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New Hampshire scored two in the ninth to come from behind and win. Lansing scored two in the tenth to win. The GCL Jays gave up two in the eleventh and lost. Vancouver's bats were en fuego. Buffalo lost as Anthony Kay did little to take the heat off of Ross Atkins. Bluefield won, the GCL Jays lost. Otto Lopez hit well, as did Jesus Lopez.

Buffalo 7 Lehigh Valley 11

New Hampshire 3 Akron 2

Dunedin at Fort Myers - Postponed

Lansing 10 Lake County 8 - 10 innings

Vancouver 13 Boise 5

Kingsport 5 Bluefield 7

GCL Tigers 4 GCL Jays 2 - 11 innings

DSL Blue Jays 1 DSL White Sox 2

Here are some things I noted from Wednesdays games:

Anthony Kay had struggled in AAA before he was traded to the Jays. That continued on Wednesday, Kay gave up 11 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings.

The Buffalo roster has really turned over. At the start of the season the talk was how the Bisons were full of prospects. Vlad Jr., Bo, Biggio, Alford, even Gurriel was there for a while. The Bisons lineup on Wednesday had six four A players with only Urena, Tellez and Davis representing prospects.

Two of the senior members of the Bisons, Andy Burns and Jordan Patterson, each had three hits. They also hit a home run each, Patterson has 14, Burns 11.

Two more hits for Forrest Wall but with Anthony Alford returning from injury, Dalton Pompey clearing waivers and Derek Fisher arriving, Wall just dropped a few spots on the depth chart. Jonathan Davis, Anthony Alford, Dalton Pompey all have dropped a spot too.

The Kevin Smith train just slowed, no hits and three K's.

I discussed Justin Dillon last week. It was the good Justin Dillon on Wednesday, seven innings two runs. How will the pitching in the upper minors settle with Sanchez, Stroman, Hudson, Phelps and Biagini gone?

Not only was Otto Lopez 4-5, including a double and a triple, but he didn't make an error. Lopez is 20 and should be in Dunedin as a 21 year old next season.

Gabriel Moreno was 1-2 with 3 walks. Are the pitchers getting wary of young Moreno?

Yorman Rodriguez has been the best hitter on the C's. Philip Clarke was hit well since he arrived. But two other C's have moved their averages up. Trevor Schwecke was named to the all-star roster on Wednesday and celebrated by just getting one hit. Schwecke has hit well over .300 in July, he finished with an average of .330 and looks like a decent athletic player. The aforementioned Clarke went 4-5.

Even more under the radar is Jesus Lopez who came over in the Kendrys Morales trade. Lopez is 22 and too old for Vancouver but he has moved his average up to .297 with three hits on Wednesday.

Eric Rivera was a 14th round pick this season. Rivera has moved up to the lead-off spot in Bluefield. Rivera has hit over .300 in both June and July. He walks more than he K's and plays centre field. He does not have much power but he is off to a good start.

In case you missed it in yesterdays excitement, Anthony Alford was 1-2 in a GCL rehab start.

3 Stars

3rd star: Eric Rivera

2nd star: Philip Clarke

1st star: Otto Lopez


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scottt - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 09:35 AM EDT (#378657) #
Philip Clarke missed a lot of time because he was in the college world series.
I'd be curious to see how he compares to the catchers that made  All-Star.

If I look at the MLP pipeline rankings, for outfielder we got:

16 Griffin Conine
19. Dasan Brown
20. Will Robertson
21. Anthony Alford
22. Chavez Young
25. Tanner Morris

And Kyle Johnston took the 30th spot.

uglyone - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#378662) #
Otto Lopez Fielding Runs Above Average (Baseball Prospectus)

2019: 0.8
2018: -0.2
2017: +2.7
2016: -2.8

So far they think he's been average in the field overall.

This year's he's been the starting SS in lansing, with some time at 2B, and a handful of games in the OF.

Gerry - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#378666) #
Lopez has played 65 games at short and has 22 errors.
uglyone - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#378674) #
I honestly don't know how predictive errors are. I know Bichette had a ton of errors too. as did a guy like Bogaerts. Jeter. and i'm sure many others.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#378680) #
Gabriel Moreno was also hit by a pitch- he reached base 5 times and now sports a very pretty .314/.377/.539 slash line as a 19 year old catcher in the Midwest League.  He's 5-1 stealing bases and has 4 triples in 55 games, so it's a fair bet that he runs well for a catcher. 
Nigel - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#378700) #
Alford hit a HR this morning in his second rehab game. Two more hits and a SB for Brown who is off to a very nice start.
ayjackson - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#378707) #
Was that in the GCL for Alford?
Nigel - Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#378718) #
Glevin - Friday, August 02 2019 @ 02:54 AM EDT (#378784) #
Apparently, there are going to be some promotions in the minors. I think the Jays like to do this on a monthly basis anyway but moving some people should mean player movement. I would like to see

Wall and Espinal to AAA (Palacios too if there were room)
Noda and Large to to AA
Lopez, Conine, and Brodt to A+

There are also a lot of older guys in Vancouver who have hit decently there who can be moved up to try to test them against more appropriate ages. Pitchers are trickier because it's harder to know where they actually stand and who needs to work on more things even with good numbers. I can also see all the catcher being moved up a level. (I don't see the point in holding on to Maile anymore period) and here are the WRC+ for the catching prospects in the system
AA Adams-118
A+ Kirk-150
A Moreno-158
A- Clarke-148
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