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Three shutout wins helped boost a 4-2 Tuesday night for the #BlueJays affiliates with Dunedin clinching a playoff berth. #LetsGoBlueJays


Buffalo 2 Indianapolis 0

Socrates Brito broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI double and Patrick Kivlehan cracked a solo home run in the seventh to put the Herd in the win column against the Pirates affiliate. Kivlehan had a pair of hits on the night. Andy Burns supplied the other Buffalo extra-base knock with a double. Other hits came from Anthony Alford, Reese McGuire and Richard Urena with Alford stealing a base. Roemon Fields walked and also pilfered a bag. Jordan Patterson was hitless in four at-bats and Billy McKinney came up empty in his three turns at the plate. Jonathan Davis pinch-hit for McKinney and drew a walk.

David Paulino scattered two hits and a walk over four innings and rung up six batters. Zach Jackson got the win with three strikeouts and three groundouts in two shutout innings. Justin Shafer struck out one in a scoreless seventh. Buddy Boshers got around three hits and recorded a pair of K's in two scoreless frames.


Bowie 6 New Hampshire 0

Only four hits and a walk. That was all New Hampshire could manage against the Orioles affiliate. Kevin Smith had a double while Alberto Mineo, Christian Williams and Andres Sotillo singled. Nash Knight was the only Fisher Cat to work the count to ball four. Forrest Wall and Santiago Espinal were 0-for-4 while Josh Palacios and Chad Spanberger turned in 0-for-3 efforts.

Yennsy Diaz took the loss after yielding four runs on seven hits over six innings but he struck out two and did not walk anyone. Vinny Nittoli punched out one in a shutout seventh. Jackson McClelland struck out one but was victimized for two unearned runs in the eighth with a hit and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. Jake Fishman stranded a pair by getting the final out of the frame.


Dunedin 2 Florida 0 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

Logan Warmoth brought in the game's first run with an RBI double after Cal Stevenson led off the game with a bunt single. Stevenson drove in the second run with a single to cash in a Samad Taylor double. Bo Bichette had a double but was charged with two errors at short. Chavez Young and Kacy Clemens added one each to Dunedin's hit total. Alejandro Kirk walked but Ryan Noda and Demi Orimoloye were 0-for-3.

T.J. Zeuch enjoyed a solid 2019 debut by yielding just a hit and a walk over four shutout innings, getting seven strikeouts and three groundouts. Graham Sparker spun 2-2/3 shutout innings but had to work around a hit and two hit by pitches to get the win. He induced six groundball outs. Brad Wilson stranded a runner for Spraker by striking out a batter to get the save.


Dunedin 11 Florida 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

With a Florida State League playoff berth clinched after winning Game 1, the D-Jays celebrated with a can of whoopass on the Braves affiliate in Game 2. Bo Bichette was 4-for-5 with a double and Chris Bec was 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI. Kevin Vicuna reached base three times with a double, a single and a walk. Logan Warmoth and Samad Taylor had a base hit and a base on balls apiece. Kacy Clemens and Demi Orimoloye doubled. Cal Stevenson and Norberto Obeso also singled to give all Dunedin hitters at least one safety in their 15-hit explosion.

Joey Murray made it through five innings and shut down the Fire Frogs on a hit and two walks, striking out six for the win. Kyle Weatherly pitched a clean sixth with one punchout. Dany Jimenez gave up a hit but got his revenge by striking out the side.


Lansing 11 South Bend 7

Midwest League pitchers have not figured out Griffin Conine yet. The son of Jeff bashed two home runs and doubled as part of a four-hit night against the Cubs. Hagen Danner hit a two-run dong and was part of the two-hit club that featured Reggie Pruitt, Nick Podkul and Ryan Gold. Podkul was plunked to reach base three times. D.J. Neal and Jesus Severino also made an entry into the hit column with Neal stealing a base. Hunter Steinmetz was 0-for-5 and Luis De Los Santos was 0-for-4.

Troy Miller was mauled for five runs (four earned) over four innings on six hits, three walks and a plunk. The former Michigan Wolverine struck out a pair. Joey Pulido got the victory by tossing four shutout innings of three-hit relief, striking out five to match his groundout total. Cre Finfrock coughed up two runs on a hit, a plunk and two walks but struck out one to complete the ninth.


DSL Reds 9 DSL Blue Jays 8

The Jays could not make leads of 7-3 and 8-5 stick as they were walked off. Gerardo Santana plunked the first hitter in the ninth, the runner stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single. Yaifer Perdomo was pounded for five runs on seven hits over three innings but had a K-BB ratio of 5-1. Marc Civit worked a scoreless fourth despite a hit and two walks and had a strikeout. Jorman Gonzalez added two more zeros by allowing just one hit while whiffing two. Juan Martinez allowed a run in the seventh thanks to two plunks and a balk. A hit, two walks and a passed ball in the eighth saw Winder Garcia get charged with the blown save as he allowed two runs while striking out one.

Emmanuel Sanchez opened the scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the first. A two-run double by Adrian Montero, a two-run triple by Yeison Jimenez and a sacrifice fly by Amell Brazoban highlighted a six-run third. Jimenez doubled home another run in the fifth. Javier D'Orazio had a perfect day at the plate with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with two walks. Adrian Montero had two hits and a stolen base. Wilfrann Astudillo had a hit and two hit by pitches.




*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Joey Murray, Dunedin

2. Chris Bec, Dunedin

1. Griffin Conine, Lansing


Extra Innings

C's Plus Baseball has coverage of manager Casey Candaele's introductory press conference.
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Glevin - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 05:39 AM EDT (#375432) #
Watched some highlights on Conine and he has some serious power. He can demolish the ball when he gets hold of it which he is doing frequently so far. Obviously, he has flaws, but he has made himself into an interesting prospect.
James W - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 09:04 AM EDT (#375436) #
There's a team in the Florida State League whose location is "Florida"?
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 09:16 AM EDT (#375438) #
Yeah, they move from town to town, and they have twenty-five players named Florida Man.

