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Chavez Young finally had a big game leading Dunedin to a win. Anthony Alford also did well, three hits, and Graham Spraker pitched well for Buffalo in a spot start. The Bisons also won. Lansing made it three wins with 14 hits including a home run by Gabriel Moreno and three triples. New Hampshire lost.

Scranton 2 Buffalo 3

One big inning was enough to get the win and make a loser of ex-Jay Drew Hutchison. Hutchison has a 5.53 ERA in AAA and still might be a better option than Edwin Jackson. The big inning started with doubles by Anthony Alford and Socrates Brito. RBI singles from Patrick Kivlehan and Richard Urena completed the scoring. Alford, who had seen his average slip recently, had a nice 3-3 with a walk.

The Bisons played two doubleheaders this week so they needed pitching. Come on down Graham Spraker who came up from Dunedin and did well. He pitched 5.1 innings and only conceded one run on three hits. Kirby Snead got five outs and Justin Shafer six. Ex major leaguer Brad Miller took Shafer deep in the ninth to make it a one run game.

Bowie 7 New Hampshire 5

New Hampshire were down 5-1 but scored four in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. But Jackson McClelland was grooving it in the ninth, three line drives led to two runs for Bowie and NH could not respond. Hector Perez had been pitching better recently but that ended on Thursday. In five innings he gave up five runs on nine hits with four walks.

Nash Knight got the Fisher Cats on the board with a solo shot. Chad Spanberger tied the game with a three run shot in the seventh. Knight and Spanberger had two hits each as did Brock Lundquist who needed the hits, his last hit came on May 30th. Kevin Smith was 0-4 with two K's. Forrest Wall and Riley Adams had the day off after striking out on Wednesday.

Charlotte 7 Dunedin 8

The Jays led 8-4 before Brad Wilson almost blew it in the ninth. He did have to work around an error but he ended the game with the tying run on third. Charolotte scored four off Turner Larkins through nine hits.

Chavez Young was the offensive star, 3-4 with three runs and three RBI. He singled, doubled and homered. Chris Bec had two hits while six other hitters singled. Alejandro Kirk, Cullen Large and Ryan Noda all sat this one out.

Lansing 7 Great Lakes 1

The Lugnuts out-hit Great Lakes 14-5. Troy Miller is getting used to A ball. Over five innings he picked up seven K's while allowing one run. Will McAffer threw 2.1 shutout innings, Cre Finfrock added 1.2 of his own.

The hitters had their bats going, 14 hits over eight hitters. Six hitters had two hits each. Gabriel Moreno was one of them and he hit his fourth home run. Three of the two hit hitters tripled, Ryan Gold, Hagen Danner and Nick Podkul. Reggie Pruitt and Griffin Conine were the other two hitters with two. Conine had a typical start, two hits and three strikeouts.


The DSL Jays lost 10-2. The Jays picked up four hits, Francisco Fajardo, in the nine hole, had two. Four of the five pitchers were scored upon, the only one not to be scored upon recorded the last out of the eighth.

3 Stars

3rd star: Graham Spraker

2nd star: Anthny Alford

1st star: Chavez Young


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dan gordon - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#375185) #
Christopher Bec doesn't get mentioned here often amid all the other catching prospects the Jays have, but last year's 5th round pick is having a pretty good season for Dunedin after skipping a level. He's got the batting average up to .262, has an OPS of .749. He walks a lot, and has serious speed - 27 steals with only 1 caught stealing so far in his 69 game pro career. I'm assuming his defense is a bit of a work in progress. He's only caught 9 of 54 attempted stolen bases. He doesn't play regularly, but maybe he should be getting more playing time.

Chavez Young is now 10 for his last 30 with 2 HR's. Hopefully, he's figured out things at advanced A ball.

Nice 2 inning save for recently demoted Justin Shafer for Buffalo, with 5 K's and no walks.
scottt - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 07:03 AM EDT (#375190) #
Does anyone have the story on Paulno? He's only started 5 games, but doesn't appear to be injured.

