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Hector Perez had pitched only 16 innings in AA before he was traded to the Jays last summer. So it is understandable if he has taken a while to find his feet at that level, he is still just 22 years old. He pitched well on Wednesday leading New Hampshire to the win. Dunedin racked up eleven runs, Chavez Young broke out with three hits, including a home run. Buffalo and Lansing lost.

Buffalo 0 Rochester 4

Jacob Waguespack could not get out of the first inning. He was pulled with two outs having thrown 41 pitches. He walked four and combined with two hits, he gave up three runs. That turned the game into a bullpen one. Conor Fisk, 3 IP, Dusty Isaacs, 2.1 IP and Jordan Romano, 2 IP, pitched well. Romano has been pitching better after a rough start.

Lourdes Gurriel doubled in the first inning and the Bisons did not have another hit until Teoscar Hernandez singled in the eighth. Andy Burns tripled with two outs in the ninth but that was it, three hits fr the Bisons.

Altoona 1 New Hampshire 2

Hector Perez seems to be sorting things out. This was his fourth good start in a row. In those four starts, covering 23 innings, he has allowed 19 hits, 8 walks and picked up 21 K's. In this game he only conceded one run in six innings. Danny Young, Ty Tice and Bryan Baker combined on three hitless innings of relief.

The Cats had eight hits, eight of the nine hitters had one. Chad Spanberger homered, his fourth. Forrest Wall doubled in Vinny Capra for the other run.

Dunedin 11 St. Lucie 5

Each team had 14 hits and each left ten men on base. Dunedin benefited from more walks, an error and a hit batter. Everyone knows Chavez Young has been struggling this season. He had three hits, including a home run in this game. Is it the start of something? Kevin Smith had a big game last week and it was a one off. Another struggler, Demi Orimoloye, had two hits. Kevin Vicuna has been heating up recently with 8 hits in his last five games, he had two and his average is .257. Chris Bec went into the four hole for Ryan Noda and was 2-3 with a walk.

Maximo Castillo went five innings and needed 86 pitches. He walked no one and had just 2 K's. The Mets got six hits off Castillo, three of them in the fifth inning when they scored their first two runs. Castillo faced 22 hitters, thats almost 4 pitches per hitter, with no walks. He needs to be more economical. Kyle Weatherly was responsible for the other three runs.

Great Lakes 7 Lansing 6

Sean Wymer gave up five runs in the third and two more in the fifth. He lasted 4.1 innings with seven runs allowed, his ERA is now 8.79. Jackson Rees followed in relief and he pitched 3.2 shutout innings with five K's.

Reggie Pruitt scored three runs even though he had just one hit and one walk. He also stole three bases. Tanner Kirwer had two hits and a walk. Otto Lopez had two hits, Gabe Moreno was 1-2 with two RBI.

3 Stars

3rd star: Chris Bec

2nd star: Chavez Young

1st star: Hector Perez


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Glevin - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 03:00 AM EDT (#374401) #
Have to remember that Perez is still just 22. With him, it's all about control. he has the stuff to be a ML starter but needs to stop walking so many people. Not a lot of hope for C. Young right now, but it's still early. Apparently, Cubs are asking about Giles. They don't have a very good system but have enough to be interesting. I think the Cubs also give a very good opportunity of taking on Tyler Chatwood's salary for better prospects. Chatwood is a short-term contract so no long-term issue but the Cubs apparently need some financial flexibility. You also have wonder if the Jays are going to do a prospect for prospect trade at some point. Jansen is a young ML catcher and McGuire, Adams, Kirk, Moreno, and Danner (and Mineo?) is incredible depth at one position. Unlike say, depth at SS where players can always move down the defensive spectrum, often at catcher, they don't have the athleticism to do so.
Maldoff - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 09:08 AM EDT (#374406) #
Moreno left last night's game in the fifth. Anyone know why?
bpoz - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 09:18 AM EDT (#374408) #
Many of our prospects have graduated from that status. Tellez looks V promising in the ML so far IMO. It was uncertain that he would make the Opening day roster, but Morales was traded.

At the moment we have some V good prospects with fantastic numbers, that hopefully will stay healthy. Bichette, Biggio, Kirk, Groshans and Moreno. Little or no struggles for them so far.

Until the internet I was never able to track our prospects. It looks like we have a good farm.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#374413) #
Perez' start was decent.  He walked three, struck out five and gave up a home run in 6 innings.  In his last 4 starts, he has thrown 23 innings, walked 8 and struck out 22.  That's good. 

FWIW, the best performance on the night was probably delivered by Jackson Rees- a 24 year old reliever in Lansing.  He was undrafted out of the University of Hawaii and signed by the Blue Jays last June.  He was unexceptional last year in Rookie Ball, but they moved him up to Lansing put him in a relief role and he's been dominant there.  I can't find anything about his stuff. 
whiterasta80 - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#374414) #
The burnout rate is so high with catchers that it is almost not worth considering "too much depth". In 42 years how many catchers has this organization really produced?

