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Nate Pearson was dealing on Thursday and the last thing he needed was lots of runs. But lots of runs he got, 18 to be precise. What a waste! Buffalo hitters went deep three times but it wasn't enough. New Hampshire were one hit. Lansing lost as the big dogs were quiet.

Buffalo 7 Syracuse 8

Syracuse took a 2-0 lead before Lourdes Gurriel launched a two run home run. The Mets went back ahead 3-2 until Jonathan Davis hit his first home run of the season to tie the scores at three. The Mets went back ahead 4-3 before Andy Burns belted a two run shot to give the Bisons a 5-4 lead. The Mets scores four in the eighth to make it 8-5 and there were no more miracles for the Bisons. They did scratch back two runs but couldn't get the home run to give them the lead. Cavan Biggio was 1-2 with three walks. Reese McGuire and Jordan Patterson had two hits each.

David Paulino started and breezed through the first two innings. Three hits and a walk led to two runs in the third. A lead off triple by Rajai Davis generated a run in the fourth and two hits and a walk made it four runs allowed. Paulion's line was 4.1 7 4 4 3 4. The four runs in the eighth came off Danny Barnes, assisted by Zack Jackson.

New Hampshire 1 Reading 8

Just one hit, a soft line drive by Forrest Wall. Combine that with three walks and you have New Hampshire's only run. Reading pitchers doled out nine walks, all walks and (almost) no hits make for a dull game. Kevin Smith's average is now under .200.

On the other side, Yennsy Diaz had a bad start. He only threw half of his pitches for strikes and he walked five in 3.1 innings. He also gave up four hits and four runs. Jonathan Cheshire also was poor, three runs conceded in two and a third.

Dunedin 18 Jupiter 0

It was pad your stats night in Jupiter. The Jays racked up 22 hits, every hitter had one, and six hitters had three each. Riley Adams hit a grand slam, had three hits and still left five runners on base. Kevin Vicuna also had three hits and left seven on base. Demi Orimoloye had four RBI, like Adams.

Nate Pearson breezed through five innings, one hit, one walk, ten K's. Expect Pearson to pitch just two innings next time out. Turner Larkins added three innings of two hit ball.

Lansing 5 Bowling Green 6

When Jordan Groshans goes 0-5 and Alejandro Kirk has the night off and Otto Lopez has just one hit, it's hard to win. Lansing went down 5-1 before fighting back. Fitz Stadler went five innings and gave up four runs. Cobi Johnson struggled hard through his first inning, two hits and two walks, but pitched better in his next two. Uber prospect wander Franco hit two home runs for Bowling Green.

Reggie Pruitt had two hits and a walk. DJ Neal also had two hits to raise his average over .300. Neal was hitting .182 on April 11. Since then he has gone 14-37, or hit .378. Neal is still 22 years old and described a svery athletic. If he can get on track he could be one to watch.

3 Stars

3rd star: Demi Orimoloye

2nd star: Riley Adams

1st star: Nate Pearson


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bpoz - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 12:25 AM EDT (#373139) #
We lost 3 of 4 but I feel good about our farm.
Mike Green - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 08:15 AM EDT (#373140) #
Pearson has allowed 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 30 in 19 innings.  The pitching coach's report from last night's start was positive: a 102 mph fastball combined with effective slider and change-up was just too much.  It'll probably play in double A too.
hypobole - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#373141) #
2080 Baseball did a spotlight on DJ Neal last year:

"An impressive physical specimen and athlete, Neal was star wide receiver in high school before heading to JUCO ball at South Carolina-Sumter for two seasons. The Blue Jays selected him in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, signing him for $100K as a somewhat raw talent given his age. Now a dedicated pro, Neal has shown his offensive capability, tapping into his power and putting his speed on display on the base paths, with 23 steals across two partial short-season campaigns. I saw Neal with Bluefield July 14-16, and again on August 11th.

