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Just two wins in eight tries for the #BlueJays affiliates Tuesday.

Buffalo 14 Charlotte 5

The ball was flying in North Carolina as eight baseballs cleared the wall, six of them by Buffalo. Rowdy Tellez homered twice while Dwight Smith Jr. and Darnell Sweeney went deep to highlight their three-hit performances. Reese McGuire and Billy McKinney also went deep. Anthony Alford had a couple of doubles. Tim Lopes had two hits and a stolen base. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-5 with a walk.

Mike Hauschild, whose name can be sung to the Guns & Roses tune 'Hauschild Is Mine', hit enough right notes to last five innings as he surrendered two runs to get the win. He served up a home run among his six hits and walked one but he struck out two and collected nine outs on the ground. Taylor Guerreri gave up a solo shot in two innings and Claudio Custodio coughed up two runs over the final two frames.

Altoona 5 New Hampshire 0

Jordan Romano took the loss but had a quality start of three earned runs over six innings, giving up four runs in total on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three and got nine outs on the dirt. Corey Copping struck out the side in the seventh but Josh DeGraaf was dinged for a run over the final two frames.

Gunnar Heidt was 3-for-4 while Harold Ramirez and Max Pentecost picked up two hits apiece. Forrest Wall singled, walked and stole a base. Bo Bichette was 1-for-5.

Jupiter 5 Dunedin 4 (10 Innings)

Josh Palacios enjoyed the only two-hit game for Dunedin as he belted a two-run home run and drove in three overall. Brock Lundquist and Logan Warmoth doubled witih Warmoth getting the other RBI. Chad Spanberger walked twice.

Yennsy Diaz was jolted for a two-run home run and gave up three overall in seven innings of work. He scattered seven hits but did not walk anyone and he struck out four. Jonathan Cheshire struck out in a shutout eighth but Jackson McClelland coughed up two unearned runs in the tenth after a scoreless ninth to take the loss.

Lansing 7 Bowling Green 4

Samad Taylor swatted a two-run home run in the third before RBI base hits by Chavez Young and Vinny Capra sandwiched a two-run knock by Brandon Grudzielanek to highlight a five-run fifth. Taylor and Grudzielanek had two hits apiece. Young stole his 32nd and 33rd bases of the year.

Jordan Barrett was one out short of five innings as he yielded three runs on five hits with a strikeout/walk ratio of 4-4. Brody Rodning stranded one of two Barrett runners and got the win. He gave up a solo home run among two hits but struck out two over his 2-1/3 inning stint. Emerson Jimenez walked one and whiffed two over two shutout innings for the save.

Tri-City 4 Vancouver 1

The Dust Devils snapped a 1-1 tie with three unearned runs in the eighth off Denis Diaz. That spoiled an excellent start by Elio Silva who surrendered a solo home run and a walk over six innings. Connor Law struck out three over 1-1/3 innings.

Otto Lopez tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Kirwer in the third to give the C's a brief 1-0 lead. Lopez had two hits. More deets right here.

Kingsport 10 Bluefield 4

The Bluef-Jays scored the first four runs over the first two frames but the Mets scored 10 unanswered to put this one away. Felipe Castaneda was rocked for six runs over 2-2/3 innings on three hits and four walks. He gave up a home run and had just one strikeout. Joel Espinal was whacked for three more runs in 3-1/3 innings. Brennan Price had an unearned run on his ledger. Mike Pascoe pitched a scoreless eighth.

Dominic Abbadessa had two hits and a stolen base. Cal Stevenson singled, walked and drove in a run. Gabriel Moreno was 1-for-4. Hagen Danner was 0-for-3 with a walk.

GCL Pirates 3 GCL Blue Jays 2

The Bucs got a run in the eighth and one in the ninth to walk this off. Brayan Mejia took the loss after blowing the save with two runs allowed in 1-2/3 innings. Juan Diaz held the Pirates to a run on four hits and a walk and struck out three. He also got eight outs on the ground. Elixon Caballero got around two hits and a walk to put together two scoreless frames in which he struck out a pair.

Jordan Groshans had two of the five hits for the Jays. Joseph Reyes singled, walked twice and drove in a run. Adrian Ramos had a base on balls and a base stolen, his 21st of the season.