On the other hand we have successfully converted several minor league catchers into MLB talent at other positions (Sprague, Delgado, Phelps...).

So I'm not worried about the catching depth.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#374419) #
Hey Mike, Rees has a really good slider, moving from average to plus this year. Fastball is average-ish. He was the third ranked amateur out of Hawaii last year according to BA.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#374421) #
Thanks, Marc.  A really good slider is a start for a reliever. I guess he needs a two-seamer.

I'll go out on a limb and say that he profiles as a reliever!
mathesond - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#374422) #
Dammit Mike, stop hogging the bold takes!
PeterG - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#374425) #
Patrick Murphy today against Altoona:

6 IP, 1 R, 5 Hits, 7K's, 0 BB,

regularly over 95mph and hit 97/98 in last frame

Shoeless Joe - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#374427) #
I know Murphy gets a lot of grief for his change-up, but I would think his splits against lefties would be much worse if it wasn't passable. Through his 9 starts this season Murphy has a 0.81 whip against lefties and a 1.12 whip against righties.
bpoz - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#374428) #
Murphy is doing great. Many Bauxites predicted that he would have a good year. I would promote him by mid June or a little later. Give him a leg up on AAA.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#374432) #
The Herd and the Red Wings are tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth.  Cavan Biggio led off and had the count at 2-0.  He bunted for a hit.  He's also 5-1 stealing bases.  His father was a leadoff hitter, and perhaps he's going to follow. 

PeterG - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#374434) #
Also in the Bisons game, an excellent start for SRF:

8 IP, 2R, 4H, 2BB, 8K's

HIs last 3 starts have been promising, showing a marked improvement from earlier in the season.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#374436) #
It was an excellent start for SRF.  The start before was good, but the one before that was not- 4 runs, 4 walks and 4 Ks in 6 innings.  Today's was far and away his best this year.  Last year, he was hit hard in his first outing in Buffalo and then was very good for his next 12 outings before his last outing which was poor.  Hopefully, he's on a roll now and will earn another try in the Show. 
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 07:36 PM EDT (#374443) #
Draft coverage is ramping up, and there were a few more good tidbits in the BA chat today. I didn't realize it but Jaxx Groshans who is the older brother of Jordan is ranked 200 on their most recent list. He seems questionable to stay at catcher, but had a breakout junior year and hit fairly well in the cape cod league last year.

Another name I find interesting is Noah Song who is the top rated senior at 63 which a huge fastball, but would likely have to stay in the Navy for two years before he could make his pro debut.

Their latest mock will drop tomorrow, but I think Im focused in on Corbin Carrol as my favourite pick for 11 heading into the draft.
bpoz - Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#374451) #
I too am getting excited about the draft.

I don't think about who they may pick. Somehow Shapiro/Atkins have not disappointed. They have actually astonished me.

2016 Bichette.

2017 Pearson.

2018 Groshans.

All look like big winners. Groshans was a high pick so he came with high expectations being #12.

I hope the magic will continue.

Carter Stewart has dropped, but does not turn 20 until Nov. We could get him with our 2nd or 3rd round pick. He may sign with Japan I read and would not participate in the draft.
Glevin - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 08:05 AM EDT (#374459) #
"Their latest mock will drop tomorrow, but I think Im focused in on Corbin Carrol as my favourite pick for 11 heading into the draft."

I like him too but it's probably bias towards the lack of CF types in the system. In the end, as long as they don't pick a catcher, I'll be fine. The Groshans pick last year looked like a reach but they did a great job. Glenallen Hill Jr and Jack Leiter are both kids of former Jays although Leiter wants a huge bonus and will probably go to college.
Shoeless Joe - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 08:37 AM EDT (#374460) #
I agree that I have some bias in liking Carrol, as a result of the lack of outfielders and generally athletes in the system. He does has a very nice swing though, and I like the fact there are no questions about him playing CF. The only real knock on him is his size, and I think there are enough examples to look past this. I also agree that Glenallen Hill Jr looks like a great bloodlines pick on day 2.

I just hope they stick with players with projection, and not that I mean strictly high school players.

bpoz - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#374468) #
Corbin Carrol has a 45 Arm. Is that good enough for CF?
Shoeless Joe - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#374469) #

Shoeless Joe - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 12:17 PM EDT (#374470) #
Baseball America on Corbin Carroll:

Carroll’s speed plays in the outfield as well, where he is one of the best defensive center fielders in the class. Scouting directors voted Carroll as best prep defender in the class during the preseason thanks to excellent jumps and efficient route running. Some teams question his arm strength, and it was previously fringe-average, though reports on his throwing this spring have continued to improve as he’s gotten stronger.
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