo Castillo

1st star: Jon Harris


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lexomatic - Thursday, June 28 2018 @ 11:15 PM EDT (#360881) #
So who's this  Espinal character?
hypobole - Thursday, June 28 2018 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#360883) #
See the Astros thread
mathesond - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 07:50 AM EDT (#360896) #
"A winning run without a hit does represent the 2019 C's"

Engaging in a little prognostication, eh, Gerry?
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 08:32 AM EDT (#360900) #
To add to the Perdomo discussion the other day, This from FG, Eric L. Daily Prospect notes:

Angel Perdomo, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays (Profile)
Level: Hi-A Age: 24 Org Rank: NR FV: 35+
Line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 10 K

Notes
Twenty-four-year-olds repeating A-ball typically donít find their way into our consciousness, but lefties that touch 96 must. Perdomoís command has taken a significant step forward this year as he has nearly halved his walk rate (12.6% down to 7.6%) and is showing especially improved command of his fastball and fringey slider to his glove side. He creates a tough angle in on the hands of righties and sits 90-95 throughout his starts. Heís made enough progress that you can project him as an eventual lefty reliever.
Gerry - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 08:45 AM EDT (#360903) #
Getting ahead of myself...fixed...thanks.
uglyone - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 08:54 AM EDT (#360907) #
yeah Perdomo remains interesting to me despite his age because 1) he has legit mlb velo as a lefty 2) we haven't seen him as a reliever yet 3) he's having a legit good year.

But I gotta agree with Marc that it's high time he starts accelerating through the system.
uglyone - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#360925) #
Baseball America updated Top 100 prospects list:

1: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
7: Bo Bichette
74: Nate Pearson
76: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
78: Danny Jansen
91: Kevin Smith


very nice to see Smith there. well deserved.

not surprised to see Alford booted.

but man, Jansen should be higher. how a 23yr old with passable catcher defense can be maybe the best hitter in AAA and not even crack the top-50 is a bit of a mystery.
Mike Green - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#360926) #
BA's top 100 prospects include Guerrero Jr, Bichette, Pearson, Gurriel Jr., Jansen and Kevin Smith.  Interesting. 
ComebyDeanChance - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 02:02 PM EDT (#360938) #
BA's top 100 prospects include Guerrero Jr, Bichette, Pearson, Gurriel Jr., Jansen and Kevin Smith. Interesting. Yes. Smith new at 91, and Alford gone from the list are the big changes for the Blue Jays. Jansen moved up from 93 to 78, the others moved only a small amount.
greenfrog - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#360944) #
I think Alfordís mistake was waiting too long to quit football and commit to baseball full-time (I suggested this a couple of years ago). Athleticism and talent are great, but you also need lots of reps, preferably starting at a young age.

The injuries havenít helped the situation, of course.
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 06:09 PM EDT (#360968) #
Is Groshans injured? Removed in the 6th inning today.
Gerry - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 06:59 PM EDT (#360982) #
I don't know why Groshans was removed today but he missed the last few games presumably because of some unknown injury.

His removal today was due to either a recurrence of the injury or pre-planned to ease him back in. As he was taken out after five innings, and based on my read that he didn't seem to be involved in a play in the previous inning, I assume it was pre-planned.
Mike Green - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#360984) #
Ryan Noda is playing CF tonight. Channelling Darin Erstad.
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#360985) #
Thanks, Gerry.
greenfrog - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#360994) #
Lots of good performances on the farm today: Gurriel, Alford, Bichette, Ramirez, Smith, Saucedo, Buffo, among others.

Bichette in particular is really having a great season after his slow start. Smith, too.
Gerry - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 10:18 PM EDT (#360997) #
I talked in the MLU above about how good the Bluefield offense is. Tonight they have 17 hits and 16 runs in the eighth inning. Otto Lopez is 5-5 so far.
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 10:33 PM EDT (#360998) #
Otto Lopez 5-6, 2 2B, 1 3B
D J Neal 3-6, 1 2B, 2 3B
Luis De Los Santos 2-5, 1 3B, 1 HR(4)
It's 20 runs after 8.

