Brutal weekend on the farm. Dunedin on up were swept. The only two wins coming from Lansing affiliate.
Too early to start writing off seasons and there's certainly something to be said about facing adversity of a prolonged slump and working through it, but some really rough years so far for some guys who should be pushing on or have shown some year-to-year improvement on key weaknesses. I'd be interested to see if our farm follows the 1/3 rule this year. By my rough count there's a whole lot more regression out there than usual. I wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing about how there's been changes to the farm and approaches to development, etc. coming from the Jays in the next little while to try to explain away some pretty glaring developmental failures. Guys with command issues seemingly with worse command, or guys with contact issues with growing holes in their bat are not a good look on your development program.
But hey, it was just one weekend.
Not a great weekend in Buffalo. Anthony Alford showed glimpses with a two-hit night Saturday, including a homer. He’s struggling to reach the Mendoza line 81 at-bats in. Sean Reid-Foley continues to struggle with his command. He walked five in his start Saturday. Reid-Foley is a walk-an-inning pitcher at the moment.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Rough weekend as well in New Hampshire. Hector Perez had a nice start Saturday, walking just two in six innings of one run baseball. Kevin Smith, however, looks completely overmatched by AA pitching. He too is struggling to get near the Mendoza line 102 at-bats into the season.
Dunedin Blue Jays
Two more losses in Dunedin. Dunedin was spared Sunday by rain.
Lansing was the only affiliate of repute this weekend as they took two of three. Problem is there aren’t a great deal of prospects in Lansing. Juan De Paula pitched five innings of three run (two earned) baseball Friday in relief.
Friday’s Box Scores
Saturday’s Box Scores
Sunday’s Box Scores