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Andy Burns drove in the winning runs in the ninth inning of the Bisons game. It was one of the five times he reached base. That made a winner of Sean Reid-Foley who pitched eight innings. Another winning pitcher was Patrick Murphy who dominated Altoona. Forrest Wall also reach base five times. Chavez Young hit a go ahead three run home run in the eighth to lead Dunedin to victory. Tanner Kirwer hit his three run home run in the first inning and Lansing never looked back. It was an org sweep night!

Buffalo 4 Rochester 3

Sean Reid-Foley breezed through the first inning but in the second, a walk and a home run put the Bisons down 2-0. That was the only blemish on SRF's account. He pitched eight innings and only conceded four hits. He had eight K's and just two walks. He threw 102 pitches, 66 strikes and 36 balls. That is very close to the 2:1 ratio that is normally a minimum for success. The most encouraging part was that SRF avided the bad inning, or two, that often happens to him. Buddy Boshers made his first appearance for the Bisons trying to nail down the win. A lead off double came around to score but Boshers did get the save.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run, his second in the minors, to get Buffalo on the board. Thereafter Rochester helped out the Bisons. The second, and tying, run came in the fifth inning, Teoscar singled and moved to third on an error. Andy Burns then singled to tie the game. In the ninth inning, three walks loaded the bases and again Andy Burns came to the plate. Burns banged a ground ball up the middle for a two run single. Burns was 3-3 with two walks. Teoscar had two hits.

Altoona 2 New Hampshire 7

Patrick Murphy continued to pitch well. He threw 86 pitches over six innings and allowed one run. He had seven K's and no walks. He was in control the whole way, he had seven ground outs and three fly balls. Taylor Saucedo, back from AAA, pitched two innings.

Kevin Smith came up to bat in the first inning with the bases loaded and one out. He grounded into a double play. In the third he came to the plate with the bases loaded for a second time. He made amends by tripling off the wall in right centre scoring all three runs. In the fifth Alberto Mineo hit a two run home run and in the sixth Vinny Capra doubled in two runs. Those were the only hits for Smith, Mineo and Capra. Forrest Wall was 3-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Christian Williams had two hits to keep his average elevated at .355.

Florida 5 Dunedin 8

As mentioned above, the game was tied at five in the bottom of the eighth. Cullen Large and Ryan Noda walked setting the stage for Chavez Young to hit a three run home run. It was Youngs second game in a row with a home run. Cal Stevenson had homered in the previous inning, his was an inside the park one. Young, Stevenson, Noda and Kevin Vicuna each had two hits. Logan Warmoth came off the injured list, he was rusty and struck out three times.

Nick Allgeyer started and went 5.1 innings. It wasn't his best start, the gave up four runs on eight hits.

Great Lakes 4 Lansing 9

Tanner Kirwer hit a three run home run in the first inning and then Lansing went on to build a 7-1 lead after two innings. Otto Lopez and Hunter Steinmetz went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Luis De Los Santos was 2-3 and is hitting .368. It is interesting to note that the recent arrivals are all hitting well. In addition to De Los Santos Steinmetz is hitting .304 and Gabe Moreno .364. Moreno was 1-4 in the game.

Fitz Stadler pitched 4.1 innings, allowed one run and had six K's. He was followed by Cobi Johnson who pitched four innings with eight K's. Johnson had just given up a homer through 3.2 innings but he put two men on base in the ninth. Sean Rackoski came on and allowed both runners to score.

3 Stars

3rd star: Patrick Murphy

2nd star: Sean Reid-Foley

1st star: Andy Burns and Forrest Wall


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Shoeless Joe - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 08:04 AM EDT (#374458) #
There are new mock drafts out today:

MLB Pipeline has the Jays taking Corbin Carrol at #11 with Manoah and Baty still available

Baseball America has the Jays taking Alex Monoah at #11 with Carrol and Baty still available

Jackson Rutledge has moved into the top 10 on both mock drafts. I see parallels between teammates Brett Baty and Jimmy Lewis to what the Jays did with Groshans and Kloffenstein. I think Baty is old for his class, but in the BA best tools section among high school hitters he is ranked the third best hitter, with the second best power and the third best strike zone judgement. He seems to be a complete hitter with questionable defense.