Marc Hulet - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#361001) #
It's hard to get a good read on how good the Bluefield offensive prospects are because most should have either been in Vancouver or Lansing to open the year. Look at Santiago Espinal. Boston had him go from GCL to A to A+ ... He's never been a top prospect but they kept him moving/challenged... the Jays regularly make prospects (non-top college draftees) spend 2-3 years in rookie/short-season ball whereas orgs that are really good at churning out talent move/test/push players much more aggressively... like the Braves, Dodgers, etc. Lack of advancement can be de-motivating ...
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#361002) #
Appy League (10 teams) hitters average age 20.2 yrs old

Youngest - Reds 19.5
3rd youngest - Jays 19.9
Oldest - Braves 21.3
jerjapan - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 11:05 PM EDT (#361003) #
holy crap you are right Gerry, just looking at the boxscore is fun, that's a video game offensive explosion.  The Bluefield outfield is particularly stacked.   I'm not surprised Cal Stevenson is raking, he's way too old for the level, but Abbadessa has been a real sleeper and he's breaking out right now.  to be fair, he shouldn't be repeating in the GCL, but our org is clear in it's preference for letting the lower pedigree guys marinate for a while before throwing them on the fire.  DJ Neal is another sleeper off to a great start. 

Who is Otto Lopez?
Taylor Saucedo is on a real roll right now ... 6 2/3 IP or more in his last four starts, 22 baserunners, 20 Ks.  He does appear to have made a meaningful change, and while we are talking 5th starter type potential, I'd like to see him promoted to NH.  SRF, Harris and Tepesch are all out of the rotation there, starting in Buffalo, and Justin Dillon is getting his ass handed to him ...

Yesterday I argued for one of Fisk / Shafer to get promoted to the bigs ... today they worked 3 IPs combined, with 4 hits, 4 ERs and 4 BBs total, with Fisk taking the loss and Shafer the blown save.  I will refrain from commenting on the Buffalo bullpen. 
hypobole - Friday, June 29 2018 @ 11:43 PM EDT (#361012) #
jerjapan, when I saw the Otto Lopez line, I thought the same thing. Who is this guy?

Abbadessa repeated the GCL last year probably because the year prior he hit .192/.250/.192. He moved up to Bluefield this year.

scottt - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 08:31 AM EDT (#361020) #
I dunno. Santiago Espinal is 23. That's not young.
Gerry - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#361027) #
Groshans back in the lineup today, has played 8 innings so far.

I liked Otto Lopez last year, he, De Los Santos, Theran and Schneider made for a dynamic infield for the GCL Jays last year. I was surprised that they all went to Bluefield. Like Marc said, the Jays are very conservative with the young guys.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 06:32 PM EDT (#361038) #
Smith and Espinal is the DP combination for Dunedin tonight.
hypobole - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 07:20 PM EDT (#361041) #
Heady or reckless? With Palacios at 2nd, Espinal at 1st and none out, this happened.

"Kevin Smith grounds into a force out, fielded by third baseman Mitchell Tolman. Joshua Palacios out at 3rd. Santiago Espinal to 3rd on the throw. Kevin Smith to 1st."

I'll take heady.
jerjapan - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#361048) #
Hypobole, that Dunedin lineup is rounding out nicely, with Palacios, Espinal and Smith 1-2-3.  some dynamism at the top of the order, even if Espinal is too old for the level. 

Abbadessa only had 26 ABs that first year, as an 18 year old.  I think he gets a mulligan on 2016.  Last year he posted a great line for a CF, with the only red flag being the 7 BBs in 151 ABs.  I see him as overdue for a promotion. I'm with Marc Hulet, some of our young guys aren't getting promotions they deserve, and perhaps need, developmentally. 

Anyone else intrigued by Elixon Caballero?  5 Ks in 2 2/3 IP tonight in the GCL, 44 in 26 2/3 career and he won't be 18 till July. 
hypobole - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 10:58 PM EDT (#361052) #
"Abbadessa only had 26 ABs that first year, as an 18 year old. I think he gets a mulligan on 2016."

