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A 5-0 night on the farm highlighted a doubleheader sweep and mostly good pitching all around. #LetsGoBlueJays

Buffalo 2 Pawtucket 1 (7 Innings)

Jacob Waguespack got back on track in this one as he kept the PawSox to a run on three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch over five innings. That HBP led to the only run on Waguespack's line. He struck out six and induced seven groundball outs. Justin Shafer survived a hit and a walk over two scoreless frames for the save.

Cavan Biggio's sacrifice fly got Buffalo on the board in the third. Anthony Alford walked, stole second and third before coming home on a wild pitch. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had two hits while Bo Bichette added a knock, a walk and two stolen bases. Reese McGuire, Jordan Patterson and Fields each had a hit with Fields swiping his first base of the year. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 0-for-3.

Buffalo 5 Pawtucket 4 (7 Innings)

The Bisons bounced back from a 4-0 deficit by scoring in the final two frames. Cavan Biggio brought home a Bo Bichette double in the sixth with a base hit. Patrick Cantwell began the seventh with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Bichette cashed in another run with a sacrifice fly before Richard Urena singled up the gut for the tying and winning runs. Biggio added a walk with his two hits and Cantwell also put up a pair in the hit column. Anthony Alford and Andrew Guillotte also singled. Gunnar Heidt and Romeon Fields walked. Jordan Patterson was 0-for-3.

Shawn Morimado was hit hard in his three-inning stint. A walk, two doubles and a two-run home run led to four runs in the second. He gave up another double in the third and issued a leadoff walk. On the positive side, he struck out six. Zach Jackson held down the fort with two goose eggs by allowing just one hit and striking out. Derek Law faced the minimum over two frames, striking out four to get the win. He finished with a flourish by striking out the side in the seventh.

New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 1

The Fisher Cats pounced quickly on the Mets when a Josh Palacios leadoff walk was cashed in by a Chad Spanberger bloop single in the first. Kevin Smith connected for a solo home run in the fourth before Palacios and Santiago Espinal doubled home a run apiece in the fifth. Alberto Mineo and Brock Lundquist also had base hits. Nash Knight drew a walk and Kacy Clemens took one for the team.

Hector Perez pushed through five innings of scoreless ball despite four hits and four walks to collect the win. He struck out seven and split his six outs in play evenly on the ground and in the air. Jake Fishman reeled in two more scoreless frames with three strikeouts while stranding two hits and a walk. Andrew Case gave up the only run in the ninth as he got five outs, including a strikeout. Kirby Snead stranded a runner and recorded a game-ending groundout for the save.

Dunedin 2 Charlotte 0

A Christian Williams run-scoring knock and a Demi Orimoloye fielder's choice produced the game's only runs in the second. Riley Adams scored the game's first run and went 3-for-4 on the night to lift his average to .300. Ryan Noda singled and walked while Cal Stevenson and Cullen Large also had base hits. Logan Warmoth was 0-for-4 while Norberto Obeso and Samad Taylor were 0-for-3 at the bottom of the order.

I know it's early but Nick Allgeyer is pitching like an All-Star. He slammed the door shut by scattering five hits and a walk over six shutout innings, striking out four and getting five of 11 outs on the ground for the victory. Kyle Weatherly battled control issues by walking a batter and plunking a pair but he held it together for 1-2/3 innings of one-hit ball. Matt Shannon survived a hit and a walk by recording three punchouts over the final 1-1/3 innings for the save.

Lansing 5 West Michigan 2

The Lugnuts snapped a 2-2 with a three-run seventh to get back to .500. Hagen Danner had an RBI triple in the fourth but put the Lugnuts ahead for good with his fourth home run of the season. Jordan Groshans singled home two more runs for insurance. A Reggie Pruitt RBI groundout in the third got Lansing on the board. Danner and Groshans had two hits apiece while Pruitt, Alejandro Kirk, Otto Lopez, Dominic Abbadessa and John Aiello all had one. Jake Brodt walked twice while Kirk, Abbadessa, Aiello and D.J. Neal heard ball four once.