Neal is a plus athlete with wirey strength on a frame that shows room to add some additional muscle, enough to project his raw power to an average grade without losing any of his speed. Heís a 55 runner with plus instincts on the bases. Neal is an aggressive fastball hitter with average bat speed and a line-drive bat path able to hit HRs on elevated pitches. He projects to 45 game power, held back by a below average hit tool, with trouble expanding the zone, and specifically laying off spin in the dirt. In the field, Neal played both corners in my looks, using his speed to compensate for spotty reads and routes. He could reach average at both positions, but the 45-grade arm is best suited to left field.

Nealís fringy offensive profile could still work if he could stick in CF, where heís seen 24 games of experience to-date, but to develop there he would need to refine his routes and projects as an emergency option only in CF, a tweener corner-outfield prospect. His ability in the outfield corners gives him some bench bat utility upside, but until he shows some advancement of his approach at the plate, Neal profiles as a Role 30 organizational-depth option, capable of finding his way onto the end of an MLB bench.>
uglyone - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#373152) #


C McGuire (24): 48pa, 8.3b%/20.8k%, .294bip/.227avg, .114iso, 66wrc+
P.Cantwell (29): 18pa, 0.0b%/27.8k%, .462bip/.333avg, .056iso, 89wrc+


A.Mineo (24): 64pa, 6.3b%/28.1k%, .429bip/.305avg, .068iso, 110wrc+
R.Hissey (25): 39pa, 10.3b%/28.2k%, .364bip/.265avg, .118iso, 127wrc+


R.Adams (23): 66pa, 18.2b%/18.2k%, .429bip/.360avg, .240iso, 238wrc+
C.Bec (23): 20pa, 15.0b%/20.0k%, .154bip/.118avg, .000iso, 20wrc+


A.Kirk (20): 75pa, 18.7b%/5.3k%, .333bip/.350avg, .250iso, 201wrc+
H.Danner (20): 61pa, 6.6b%/31.1k%, .161bip/.170avg, .340iso, 108wrc+
R.Gold (21): 55pa, 7.3b%/16.4k%, .268bip/.235avg, .137iso, 89wrc+

So Adams and Kirk are hitting at such a ridiculous level that quick promotions are likely in order. Especially given that Adams is much too old for his level, and given that Lansing has 3 guys we probably want to keep giving some looks behind the plate.

Of the names here, Cantwell and Bec are the clearest organizational filler that are easily expendable.

More debatable are the two guys in New Hampshire - Mineo and Hissey. Neither seem like much but there's a chance with strong defense that the FO sees some useful upside in them - Mineo moreso than Hissey, though.

really, the sticking point is Mineo - the FO is giving him starter's duty in AA, and promoting him would mean a split with McGuire in AAA. Or they could bump up Hissey and Adams and use last years dunedin duo Adams/mineo again in AA. That would seem like the easy play but maybe they have a newfound optimism around Mineo?

I haven't read anything about Mineo's defense being elite (more just "good"), and his hitting numbers were pretty abysmal until he he was held back until he was a couple years old for his levels. Not sure if there's legit reason for optimism there.

Anyways, I think they should probably move to this sooner rather than later:

AAA: 1. McGuire, 2. Hissey/Mineo
AA: 1. Adams, 2. Mineo/Hissey
A+: 1. Kirk, 2. Bec
A: 1. Danner, 2. Gold

What Adams and Kirk are doing is a bit too ridiculous not to promote them, imo.
bpoz - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#373153) #
Thanks for the scouting report on Neal.

I just compared stats between Neal and R Pruitt. Neil is 4 months older. Both have good size and speed. Pruitt may have a strong arm but not Neal.

Currently both are hitting .300+. The Ks are ok. Pruitt
looks bad regarding Ks but in his 1st 3 games 9Ks/15ABs. In Pruitt's next 17 games only 2 games with 3 Ks and 7 games with 0 Ks, 5 gms 1 K and 3 gms 2 Ks. So huge improvement after the first 3 games of the season. Pruitt has also played in every game and has the most ABs.