Yeah, poor 1st year stats are fairly meaningless. Marc mentioned that and heard the same from either Eric or Kiley at FG.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 30 2018 @ 11:17 PM EDT (#361056) #
Espinal debut for Dunedin: 5 PA, 2 H including a triple, 1 BB, 3 runs, 1 RBI. Thatíll do.

A couple of hits for Smith as well, including a double.
hypobole - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 12:46 AM EDT (#361060) #
Mc Gregory now has 4 HR's in 54 PA's for the C's.

No C's player has hit more since 2015 when Sean Hurley hit 9 in 289 PA's (and was released a month after the season for hitting too many HR's) and Lane Thomas hit 5 in 183 PA's.
Marc Hulet - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#361065) #
From video I've seen of Espinal, he struggles with breaking balls so AA will be a real test for him when he moves up.
ISLAND BOY - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#361067) #
Where is Adam Koffenstein ? By the Bluebird Banter signing table he is in the Gulf Coast League but he isn't listed on the Bluefield roster. I'm interested to see how he performs given his size and talent.
hypobole - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#361069) #
I'm guessing Kloff may not pitch till next year.

I heard the Rangers, who drafted a bunch of HS arms, have pretty well shut them down. A couple have pitched one inning, others not at all.

Don't know how heavily Kloff was used and how good his mechanics are. I'm sure there are more if I look, but 2 that come to mind are Borucki pitching all of 6 innings his draft year before blowing out his elbow and Hosterman 18 innings in 2016 before vanishing off the the face of the earth (where is this guy??).

hypobole - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#361070) #
Don't know if it's injury or more permanent promotion, but Pinto is in LF for the Fisher Cats. And hit his 1st AA HR.

Also Kevin Smith with his 6th HR in Dunedin.
mendocino - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 02:26 PM EDT (#361072) #
Kloffenstein massage therapist

https://twitter.com/JasonAtTheGame/status/1011682000477085697
mendocino - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#361073) #
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

LHP Matt Tracy - off DL @ NH, transferred to Buf
SS Otto Lopez - Blu to Van
RHP Andy McGuire - Activated at Blu

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Gerry - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#361074) #
SRF and Zeuch dealing today.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#361086) #
SRF had another great game today.  Since his disastrous triple A debut, he's thrown 40 innings and allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 32 hits, 12 walks and 48 strikeouts. He's just about ready.

Ryan Noda went 3-4 with a walk.  He turned 22 in March, and he's been destroying the Midwest League both objectively and subjectively after a slow start.  I would even consider skipping him a level and moving him to New Hampshire where Nash Knight is holding down first base. 

Zeuch got back on track, and threw another solid 7 innings.  He has 6 starts like that over his last 10 in New Hampshire, and two more of 6 innings plus.  He's set to finish out the year in New Hampshire, and then move up to Buffalo for a couple of months (at least) next year.


Marc Hulet - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#361087) #
Luis de Los Santos now has 12 hits in advanced rookie ball. 0 doubles, 3 triple and 4 homers. Kid has pop... just needs to get more balls in the air.
uglyone - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#361089) #
yeah they can call up SRF anytime they want now.
bpoz - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#361090) #
I would not call up SRF until there is an opening in the rotation. After the trade deadline if he is doing well.

Of course if you call him up and he is good until mid August then the decision is correct. But IMO that is a big risk to take. He could struggle very badly.
Gerry - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#361091) #
I would call him up for the bullpen.
uglyone - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 09:50 PM EDT (#361093) #
I dunno Gerry - SRF is outright dominating AAA, at a young age, and has a full 4 pitch mix even if not all of them are good yet.

He's more viable for a starting spot than Borucki is imo, though I want borucki starting too.
Gerry - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 10:09 PM EDT (#361094) #
He has very good box score results but in regard to balls and strikes he is still somewhat wild. That's why I think short stints out of the bullpen would help him to get acclimated to the major leagues.

