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It was a mixed bag on the farm. Buffalo split a doubleheader with Patrick Kivlehan hitting a home run in both games. Nate Pearson was pulled early in New Hampshire's loss. Dunedin made it exciting but Cullen Large and Cal Stevenson delivered an extra innings win. Lansing won, the sad sack Vancouver Canadians lost. Bluefield put up 14 runs for the second night in a row.

Lehigh Valley 5 Buffalo 4 - Game 1, 8 innings

Lehigh Valley 6 Buffalo 4 - Game 2

New Hampshire 6 Reading 8

Florida 11 Dunedin 12, ten innings

Lansing 6 Great Lakes 4

Hillsboro 6 Vancouver 0

Bluefield 14 Danville 5

GCL Jays at GCL Phillies, game postponed in third inning with the Jays leading 6-1.

DSL Diamondbacks 2 DSL Jays 5

Here are some things I noted from Wednesdays games:

In case you missed it, Dalton Pompey is back playing with two at-bats in the GCL game.

TJ Zeuch started for Buffalo in game one. The first thing to note is that his ground ball outs to fly ball outs ratio was 9:1. Zeuch doesn't get many K's but he does get ground balls. The issue always is, how will that play in the big leagues? Sinker, slider pitchers can get hit around these days in the majors with all the uppercut swings. Zeuch will need pin-point control to succeed.

Also back was Edwin Jackson. He pitched an inning in relief and surrendered a two run home run. There has been some suggestion that if and when he returns to the Jays it will be in relief.

Patrick Kivlehan has hit well for the Jays in AA and in AAA. On Wednesday he went 2-3 with a homer in game one and 2-4 in game two with a double and another home run. I wonder if the 29 year old will get a look if there are injuries or trades this season.

I mentioned Taylor Saucedo last week and his good numbers. He pitched three innings in game two, three shutout innings with just one hit allowed. Pitchers take strange routes to the majors but Saucedo still gets no respect from the front office. I am not suggesting he should, but the old saying is the hitters let you know. And they are letting the Jays know that he is pitching well.

Nate Pearson just pitched into the second inning and was pulled. He could have been pulled because he is coming off a stint on the IL. Or, he is scheduled to pitch in the futures game on Sunday where he will pitch on three days rest. Reportedly, once he is back from the futures game the reins will be off and he will be finished with his two inning, five inning rotation.

The Dunedin Jays had a 9-4 lead after four but had to score three in the tenth to win 12-11. Cullen Large can hit and he was 4-6 with three RBI. If he can stay healthy he can move on up.

Cal Stevenson was 3-5, he has ten hits in his last six games.

Vancouver are 5-15, which is very unexpected after their success of the last few years. They need hitting, they need Philip Clarke and Alek Manoah.

The Bluefield game featured a rare Barger vs. Barger matchup. The Jays Barger, Addison, is off to a slow start but had three hits in this game. He needed a name-sake battle to get going. Bluefield scored 14 runs for the second night in a row and have won six of seven. Quite the contrast with Vancouver.

Lazaro Estrada, "The Cuban", pitched five innings without recording a strikeout.

Riley Adams was 2-4 with a double, a triple and 3 RBI. Riley swings from cold to hot, I am still hopeful.

A couple of hitters that I don't know a lot about hit well in the DSL. Lead-off hitter Adrian Montero went 4-4. Montero signed last July 2nd out of Panama. He has kept his average in and around .300 this season. The second hitter, Juan Pizarro, also signed last July out of Columbia. He went 3-3 to give him five hits in the last two games. In the process he boosted his average from .259 to .311.

3 Stars

3rd star: Adrian Montero

2nd star: Cullen Large

1st star: Patrick Kivlehan


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Kelekin - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 01:36 AM EDT (#376597) #
The tough part about Vancouver not doing well is that not a single new draftee there has managed to heat up. Eden, Schwecke, Morris, and Robertson are all off to terrible starts. Morris has been walking a lot however, always a promising sign.
Glevin - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 02:47 AM EDT (#376599) #
"The tough part about Vancouver not doing well is that not a single new draftee there has managed to heat up. Eden, Schwecke, Morris, and Robertson are all off to terrible starts. Morris has been walking a lot however, always a promising sign."

Vancouver is the least interesting minor league team for me because it lacks top prospects. Who is the best prospect in Vancouver right now besides Kloffenstein? It's someone not in the Jays top-30 I think. I'd rather some of the new draftees do well, but these are all guys picked round 4 and later so the success rate of these guys is extremely low anyway (i.e. not counting on any of them to become actual prospects).
85bluejay - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 07:48 AM EDT (#376603) #
I would like to see Large get a shot at AA this year.
scottt - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 08:42 AM EDT (#376607) #
Well, it would be nice to see Manoah get a start or 2.

I think they'll send some reinforcement for the second half of the season.

As for the ranking, I haven't seen any that include the new draftees.

Yorman Rodriguez and Jesus Lopez are the only good hitters so far.
They only have 3 homeruns in 20 games.

Brown is too young for Vancouver, but maybe Clarke could end up there before long.

jerjapan - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#376613) #
Getting prospects after the 3rd round is essential to building the quality farm system we want.  All it takes is a quick look at previous drafts to see there there are 'actual prospects' drafted all over the place.  2018 yielded Joey Murray in the 8th, Cal Stevenson in the 10th, Nick Allgeyer in the 12th, all of whom could be on our top 30 by the end of the year - heck, one Bauxite had Stevenson 10th on their personal list.  There are another half dozen names that various posters have noted as intriguing, including Bec, Podkul and Wilson, who could become prospects as well.