Mike Green - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#373156) #
It wouldn't surprise me if Adams and Pearson are promoted at the same time.  It's nice to have a battery move up together, and a few more weeks would be fine.  That would open up a spot for Alejandro Kirk in Dunedin. 
bpoz - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#373159) #
Regarding promotions: In 2017 Vlad and Bo dominated Lansing and Dunedin. Both had 250+ ABs in Lansing before their promotions.

This year Kirk, Groshans and Otto Lopez are dominating at Lansing. All have under 70 ABs. Maybe we will have to wait for 250+ ABs.

R Adams did not dominate last year at Dunedin with 349 ABs. So far this year only 50 ABs, but dominating.

I like to try to figure out what the organization is doing regarding player movements. So 2017 Vlad and Bo promotions may support a trend or time table. Philosophy.
hypobole - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#373160) #
I know prospect for prospect trades rarely happen, but trading a catcher for a pitcher (preferably) would ease the crunch somewhat.
uglyone - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#373161) #
those guys did dominate, true, but all were very young - actually still young for the levels.

not the case with Adams, who at 23 you actually would prefer to see a real prospect in AAA, not A+.

Kirk is only 20, so no real urgency to promote him in that way - but given that his awesome start this year is just a continuation of what he did last year, and that the decision of where a kid plays his first full season year is kind of guesswork to start with, and given that there's 3 catchers in lansing with some upside to care about - for me I don't think there's any need to hesitate to promote him, either.
Shoeless Joe - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#373164) #
I think Adams and Kirk have earned the bump up, and I really want  Hagen Danner to get everyday atbats at catcher. It has been a few years since his draft year, if after a full season in Lansing he does not shows promise as a catcher and his hitting is still unpolished I would consider flipping him back into a pitching prospect.

If you combine Danner's numbers in 2018 and 2019 you get a 0.244/0.364/0.457 overall line with a 12.1 BB%, 27.3 K%, 0.213 ISO% and 121 wRC+. If he could produce at least a similar line for the 2019 season then it would be worth keeping him moving as a catcher.
cascando - Friday, April 26 2019 @ 05:38 PM EDT (#373188) #
I think there's a good chance Adams is in AA before he actually turns 23 (June 26.) He didn't really earn the promotion based on his results last year and it isn't really a big deal if he spends a couple of months in A+ this year. He isn't blocked in NH.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 27 2019 @ 03:20 AM EDT (#373212) #
Yes, I think Adams is right where he belongs. His results last year were iffy for a promotion at the start of this season, and he had just skipped a level in 2018. If he hits well for 6-8 weeks or so, I would say that's the time to move him to AA. He's not really too old at all. He turns 23 in late June. He'd be looking at AAA next season if he does well in AA after the promotion, or he starts 2020 in AA and then moves up to AAA around his 24th birthday. Either way, he's knocking on the door for a major league job in spring training 2021 when he will be 24 years old.

Great game for Josh Winckowski today. 7 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 ER, and he now has an ERA of 1.04 after 5 starts for Lansing. He didn't fare all that well in his 1st 2 pro seasons, but really started to come on for Vancouver last year, and now this great start. Still just 20 years old.
bpoz - Saturday, April 27 2019 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#373233) #
R Urena is out playing F Barreto. Barreto burned his last option this year and is struggling V badly in LV of the PCL.
bpoz - Sunday, April 28 2019 @ 06:58 PM EDT (#373294) #
P Murphy had a great game today.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, April 28 2019 @ 07:40 PM EDT (#373297) #
It was encouraging to see Patrick Murphy turn in a good effort. So far this season Nate Pearson and Maximo Castillo are the only real top pitching prospects who are having strong starts to the season. The upcoming draft should really load up on pitchers and outfielders.
dan gordon - Sunday, April 28 2019 @ 08:31 PM EDT (#373301) #
Yes, Murphy really needed that one. Another great appearance for Dusty Isaacs with the Bisons - now at 13 2/3 IP with only 5 H and 2 BB vs 19 K, and no runs allowed. Allgeyer had another dominating performance for Dunedin. His ERA is down to 1.01 after 5 starts, and he has a 24/2 K/BB ratio.

