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The Blue Jays affiliates won three of five Tuesday thanks to a doubleheader sweep. #LetsGoBlueJays

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 0

Gregor Blanco homered in the bottom of the first off Jacob Waguespack and that was the game. Wags went five innings and gave up three hits and three walks. His strikeout and groundout totals were five apiece. Conor Fisk struck out two to offset three hits over 1-1/3 innings. Zach Jackson stranded two runners for Fisk but allowed an unearned marker in the eighth on an Andrew Guillotte error at short. Justin Shafer stranded two runners for Jackson after getting the final two outs of the inning.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had the three Bisons hits. Jonathan Davis and Reese McGuire drew a walk. Anthony Alford was 0-for-4 and Roemon Fields was 0-for-3.

Buffalo has the worst record in the International League at 4-11. Barring a miraculous turnaround, the Herd are on their way to a fifth straight losing season under their affiliation with the Jays.

New Hampshire 6 Trenton 4 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

The Fisher Cats scored six times in the sixth to pull out a come-from-behind win. Santiago Espinal had a three-run double and Chad Spangberger had a two-run double to sandwich a Gunnar Heidt RBI double. Spanberger had two hits and Forest Wall had a single and two walks. Nash Knight, Brock Lundquist and Ryan Hissey had base hits with Knight walking once. Kacy Clemens heard ball four once but Kevin Smith wore the golden sombrero.

Hector Perez was not fooling anyone as he gave up two doubles, a triple and five singles that resulted in four runs over three innings. He walked two, struck out five and had four outs on the ground. Ty Tice got the win with two shutout innings of one-walk ball, striking out two. Jake Fishman reeled in the save with two more goose eggs, working around a hit and two walks while whiffing one.

New Hampshire 8 Trenton 6 (Game 2 - Innings)

Another six-run inning by the Fisher Cats came in the fifth inning but they needed a two-run homer by Brock Lundquist in the sixth to complete the doubleheader sweep. Forrest Wall contributed a two-run double and Alberto Mineo had a sacrifice fly to go along with a single. Lundquist also had a walk while Gunnar Heidt singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. Chad Spanberger singled and Brandon Grudzielanek had a double. Vinny Capra went 0-for-3 and Kevin Smith turned in another 0-for-4 but at least he made contact in all four at-bats.

Tayler Saucedo surrendered three hits and two walks but kept the Thunder off the board over three innings thanks to two strikeouts and four groundouts. Francisco Rios was rocked for two triples among six hits which led to five runs (four earned) over two innings. He struck out one and walked one. Kirby Snead had the 'BSW' by allowing an inherited runner to score as well as an unearned tally but he struck out three over two frames.

The two wins puts New Hampshire back at .500 with a 9-9 record.

Daytona 3 Dunedin 1

The D-Jays scored first when Cullen Large singled home a Norberto Obeso triple in the top of the third. That was the only hit with a runner in scoring position as Dunedin went just 1-for-13 with 11 runners left on base. Christian Williams had a perfect day at the dish with two singles and two walks. Chavez Young also had a pair of hits and stole a base. Logan Warmoth had a hit and two walks while Riley Adams had a hit and a walk. Obeso also had a free pass but Ryan Noda, Demi Orimoloye and Samad Taylor turned in 0-for-4's with a combined seven whiffs, three by Orimoloye.

Nick Allgeyer turned in another solid effort with just a solo home run allowed among two hits over six innings. The lefty struck out four, walked nobody and got eight outs on the dirt. Southpaw Dany Jimenez gave up two runs in the seventh (one earned after a Warmoth error at short) but Jimenez did not help himself either as he threw a couple of wild pitches. Brad Wilson whiffed a pair in a shutout eighth.

Dunedin drops to 11-7 on the year.

Lansing 6 South Bend 5

The Lugnuts blew a 5-2 lead but a sacrifice fly by Reggie Pruitt in the eighth brought home the winning run. Pruitt, Alejandro Kirk, Ryan Gold, Jake Brodt, D.J. Neal and Dominic Abbadessa all had two hits with Brodt going deep for the second straight day. Brodt and Kirk also got on board with a walk. Jordan Groshans and Nick Podkul singled and walked and John Aiello chipped in with a hit.

Josh Hiatt shutout the Cubs on three hits and three walks over five innings, striking out five. He plunked a batter but induced eight outs on the dirt. Jorge De Paula was charged with all five runs over three innings but got the win. North Vancouver, BC native Will McAffer walked the bases loaded in the ninth but struck out two to get the save.

