Joey's Not Hurting and Neither am I

Thursday, June 27 2019 @ 09:49 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

It was a mixed night on the farm. The best performances came in Dunedin where Joey Murray dominated and the hitters were feeling it. New Hampshire split a doubleheader with Jon Harris pitching well. The GCL and DSL Jays also won, although the GCL Jays had a couple of ringers on the mound.

The title is adapted from a 1990's song. I hope you get it

Buffalo 1 Scranton/WB 10

New Hampshire 7 Portland 1 - game 1

New Hampshire 2 Portland 3 - game 2

Dunedin 3 St Lucie 1

Lake County 6 Lansing 3

Vancouver 6 Everett 7

Danville 4 Bluefield 2

GCL Yankees 7 GCL Blue Jays 10

DSL White Sox 1 DSL Blue Jays 2

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

It has been noted that Ryan Borucki started for the GCL Jays. Borucki threw three very good, hitless innings. I would expect Borucki to throw 4 innings for Dunedin next week, then 2-3 more starts to build himself up. That has him back with the Jays just before the trade deadline.

Eric Pardinho also pitched, four shutout innings with five K's. The unknown is what the plan is for Pardinho. He should be pitching in Vancouver or Lansing but obviously the Jays are keeping him close to the Florida based rehab team. If Pardinho can be well enough to pitch then send him to a higher level. If he is still hurting, and if its the elbow, then opting for Tommy John before the end of the season would see him miss all of 2020 but be back for 2021. But remember, the team cannot force a player to have surgery, the player decides and many players want to see if the injury gets better without surgery.

The hottest hitter in the GCL is Jhon Solarte, an 18 year old who played in the DSL last season. Solarte played well last year and this start is promising. Orelvis Martinez is also off to a good start, hitting .400.

Jon Harris threw five shutout innings to win game one for NH. What to do with Harris? He really should be starting in AAA, Buffalo needs starters. Or he should be moved to the bullpen. However I am not sure if Harris has the good enough fastball to be a reliever.

There are a lot of players in AA who are playing OK, not good enough to force a promotion and not bad enough to lose hope. Forrest Wall, Riley Adams, Brock Lundquist and Santiago Espinal have all had periods that looked like they were breaking out, only to resume normal hitting. There are still two months left to show they have conquered the level.

Dunedin out-hit St. Lucie 15-2 but only won 3-1. Norberto Obeso was 4-4 and Demi Orimoloye was 3-4. Orimoloye has been hitting well recently. But the star of the night was pitcher Joey Murray who had 12 K's in six innings. Murray's ERA is 1.71 in Dunedin and he has picked up more than a strikeout per inning everywhere he has pitched. Jackson Rees pitched two innings in relief. Rees had a 0.36 ERA in Lansing and now he has a zero ERA in a small sample in Dunedin.

David Garner, a veteran minor leaguer wh was signed by the Bisons in the off season, made his first appearance for the Bisons.

Bo Bichette was 2-3 with a walk, he has been hitting well since coming off the IL. I don't think we will see Bo in Toronto until the end of July when the Jays will try and trade Freddy Galvis.

Adam Kloffenstein started for Vancouver. He hit the first batter and shortly thereafter was taken deep for a two run home run. He settled down but in the fourth a lead off walk came around to score. His final line was 4.1 4 3 3 1 5. His numbers look fine so far.

Three Stars

Third Star - Demi Orimoloye

Second Star - Norberto Obeso

First Star - Joey Murray