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A miserable Monday as the #LetsGoBlueJays affiliates lost not only all three games but saw their second-best prospect go down to injury. New Hampshire's game against Trenton was rained out. They will play two on Tuesday in Manchester.


Syracuse 7 Buffalo 3

An RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and a two-run home run by on a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. home run gave the Herd a 3-0 lead after the first. It all went downhill from there. Bo Bichette - who began the game with a walk, stole second and scored on Vlady's base rap - was knocked out of the game in his next at-bat after he was plunked in the hand by Hector Santiago. Gurriel had three hits and Roemon Fields had a pair. Andrew Guillotte had the other hit after replacing Bichette.

Jordan Romano served up a three-run homer that tied the game in the third. The Markham, Ontario native kept the Mets off the board in his three other innings, scattering three hits, a walk and a plunk while striking out six. Danny Young took the loss as he gave up a two-run dinger among the three he allowed over two-third of an inning. Danny Barnes and Derek Law struck out two apiece as they combined for 2-1/3 perfect innings. Shawn Morimando gave up a solo shot in the eighth.


Daytona 5 Dunedin 0

Dunedin had just six hits in this one. Cullen Large had a triple while Cal Stevenson, Christian Williams, Demi Orimoloye, Chavez Young and Chris Bec had base hits. Bec drew a walk and stole two bases while Young swiped one. Norberto Obeso had a base on balls. Kevin Vicuna was 0-for-4 and Samad Taylor was 0-for-3.

Maximo Castillo suffered the loss despite a solid start that saw him cough up just two runs on five hits. He struck out seven and walked nobody. Emerson Jimenez gave up a run in the seventh and William Ouellette allowed two more in the eighth.


South Bend 13 Lansing 10

This game was just 11 minutes shy of four hours. It looked like the Lugnuts had this one under control as Joey Murray limited the Cubs to one run over the first six innings. He walked a pair and got the first two outs of the seventh before the 18-wheeler began to go off the cliff. Mike Pascoe allowed those runners to score and three of his own as South Bend erased a 5-1 deficit to go up 6-5. Sean Rackoski was roughed up for three more runs in the eighth to wipe out an 8-6 Lugnuts lead. Joey Pulido put up a zero in the ninth but he was popped for four runs in the 10th, two of them earned. Murray used his so-called invisi-ball to strike out 10 and had a half-dozen groundouts with a walk and run total of three over 6-2/3 innings.

D.J. Neal had two hits, both of them home runs, and Jake Brodt also went deep. Reggie Pruitt doubled, singled twice and walked to get on base four times and John Aiello also had a three-hit night. Alejandro Kirk, Jordan Groshans and McGregory Contreras had two hits apiece with Kirk and Groshans walking once. Hagen Danner had a knock and a walk. Only Otto Lopez was hitless as he went 0-for-6.


*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Buffalo

2. D.J. Neal, Lansing

1. Joey Murray, Lansing




Extra Innings
  • The Buffalo News has a story on Reese McGuire and another on Andy Burns.
  • Prospects 1500 checks in on its Top 50 Jays prospects.
  • Sportsnet focuses on analytics in its Farm Report from earlier in the month.
  • The Lansing State Journal talks to Lugnuts skipper Dallas McPherson.
  • C's Plus Baseball has a chat with 2018 C's pitcher Troy Miller.
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bpoz - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 06:55 AM EDT (#372981) #
Hope Bo is ok.

Good pitching by M Castillo and J Murray.
ayjackson - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 07:36 AM EDT (#372983) #
Would sure like to see the Jays giving Gurriel some reps in the outfield.
hypobole - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 09:22 AM EDT (#372984) #
Watched some of the Bisons game last night. Lots of name recognition on the Syracuse team - Santiago on the pitching side. Tebow, Gregor Blanco, Danny Espinosa, Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis batting. Curious, so I checked Bbref, their batters average age - 30.7. Then checked MLB. The oldest team of hitters are the Angels at 30.6.

Vladdy's supposedly lost 10 lbs per The Athletic. His timing looked slightly off - just a bit late on a number of pitches. Alford looked awful. Constantly fooled by breaking balls. J Davis showed a good eye and Fields had good AB's.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 09:37 AM EDT (#372985) #
Thanks, hypobole.  Horrors- VGJ may actually need a few reps.  How did he look in the field?  It's good to hear that Jonathan Davis had good at-bats.  He's a logical candidate for promotion in place of Brito. 
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#372988) #
Socrates Brito is absolutely getting destroyed by breaking balls in 2019.

