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The affiliates won two out of three Monday, including an overtime victory. Buffalo's game in Pawtucket was rained out. They will play two today. #LetsGoBlueJays

Binghamton 4 New Hampshire 1

Patrick Murphy sat down the first seven hitter he faced but two doubles and two singles in the third produced three Mets runs. He loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch in the fourth but he got out of it. A one-out fielding error by Chad Spanberger, a walk and a run-scoring double spelled the end of the night for Murphy. Tayler Saucedo ended the inning with two strikeouts. He would add two more whiffs against three walks and a hit over 2-1/3 scoreless innings. Ty Tice gave up a hit but racked up four strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings.

Kevin Smith drove in the game's first run with a double to score an Alberto Mineo base hit in the first but Smith would not put the ball in play again as he struck out three times. Mineo and Brock Lundquist had two hits apiece. Santiago Espinal and Vinny Capra had the other base knocks.

Dunedin 6 Charlotte 1

The Stone Crabs scored first but the D-Jays scored next, most and last. A Norberto Obeso fielder's choice in the fourth tied the game. Two errors along with a Christian Williams RBI single, a Samad Taylor home run and a Ryan Noda RBI safety accounted for the other runs. Cullen Large had two hits, a walk and two runs scored while Riley Adams singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice. Kevin Vicuna, Chavez Young and Demi Orimoloye also made a dent in the hit column.

Maximo Castillo scattered four hits and two walks and gave up just one run over 5-2/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and five of his 11 outs in play were on the ground. Jonathan Cheshire stranded a runner and pitched 2-1/3 scoreless frames of one-hit ball while punching out two for the win. Dany Jimenez allowed a hit and a walk but struck out one in a shutout ninth.

Lansing 6 West Michigan 2 (10 Innings)

The Whitecaps scored first but the Lugnuts scored next, most and last.  Jordan Groshans got Lansing on the board in the seventh with a run-scoring single and Otto Lopez tied it with an RBI double that saw Groshans thrown out at home. RBI singles by Jake Brodt and Nick Podkul and a two-run single by Dominic Abbadessa settled the issue in the 10th. Reggie Pruitt had a three-hit effort and scored Lansing's first run. Lopez walked three times and Abbadessa walked twice. McGregory Contreras walked and had an assist by nailing a runner at second from left field.

Josh Winckowski worked around six hits and two walks to cap the Tigers affilaite to two runs over six frames. He struck out five and recorded nine groundball outs. Will McAffer got the win with three shutout innings as he worked around two hits and a walk with four K's. Jackson Rees struck out the side to finish things up. Rees has 14 whiffs and just one walk over eight innings this season.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Cullen Large, Dunedin

2. Otto Lopez, Lansing

1. Reggie Pruitt, Lansing
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bpoz - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#372647) #
A lot of pitching injuries and nonperformance early this season.

Injuries: Borucki & Zeuch are taking a long time to recover. If/when they recover they can add innings as Sept call ups.

Poor performance to date SRF and H Perez. I don't know why. Not injury related I hope. Actually I expected Perez to struggle this year in AA, because it is a big jump.

So there is a point in loading up with potential ML players. Dumpster diving. Painful.

Mike Green - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#372648) #
Lopez also walked three times.  He now has 9 walks and 4 strikeouts on the season, after having an even W/K last year.   Alejandro Kirk singled and walked.  He now has 6 extra base-hits, 6 walks and 3 strikeouts in 39 PAs, after similar rates in Rookie ball last year. 

It's easy to imagine a very good hitting club in Toronto in 4 or 5 years.
hypobole - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 10:32 AM EDT (#372652) #
Neither Lopez nor Kirk were the typical July 4th IFA signings. Lopez was signed on that date in 2016, but was 17, not the usual 16. Kirk was a September 2016 sign, just about to turn 18.

The top IFA's usually have deal in place at age 15, sometimes even 14. This is one reason why bonuses often don't line up with rankings - some players improve far more than others between agreements and signings.

But other's jump up from non-prospects to prospects after age 16, hence the later signings. The point of all this is the IFA money the Jays have (and most teams don't) to use before mid-June will in all likelihood be used and I'm certain the Jays are targeting other potential Lopez/Kirk's.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#372654) #
I hope they do, hypobole.  Needless to say!
bpoz - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#372659) #
Excellent point Hypobole.

NYY Gary Sanchez ... big bonus. L Severino $200K.

Extended ST should have a few good prospects. Gabe Moreno. I hope RHP William Gaston shows up soon.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 02:02 PM EDT (#372667) #
I did not know that Otto Lopez is a dual Canadian/Dominican citizen.  His family moved to Montreal when he was 12.  If he has a really good year in 2019, I can imagine that the club might bring him to Montreal for the exhibition games in 2020 with Vlad Jr.   That would be fun. 
Nigel - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 03:18 PM EDT (#372672) #
Lopez is one of the prospects that I would really like to see this management team make a decision as to what his best position is and then leave him there for a while. Ultimately, I think it will be either 2B or LF. I really don't think he has the arm or the defensive chops for SS or 3B.
Mylegacy - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#372687) #
Nigel says: "Lopez is one of the prospects that I would really like to see this management team make a decision as to what his best position is and then leave him there for a while. Ultimately, I think it will be either 2B or LF. I really don't think he has the arm or the defensive chops for SS or 3B."