I imagine he's about ready to be moved to the pen.

hypobole - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 08:01 AM EDT (#375192) #
Paulino has been on the 7 day IL since May 7 per milb site.
hypobole - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 08:10 AM EDT (#375193) #
Chavez seemed to have been dealing with other issues beyond baseball. Spent 2 weeks April/May on the Temporary Inactive List.
Mike Green - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 08:24 AM EDT (#375194) #
Moreno didn't get a star, but had a helluva game.  He went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base, and was the only Lugnut to not strike out.  He now is 3-0 stealing bases in 15 games for Lansing and has got his W/K up to a respectable 3/7 to go along with 4 homers in 52 PAs.  On the downside, his batted ball profile is a little worrisome- he's gone from a LD rate of over 25% and an FB rate of 38% to a LD rate of 7% and an FB rate of 50%.  I'd be curious about his EVs. 
jerjapan - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 09:18 AM EDT (#375199) #
Bec's speed is interesting, but he was a senior sign with a $5,000 bonus, which was $352,500 less than slot.  Any production he gives us is gravy.  Cal Stevenson was in the same boat though, so clearly you can hit on some of these guys.  Vinny Capra signed for a thousand bucks, and he is holding his own in AA.  Clearly, the senior signs will get promoted quickly if they show any promise, but as seniors they will still typically be old for their level.  I wonder how much effort the draft team puts into these players?  Identifying seniors that allow us to save slot money who can still potentially contribute to the org seems wise to me.
Despite the rough outing, Brad Wilson is looking like a reliever with upside.  He's up to 53 pro IP after being drafted in the 12th last year, with a WHIP below 1 and more Ks than innings. 

Conine's posting some video game numbers right now. 

Marc Hulet - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#375202) #
Not the most encouraging news on draft pick Tanner Morris:

No excitement shown around being draft and a lot of talk about money. Mind you, could also be editing but he said similar things on a TV broadcast.

Jay's must have had another player in mind and had to pivot when they were taken if you read into what Morris says about no contact from the area scout.
Mike Green - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#375205) #
The other possibility is that they were very surprised to see Morris' name still on the board when they came to draft in the fifth round.   We'll see if he signs.  The difference in slot money between a fourth and fifth rounder is about $100K, and Morris' slot is worth $367K.  Maybe the money will be there for them to split the difference.
uglyone - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#375206) #
Chavez Young is well back on track now after a really tough start to the year.

Last 15gms: 3.5b%, 17.5k%, .333bip, .327avg, .308iso, 190wrc+

Of course you want to see more walks but when you're crushing the ball like that it's not a huge deal.

Gerry - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 06:22 PM EDT (#375225) #
Bo Bichette is in the Dunedin lineup tonight.
scottt - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#375228) #
Reminds me of when AA drafted Dickie Thon Jr. He also went in the 5th round. Took 1.5M to get it done.
And then he wasn't all that...

Kelekin - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 06:57 PM EDT (#375231) #
Yikes. Usually players give the ol' "I'm so grateful to be drafted by the -insert organization here-" line. His definitely read as "if I hit more home runs, I would've made more money". Not wrong, but also, not loving the attitude.
dan gordon - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 08:18 PM EDT (#375233) #
I find Morris refreshingly honest with his candor. You seldom get to know what a player is truly thinking. The article notes that he is grateful for being picked by the Blue Jays. Sounds like he figures he's better than where he was picked, and he might be right. If so, the Jays made a good choice, as long as they can sign him. There should be room to go $100,000 or so over slot for him if they like.
Gerry - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 08:30 PM EDT (#375235) #
Manoah signs for slot per Heyman.
Kelekin - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#375237) #
Dan, I would agree if it wasn't for the fact he basically is stating that he believes it was disadvantageous for him to have shortened his swing to hit for average. It's a regret with a trade off, implying he should've done less of something to do more of something else just to be drafted higher. I'm glad he's confident, but I don't like the idea of sacrificing his average for power as a useful talent.
Mike Green - Friday, June 07 2019 @ 09:33 PM EDT (#375241) #
SRF threw 7 shutout innings with just 2 walks in a 3-1 Bisons win tonight.
John Northey - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 01:01 AM EDT (#375244) #
I think Morris, if signed, will be the type who goes out of his way to prove everyone wrong. To show he should've been a first rounder. He will not be easy in negotiations but should be good once on the field - again if he signs.