DSL Reds 9 DSL Blue Jays 8 (12 Innings)

The Jays wound up losing this one in 12 innings after rain stopped the game yesterday with one out and two on the bottom of the 11th for the Reds. Jose Brito was charged with the tying run and William Gonzalez suffered the loss after allowing the winning run in 1-1/3 innings in which he walked two and struck out.

Hanley Acevedo homered in a losing cause.

DSL Blue Jays 8 DSL Reds 1 (4 Innings - Suspended)

Mother Nature cut this one short after the Jays scored in three of their four at-bats. Pedro Hurtado was 3-for-3 and Erickvi Celedonio picked up two hits and two stolen bases. Jhon Solarte was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and his 25th stolen base of the year.

Adrian Hernandez allowed one run on three hits and two walks and struck out five in four innings.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Elio Silva, Vancouver

2. Dwight Smith Jr., Buffalo

1. Rowdy Tellez, Buffalo
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ISLAND BOY - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 06:37 AM EDT (#363688) #
I'm really pulling for Rowdy Tellez. It can't be easy for him having his mother battling cancer over an extended time. It may have affected his performance last year and the start of this year, but he's really been raking the last month or so.
hypobole - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 10:05 AM EDT (#363691) #
On the human side, I'm empathetic with Rowdy, my mother died of liver cancer a few years back.

But from a baseball standpoint, it's a red flag that someone would let their personal life affect their performance as much as some have attributed to Rowdy. DeMar DeRozan had both parents with serious health issues this past season. He flew from Toronto to LA to spend time with them on an at least one off day, but his performance on the court certainly didn't seem to be affected by his personal issues.
acepinball - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#363692) #
Who knows, maybe it did affect Derozan? Nonetheless, this is an extremely human thing and different people have different abilities to cope with trauma. I also lost my mother to cancer in my late 20's. It impacts you differently everyday. Sometimes it makes you stronger/more focused because it's a distraction from the sadness. Sometimes, I'm sure Rowdy would wake up in some crappy minor league hotel and wonder what he's doing with his mother's finite amount of time remaining.

Regardless, I think it's best to be compassionate and understanding. I sure hope Rowdy is a September call-up and he gets a chance to accomplish his dream while his mother can share it with him.
whiterasta80 - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#363693) #
I don't care whether the family thing is the explanation or not. He's clearly made adjustments such that he is starting to gain some of his prospect shine back. I've always believed in the guy, I love the walk rate and low K% (so does KATOH for what its worth). We desperately need people with that profile on our major league roster.
bpoz - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#363695) #
Agreed W80.
ComebyDeanChance - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#363707) #
In 5 or 6 years we could have a battery of Santos Moreno pitching to Gabriel Moreno, one Mexican the latter Venezuelan, born 3 days apart.
bpoz - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#363712) #
Good to see someone following the very low minors. CDC. You never know.

Also I would like some of our cheap signings to make it.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 03:46 PM EDT (#363713) #
The Northwest League transactions column has righthander Orlando Pascual returning to Vancouver from Lansing. Pascual began the year with the C's before going to Lansing where he has walked 16 and plunked two batters in 21-2/3 innings. C's pitching coach Jim Czajkowski will need to work his magic to get Pascaul back to his NWL All-Star form of last year.
hypobole - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#363720) #
Yeah, I was looking at Santos Moreno - his numbers look quite good. Other than the fact he's a 5'9" RHP.
jerjapan - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#363722) #
I will forever think of Guns and Roses when I hear Hauschild's name now ...
Sorry to those with losses to cancer.  