They're called the Fire Frogs- FFF is good- but the cool kids call them the Salamanders.
PeterG - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#375444) #
Here are some scouting notes on Jays prospects viewed at extended: Adam Kloffenstein,Eric Pardhino, Orelvis Martinez, Miguel Hiraldo, Leonardo Jimenez, Jol Conception, Emmanuel Vizcaino:

https://2080baseball.com/2019/06/backfields-notes-4/
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#375448) #
A general comment about pitcher evaluations.  It sure would be nice if any evaluators commented on fielding/move and other elements of a pitcher's game.  Mark Buehrle would have been evaluated as a 45 prospect...
uglyone - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#375452) #
Extra bonus with seeing Bo crush A+ is that that imo is his "age appropriate" level this year.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#375453) #
Moreno showing some promising development in the strike zone control area so far this year - 9.6bb%, 11.0k% - if he can maintain that then the weakest part of his line becomes a flat out strength. His sample is still small in Lansing but it's almost as big as Kirk's and Groshan's this year and is looking better than either of theirs...and theirs were pretty great.
uglyone - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 12:43 PM EDT (#375455) #
Joey Murray continues to look interesting. Anyone have any background on him? Be nice if he can earn a promotion to AA at age 22, even if its his first real pro year.
Gerry - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 01:11 PM EDT (#375461) #
Bo Bichette will be back with Buffalo for Thursdays games.
hypobole - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#375462) #
uo, Murray was one of the questions today in the FG chat. Not much, but something.

BK: Joey Murray is putting up big numbers in the Jays system. Should I wait for AA performance before getting excited?

12:58
Kiley McDaniel: Yeah itís still a light fastball so Iím always curious to see how that type of guy plays at the upper levels
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#375466) #
Joey Murray put up huge numbers in his draft year and owns an ďivisi-ballĒ, which is what they call his fastball with low velocity but high spin rate.
jerjapan - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#375468) #
Another name to watch is Hagen Danner, with 5 HRs in his last 6 games.  He sports  ISO of .260 but that 4.2 BB% shows that he remains a work in progress.  Still, as a converted two-way player / admitted project, one who doesn't turn 21 for several months, it's not too hard to see the upside that got him drafted in the 2nd round in 2017. 
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#375474) #
Anthony Alford hit a 3 run homer the opposite way to give the Bisons a 7-6 lead in the 6th inning.  He's 2-3 with a walk, and is hitting better recently.  He might get another shot soon, presumably about the same time as Bo Bichette. 
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 04:26 PM EDT (#375477) #
David Phelps threw today again for an inning, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out one.  They're going to give him one more set of back to back outings, and if that goes well, he'll probably be in Toronto.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#375479) #
Rob Fai has tweeted that Adam Kloffenstein, Grant Townsend and William Gaston will get the first three starts of the season for Vancouver.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 05:57 PM EDT (#375480) #
Odd the lesser of the 3 pitching prospects gets the TV start.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#375487) #
Odd the lesser of the 3 pitching prospects gets the TV start.

Townsend wears 15 and Gaston wears 16 so maybe it's to coincide with June 15 and June 16? ;D

Meantime, you can check out what Opening Day starter Adam Kloffenstein had to say during Media Day at The Nat.

John Northey - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 09:52 PM EDT (#375489) #
Good to see Alford starting to play well. I'd love to see him up with Grichuk and Hernandez in the outfield. Biggio sometimes too. McKinney and Drury are both 'meh' if they vanish I doubt many will notice who aren't related to them.

Of course, for the pitchers, I suspect they'd love to see Pompey get better or Davis back out there.
ayjackson - Wednesday, June 12 2019 @ 10:07 PM EDT (#375491) #
Not a Gurriel fan, John?
PeterG - Thursday, June 13 2019 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#375507) #
Gurriel seems solid in LF. And he always been able to hit.
hypobole - Thursday, June 13 2019 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#375508) #
Yeah, I found the Gurriel omission a bit surprising as well. He's definitely better than Teoscar offensively. And Grichuk seems to be taking a step back both in the field and at the plate.
Nigel - Thursday, June 13 2019 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#375510) #
The Jays have to leave this season with some idea or plan for the OF going forward. Personally, I'm not sure that there is a single player currently on the 25 man roster or in AA or above that I would reasonably forsee being a league average or better OF on the next competitive Jays team. Obviously, there are a number of candidates who might be but they're all long odds to me. They might just have to start again completely. I agree that Gurriel seems the best bet to fit that bill in a corner OF role. If Grichuk can't provide above average defence in a corner role then that contract is going to look bad.
PeterG - Thursday, June 13 2019 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#375512) #
I think that view is far too pessimistic. Gurriel seems a great fit for LF. Grichuk is having a down year so far but his complete body of work suggests that he can be above average in rf and hit some as well. I have been encouraged by what I have seen from Hernandez since his return. So, in my view all 3 could be average to above average OF's. Chances are all 3 won't but to say none of them will or that Alford won't either seems not only pessimistic but just plain wrong....in my view anyway.
scottt - Thursday, June 13 2019 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#375523) #
The roster expends to 26 next year, so there will be room for one more role player.
I kinda like having a defensive outfielder who can steal bases, but we'll see.

The young Jays have been relatively healthy so far, but you still need to have replacement players for all the positions and guys with options should spend some time in the minors if they're not having a great year.

Gurriel is currently hot. Hernandez is holding his own. Grichuk is really slumping now.

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