It's an interesting, and good question. My two bits...

Otto Lopez is 20, R/R 5'10" 160 pounds. His 2019 stats in 32 AB's are 344/488/500/988 he has 5 SB and 2 CS. His career stats in 418 AB's are 297/386/423/809 and he has 26 SB and 11 CS. Very nice and trending in the right direction.

However, to me at 20 he is as tall as he's going to get. At 5'10" 160 pounds he's never going to be near 200 pounds unless the extra weight ends up slowing him down a lot. His stolen bases are not good if speed is considered a + tool.

To me he's a AAAA guy at best in his prime. Best now to get him as versatile as possible so he can at least be able to contribute with the glove and get a call up or two as injuries to regulars give him opportunities.

I think when we see management wanting to try a guy in 28 different positions it's usually because - like Lopez - the guy is just not big league, full time regular material.

dan gordon - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 05:43 PM EDT (#372689) #
I'm not worried about Lopez' size. Jose Altuve is 5'6" and 165, Ozzie Albies is 5'8" and 165, Jose Ramirez is 5'9" and 165, Dustin Pedroia is 5'9" and 175, Mookie Betts is 5'9" and 180, Andrew Benintendi is 5'10" and 170. Size is nice, but it's not a limiting factor in baseball. Look at the results the player is getting. Plus, Lopez probably fills out a little and adds some power over the next few years.
85bluejay - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:01 PM EDT (#372690) #
I feel sorry for Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox are never going to call him up because of the Luxury tax implications and they don't seem willing to release him because he may sign with a rival - so he's stuck in purgatory until the end of 2020 - it must be extremely depressing and mind numbing.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#372691) #
Rusney "Gurriel's Upside" Castillo
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#372693) #
Meh, I'm not against playing Lopez around the diamond. Cody Bellinger came up mostly as 1B, but played some CF in the minors which came in handy when they had to make room for Max Muncy last year.
jerjapan - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#372694) #
A few under-the-radar types have had nice starts to the season - Reggie Pruit is playing well, although he is repeating at Lansing.  He turns 22 in a few weeks so this is a big season for him to realize his potential - he was always regarded as a raw talent. 

Max Castillo is another guy playing well, and I was shocked to realize that he is still only 19, it feels like he has been in the system for years.
Cullen Large has been mentioned a bit, but he is worth mentioning again due to his hot start in Dunedin.  I seem to have missed his strong offensive season last year - he really does seem to have the offensive upside discussed when he was drafted in the 5th round in 2017.  He flew under my radar a bit due to his disappointing debut in Vancouver. 
hypobole - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:49 PM EDT (#372695) #
Rusney can opt out of his final $13.5 million after this season, per Cot's. We'll find out how depressed he is being in Pawtucket. Best guess: not that depressed.
hypobole - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#372696) #
And my age is probably is showing, but I don't like the new Milb site. Why can't I see a simple boxscore until the game is over?
Gerry - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#372700) #
Large only played 27 games last year before getting injured. That's why he slipped under the radar although he was a fifth round pick.
bpoz - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#372701) #
What is the story on Nick Allgeyer? Good but overage. A lefty SP. Zack Logue?
dan gordon - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 10:39 PM EDT (#372705) #
I noticed Pruitt's improved hitting last night, but then I looked a little closer and saw that he was striking out at a higher rate than last year, walking at a lower rate than last year, and hitting extra base hits at a lower rate than last year. It looks like just a random batting average spike. It wouldn't take much for him to regain prospect status with his speed and defense, but I don't think this is it.

Large didn't hit much in 2017, but last year he had make a big leap forward in his shortened Lansing season, and so far he's been great at Dunedin. Thanks for mentioning him, I hadn't really noticed.
dan gordon - Tuesday, April 16 2019 @ 11:05 PM EDT (#372713) #
Allgeyer after 3 games: 15 2/3 IP, 1.15 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 1 BB, 17 K. Outstanding, and that's skipping a level, going from Vancouver to Dunedin.

I mentioned him a few days ago as a guy the Jays may have gotten as a bit of a steal in the 12th round due to his TJ surgery in 2016 that cost him the 2017 season, and he pitched in relief in 2018 in college. He throws fastball, slider change and curve, but not sure what his velocity is like post-TJ.
Glevin - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 06:10 AM EDT (#372719) #
From BA a year ago

"There’s nothing exceptional about Allgeyer’s stuff—he’s 88-92 mph with a big-breaking slider and even bigger and slower curveball. To top it off he has a potentially average changeup. What helps Allgeyer’s stuff play up is his above-average control and ability to mess with hitters’ timing by varying his speed to the plate."

A little less excited because his stuff seems too marginal to be front of rotation material but still looking like a real prospect now for sure.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#372724) #
Allgeyer: I should not have called him overage. Skipped a level and doing great. A lefty like B Cecil, not high velocity. Can certainly succeed.
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