I love guys who feel they need to prove something to the doubters. Stroman is one of those as well. Of course, nothing beats a Vlad type who has the skills and everyone knows it from day one.
dan gordon - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 01:33 AM EDT (#375245) #
Great to see Reid-Foley finally come up with a really strong game. Jordan Romano is really taking to the Buffalo closer position. Over his last 7 appearances, covering 9 1/3 innings, Romano has allowed only 4 hits and 2 walks, no earned runs, and has 14 K's. Ty Tice is having another outstanding season, now with New Hampshire. In 24 2/3 IP, he has given up 13 hits and 8 walks, for a WHIP of 0.85 and an ERA of 1.09 and has 23 K's. Opponents are hitting just .141 against him. Tice has been consistently excellent since being drafted by the Jays in 2017. He's only 22 - he's also only 5' 9".
scottt - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 06:41 AM EDT (#375246) #
Yeah, the money figures to be tight to sign everybody.
The 5% over comes up to 423K.  They can probably save some on the seniors (Tally and Camacho) who have no leverage. Santiago and Brown shouldn't command huge bonus. The juniors should not go much over slot. The big questions are Willams (2nd round HS) and Clarke (9th round Sophomore). Then Dominguez and Neal are 2 late guys who might require more than 125K.

Manoah should rise quickly with upside. I guess Stroman is the last guy who did that with the Jays.
Finger crossed.

scottt - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 07:41 AM EDT (#375247) #
Biggio signed in the 5th for 300K, a bit under slot.
I don't think he ever made a lot of noise, except with his bat.

scottt - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#375248) #
Great for Romano. I don't know if he throws hard enough to be more than a middle reliever.
He was drafted in the 10th round to save money for Lane Thomas, so wouldn't be an awful result.
As long as he uses the slider a lot.

hypobole - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#375252) #
Sacrificing power for contact in the college game is what college coaches teach, with only elite power hitters excepted. FG guys have touched on this a few times. College fielders are generally far worse than even the guys in the low minors. Much easier for ground ball to get through. Teams then draft players and change their swings, or attempt to, because only the most exceptional bat control players will have success sticking to the college approach.

This is also why some HS hitters drafted by orgs with strong hitting player development reputations are starting to go pro rather than college, so they don't waste a year after college having to adjust to a pro swing.
John Northey - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#375254) #
Just for fun - reactions to the draft of Biggio and Zach Jackson among others... Spoiler: Biggio viewed as an all walk/K guy who probably won't be much after many thought he'd become a first rounder a few years earlier.

and reaction to Bo being drafted and T.J. Zeuch and J.B. Woodman.

Always interesting to see what was throught of guys a few years later.
scottt - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#375256) #
Looking back at the 2013 draft.

AA signed an Air Force catcher in the 10th for 1K.
Girodo in the 9th for 5K. I think he could still be a LOOGY in the MLB.
Graveman in the 8th for 5K. Very lucky pick there.
Conner Greene in the 7th, underslot for 100K. Worked out alright, I guess.
Matt Boyd in the 6th, underslot for 75K. Nice pick.
Daniel Lietz in the 5th, underslot for 200K. I don't remember this guy. At all.
Evan Smith, in the 4th, underslot for 350K. This guy neither.
Patrick Murphy in the 3rd, underslot for 500K. The hope is alive.
Clinton Hollon, in the 2nd, underslot for a wierd $467280. I remember this guy all too well.
Bickford in the first, who wouldn't sign despite all that saved money, which left 850K for Tellez in the 30th round.

Still too early to fully evaluate all those picks, but a lot of wild ones for sure.

hypobole - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 02:24 PM EDT (#375262) #
The Graveman and Boyd underslots turned out amazingly.

2014 Graveman was an org guy in Dunedin when he threw a pitch to Chung (remember him?). It cut like it never had before. So he threw it again. Did the same. Guys couldn't hit it. His newfound cutter helped him move up to AA, AAA and the majors all in that one season.

Boyd had a velocity jump and started turning into prospect, then had another velocity jump - almost unheard of according to the FG prospect guy at the time.

AA was smart, but damn, between Bautista, EE and these org guys almost miraculously becoming real MLB players he had some horseshoe.
Kelekin - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 03:41 PM EDT (#375266) #
Does anyone know why the Jays released 3B Hector Guerrero?
ISLAND BOY - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#375267) #
One third baseman named Guerrero was enough.
Gerry - Saturday, June 08 2019 @ 10:13 PM EDT (#375280) #
The NH game went to 10 innings tonight. NH won when Santiago Espinal stole home. The pitcher, a lefty, never saw him coming.
Mike Green - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 09:26 AM EDT (#375299) #
Gabriel Moreno had quite a night in a farm sweep.  Moreno went 2-2 with 2 walks and an HBP.  He's now hitting .345/.422/.655 with 5 homers, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts in 64 PAs- he is also 4-4 stealing bases. As a 19.3 year old catcher in Midwest League, he's a terrific prospect.