Lots of hitters who are struggling - Taylor, Young, Stevenson, Warmoth, Vicuna, Smith, Lundquist, Alford, McGuire. It's still early.
hypobole - Sunday, April 28 2019 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#373303) #
Taylor 185/333/315
Abbadessa 231/342/323

Neither line looks good, though Taylor's looks worse. But Abbadessa is MWL average 99 wRC+. Taylor has a 107 wRC+ in the FSL. MWL is a hitters league, Lansing home field even more so from what I've heard. FSL is very much a pitchers league with big parks.

uglyone - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 09:27 AM EDT (#373309) #
I might go ahead and add Winckowski to the list of top pitching prospects.
Shoeless Joe - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 10:01 AM EDT (#373311) #
I debated internally in my head about calling Winckowski a top prospect with his combination of age and results, but I want to see a few more reports come out on his stuff to back up the numbers.

Mike Green - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#373313) #
Winckowski will be 21 in June, and he's in Lansing.  He's striking out a batter an inning after 26 innings there, and did the same in Vancouver last year. 

He apparently has an above-average slider.  If he refines that into something nasty, then maybe he is a top prospect by the end of the year.  Anybody had a view of him recently?
Nigel - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#373323) #
I didn't catch Winckowski in Vancouver last year - fate had it that his and my schedule never lined up. I did listen to a number of his starts on the radio. I think he will have to prove himself at each level as the raw stuff didn't seem to get rave reviews. However, the results were really good and he is a ground ball machine. 92-93 MPH sinkers got him weakly hit GB after GB last year.
uglyone - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#373324) #
iirc he added significant velo last year.

that 92-93 number iirc was definitely a "sitting" velo for his 2 seamer, and apparently he registered in the high 90s fairly regularly.

with both a slider and a changeup that could both be real pitches too.
Shoeless Joe - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#373327) #
It seems like he has a Drew Hutchinson profile.
ramone - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 05:50 PM EDT (#373333) #
Alford was removed from the Bisons lineup just before the game, no word on why. With his numbers to start the year, even as bad as Brito has been it's seems hard to imagine he's being called up. An injury maybe?
85bluejay - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 06:25 PM EDT (#373334) #
Maybe Davis is getting called up and leaves after game 1.
Mike Green - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 06:52 PM EDT (#373335) #
The Bisons are ahead 10-4 and Davis has gone 3-4. They are only through 4 innings. If they are going to call him up., it's a good time to take him out of the game and get on a plane to LA asap. It would be a good idea  but I am not counting on it happening.
Mike Green - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#373339) #
Biggio hit a no doubt home run to centerfield today.  The Blue Jays have an interesting pleasant problem. They have too many infielders deserving of regular major league playing time. Biggio is obviously a better player than Hanson but it wouldn't be good for his development to play as rarely ss Hanson does.
dan gordon - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 07:13 PM EDT (#373340) #
As of right now, the top 5 hitters in the Bisons lineup are hitting .348, .348, .366, .348, and .308 (Davis, Fields, Gurriel, Biggio and Urena). I've been skeptical about Davis because he's been very old for his level, and his results have been decent but not great. He OPS'd in the low .600's in Vancouver at 22 and Dunedin at 23. There's always the exception who keeps improving steadily even into the mid to late 20's. Maybe Davis is one of those guys. He'll be 27 in a couple of weeks, but maybe he has a shot at making it.
Gerry - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#373344) #
BA had a story last week about how AAA baseball is using the major league baseball this year. As a result hitting stats are up all over AAA. And of course, pitchers are getting hit. Its worse in the PCL.
Nigel - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 10:09 PM EDT (#373346) #
Davis lost essentially a full year in Vancouver. I donít think a Reed Johnson like MLB career is out of the question for Davis and as a platoon/4th OF that can be a pretty handy guy to have around.
dan gordon - Monday, April 29 2019 @ 11:43 PM EDT (#373347) #
More poor performances by Reid-Foley and Perez today. Both have ERA's over 10.00.
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