Kelekin - Friday, May 24 2019 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#374485) #
I personally am on the Carroll train. There are very few top end center fielders these days, especially with a great hit tool. I certainly think we should consider pitchers for most of the rest of the top 5 rounds, but Carroll looks the most promising at our position.
scottt - Saturday, May 25 2019 @ 07:58 AM EDT (#374489) #
Carroll looks like a LF/CF like Ellsbury (23rd overall) and Benintendi (pick no 7).

As long as he's not D. J Davis.

Shoeless Joe - Saturday, May 25 2019 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#374490) #
Carrol was voted the best defensive outfielder among the high school ranks by baseball America. He is a true CF prospect and I don't think he'll touch LF.
bpoz - Saturday, May 25 2019 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#374491) #
This FO values contact skills very highly. DJ Davis spent 3 years in Dunedin with not enough contact skills to advance. The rest of his game was quite good. R Pruitt is similar. Slow to develop his contact skills and now his bat has turned cold.

This FO does take a chance on drafting a few high upside players early with major flaws in contact and strikeouts.
JB Woodman ... power and speed. DJ Daniels 6 th round also 2016.
2017 had Warmoth and Danner chosen early. Warmoth is listed at 6' 190 lb good size. Injuries have slowed him down. Danner is young with upside as a catcher and pitcher. This is his 3rd year as a catcher with poor hitting results. He has not pitched as a pro. So I don't know how good he is as a pitcher.
2018 has A Kloffenstein and A Barger who have done nothing as pros yet.

The 1017 and 2018 college hitters are advancing very well as are the college pitchers.

I see a definite drafting trend. It seems signing college picks is quite easy. This FO has had success with that.
scottt - Saturday, May 25 2019 @ 10:29 PM EDT (#374508) #
I can't say I see a pattern in the Atkins drafts, but the results have been decent.

Mike Green - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#374515) #
Minor league notes:  Pearson threw 2 shutout innings yesterday.  Here's a piece from David Laurilia on him, with an analytics component.   

Cal Stevenson tripled, singled and walked in Dunedin's win.  He's hitting .286/.368/.416 in May with 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 87 PAs.  He turned 22 last September, and there's a chance that he makes it to double A this summer.  He's splitting his time between centerfield and left-field.  Yesterday the D-Jays had Stevenson in center and Chavez Young in right.  At other times, Young has been in center and Stevenson in left.

Nick Podkul doubled twice, singled and walked for Lansing.  He's hitting .277/.405/.380 for the season with 27 walks and 27 strikeouts in 164 PAs.  He has stolen 10 bases without being caught also (he only attempted to steal twice last year in Vancouver).  He turned 22 last month and hopefully will be in Dunedin soon. 
bpoz - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#374516) #
Great article Mike Green. Pearson has great stuff and I like that he believes and uses the technology available today.

If his changeup and curve develop into good or v good pitches he should be a great #1.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#374517) #
Yes, bpoz.  David Laurilia is a consistently good writer- you won't go wrong reading his material on prospects in other organizations. 
bpoz - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#374518) #
I really think many of our pitching prospects are doing very well. So some kind of power in quantity.

I expected some poor AA pitching because that is a big move. These players I expected to struggle early and possibly all year like SRF and C Greene did in their 1st year in AA. P Murphy, Y Diaz, Z Logue and H Perez. Only H Perez has had a lot of trouble until recently. A Sopko has spent 220 IP in AA so a test in AAA was due. He needs time in AAA for a good test.

Y Diaz is pitching today. Of his 4 shutout games this year 2 are his most recent. I read up on his stuff. V good fastball. Change up is barely ok. The Curve and slider are poor. So V good results with "not good" stuff.