Alejandro Kirk went 2-3 with a 2 walks and is hitting .346/.433/.487 in the FSL.  Bo Bichette went 1-2 with 3 walks.  The D-Jays walked 12 times in total and struck out only 4 times.  They're closing in on a first-half title, with a 4.5 game lead and about 10 days to go. 
ayjackson - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#375301) #
Anthony Alford also seems to be heating up nicely. He's close to 1.000 OPS in his last 10. Had a .783 in May and a 1.190 so far in June. Hope he keeps it up.
ayjackson - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#375304) #
Ine Logan Warmoth is showing signs of life. 1.034 OPS over his past 10. Worth keeping an eye on.
Original Ryan - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#375306) #
The NH game went to 10 innings tonight. NH won when Santiago Espinal stole home. The pitcher, a lefty, never saw him coming.

I was at the game. Espinal had been dancing off third for a couple of pitches, so the pitcher was probably the only one in the ballpark who was surprised when Espinal went.

It's a pretty safe bet that I'll never again be at a game that ends on a walk-off steal of home. What a wild finish.

hypobole - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#375308) #
Jays now have agreements with both top picks. Per Callis Williams will sign for a bit more than $150K over slot.
hypobole - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#375309) #
Bad math. A bit less than $150 K over slot.
bpoz - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#375313) #
Still a V good price. Thanks hypobole.
scottt - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#375315) #
That's very good news. That could have been a hard sign.

The bluebirdbanter signing table  is up.

ISLAND BOY - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#375318) #
I looked at the signing table article and in the comments section someone had a twitter report that Nick Neal, that massive, still 17 year old, has signed.
bpoz - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#375320) #
Jon Harris pitching for Dunedin.
Gerry - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#375326) #
A combined one hitter for Nate Pearson and Willie Ortiz today. The one hit was an infield hit off Pearson that was a bang bang play at first.

Richmond had two base runners, one on the hit and one on an error. Both base runners were thrown out trying to Steal by Riley Adams.
Kelekin - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 05:31 PM EDT (#375328) #
Harris' start was interesting. In the first two innings, his fastball was 92-94, mostly sitting 93, and he had little command of it. Third inning it was 90. All the huge hits, and home runs, were off the fastball. He kept leaving it up and in and it was getting crushed. His curveball actually looked great at times and he was keeping it consistently down. His slider (with cut) was easily his best pitch on the day. I don't recall seeing any change-ups.
PeterG - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#375335) #
Tanner Morris has signed.
hypobole - Sunday, June 09 2019 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#375337) #
Good news on Morris. When I read those comments of his in the story Marc posted, I couldn't help but think of Zack Zehner.
Glevin - Monday, June 10 2019 @ 04:06 AM EDT (#375343) #
Some interesting minor league developments.

Chavez Young looks is coming on. Like with Stevenson, maybe it took some time to adjust. Still, great to see. For the non-elite prospects this is quite normal. Logan Warmoth has a 145 WRC+. (OPS by month of .685, .907, 1.048) Still don't think he's much of a prospect, but I hope the Jays push him to AA soon to see. I can see him trading places with Smith who is really struggling. (.417 OPS in June, hasn't hit all year.) Also, wouldn't mind seeing Noda in AA soon. Hitting well in A+, is 23, and Spanberger is a non-prospect.

Jays need to find some AAA room for Wall. Maybe Alford comes to the majors soon and Wall goes to Buffalo? How much longer do Jays keep Tellez up? He now has an 81 WRC+ and it's not like he ever dominated AAA. Send him down, let him get hot in AAA. Alford has hit since May and can play CF which gives the Jays a lot more defensive versatility.
Mike Green - Monday, June 10 2019 @ 09:08 AM EDT (#375345) #
Wall is ready for triple A, and Alford is not ready for the Show (his K rate is still too high).  They've got six outfielders who are right for triple A (Wall, Alford, Davis, Brito, McKinney, Fields).  That's one too many, and calls for a move.  It's not exactly the move of a lifetime though. 
hypobole - Monday, June 10 2019 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#375356) #
Hardball Times on Patrick Murphy
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