The 18 Year Olds Lead the Way

Friday, July 20 2018 @ 07:52 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Two 18 year olds, Jordan Groshans and Gabriel Moreno knocked out three hits and are leading the way for the GCL Jays. The GCL Jays and the DSL Jays won. Bo Bichette had a couple of doubles to get New Hampshire a win. Vancouver got great pitching and won via a shutout. Buffalo, Dunedin, Lansing and Bluefield all lost.


Buffalo built a 3-0 lead versus Durham. Jonathan Davis started the third inning with an infield single. He moved up to second and scored when Dalton Pompey singled. Rowdy Tellez made it 2-0 in the fourth with his eighth home run. Anthony Alford followed with a single and Reese McGuire doubled him in. Thomas Pannone pitched shutout ball through six innings. He gave up a lead off home run in the seventh and a lead off triple in the eighth and now it was a 3-2 game. Pannone was done and Jose Fernandez came out for the ninth. A single and a home run left Buffalo down 4-3. The game ended when Roemon Fields was thrown out stealing. For a fast runner he does not have a good record on steals with 22 steals and 14 caught.

The Bisons had just six hits, Reese McGuire was the only hitter with two. It will be interesting to see what the Jays do with him in September. Pannone's line was 8 6 2 2 0 9.

New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats went down 3-0 in the third inning. That inning featured four hits and an error and was the only trouble for TJ Zeuch. In his other five innings Zeuch conceded just three hits. His line was 6 7 3 2 0 3.

New Hampshire started the comeback in the third, Andrew Guillotte led off with a double and scored on a ground out by Bo Bichette. Bichette doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on an error. In that same inning Cavan Biggio delivered a sac fly to tie the game. Guillotte singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth. Bichette stroked his second double into the left field gap to bring in two more runs and give him three RBI. Andrew Case picked up his seventh save.


Dunedin lost 4-2. Maverik Buffo had two bad innings and four good ones. In the second inning three extra base hits led to two runs. In the sixth, a couple of walks and a couple of hits led to two more and now Buffo has let in four runs.

In the fifth inning Dunedin bunched four singles to score two runs. They had four other hits in the game. Logan Warmoth and Ivan Castillo had two hits each. Kevin Smith was 0-4.


Lansing did not have good pitching on this night. Maximo Castillo gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. Dalton Rodriguez gave up five hits in three innings. The three Lugnut pitchers had two strikeouts between them and three home runs allowed.

Ryan Noda had a good night, he was 3-3 with a walk. Kevin Vicuna and Reggie Pruitt had two hits each.


Vancouver scored a single run in five straight innings from the fourth to the eighth. Vinny Capra homered, his second of the season. Otto Lopez, Yorman Rodriguez and Tanner Kirwer each had one hit and each of them is hitting over .300. McGregory Contreras was the only hitter with two hits.

The C's used four pitchers and held Hillsboro to just two hits. Joey Murray went two innings, one hit. Sean Wymer went three, one hit. Wymer had four K's. Fitz Stadler went three innings, he walked one and struck out four. Connor Lawworked a perfect ninth.


Nathanael Perez was evicted from this game quickly, six runs allowed in two innings. Adams Cuevas pitched four innings of relief with just one hit. Unfortunately it was a home run and the winning run in a 7-6 loss.

Dominic Abbadessa, Rafael Lantigua and Davis Schneider picked up two hits. Abbadessa and Lantigua are hitting in the 360's. Alejandro Kirk had one hit and two RBI. Hector Guerrero was just promoted from the GCL but went 0-3.

GCL Blue Jays

The Jays won 5-2 and held the Braves to just three hits. Starter Rafael Monsion pitched five innings of two hit ball, no walks, six strikeouts. It was a very good start by the 18 year old. In 23 innings this season Monsion has only walked 3 with 20 K's. Alvery De Los Santos pitched the last three innings with just one baserunner, promptly eliminated with a double play. De Los Santos turned 19 yesterday. He has a low ERA at 1.42, he restricts hits and walks, but has just 8 strikeouts in 19 innings. He does have a significant groundball tendency.

Two 18 year olds are leading the Jays offense. The leading hitter is Gabriel Moreno. He was 3-5 with a double, he is hitting .419. Jordan Groshans also had three hits including a double and his third home run. He is hitting .372. Steward Berroa had two hits.

DSL Blue Jays

The Jays won 7-2 in a rain shortened affair. 19 year old Cuban Lazaro Estrada pitched six innings with just one earned run allowed. He has a 2.89 ERA.

Jose Rivas, Alberto Rodriguez and Erickvi Celedonio each had two hits. Miguel Hiraldo picked up a double.

Three Stars

Third Star - Bo Bichette

Second Star - Gabriel Moreno

First Star - Jordan Groshans