Post 3rd round in 2017 yielded Smith, Large, Logue, Noda, Tice, Spraker and several others with promising results.
The draft is simply not a crapshoot.  Some organizations consistently do better than others, year in and year out, and thus far, the FO has had strong drafts every time out.  Even if the differences are marginal, they add up. 

That said, I do agree that Vancouver has few visible prospects beyond Kloff.
bpoz - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#376616) #
Agreed jerjapan. The Int'l prospects take a little longer but we have some very good ones. G Moreno and A Kirk for sure.
Gerry - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 11:04 AM EDT (#376617) #
Dalton Pompey is playing again today in the GCL, good to see him playing on back to back days. He just doubled.
GabrielSyme - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 12:59 PM EDT (#376625) #
Was playing centre field and stole a base earlier, which suggests to me that he doesn't have any restrictions on him - although I'm sure they've told him not to run into the centre-field wall for a while.
mendocino - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#376634) #
Blue Jays have signed 36 IFA's so far

Cesar Ayala, rhp, Venezuela
Sergio Caruci, rhp, Venezuela
Yohan Concepcion, rhp, Dominican Republic
Leo Correa, rhp, Venezuela
George Gomez, rhp, Venezuela
Jefferson Herrera, rhp, Dominican Republic
Jean Luis Lopez, rhp, Dominican Republic
Frank Medina, rhp, Dominican Republic
Kelvin Perez, rhp, Venezuela
Nathanael Perez, rhp/of, Dominican Republic
Christopher Rodriguez, rhp, Dominican Republic
Dahian Santos, rhp, Venezuela
Yeicol Valdez, rhp, Dominican Republic
Guillermo Villasmil, rhp, Venezuela
Cristopher Castro, lhp, Dominican Republic
Brahiam Jimenez, lhp, Dominican Republic
Carlos Perez, lhp, Venezuela
Yeuris Sanchez, lhp, Dominican Republic
Luis Bullon, c, Venezuela
Victor Mesia, c, Venezuela
Jean Arnaez, if, Panama
Rikelvin de Castro, ss, Dominican Republic
Angel Del Rosario, ss, Dominican Republic
Estiven Machado, ss, Venezuela
Wilder Perez, ss, Venezuela
Francisco Veracierto, ss, Venezuela
Leafar Yege, ss, Dominican Republic
Amel Araujo, of, Dominican Republic
Estarling Beltre, of, Dominican Republic
Penier Brito, of/3b, Dominican Republic
Cristian Feliz, of, Dominican Republic
Darlinton Linares, cf, Dominican Republic
Yeiret Mordan, of, Dominican Republic
Julio Ozoria, of, Dominican Republic
Robert Robertis, cf, Venezuela
Wildaniel Santos, of, Dominican Republic

85bluejay - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#376635) #
Thanks mendocino, I say sign as many as possible as players that young are a total crapshoot - hope the Jays can have 2 DSL teams.
jerjapan - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 06:37 PM EDT (#376640) #
Vladdy was a big-time bonus baby.  you bust on some, you hit on others.  so perhaps it's more like blackjack - there are ways to succeed, but often it's chance. 
Kelekin - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#376648) #
Victor Victor Mesa cost the Marlins 5 million. His OPS is .558 and he has 6 extra base hits all year. It's still early, and he isn't striking out a lot, but it's a real bad first year.
greenfrog - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 10:34 PM EDT (#376649) #
Josh Winckowski has performed very well in the minors over the last couple of years. He didn’t make Fangraphs’ top 34 Jays prospects for 2019, but they mentioned him as another pitcher of note in the system, commenting that he throws 90-94 with an above-average slider. They mentioned him as a potential middle-relief prospect, but I wonder whether he could end up as a decent back-end SP. He just turned 21 and he was recently promoted to high-A ball.

Anyway, pretty good for a 15th-round pick.
PeterG - Thursday, July 04 2019 @ 11:00 PM EDT (#376650) #
Josh could very much become a big league starter. He has been very impressive this year and last.
uglyone - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 12:01 AM EDT (#376652) #
Statistically speaking, imo winckowski was a borderline top 15 prospect coming into the season.

dan gordon - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 12:38 AM EDT (#376656) #
Winckowski had a great game Thursday night - 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, no runs, 6 strikeouts. Nice to see the K's as he hadn't been striking out many at all in his 1st 2 games with Dunedin. He now has 16 innings at high A and hasn't given up a run, and has allowed only 4 hits. One of the most rapidly progressing prospects in the system.

Starting June 18th, Cal Stevenson is 22 for 49, with 14 walks and only 7 K's. He's dominating Dunedin now like he did in Bluefield last year. They could consider moving him to New Hampshire, although they have Wall, Palacios and Lundquist there. Maybe see if he keeps it up another couple of weeks.
dan gordon - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 12:49 AM EDT (#376657) #
CBS sports has a column by Scott White listing his top 25 mlb prospects who have not yet reached the majors. He has Bichette at #2, behind W. Franco, and Pearson at #20, with Groshans in his "others to consider". He's a good analyst - I read a lot of his stuff.
scottt - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 06:35 AM EDT (#376659) #
The Jays have always been very active in the Dominican.
14 guys from Venezuela is a new trend.

Glevin - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 07:07 AM EDT (#376660) #
I wonder if the Jays have given any thought to having a second GCL team. I think there is a pretty big advantage to having one. You're throwing a lot of darts and this gives you more darts and more chances to hit.
Mike Green - Friday, July 05 2019 @ 08:44 AM EDT (#376662) #
Agree with the comments about Winckowski. Greenfrog pointed out that he recently turned 21. It should also be noted that his birthday is June 28 so he is always going to fall on the old side of the July 1 dividing line for the casual stat sites.
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