The win was Lansing's 10th in 18 tries.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Gunnar Heidt, New Hampshire

2. Brock Lundquist, New Hampshire

1 .Josh Hiatt, Lansing

Extra Innings

C's Plus Baseball chats with former Blue Jay and current Miami Marlin Jon Berti.
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Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 07:39 AM EDT (#373034) #
Riley Adams is emerging as a real prospect, over his past 55 games in A+ he has a 0.302/0.436/0.434 line with a 16.4% BB%, 19.1 K% and a 0.132 ISO%. I would like to see a lower groundball rate to tap into his 60 raw power, but he is more than ready for a promotion with a 162 wRC+ sustained for over 50 games.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#373036) #
Annoyed he's still down in Dunedin at his age, tbh. I'll force myself to wait and see what he does at a more age appropriate level before getting too excited, but yeah that's an impressive line for Adams for sure.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#373037) #
I agree he needs the AA test before I completely buy in.

In other prospect news Danny Janssen has officially graduated from official prospect status, and Rowdy Tellez is a grand total of 2 AB away from also graduating.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#373041) #
If the policy is to promote when the player is ready then there has to be policy details that we don't know.

Keven Smith earned his promotion to AA with a great season last year. Lansing and Dunedin combined.

Riley Adams did not have a 2018 as good as K Smith. He stayed in Dunedin to get his AA promotion after a decided time frame. Maybe 100 ABs minimum. In 6 games in a row this year he has 1 hit but in the next 5 games 8 hits. His Ave rose from .217 to .325. That is about 1 good week. Maybe the development team want more time.

I thought P Murphy should have been moved to AA last year at some point but he was not. SSS but he has been inconsistent at AA this year. That is a big jump so not totally unexpected.

I get annoyed when fact gets in the way of my "sound" theories. P Murphy was held back to purposely make him less attractive in the rule 5 draft in Dec 2018. The fact that he was protected ruined my sound theory.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#373042) #
Biggio has had two more hits so far today.  His K rate is way down and his LD rate is way up.  I think that it is very intentional on his part.

He's playing first base, and I can see him as a Mark Grace type.  Grace made his debut at age 24, and hit .296/.371/.403. 

Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#373043) #
And then Biggio hits a 3 run homer...
Gerry - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#373044) #
With Bichette injured and Urena in Toronto, Buffalo has no SS. They could ask Gurriel to play there but he is back at second base. Andrew Guillotte is playing short. It was the same yesterday.

Thats an interesting decision to leave Gurriel at 2B and not have him play short.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#373045) #
I agree with the decision to leave Gurriel at second.  He's working back from a block about throwing, and they're easing him back into it.  They rightfully aren't messing with it because of an unexpected injury.  They'll need to acquire a placeholder if Urena isn't going to be sent back down (and it's perfectly reasonable to keep him there rather than Hanson). 
Gerry - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#373046) #
Home run Vlad.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#373047) #
but his defense.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#373048) #
that comment was about vladdy's defense.

as for gurriel - i find it weird they have him at 2nd base. by my amateur eye test his arm is a strength and athleticism is a strength, while his glove and attention to detail are a the middle infield seems to me like the worst place to play him. third base might play. outfield might play.

though maybe it's a discouraging statement about what they think about his bat going forward that they think they need him to be a middle infielder to make him a valuable player.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#373049) #
Alen Hanson in right field today.  One thing that we've learned about Charlie Montoyo- if you are on his club, you will play.

It sure would be nice if Montoyo had the best players available to him.  Maybe Friday.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#373050) #
Top of the ninth, the Bisons up by 1.  Gurriel Jr. leads off with a double.  They pitch to Guerrero Jr. who grounds out, and then walk Biggio.  Syracuse gets out of it. 
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#373051) #
I still like the Matt Carpenter comparison for Biggio is everything breaks right, as the K%, BB%, ISO%, GB%, FB%, LD% are similar and Biggio also projects to be an all around below average defender at 1st, 2nd and 3rd similar to Carpenter.