So after my "low" description of his stuff the results are V good. He is V young and can be very good at times based on the 4 shutouts.
hypobole - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#374521) #
"I can't say I see a pattern in the Atkins drafts"

Yeah,because the Scouting Director does the drafting. The 2016 draft was Brian Parker. He was let go and Steve Sanders did the 2017 and 2018 drafts. And even Sanders hasn't really shown a pattern. In 2017, only 1 HS pick of the top 14. In 2018, 2 of the top 3 were HS kids.
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#374523) #
The pattern for me is that the team has been going after guys who hit at the summer showcases or the cape cod league, they value hitters who hit premium velocity.
BlueJayWay - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 06:45 PM EDT (#374532) #
Well Mr. Burns had done itThe power plant had won itWith Roger Clemens clucking all the while
BlueJayWay - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#374533) #
Of course that was supposed to be formatted better.
hypobole - Sunday, May 26 2019 @ 07:24 PM EDT (#374534) #
Well Mr. Burns had done it The power plant had won it With Roger Clemens clucking all the while

Starring Dalton Pompey as Ozzie Smith :(
bpoz - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 10:47 AM EDT (#374555) #
Last year the DSL started June 2. So 1 week to the DSL start and the draft.

I cannot think of too many minor league possible promotions for end of May.
Nigel - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#374569) #
Lopez has made his 12th error today in Lansing. He has been playing a good deal of SS in the past couple of weeks and the recent spate of errors appear to have come on throws while playing SS. I understand that there are questions about what position Lopez can actually play. What I don't understand is the drive to try and make him a SS. Watching him last year, I think it was pretty obvious that he doesn't have the arm to play SS. I'm not sure that this does him any favours.
bpoz - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#374576) #
H Perez had another V good game.

It would be nice to know what goals need to be accomplished by wach AA starter before promotion to AAA. The AA SPs are all working on their 10th start so a good sample would emerge in about 1 month.
Shoeless Joe - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#374578) #
Perez has pitched really well in his last 5 games, and he is still fairly young. It's probably unlikely he ever really develops much control, but you will take the progress.

This season seems to be all about breakthrough catchers, Riley Adams had another great game and his K rate keeps coming down and Moreno had another home run.

Griffen Conine should be eligible for the Lugnuts on Wednesday as they play their 50th game tomorrow. This also reminds me though is that Jordan Groshans has only played in 23 of those contests. I know he was quoted as having a David Wright starter pack, but I was hoping that meant to his baseball skills and hot his health.
scottt - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#374581) #
Groshans is 19 and won't reach until 2022, even if everything turns out perfectly.

I'm more anxious about Pardinho who should be ready to pitch soon, even if he's only 18, because pitchers can get be promoted more aggressively.

Perez threw 115 innings last year, so could go about 140 this year.
He turns 23 after next week. He's also already on the 40 roster, so should debut sometimes this year.
A guy like him, who has 4 plus pitches but poor control doesn't need any time at AAA, but could be up and down like SRF.

bpoz - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#374582) #
Fate or something cheats you when it comes to prospects.

A Sanchez was a great draft pick. He developed well. He is still young when he becomes be a FA. But the Jays who drafted and developed him seems to be getting about 2 good years of the 6 pre FA cheap years. The team is cheated because he will still get good money for his arb years that he is not producing for. I see/hope for 150 IP this year which is pretty good.

I also think he can have a longish career. Maybe to age 35.
hypobole - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 11:52 PM EDT (#374584) #
2080 baseball with a 7 mid-May New Hampshire scouting reports, including the May 14th/15th starts for Murphy and Pearson.
hypobole - Monday, May 27 2019 @ 11:54 PM EDT (#374585) #
Here's the link
bpoz - Tuesday, May 28 2019 @ 09:58 AM EDT (#374588) #
2080 baseball is a nice site.

As I looked through our prospect write ups I noticed lack of young pitchers in rookie ball.

I am sure that there are more. A Kloffenstein from USA high school. Pardhino, Emanuel Vizciano and A Melean from Latin America.

We signed a lot of Latin players last summer. I expect most will play in the DSL.
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 28 2019 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#374589) #
I don't quite agree with 2080 about Murphy.  His fastball with the nasty arm-side run is a very effective pitch against LH batters up in the zone, and allows him to get by with a less than stellar changeup.  There's a reason that he has struck out LHBs at a higher rate than RHBs last year and this year.  And his pattern of going deep into games and not fading makes him a much likelier starter than relief candidate, in my view. 
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