Joey Murray made it through seven innings and pitched a four-hitter, giving up two runs but posting a K-BB total of 8-1 and a GO-FO total of 6-2. Murray retired eight in a row, striking out the side in the second, before giving up a two-out walk and a run-scoring single. Three more singles in the fourth resulted in the second run, the latter that was of the bloop variety that fell in front of Neal in left. After that, Murray mowed down the final 10 hitters he faced. Marcus Reyes worked around two walks and struck out one in a scoreless eighth. Connor Law allowed an infield hit to the mound and overcame his own throwing error to strike out the side for the save.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Hagen Danner, Lansing

2. Nick Allgeyer, Dunedin

1. Joey Murray, Lansing

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Mike Green - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#372723) #
Cavan Biggio played first base in the second game.  That's interesting. 

Biggio has put up a monster .432/.522/.676 line in the early going in Buffalo, with an 8/7 W/K in 46 PAs.   He's doing it by melding his early career plate disciipline with the power developed last year.  And the line isn't a total fluke- his line drive rate is up to 32% from his career norms in the 15-20 range, and his IFFB rate is down from career norms in the 20 range to 7%.  He still pulls the ball plenty, but is going opposite field enough (35%) to make him hard to defend.  He turned 24 less than a week ago, and I think he's ready. 
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#372726) #
I agree Mike, it looks like Biggio is ready for his first taste on the bigs soon rather than later. I really hope he be a competant second baseman.
Mylegacy - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#372727) #
Mike, me too.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#372728) #
Another major surprise is Hagen Danner's power surge this spring. All 5 of his hits are for extra bases with the only one in play being a triple. His BAIP is an absurd 0.053%, so when things level off I wonder where he stands as a breakout candidate.
BlueJayWay - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#372731) #
Vlad should be up pretty shortly (it's getting to the point where I'm checking or twitter quite often to see if there's news on that front), and I expect Biggio might be not long after. Maybe sometime in May for him.
aarne13 - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#372733) #
ex-baby Jay, Lane Thomas is getting called up by the Cardinals.
whiterasta80 - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#372741) #
At this point I think we just call all the second gen players up on June 1st (Not you Griffin, not you Kasey).

We've already gone down the service time manipulation road with Vlad (something I was thoroughly opposed to). Now we might as well make a big splash PR-wise and give them a chance to grow together.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 01:48 PM EDT (#372743) #
Lansing leads 7-1 after 5.  Juan DePaula has 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in those 5 innings and Groshans has gone 2-3.   Dunedin leads 2-1, top 3, with Cal Stevenson's run-scoring triple the big hit. 
Mylegacy - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#372744) #
Whiterasta80 - I agree 100%! And, I disagree 100%!

Call the beasties up and let them, "grow together." Couldn't have said it better myself.

However, seriously you would prefer: seeing Vlad at age 20 for an extra 8 weeks and in doing so risk LOSE seeing Vlad at age 26 for a FULL year?

As we say in the shadow of Notre Dame, Pas moi!
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#372746) #
Thomas is interesting. he never displayed any power when a Blue Jay farmhand, but in his first season as a member of the Cardinals organization, he exploded for 27 home runs, and earned a promotion from AA to AAA. He has hit very poorly this year in AAA and the promotion to the big leagues is simply because the Cardinals have 2 outfielders on the IL, O'Neill and Bader.

Yes, I mentioned Biggio playing 1st base in the Twins thread - it looked like a means of getting Urena into the game at 2B. Biggio is probably the Jays best bet at 2B right now. Hard to believe he wouldn't be better than Sogard or Hanson. If Smoak gets traded later this year, Biggio could be playing some 1B as well, depending on how they want to use Tellez. Biggio has shown the ability to hit better even as he has been moving up levels in full season ball. He had an OPS of .560 in his short stay at Lansing, then .705 in Dunedin, .887 in New Hampshire, and now 1.197 in 12 games in Buffalo. I love seeing that. He may have improved more over the last 3 years than any Blue Jay prospect.
85bluejay - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#372748) #
Derek Law who got a win last night for Buffalo is an interesting depth piece - said to have solid pitches and had a nice year for the Giants BP in 2016 but his career has been derailed by injuries including TJ surgery attributed to his unorthodox delivery - would not be surprised if he contributes to the Jays this year especially when the team moves BP pieces in July.
hypobole - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 06:41 PM EDT (#372751) #
Bisons score 7 in the of the first - 6 of those runs on bases loaded triples by Bo and Urena. Maybe SRF can hold this lead.
hypobole - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#372752) #
Bisons score 7 in the *top* of the first
uglyone - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#372753) #
vladdy hit it right out of the stadium.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#372756) #
whiterasta80 - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 07:47 AM EDT (#372772) #
Service time only matters if you aren't going to make a player a career blue jay and pay him what hes worth.