Pitch Type / xwOBA / K%

Fastballs / 0.384 / 18.2%
Breaking / 0.124 / 64.3%
Offspeed/ 0.318 / 0.0%

greenfrog - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#372990) #
Itís odd that there is no news yet about Bichetteís injury.
Mylegacy - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#372991) #
Greenfrog - yes it is odd...

Let's just hope it isn't odd now, ominous soon and OMG later.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#372992) #
Brito played at altitude for Reno in 2017 and 2018.  Let's guess that breaking balls for triple A pitchers at altitude are not usually sharp.  Brito shone at home in 2018, but on the road went .294/.339/.495 with 13 walks and 55 strikeouts in 231 PAs as a 25 year old.  Same thing in 2017 but worse- .279/.315/.396 on the road with 9 walks and 34 strikeouts in 163 PAs. 

He's perfect for Buffalo.
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#372995) #
I get it that most player struggle with breaking balls, but Brito is extreme. I also think a right handed outfielder is a better fit right now, as I think the team sees Hernandez as an everyday outfielder and Mckinney/Tellez need platoon mates.
hypobole - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#372996) #
Sorry, Mike, didn't see anything hit toward Vlad when I watched.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#372997) #
Everyone knows Bo took that ball off his hand. You have to know that all of the Blue Jay reporters have been plying their contacts for an update. None has been forthcoming. To me that means there are two possibilities. One, they don't know yet because the doctors report or the scan results are not back yet. Or two, the news is bad and will be released in a coordinated manner. Neither of those possibilities are very good.

If it was a day to day thing, you would think that news would be out by now.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#372998) #
I get it that most player struggle with breaking balls, but Brito is extreme. I also think a right handed outfielder is a better fit right now, as I think the team sees Hernandez as an everyday outfielder and Mckinney/Tellez need platoon mates.

Yep.  You don't want both McKinney and Tellez in there against a lefty.  One of them is fine. 
85bluejay - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#372999) #
The Jays have a black hole at 3B in New Hampshire, it would be nice if Dunedin's Cullen Large (1.060 ops) and Lansing's Johnny Aiello (10 for last 25) can move up in a month or so - Aiello had a rough draft year but was once highly regarded.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#373000) #
Ugly's Top-10 Best MILB Jays Starts to the Season



1.Guerrero (20, AAA): 24pa, 12.5b%/0.0k%, .316bip/.381avg, .333iso, 189wrc+

Nothing needs to be said. He is a destroyer of worlds.


2.Groshans (19, A): 61pa, 13.1b%/19.7k%, .475bip/.377avg, .170iso, 194wrc+

A lot of babip in there, but still an insane line from a guy a year young for the level. especially in his first year in full season ball.


3.Bichette (21, AAA): 59pa, 8.5b%/16.9k%, .286bip/.250avg, .154iso, 84wrc+

might not look like a great line, but that's because we're spoiled. Even this subpar line is really damn good for an SS 2yrs young for AAA. Especially since he started ice cold his first 5gms. Hope his hand is ok.


4.Biggio (24, AAA): 55pa, 16.4b%/14.5k%, .444bip/.400avg, .200iso, 185wrc+

A year old for the level, and lots of babip, but still a fantastic hitting line with great underlying numbers.


5.Pearson (22, A+): 14.0ip, 40.0k%/2.0b%, .222bip, 1.29era, 2.55fip, 1.61xfip

A year old for the level, but absolute domination. Quick promo soon, hopefully.


6.Urena (23, MLB): 27pa, 3.7b%/25.9k%, .471bip/.333avg, .125iso, 121wrc+
6.Urena (23, AAA): 17pa, 0.0b%/35.3k%, .545bip/.353avg, .235iso, 137wrc+

Looks like this is just a bunch of babip luck to be honest, but a hot start is a hot start. This is the first time he's been at age appropriate levels since A ball.


7.Castillo (20, A+): 21.0ip, 24.4k%/3.7b%, .276bip, 3.00era, 2.47fip, 2.93xfip

Fantastic line for a kid who's still a year young for his level. This kid looks like a legit prospect.


8.Kirk (20, A): 65pa, 18.5b%/6.2k%, .319bip/.327avg, .192iso, 181wrc+

we'll see about his defense, but that's a phenomenal hitting line no matter what position he plays. Age appropriate for his level, and no articifical babip boost either.


9.Lopez (20, A): 66pa, 15.2b%/18.2k%, .395bip/.327avg, .109iso, 155wrc+

Not quite as eye popping as Kirk, but still an excellent line for lopez. hopefully he adds some pop to it soon though.