Long term he should try to be a starter but short term I would break him in from the bullpen. It's the old way to break in pitchers.
Marc Hulet - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#361096) #
I'm with Gerry. Although, I'm still not sold on him reaching his full potential one way or the other. I question his mental toughness.
uglyone - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:10 PM EDT (#361100) #
is this from watching his AAA games?

because tbh crushing AAA at 22 doesn't seem mentally weak, or inconsistent.
Marc Hulet - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:17 PM EDT (#361102) #
From watching him over the past 4+ years... he's been better this year but I'd prefer a larger sample size before I consider it growth.
uglyone - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:26 PM EDT (#361103) #
fair enough.

imo, though, it's looking more and more like last year is the outlier.
85bluejay - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:41 PM EDT (#361104) #
I hope Cre Finfrock (bluefield BJ 29th rd) - what a great unique name
85bluejay - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:43 PM EDT (#361105) #
I hope Cre FinFrock makes it to the show
85bluejay - Sunday, July 01 2018 @ 11:53 PM EDT (#361107) #
Last year, except for Borucki & Pearson most of the Jays pitching prospects took a step backwards especially the guys in AA - this year it's been a different story - off hand can't think of a pitching prospect who has taken a step back (injuries/suspension aside) - kudos to the development team - don't know if there were significant personnel changes over the winter.
scottt - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 08:03 AM EDT (#361108) #
I think what I would like would be one of the AAA catcher coming up to catch SRF for his first start.
They are already on the 40 roster and SRF doesn' t need to be added until this fall.

hypobole - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 09:03 AM EDT (#361109) #
If SRF did/does have a mental toughness issue (and I have no reason to doubt Marc on this), maybe one reason SRF has seemed to be overcoming it is help from the HP Dep't.

"Mugfordís department currently employs three mental performance coaches, tasked with easing those realities at every level of the Blue Jaysí organization. They aim to teach players routines and exercises they can rely on to organize their thoughts, simplify their mental processes, and eliminate attitudes that are detrimental to their success. A slump at the plate or on the mound is going to wear on any ballplayer, but if that athlete can effectively think their way through their struggles they may be able to pull out of it quicker. Interestingly, much of the mental work the department does with Blue Jays players pertains to thinking less, not more. Itís believed that a quiet mind can be a crucial factor in helping athletes perform at their best."
mendocino - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#361110) #
https://twitter.com/JesseSanchezMLB/status/1013770287857319936

Orelvis Martinez signs $3.5 million
hypobole - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#361113) #
FG guys have some questions, ranking Martinez 13th.

Martinez has a loose, whippy swing with natural lift and present 45 raw power that should grow as he does. He has a good chance to get to most of that power in games because of the swing, but there's disagreement about much of the rest of his future. Martinez has plenty of arm for shortstop but his range and feet may not fit there. There are also conflicting opinions about how much he's going to hit, in part due to swing length. In short, Orevlis is one of the more volatile prospects in this class. He might be a shortstop who hits for power, or a corner guy with contact issues.

MLB Pipeline much more positive, ranking him 4th

Some scouts look at Martinez and see Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre at the same age.

Like the young Beltre, Martinez is a hard-hitting infielder with a good projectable body and a strong arm. The infielder runs a 6.8-7.1-second 60-yard timed run and will likely end up as an average runner. It is his bat, arm and power that's expected to carry him through the Minor League ranks and to the big leagues one day.

At the plate, Martinez has a good rhythm and a short, compact swing with plus bat speed. He has a chance to be an above-average hitter with above-average power. There's still some room to grow and get stronger, which leads some evaluators to think Martinez will eventually move from shortstop to third base and still develop into an above-average defender. He's been praised for his solid actions on defense and good body control.
John Northey - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#361114) #
Phew.  Glad to see the Jays sign one of the top 15, maybe top 5 depending on evaluator, free agent amateurs.
bpoz - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 10:00 AM EDT (#361115) #
SRF has overcome his 2017 performance. 2018 is V good. AAA has more good outings than bad. But the jump to the Jays could be the biggest jump. He is also an innings eater.


Shapiro says and has proved that he wants to develop SPs the most. He will give them all the opportunity needed to succeed. Adjusting to the ML in the pen is a tried and true system. Borucki seems to be the only recent prospect that has not been in the ML pen to ease himself into the rotation.