Nigel - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#373052) #
I acknowledge that it was several years ago, but I find the discussions about Biggio's defence at 2B interesting. Range and arm strength are definitely an issue but I thought that his defence in Vancouver, all things considered, was something approximating average. Maybe his range has deteriorated or its simply a failing of the eye test. What's odd to me though is that I feel pretty confident in saying that he's a better defender at 2B than Gurriel. The team seems pretty locked in to trying to make Gurriel at middle infielder but not Biggio? That seems odd to me.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#373053) #
UZR and DRS both suggest that Carpenter is precisely average at first base.  Most players who can play the middle infield at some level, are considerably better vis a vis the lesser competition at first base. 
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 03:40 PM EDT (#373057) #
Gurriel's range factor at 2B in mlb is 3.94 and in the minors, it's 4.24. Biggio's is 4.47. Put Gurriel in the OF for a bit and see how he looks. Nothing wrong with his bat so far in Buffalo, so at least he's turned that around. A future lineup of Vlad, Bo, Biggio and Tellez in the INF, Grichuk, Gurriel and a free agent or trade acquisition in the OF, Jansen catching and Hernandez DH'ing sounds pretty good to me. If Alford figures out the hitting thing or Pompey gets healthy, you've got 4 outfielders and a bit of flexibility at DH. Urena is starting to look like he could be a good extra infielder.

Dusty Isaacs has been terrific for the Bisons. Another great appearance today puts him at 11 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 16 K, ERA 0.00, WHIP 0.51.

Groshans 3 for 5 with a HR today, after singling in the bottom of the 9th. Kirk just homered before that hit with Pruitt on after his 3rd walk to make it 10 - 8 for South Bend. Interesting game for Pruitt - single, double, 3 walks, 2 runs, 1 RBI, throwing error, stolen base, caught stealing, and picked off 1st base.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#373058) #
Kirk has been absolutely dominant again with the bat.  He's got a 14/4 W/K rate, with 6 doubles and 3 homers in 74 PAs.  I have no idea whether he will be a catcher when he makes it to the major leagues, but the young man can hit.  I wonder if he runs well enough to be a corner outfielder. 
85bluejay - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#373060) #
That Vladdy would end his minor league career with a HR is somewhat prophetic.
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#373061) #
According to Davenport's fielding ratings in 2018, Kirk actually had the highest rating for any catcher in the Blue Jays' organization at +11, and he did that in only 30 games. Adams was 2nd at +10, but that was in 92 games. For a comp, Jansen was -4 at Buffalo and -7 in Toronto in only 23 games, while McGuire was +1 in Buffalo. Not sure what they include in the defensive metrics. In 11 games so far this year, Kirk is a +3. On the same team, Gold is a -1 and Danner is a -2.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#373062) #
I don't know how reliable the Davenport ratings are.  If Kirk is indeed an above average defensive catcher, he's a great prospect.  For comparison, Danny Jansen put up very good numbers in Bluefield at age 19 (but not as good as Kirk's) and struggled in A ball at age 20 and 21. 
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 04:35 PM EDT (#373063) #
Kirk threw out 12 of 28 steal attempts last season, an outstanding rate. So far this year, just 3 of 13, which is a bit below average. He had 41 assists in his 30 games last year, which is a great number, helped by all those CS. So far this year, 9 in 12, which is still good. In his pro career, he has only 1 passed ball and 3 errors. The numbers seem to indicate he knows what he's doing behind the plate. Would be nice to hear a detailed report on his defense.
hypobole - Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#373064) #
"Kirk is deceptively agile for his size." FG
"Catches pretty well" -Law
And this from 2080:

"I saw Kirk play five games in July and August for Bluefield. ...He moves well behind the plate despite his size, a surprising athlete for a hefty body type. Kirk is an above-average receiver with quiet actions, soft hands, and advanced blocking ability. He throws well, recording numerous sub-1.90 pop times with a quick release."

Glevin - Thursday, April 25 2019 @ 02:42 AM EDT (#373073) #
"I saw Kirk play five games in July and August for Bluefield. ...He moves well behind the plate despite his size, a surprising athlete for a hefty body type. Kirk is an above-average receiver with quiet actions, soft hands, and advanced blocking ability. He throws well, recording numerous sub-1.90 pop times with a quick release."

The issue is of how Kirk will age. He's 20 and has the same build as a 40 YO Bengie Molina. If he can stick at catcher, he's very exciting. The 2080 guy wrote this which seems accurate...

"The major concern is his extreme body backing up further. Certainly not 220, but he can receive, throw, hit, tap pop. That said, future success for teens at his size, even C, is rare. Will hit in full-season if he stays on field"
hypobole - Thursday, April 25 2019 @ 08:01 AM EDT (#373076) #
Forget where I read it, but he lost weight over the winter. Yeah, if he let's it go, it does not bode well. But he does seem to be acknowledging his problem, like Vlad who has also trimmed down some.
scottt - Saturday, May 04 2019 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#373672) #
It's just another reason to promote him aggressively.
Catchers who hit are hard to find.

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