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Patrick Murphy was dominant for seven innings on Wednesday. But the Dunedin bullpen, and Vancouver's too, coughed up four runs in the ninth to turn likely wins into two losses. Lansing also dominated but with offense, Ryan Noda and Chavez Young led the hitters. Bluefield had a late lead but lost it and the game. Buffalo and New Hampshire had their all-star breaks and the GCL Jays had a routine day off. In Vancouver's loss Otto Lopez went four for four and has yet to strike out with Vancouver.


Buffalo are in their all-star break. In the game Danny Jansen caught three innings and popped up in his only at-bat. Jason Leblebijian was 1-2 with a walk.

New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats are also in their all-star break. The pitchers impressed, Jordan Romano started and had a nice 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. TJ Zeuch just needed eight pitches for his 1-2-3 inning with one K. Cavan Biggio played the full game at second base and was 1-3 with a walk. Jonathan Davis was 0-1 with a walk.


Patrick Murphy was dealing, going seven innings with just two hits allowed. Murphy walked one and struck out eight. Murphy has been hot for a while now and must be close to a more permanent move to AA. The Jays lost 4-0 when Ty Tice gave up four runs in the ninth.

Dunedin were shut out on five hits. Ivan Castillo, who has been hot, had two hits. Brock Lundquist, who has also been hot, had one hit. Kevin Smith had the night off.


Lansing won 6-2 and outhit the Bees 12-4. Ryan Noda led the offense with a 3-4 day. He had two doubles, a triple and a sac fly and drove in three runs. All three of his RBI's were to drive in Chavez Young. Ryan Gold broke out of a mini-slump with a two hit game with two RBI. Kevin Vicuna, Chavez Young and Reggie Pruitt also had two hits each. Young's hits were a double and a triple.

Matt Gunter has been pitching well recently and he went six innings with one run allowed on three hits. Kyle Weatherly got the last six outs in order to preserve the win.


The C's scored in the first inning when Yorman Rodriguez and Griffin Conine hit back to back doubles. The C's added two more in the fifth, McGregory Contreras singled, Jesus Severino walked, Tanner Kirwer singled in one run and Otto Lopez drove in the third run with a single. Kirwer, double, and Lopez, single, combined to score the fourth run in the seventh. Jake Brodt delivered a sac fly to score run number five in the eighth. That run gave Vancouver a 5-2 lead that lasted until the bottom of the ninth. Otto Lopez was 4-4 and is hitting over .400 for Vancouver. He hit .364 for Bluefield before being promoted. Lopez has yet to strike out in eight games in Vancouver. He had five K's in Bluefield in 33 at-bats.

Josh Winkowski pitched well for six innings, allowing two runs, one earned. Winkowski seems to have fixed something in his delivery. Last year he walked 24 hitters in 54 innings for Bluefield. This year he has just four walks in 27 innings. As mentioned the ninth inning was bad, leading to a walk off grand slam. Justin Watts put the first two hitters on but it was local boy Will McAffer who gave up the slam.


Bluefield had a 5-4 lead in the eighth but Mike Pascoe gave up three runs to turn it into a 7-5 loss. Felipe Castaneda started and went five innings. He was charged with four runs, three earned. Castaneda is just 18 years old but his ERA is 8.10. Josh Almonte pitched two shutout innings to lower his ERA to 9.00.

Dominic Abbadessa scored the first run on a double steal, Abbadessa stole home. Andy McGuire, the pitcher/hitter, doubled and scored the second run when Cal Stevenson singled. Stevenson scored on an error. Luis De Los Santos, who had been hit by a pitch, scored the fourth run on a wild pitch. Alejandro Kirk homered to score run number five. The Jays had just five hits, Kirk had two of them.

GCL Blue Jays

The GCL Jays had the day off.

DSL Blue Jays

The Jays lost both ends of a doubleheader. They were shutout and held to three hits in game one. They had seven hits in game two. Jose Zepeda had two and is hitting .318. Miguel Hiraldo had one and is hitting .328. He has cooled off after a very hot start.

Three Stars

Third Star - Otto Lopez

Second Star - Ryan Noda

First Star - Patrick Murphy


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Gerry - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#361651) #
Jonathan Davis has been promoted to Buffalo. Dalton Pompey is headed to New Hampshire.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#361654) #
Presumably one of them will get the call when/if Granderson is traded.  Davis, by the way, has large platoon splits for a RH hitter- it's not really ideal when you have 3 regular outfielders who bat right. 
Mike Green - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#361656) #
Gabriel Moreno, an 18 year old 5'11" catcher from Venezuela, went 2-4 with a double for the GCL club today.  He's now hitting .380 with 9 extra base hits and only 4 strikeouts in 50 PAs. 
uglyone - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 03:09 PM EDT (#361657) #
and scouting reports call him a glove-first prospect.
Gerry - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#361660) #
Vlad Jr. will be back tomorrow in the GCL.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 04:49 PM EDT (#361661) #
That'll be fun for Groshans and the rest down there.  Get ready, Buffalo...
hypobole - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 05:39 PM EDT (#361662) #
"Vlad Jr. will be back tomorrow in the GCL."

Typical move from the FO promoting him backwards.

I figured I'd say it before u-know-o did.
greenfrog - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#361663) #
Longenhagen on Biggio (Fangraphs):

Sir Nerdlington: Cavan Biggio didnít crack your 131, but heís tapped into power and improved bb% this year. Has he changed?