Comparing SRF to Borucki in AAA shows them to be equal in bad performances. Also equal in good performances % wise. Borucki has already burned his 2nd option. SRF has not burned any options. I would be upset if he came up struggled this year and got sent down to burn an option. So the struggling starter to the pen method saves an option. But 3-4 or more starts in AAA before the promotion should not hurt him and will save the option.


If the current ML rotation, without a traded Happ is healthy then there is no room for him. That too is a problem. But better than a hurt rotation.
bpoz - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#361116) #
I am glad that we got a good one in O Martinez. But the budget is severely crippled now.
scottt - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#361119) #
Interesting. Does he have short compact swing or is his hitting challenged by his swing length?
It can't be both.

bpoz - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#361131) #
The 2019 rotation depth has probably been addressed as of now. With about 11 starts left in the minor leagues we have Gaviglil, Borucki, SRF, Harris and Romano with 1 AAA start at least. Zeuch probably gets a few AAA starts this year. All of them need to be on the 40 man roster to avoid the rule 5 draft except Zuech.

Also some A+ pitchers need to be added P Murphy and A Perdomo.

This year I will not stress myself with rule 5 losses.
Gerry - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#361133) #
The Jays/Bisons have released Al Alburquerque.
greenfrog - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#361134) #
MILB gives the Jays' farm system an A- for the first half. Other AL East farm system grades:

Tampa Bay: A-
New York: B+
Baltimore: C-
Boston: F

The top grade (A) in the AL was given to the Angels. Here's the Jays writeup:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s dominance is most noteworthy, but there are plenty of other reasons to be high on the Blue Jays. Bo Bichette has solidified his place as a top-10 prospect with Double-A New Hampshire, and Danny Jansen continues to be one of the game's best catching prospects at Triple-A Buffalo. Kevin Smith would be the standout hitter in almost any other system with his .338 average, .986 OPS and solid defensive work in the infield at Class A Lansing and Class A Advanced Dunedin. On the pitching side, T.J. Zeuch and Sean Reid-Foley are holding their own at the upper levels, while Ryan Borucki earned a Major League call-up last month. It's not all good news, however; Anthony Alford has produced just a .638 OPS with Buffalo and Nate Pearson still hasn't returned after taking a liner off his forearm in his FSL debut on May 7. But on the whole, Jays affiliates rank fourth with a .554 winning percentage, showing they're more than just Vlad. (Though for the record, Vlad would be plenty.)

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/midseason-farm-system-grades-american-league/c-283879576
mendocino - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#361140) #
signed
C Javier D'Orazio
https://twitter.com/ipl_venezuela/status/1013886781769609222

SS Wilfran Astudillo
https://twitter.com/ipl_venezuela/status/1013886285717614599

IF Leonel Callez
https://twitter.com/ipl_venezuela/status/1013885425226743808

C Gary David
https://twitter.com/ipl_venezuela/status/1013887016159928321

RHP Jorman Gonzalez
https://twitter.com/ipl_venezuela/status/1013887284603707392
mendocino - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#361141) #
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TRANSACTIONS:
Monday, July 2nd, 2018: (Pt. 1)

INF Lourdes Gurriel - Buf to Tor
UTL Darnell Sweeney - Tor to Buf
RHP Al Alburquerque - Released
LHP Craig Breslow - NH to Buf

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Monday, July 2, 2018 (Pt. 2)

2B John La Prise - Retired
RHP Orlando Pascual - Van to Lan
RHP Yunior Hinojosa - GCL to Lan
RHP Colton Laws - 7-day DL @ Lan
RHP Emerson Jimenez - 7-day DL @ Lan
RHP Mitch McKown - GCL to Van
INF Rafael Lantigua - GCL to Blu

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scottt - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 05:43 PM EDT (#361143) #
So, what happens to Venezuelan draftees? How quickly do they get them out of there?
It's almost a failed country.

hypobole - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 07:11 PM EDT (#361144) #
Kevin Smith with his 3rd Player-of-the-week award this year

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/jays-smith-wins-third-weekly-award-of-2018/c-283907552
Gerry - Monday, July 02 2018 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#361146) #
Danny Jansen back in the lineup tonight.
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