I'm not sure I want to follow a Jays team that lets a fully actualized vladdy Jr walk after 6 years.
eldarion - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 08:38 AM EDT (#372775) #
We should be cognizant that it is a two way street; Vladdy has to want to sign here, too. It wouldn't be surprising for him to want to test the free agent market after his arbitration years.
Hodgie - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:48 AM EDT (#372788) #
"We should be cognizant that it is a two way street; Vladdy has to want to sign here, too"

Yes, and using disingenuous arguments to manipulate a player's service time is a great way to endear a potentially generational talent to your organization.

hypobole - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#372789) #
Acuna extended with the Braves despite his service time manipulation by AA in Atlanta.

Mike Green - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#372790) #
As did Longoria.

How many lifetime Blue Jays have there been?
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#372793) #
That's a good question. I was going to say Dave Stieb but I looked it up and he pitched 22 innings for the White Sox in his last season.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#372795) #
So I ran a Play Index.  There have been 23 Blue Jay hitters who have recorded 3000 PAs with the organization and 13 Blue Jay pitchers who have recorded 800 innings with the organization.  None were lifers.  For fun, I checked Duane Ward to see if he had thrown some innings with Atlanta before he came here.  He had (atlhough he did finish his career here).  It doesn't look like there has been a Blue Jay lifer yet- Doc Halladay and Dave Stieb should have been. 

It wouldn't shock me if Bo Bichette was the first. 
Hodgie - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#372805) #
Sure, Atlanta and Tampa Bay were fortunate enough to have Acuna and Longoria sign terrible extensions. Conversely, the Nationals watched Bryce Harper walk and Kris Bryant does not sound very happy with the Cubs. In looking for competitive advantages I guess I had hoped the Jays would be more progressive in this area.
greenfrog - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#372813) #
Bichette SS
Biggio 2B
Smoak 1B
Grichuk CF
Hernandez LF
Tellez DH
McKinney RF
Jansen C

Bench: Maile, Galvis, Alford (Drury, Urena, Gurriel Jr., Sogard, McGuire, Espinal)

SP: Stroman, Sanchez, Shoemaker (Buchholz, Thornton, Borucki, Richard, Pannone, Waguespack, Murphy)

RP: Giles, Tepera, Biagini, Mayza, Hudson, Luciano (Pannone, Gaviglio, Phelps, Axford, SRF, Waguespack, ???)

Contention is unlikely (because of injuries, prospects needing more development time, etc.) but a roster with the above core and an addition or two could actually be quite respectable as early as this summer.

Of course, this is somewhat of a "fantasy" scenario, as Biggio may not be able to play 2B, Bichette may not be able to play SS, Grichuk may not be the ideal CF, and VGJ's future at 3B is uncertain.
dan gordon - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:13 PM EDT (#372828) #
I agree that this can be a pretty good team fairly quickly. I would want to see somebody else in the OF besides McKinney, either Gurriel, Alford or Pompey. Tellez looks like a platoon player, although it's too early to use him that way yet. I think a rotation of Stroman, Sanchez, Buchholz, Borucki and Shoemaker is viable, and the bullpen looks solid, again, given good health. Another possibility for the outfield would be Biggio, if Travis can come back, but that seems a long shot, as does Gurriel being able to handle the position defensively.
greenfrog - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#372831) #
If the Jays werenít so budget-conscious, you could make a good case that they should have paid market value for Bryce Harper in the off-season. Imagine the roster described above, but substitute Harper for McKinney in RF.

Bichette SS
Biggio 2B
Harper RF
Smoak 1B
Grichuk CF
Hernandez LF
Tellez DH
Jansen C

At some point post-Smoak, you could see VGJ at 1B and Groshans at 3B.
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