Eric A Longenhagen: He has changed but not enough to be a 50 FV. Probably not a 2B, still has some offensive issues. 40 FV, realistically.
hypobole - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#361666) #
Jaime Garcia pitched one rehab inning for Dunedin. Smith and Adams with a couple of hits each, including Smith's 9th FSL HR.
uglyone - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 08:06 PM EDT (#361668) #
can't argue with Eric saying Biggio isn't a 50....but I'd probably quibble with his 40 and raise him a 45. you'd have to be prrtty convinced his defensive upside is nonexistent to rank a 2b hitting like this that low I think.
dan gordon - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 10:10 PM EDT (#361678) #
McCown had an interesting interview today on Primetime with Ben Cherington, Blue Jay VP of Baseball Operations. He commented about Biggio and K.Smith, saying that they were similar in that they both "practiced effectively". By that he means that they are able to fix things in practice. He said that Biggio had a problem handling the inside fastball, and he was able to make some adjustments that have enabled him to fix that problem. Smith had too much swing-and-miss in his game, and was able to fix that without detracting from his power. It's a worthwhile interview if you are interested in the Jays farm system - they talk about Vladdy a fair bit.
hypobole - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#361682) #
Rowdy hasn't played in over a week and is on the Temporary Inactive List. Is that bereavement leave?
uglyone - Thursday, July 12 2018 @ 11:07 PM EDT (#361683) #
Mike Green - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 08:52 AM EDT (#361686) #
The top 30 prospects may not be enough this year.  I see about 40 players I really like- I'll grant that a few of them may be idiosyncratic.  There have been years though where I struggled to find 20.  The cool thing is that they come in all ages, shapes, positions and talents.  And the top end talent is great.

Last night, Kevin Smith went 2-4 with a homer, Chavez Young hit a grand slam but struck out 3 times, Ryan Noda doubled twice and walked twice, Davis Schneider homered and walked twice, Otto Lopez went 3-5 including a homer, and Griffin Conine went 3-5.  Sean Reid-Foley had a no-hitter with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts through 5 innings before fading in the sixth.  Dalton Pompey went 2-3 with a walk in New Hampshire.  Gabriel Moreno and Jordan Groshans both doubled and singled in rookie ball. 

I can easily see this farm system being like the Tiger system of the mid to late 70s pumping out 1-2 very good players every year for 5 years. 
bpoz - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 09:01 AM EDT (#361687) #
I agree Mike. If you do have 40 list then what differences do you see in 25-30 and the last 10. Comparing similar age. For example Max Castillo and Josh Winckowski. Both should be in the 26-40.
Marc Hulet - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#361691) #
Winckowski, last I saw, was 88-90 with his heater, which is well below average for a right-hander. Now that was a year ago so we'll have to wait and see if he's made gains.
uglyone - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#361693) #
that's dissappointing to hear, Marc. iirc on draft day he was talking about working at 91-92 and getting up to 93-94 when needed.

and yeah Mike all this year's draftees and recent IFA signings hitting the ground running has really lengthened the prospect list. a couple months ago I was struggling to get to 15 names of guys who were more than just longshots and now it's closer to 25.
Marc Hulet - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#361694) #
I believe it was "could occasionally scrape 93" but lots of pitchers lose velo when they enter into the regular routine... It's possible he's made some up over the last year but I doubt he's a flame thrower....
hypobole - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#361695) #
I just checked the top 30 (or 28 because of Greene/Olivares), and I only see 4 who's stock is definitely down from 8 months ago - Maese due to injury and Pentacost, Warmoth and Alford due to performance.

That's pretty good, because there's probably twice that in that 28 group who's stock is definitely up.
uglyone - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#361696) #
yeah Marc i'll trust you on that one because draft day velo talk is always iffy until they show it.

though I wonder if his improved performance this year is due to him adding some velo after sorting out his mechanics? that would be interesting.
hypobole - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#361698) #
The June 18th C's game with Winckowski pitching was on milb TV. Bottom 1st stadium gun gave a 95.
hypobole - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#361699) #
Later in the 1st a 93. Announcer said stadium gun 1-2 mph slow per scouts/trackman.

Also, Winckowski apparently said if a team other than the Jays had drafted him he probably would have gone to JC, but he liked the way the Jays develop big right-handers.
cybercavalier - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#361701) #
Jonathan Davis has been promoted to Buffalo. Dalton Pompey is headed to New Hampshire. Vlad Jr. will be back tomorrow in the GCL.
If Vlad Jr, is going to Buffalo, is Gift Ngoepe heading to New Hamsphire, based on OPS?
uglyone - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#361704) #
Hypo i'd love to see your "Stock up/down" list for the top 30 or so.
hypobole - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#361708) #
Up - Murphy, Harris, Perdomo, Pardinho, Smith, Danner, Gurriel, SRF, Borucki, Vlad.

The others are more or less where they were 8 months ago as far as future value/trade value is concerned.

also on Winckowski, a 92 in the 2nd and a 93 in the 5th.
bpoz - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#361710) #
I thought you had missed a few hypobole but then I realized that they were not on the top 30 list and therefore ineligible. Y Diaz, Romano and Biggio.
hypobole - Friday, July 13 2018 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#361712) #
Actually Romano was top 30. He did make the jump to AA, but some numbers have taken a bit of a hit, and his HR/FB and therefore his FIP a substantial hit.
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