10. Smith (22, AA): 63pa, 4.8b%/25.4k%, .293bip/.237avg, .169iso, 103wrc+

Just ok for Smith so far. average overall with poor peripherals. Still solid for an age appropriate SS in AA, but hopefully he can improve that soon.


Gerry - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#373001) #
Broken left hand for Bo, per Rosenthal.
greenfrog - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#373003) #
From the intensity of Boís reaction and the delay in providing a medical update, I suspected that the injury was significant.
Cracka - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#373004) #
I see that Bichette is seeking a second opinion, so there's more to find out in terms of location & severity. Last year, Robinson Cano (pinkie) missed 13 weeks. Evan Longoria (pinkie) & Aaron Judge (chip fracture wrist) only missed 6-7 weeks. Justin Turner (broken wrist) missed 8 weeks. Brandon Drury played with a fractured pinkie for a week after joining the Jays, and was supposed to miss 4-6 weeks but didn't return to the team.

Best case scenario seems to be 6 weeks to resume playing. Conversative estimate is probably closer to 3 months.
85bluejay - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#373005) #
April 2020 for Bo?
SK in NJ - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#373006) #
Bo was starting to come around after a slow start. Tough break. This effectively makes 2019 a bit of a write-off in his development depending on how much time he misses. At this point it is more important that he comes back healthy and there is no lingering effects from the injury once he comes back. With Galvis signed up for this year and a team option for next year, the team has some short-term insurance at the position. Hopefully, Bichette can come back strong and maybe be ready to take over SS some time in 2020.
bpoz - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#373013) #
Depth is a big issue. Still unfortunate that it happened.

G Urshela had a great game for NYY last night.

B Drury probably has a longer try out with the Jays. Drury, A Hanson and Urena have more time to make a case for themselves.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:25 PM EDT (#373014) #
There are many kinds of hand fractures.  The less serious ones require 3 weeks of splinting and then rehab.  For a fracture of this type, the season is far from lost at this point. It's a tough break. 

I am reminded of Chipper Jones.  At age 21, he had a fine season in the IL.  He lost his entire age 22 season to a torn ACL.  It worked out fine anyways...
uglyone - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#373016) #
i would imagine the 2nd opinion would be regarding a decision whether surgery is needed or not.
Vulg - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#373017) #
There's definitely logic to comparing a recovery timeline to what other players have experienced, but I have to imagine that the Jays will take an ultra-conservative approach with Bo specifically. Hopefully he has some time in the latter half of the season to re-establish momentum heading into 2020.

You semi-expect some things to happen to guys with a history - Aaron having a finger issue, Shoemaker just seems snakebit (rib cage, skull fracture, forearm strain and now his leg), Tulo is Tulo - but it's particularly upsetting to see it happen to a young guy on the cusp of the majors.
dan gordon - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#373018) #
Bichette has a broken metacarpal according to the initial results. Those are the bones between the knuckles and the wrist. Typically 6-8 weeks for recovery. The 2nd opinion could be about surgery, or it could indicate there is some doubt about the reading of the X-rays. It's not his throwing hand.

I looked at the replay, and he looked rather awkward trying to get out of the way of the pitch, which was up and in. Instead of turning away and back from the pitch, he sort of crouched down with his whole body, like he was doing a deep knee bend, but left his hands up high, and the pitch hit the back of the hand. He should learn to get out of the way better, or this could happen again.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#373021) #
Dunedin lost a rough one today.  Nick Allgeyer pitched six good innings- allowing a run on two hits and no walks.  Meanwhile, the D-Jays had baserunners aplenty on 8 hits (including a double and a triple) and six walks but could only go 1-13 with RISP.  They scored one run.  Dany Jimenez gave up 2 in the seventh with an infield hit and two wild pitches figuring in.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#373025) #
Kevin Smith was 0-4 with 4 K's in game one. Wonder if he plays in game two.
Nigel - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:29 PM EDT (#373028) #
Smithís strike zone control deteriorated in Dunedin after promotion. I think weíve reached the point where itís a red flag issue. Itís early though.
Glevin - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 02:50 AM EDT (#373033) #
Tough for Bichette but shouldn't be a long-term issue I hope. This from Baseball America chat about Groshans. Easy to be excited about him.

"Ben Badler who does the Blue Jays system for us was right on it when Groshans started earning glowing reports last year. I actually talked to a scout the other day who said the first time he saw Groshans he assumed he was a college guy because he was so advanced at the plate, he was stunned to learn he was a high school draft pick. The reports are good, the numbers are good, and kudos go to Ben for being on it and getting Groshans onto our Top 100 early."
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