As to Tellez and adversity, in my experience, you can handle things until you can't.  I lost my brother, mother and father in the past five years to addictions, illness and age, and somewhere along the way it simply became too much to deal with stoically.  In fact, the attempt to be stoic is likely problematic for some - Tellez has talked recently about allowing himself to be more open and emotional.
Regardless, I too am pulling for him more than most prospects as a result of his struggles.
CeeBee - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 07:22 PM EDT (#363724) #
Adversity either breaks you or makes you stronger. Hope Tellez pulls through.
greenfrog - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#363727) #
Hector Perez is having a good start so far tonight: 4 2 1 1 0 4
Spifficus - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 08:10 PM EDT (#363731) #
The craziest thing about his outing (now through 5) is 56 pitches, 42 strikes. Does anyone with happen to be watching him?
jerjapan - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 08:20 PM EDT (#363732) #
Great story at the Athletic on Adam Koewen trying to make it back to the bigs a fourth time.  Love the resilience. 
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 09:20 PM EDT (#363733) #
That is encouraging news for Perez.
ComebyDeanChance - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#363737) #
Perez finishes with a nice 69/51.
ayjackson - Wednesday, August 15 2018 @ 11:40 PM EDT (#363740) #
I saw what you did there.
Glevin - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 04:36 AM EDT (#363742) #
Great from Perez. If he gets some control, he'll be a top prospect (and in the majors) in no time. McKinney HRs in 3 straight games. I think the Jays will want to get a look at him in the majors soon. I don't see a star there, but he walks a fair bit and has real power. Could be an everyday player. Has a career .820 OPS at AAA career. Key is if his defense is good enough to stay as RF. This is the issue Tellez has. 1Bmen who can hit are very easy and cheap to find. Matt Adams was 1 year/$4M. Adam Lind had a 122 WRC+ last year and is in the minors this year. Lucas Duda signed for $3.5M. etc... Tellez has gone from a non-prospect to a potential everyday player again which is great and shows real character to bounce back from such a disastrous and difficult year so well. This last month of the season will be very interesting to watch. Will he continue to rake and push himself back into the discussion for playing time next year? Let's hope so.
Jonny German - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 07:34 AM EDT (#363743) #
There's an extra bit of opportunity for McKinney as the 2019 roster looks to be very low on left-handed bats. Less so for Tellez as the 2 only left-handed (switch-hitter) bats that are set for 2019 are the guys that play his position - Smoak and Morales.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 07:43 AM EDT (#363744) #
I agree that there is a really good chance that McKinney makes it as a platoon bench player next season. He has been playing both corners and 1B down in AA in preparation for this role I believe.
scottt - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:00 AM EDT (#363745) #
The Jays don't have a right handed bat who plays first to platoon with.
I could see them using a defensive replacement with Teoscar though.

Jonny German - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:17 AM EDT (#363746) #
Do we know why Adam Kloffenstein hasn't played since being drated?
bpoz - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:40 AM EDT (#363747) #
Any progress reports on Nate Pearson?
hypobole - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:45 AM EDT (#363748) #
Re: Kloff, I found this last night on the Future Blue Jays site from Aug 5 interview with Scott Sanders:

"I donít really have any specifics on that (when heíll make his debut). You know Adam had a pretty heavy workload. Earlier this year believe he threw something in the realm of 80 innings. So for us, itís just itís pretty much just the standard progression with every pitcher that comes into the system out of the draft. The first thing thatís pretty much done is assessing where theyíre at. From a inning standpoint of where theyíre at, from a season progression standpoint. And putting together a development plan thatís specific to them. So you know that (Director of Player Development) Gil Kim (VP of Baseball Ops), Ben Cherington, and the PD are certainly working with Adam. I would certainly expect to see him on the mound at some point soon."
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#363749) #
With 3 RH outfielders it will be easy to mix him in against lefties. Pillar, Grichuk, Teoscar and Morales can all sit 1/3 to 1/4 of the time against right handlers to keep them rested. Grichuk can play CF with McKinney in right and Teoscar can DH with McKinney in left.
whiterasta80 - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#363750) #
I'm not convinced that Pillar will be back. We have a glut of OFs in the minors and Grichuk passes my eye test in CF (he'd only be there until Alford or Pompey is ready anyway).

If he's sitting frequently in September to "rest up" while McKinney, Alford, Pompey, Smith Jr etc... get regular playing time I'm thinking its a tell-tale sign.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#363751) #
I honestly donít think Pillar is going anywhere. Grichuk didnít grade out too well in Center and is a top tier right fielder. The Jays have a glut of outfielders but they all project as 4th outfielders for now unless one of them....likely Alford...starts showing more.

I keep going back to wanting to try Gurriel in CF as the infield depth is higher quality than the OF depth.
85bluejay - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 09:31 AM EDT (#363752) #
Because of workload(during high school season), trying to avoid future injury (TJ) and refining mechanics etc. most teams are avoiding pitching their 2018 high pick high school pitchers in league games - probably will be allowed to pitch a couple of innings at end of season.
hypobole - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#363754) #
Checked the signed HS pitchers taken in the 1st 3 rounds and actually most teams have pitched them in league games. SD, Balt, TB, Cinci, Mets, Pitt and Hou kids have pitched.

