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We hope everyone is enjoying their respective provincial holidays! A generally productive weekend from our affiliates as a number of new faces begin familiarizing themselves to us.

Buffalo Bisons

Buffalo was rained out Friday, split their doubleheader Saturday, and rallied in the ninth to win Sunday. Notable performances in Saturday’s win include Richard Urena’s two hits, one of which went deep and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s two hits and two walks. On Sunday, Rowdy Tellez homered as part of a two-hit day. Tellez also walked in the contest. Tellez has been on a tear of late with his line now reading .272/.344/.437. Tellez also went public with his mom’s cancer struggles a couple days ago. From all of us here at Da Box, Rowdy, we’re pulling for your mom!

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Much like Buffalo New Hampshire faced rain Friday, split their doubleheader Saturday, and won their game Sunday in the ninth. In Saturday’s win Bo Bichette had two hits and Gunnar Heidt homered. Josh DeGraaf pitched five innings of two-run baseball (one earned). Cavan Biggio and Harold Ramirez had two hits apiece in Saturday’s loss while Hector Perez started his Blue Jays’ career with five innings of two-run baseball. Perez struck out seven, but walked four. I suppose the hope will be that the ghost of Mel Queen will turn those walks into strikes on the black. Jon Berti hit an inside-the-park walk off homerun Sunday. Forest Wall was a homerun away from a cycle in one of his better games since joining the organization.

Dunedin Blue Jays

Dunedin too faced weather on Friday, decided to play just the one Saturday—which they won, and ran out fourteen-nine winners Sunday. Riley Adams was four-for-four Saturday. Adams also threw out a would-be base-stealer. The game was reportedly “saved” in the ninth by a bases-loaded sliding grab by centerfielder Joshua Palacios. Twenty-one hits on Sunday as all but Nash Knight got in on the action. Suffice to say that a number of players “had a day.” The D-Jays in fact were down nine-one at one point and scored thirteen unanswered.

Lansing Lugnuts

Lansing avoided the weather that plagued the aforementioned affiliates Friday, though they may have wished otherwise. Lansing lost in heartbreaking fashion in extras Friday, but rallied to win on both Saturday and Sunday. Jordan Barrett pitched seven innings of two-run baseball in Friday’s loss. Chavez Young and Ryan Noda homered Saturday, while Chad Spanberger and Andres Sotillo homered Sunday.

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver won all three games this past weekend. Compliments go to the Canadians pitching staff as the first runs yielded over the weekend were not until Sunday’s second inning. Randy Pondler led the way Friday with six shutout innings of work. On Saturday it was Josh Winckowski, who pitched six shutout innings himself. The Canadians without Griffin Conine are relatively devoid of hitting prospects though Jesus Severino and Otto Lopez are doing their part. Both had two hits Friday with Severino adding another Saturday and Lopez adding three more Sunday.

Bluefield Blue Jays

Bluefield were rained out Friday, split their games Saturday, and lost Sunday. Saturday’s win featured five shutout innings from Eric Pardinho while Saturday’s loss saw five innings of one-run baseball from Claudio Galva. Cal Stevenson had five hits across the three games.

GCL Blue Jays

The GCL squad lost both their games this weekend. Friday’s loss was a walk-off to the dreaded Yankees West team whereas Saturday’s loss was to the less dreaded Pirates affiliate. Jordan Groshans was absent for both games and Addison Barger was hitless for both.

DSL Blue Jays

The DSL squad won their Friday/Saturday games this weekend. The DSL generally does not play games Sunday. Miguel Hiraldo collected two hits across the two games.

Three Stars

3. Randy Pondler and Josh Winckowski

2. Riley Adams

1. Jon Berti

Friday’s Box Scores

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Sunday’s Box Scores

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Gerry - Monday, August 06 2018 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#363378) #
Brock Lundquist 4-4 tonight, he is starting to make a name for himself.
Gerry - Monday, August 06 2018 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#363380) #
Lundquist turned 22 in January so this is a prime age for improvement. He went to Long Beach State which is Tulo and Estrada territory.
Gerry - Monday, August 06 2018 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#363381) #
Gabe Moreno, first home run in Bluefield. Three more hits for Cal Stevenson.
dan gordon - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 12:32 AM EDT (#363384) #
Stevenson's on base % is a ridiculous .629 over his last 8 games, and .522 for the season between the GCL and Bluefield. Lundquist now hitting .383 in Dunedin, and just under .500 for his last 12 games.
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 05:50 AM EDT (#363387) #
Drafting college bats in the mid rounds seems to be a strength the last few years. Are there any reports on Lundquist's defense? Does he have the arm to play RF?

bpoz - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#363393) #
I am curious Shoeless. Would the mid rounds be Round 4 and onwards? Your speculation has a lot of merit.

The FO seems to target position players that have contact skills 1st. After that, I don't know the order of the strengths.

College players are also easier to sign. So you get quantity to work on developing.

The Int'l signings is where a lot our youth is added. The hitters there also have good contact skills. 2017 anyway.
rafael - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#363394) #
looking positive for a strong new wave of hitters not yet in the top 30 lists
bpoz - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#363395) #
The GCL and Bluefield have practically no good pitching prospects. I try not to evaluate the DSL.
PeterG - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#363399) #
Pitching Prospects of note Bluefield:

-Eric Pardhino
- Felipe Castenada - ignore current stats but check how they are improving with each outing......also 18 years of age
-Troy Watson
-Nicolas Medina


-Rafael Monsion
-Elixon Cabellero
-Alvery de Los Santos
-Franniel Polonco

Gerry - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#363401) #
Hitters tend to be more predictable than pitchers. A pitcher can learn a new pitch, figure out how to throw a pitch, develop some command, and suddenly be much better. That rarely happens to a hitter.

The Bluefield/GCL/DSL 18-19 yo pitchers have not dominated this year (Pardinho excepted) but that doesn't mean they will not next year or the year after. With pitchers you have to give them some time
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#363405) #
I would consider round four on-wards the mid rounds yes, as most talent goes in the top three rounds unless they are tough to sign. However that is open to others interpretation.

I really like how the Jays have grabbed Biggio (2016), Smith (2017), and now maybe Lundquist (2017) over the past few years. I still think Cullen Large might amount to something if he can get healthy as well.

bpoz - Tuesday, August 07 2018 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#363409) #
Thanks Gerry. I guess Y Diaz did some of the things that you said might happen because he is a lot better.

He must be tiring out now his results are poor over his last 4 starts.
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