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The Blue Jays affiliates split their four games Tuesday night. They were on the right side twice in three shutout affairs. #LetsGoBlueJays

Buffalo 5 Rochester 0

Teoscar Hernandez drove in the first and last runs of the game to help the Herd defeat the Twins affiliate. Jordan Patterson added an RBI double. Anthony Alford had the only two-hit game for the Bisons and stole a base. Hernandez drew a walk to reach base twice while Cavan Biggio earned two free passes and swiped a bag. Andy Burns, Reese McGuire and Alen Hanson also had base hits. Socrates Brito was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 0-for-4.

Shawn Morimando managed to keep Rochester off the board for four innings despite three hits and five walks thanks in part to five strikeouts. The win went to Zach Jackson who struck out two over two shutout frames. Kirby Snead pitched two shutout innings and Justin Shafer finished things off with a scoreless ninth.

New Hampshire 5 Altoona 0

Brock Lundquist broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth. Vinny Capra's sacrifice fly and Christian Williams' first Double-A home run - a three-run shot - put the game away for the Fisher Cats in the seventh. Lundquist, Williams, Forrest Wall, Riley Adams and Andres Sotillo all had two-hit efforts with Williams getting plunked. Chad Spanberger had a hit while Santiago Espinal and Kevin Smith walked.

Yennsy Diaz suffocated the Pirates affiliate on two hits, two walks and a hit by pitch over seven shutout innings. He struck out eight and put seven of his 10 outs in play on the dirt. Vinny Nittoli - a free-agent signing from the Arizona organization - pitched a scoreless inning in his Blue Jays organizational debut and Jackson McClelland put up another zero in the ninth.

St. Lucie 3 Dunedin 0

Graham Spraker deserved better. He gave up a home run but limited the Mets to two runs over six innings on five hits and a walk. He struck out two and recorded seven groundball outs. Emerson Jimenez surrendered the other run over his two innings of work.

Singles by Cullen Large and Chavez Young and a walk by Ryan Noda. That was the total offensive output for Dunedin. Cal Stevenson and Norberto Obeso were 0-for-4. Alejandro Kirk, Kacy Clemens, Kevin Vicuna and Samad Taylor were a combined 0-for-12.

Great Lakes 11 Lansing 8

The Lugnuts fell behind 7-0 but drew to within a run before the Dodgers affiliate pulled away in this morning contest. Jake Brodt had a three-hit game, including a home run, and drew a walk. Reggie Pruitt had a triple, a single and his Midwest League-leading 18th stolen base. Otto Lopez singled twice and heard ball four once. Tanner Kirwer singled, walked and stole two bases. Ryan Gold singled and walked while Nick Podkul and Rafael Lantigua added one to their hit totals. Podkul also stole his 10th base of the year. Hunter Steinmetz walked and swiped a bag. Hagen Danner struck out three times and went 0-for-4.

Troy Miller lasted just one inning and gave up four runs on three hits (including a two-run homer) and three walks with one whiff. Marcus Reyes tossed three innings of one-run ball but Will McAffer gave up two in his one inning while Mike Pascoe yielded four over his four innings.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Christian Williams, New Hampshire

2. Jake Brodt, Lansing

1. Yennsy Diaz, New Hampshire

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Gerry - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#374374) #
Ben Revere has been released, the Bisons had too many outfielders with Teoscar and Brito sent down.
bpoz - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#374375) #
I looked at a good interview by Cs+ on Nick Podkul. He has a few similarities with Biggio.

Nice signing bonus $175,000. Went to Lansing instead of Dunedin. Plays 2B, good Avg (better than Biggio), good SBs and not much power yet. Also old for Lansing, but a 2018 draft pick.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#374376) #
Podkul and Biggio have a lot of similarities, they both went to Notre Dame and very comparable junior years, their draft years:

Biggio: 0.311/0.473/0.454 - 0.927 OPS
Podkul: 0.312/0.433/0.525 - 0.958 OPS

I love the plate discipline and low GB% from Podkul and he is one of the biggest sleepers in the system for me. I would like to see him promoted mid season to see if he is a real prospect or not.
bpoz - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 10:33 AM EDT (#374378) #
Thanks Shoeless.

I think Biggio started to play all over the field in 2018 and 2019. Podkul may do the same starting next year. In the interview he said that 2B and 3B are familiar to him.

I don't know how strong of an arm either has.
PeterG - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 03:10 PM EDT (#374382) #
Maximo Castillo having another good start for Dunedin today. He just turned 20 on May 4 and is succeeding in Advanced A.
bpoz - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#374386) #
Baltimore gave up Int'l money to NYM for OF Keon Broxton.

I am still curious what the Jays have done with their Int'l money.
PeterG - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 05:10 PM EDT (#374388) #
I would be curious as well as they gained 1.5 mil in 2 trades and they need to have it spent in the next month or thay lose it.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 05:35 PM EDT (#374391) #
12:08 Hi Eric, weekly Blue Jays question. What are you guys hearing so far this year about Patrick Murphy, Yennsy Diaz, and John Winkowski? The Jays could really use some pitching to go along with their top hitting prospects + Pearson, how do these three lesser known names project going forward for you?

Eric A Longenhagen
12:08 One of thoe guys might be a back of rotation fit, think they're all, individually, more likely to be relievers.
PeterG - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 09:34 PM EDT (#374396) #
A good start and win for Hector Perez tonight allowing one run in 6 innings.
SK in NJ - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 10:13 PM EDT (#374397) #
Gurriel at short, Hanson at 3B, and Teoscar in CF tonight.

I would hate to be a pitcher for the Bisons.
greenfrog - Wednesday, May 22 2019 @ 10:37 PM EDT (#374398) #
I would say it was an adequate start for Perez, 6 5 1 1 3 5 (1 HR)

If he continues to walk 5 BB per 9 IP in the majors he will not succeed as a starter. Trim it to 3 BB per 9 IP (on average, not just occasionally) and we can re-open the conversation.
scottt - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 08:06 AM EDT (#374405) #
What does the "individually" mean in that comment? They're certainly not collective relievers.
James W - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#374409) #
I believe the context would be that if you consider each player individually, they're all more likely to be a reliever than a starter, but it's possible that one of them could emerge as a starter.
hypobole - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#374410) #
"What does the "individually" mean in that comment?"

I assume he means each profiles as a reliever, but between them, one could emerge as a starter.
uglyone - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#374417) #
a pretty good descriptor of all of this FO's acquisitions, really.
bpoz - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#374420) #
It is Eric's job to answer those questions. Since most prospects fail ... 50%+ the better answer is to be negative. But following the crowd is a good strategy. F Whitley, N Pearson, C Mize and M Kopech. Mark Appel failed. Halladay's early failure, Carpenters 2 year injury, were early in their careers. Both overcame and had success. K Escobar had as good stuff or close to it but had a lot less success.

There are probably many as highly ranked pitching prospects that due to weak results nobody remembers.

Considering that I thought Woody Williams had little chance of success he really fooled me and others. But there was a team that "saw something" in him and gave him a chance. He probably had good WAR numbers for his career.
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