Cleveland signed 2- 1 has pitched and 1 hasn't.

Along with Kloff, the Nats kid hasn't pitched and neither of the 2 Rangers kids.
dan gordon - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#363765) #
I don't think McKinney is much of a prospect. He had a nice 55 game stretch in SWB last year, but aside from that, his numbers the last couple of years have been mediocre. He's hitting .213 in Buffalo after hitting .226 in SWB this year, and might hit under .200 in the big leagues. He's about to turn 24, so he might have another gear to reach, and a year in AAA would be a good opportunity for him to demonstrate if he can do that. I think Alford and Pompey are both more likely to be useful mlb players, although I think the best solution is to move Gurriel to the OF. They need him there more than in the IF, and his fielding at SS/2B has left much to be desired.
Glevin - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 06:02 PM EDT (#363770) #
ďI don't think McKinney is much of a prospect. He had a nice 55 game stretch in SWB last year, but aside from that, his numbers the last couple of years have been mediocre. He's hitting .213 in Buffalo after hitting .226 in SWB this year, and might hit under .200 in the big leagues. Ē

He has around a 117 WRC+ in aaa this year. He had a 140 WRC+ in aaa last year. Batting average is a useless stat. Heís not a great prospect, but he is an actual prospect.
dan gordon - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#363772) #
Well, batting average certainly has it's flaws, as all stats do, but it's far from useless. If you're making outs 80% of the time when you don't walk, you've got to get an awful lot of home runs and doubles and walks to make up for that. How many mlb players are regulars when they're hitting .200? Walks are great, but they're not as good as hits.
hypobole - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 07:39 PM EDT (#363774) #
McKinney will not be a regular, but he should be OK as a platoon guy.
SK in NJ - Thursday, August 16 2018 @ 08:06 PM EDT (#363778) #
McKinney is not a top prospect, but he has potential to be a useful piece. He draws walks (~10%) and hits for power. He hits a lot of fly balls and line drives, which is the type of profile teams look for nowadays. His K% is not great but not awful. Maybe he's a platoon corner OF at best, but I think there are some useful components to his offensive game. I wouldn't rule him out as being a solid big leaguer.
Glevin - Friday, August 17 2018 @ 03:29 AM EDT (#363795) #
"Well, batting average certainly has it's flaws, as all stats do, but it's far from useless. If you're making outs 80% of the time when you don't walk, you've got to get an awful lot of home runs and doubles and walks to make up for that."

Batting average is useless as a stat. It doesn't show anything. You can hit .200 and be a good player and hit .300 and be useless. I don't even know where you are getting this .200 number from anyway. McKinney LT in AAA is hitting .259. In AA he hit .258. ZIPS has him as a .239 hitter in the majors this year. Obviously, a better batting average is better because it comes automatically with a higher OBP and SLG, but we're not in 1972 anymore. Joey Gallo is hitting .200 with a WAR of 2.1. Harper is hitting under .240 and is one of the best offensive players in baseball. Is McKinney going to be a star? No. But there is a definite chance of being a decent major leaguer. There are plenty of guys with low batting average but power and walk profile (imagine a younger version of current Curtis Granderson or Mark Canha or Eric Thames etc...). The key is his defense. If he can play a decent corner OF, he will have value. If he is a 1Bman, then he will be a AAAA player.
dan gordon - Friday, August 17 2018 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#363830) #
Batting average is not a useless stat because it measures something important in creating runs, which is what an offense is supposed to do. Sure you can come up with a few players who are good despite weak batting averages, but there are way, way more players with bad batting averages who are poor hitters. There are a lot of stats available to look at in baseball, and none is perfect, so the more relevant information, the better. You take 2 players with a .350 on base percentage, one has a .300 batting average, the other a .200 batting average. They hit the same number of home runs, doubles, triples, and have the same stolen base %. The guy with the .300 average is a lot better offensive player then the guy with the .200 average - he's going to have a lot more singles and a lot fewer walks. In some situations, say, leading off an inning, the walk is just as good, but in many situations, say with a runner on 3rd and 2 out, the single is way better.
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