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Conor Fisk delivered his best start of the season and Anthony Alford homered as Buffalo won. Joey Murray lost in a rain shortened affair. Simeon Woods Richardson, like Murray, pitched well in a losing cause. Eric Pardinho didn't pitch well but Lansing won anyway. Bluefield's bats were racking up the hits including Miguel Hiraldo who homered and drove in five. The GCL Jays lost, but the DSL Jays won.

Buffalo 7 Toledo 2

Akron 2 New Hampshire 1 - 7 innings

Clearwater 3 Dunedin 1

South Bend 5 Lansing 9

Vancouver - All Star Break

Bluefield 12 Greeneville 9

GCL Phillies 6 GCL Blue Jays 3

DSL D-Backs 6 DSL Blue Jays 10

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Anthony Alford is back with the Bisons from rehab and he celebrated. He finished 1-4 with a three run home run. There is a surplus of outfielders in Buffalo now, Alford, Billy McKinney, Dalton Pompey, Roemon Fields, Jonathan Davis and Socrates Brito are all looking for playing time.

Conor Fisk has been a part time starter, part time reliever for Buffalo this year. His high for strikeouts in a game was six before yesterday. Fisk picked up ten K's in five innings here. He also just allowed three hits and one run. Was it a fluke or a sign of something new? We will have to wait to find out.

Kirby Snead had a big 2018 and earned a promotion to Buffalo mid-season. As a lefty he is holding left handed hitters to a .188 average. Overall he is striking out a hitter per inning with a WHIP around 1.25.

Joey Murray keeps rolling along. He threw six innings, five hits, two runs, four walks and three K's. His ERA is 4.50 but remember he is just 22 years old and was drafted last year, his progress has been excellent.

In case you missed it, Cullen Large was promoted to AA. He was 0-2 in his first game.

Josh Palacios had a great July with a 900 OPS. He is still on the fringes of prospect status. He probably strikes out a little too much but if he makes it to AAA next season he could be a fourth outfielder type.

Simeon Woods Richardson pitched well with eight K's in five innings.

The Jays signed Neil Ramirez to a minor league deal. He pitched an inning for Dunedin. He could be in the major leagues soon.

Eric Pardinho did not have a great start, seven hits allowed in 4.2 innings. He has just three K's.

Bluefield hitters keep on hitting. They had 13 hits and scored 12 runs. Five hitters had a two hits game and those five are all hitting over .300. Three of them, Justin Ammons, Spencer Horwitz and Ryan Sloniger are all older college guys. Miguel Hiraldo hit his sixth home run, added a double, had five RBI and is hitting .305. Davis Schneider seems to have hit his level, he is hitting well in Bluefield but didn't hit in Vancouver.

Johnny Aiello was a 14th round draft pick last year. He has played in over fifty games in Lansing with mixed results. On this day he was 2-3, scored three runs and had a double and his sixth home run.

Three Stars

Third Star - Johnny Aiello

Second Star - Conor Fisk

First Star - Miguel Hiraldo


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Mylegacy - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 12:22 AM EDT (#379312) #
Dog days of August. Heat 'ill melt some of young ones.
Glevin - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 04:49 AM EDT (#379314) #
Impressive start from SWR. I might have him as Jays #3 prospect now. Looks like a very impressive prospect and doing it when he's very young for the league. 3.21 FIP, 2.20 XFIP and 13.5 K/9 after 2 starts!! With Manoah, Kloffenstein, Pardinho, and Williams, there is a very promising group of pitchers coming through the minors right now. Solarte, Martinez, and Hiraldo all looking very good so far. Solarte not really on Jays top-30 lists right now but he probably should be.
scottt - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 07:26 AM EDT (#379316) #
This is Ramirez's second stint with the Blue Jays.
They picked him off waivers in May 4 2017 and tried to stash him in AAA but it was not meant to be.

eldarion - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 08:38 AM EDT (#379320) #
Hiraldo's HR was a grand slam. His numbers are pretty solid this year and it seems probable he'll be pushed to Lansing next year. What is his long term projection in terms of position? Or will he be eventual trade bait?
scottt - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#379322) #
Hiraldo was the most advanced bat in the International market in 2017, just like Pardinho was the top arm.
He's not very fast, so he profiles as a corner infielder. He certainly has enough arm for third base.
Groshans who is a year older is ahead of him, but he hasn't played much this year.

scottt - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 09:25 AM EDT (#379326) #
The outcome is pretty limited for the AAA outfielders not on the 40 roster.

Pompey and Brito can't even be traded. Might a contender be interested in Fields as a pinch runner/base stealer?
He's only stolen 13 bags and has be caught 7 times, so not really. On top of that he appears to be on the IL.

Alford, Davis and McKinney should be September call ups.
Alford will be out of option next year, so he'll be fighting for a roster spot in the spring.
He's still a highly ranked prospect, in some circles at least.

McKinney, is a depth guy who can come up and be expected to hit.
Davis is a bit old and will probably never get the time to break out at the MLB level.
Brito is the type of guys the Marlins should be giving a chance to instead of fielding Curtis Granderson, but it's hard to imagine the Jays getting a return on him. Same thing for Pompey.

Marc Hulet - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#379332) #
John Lott at the Athletic continues to kill it with the Jays coverage and minor league features... from today's piece on Conine:

He’s a pull hitter whose numbers show he hits often to the opposite field, including when he goes deep. But he lets his swing get too long when he tries to pull pitches that he should try to hit the other way.

“The opposite-field homers don’t feel as good as the ones you pull. I need to have a more mature approach.”

Nice to see Conine understanding a weakness and being open to addressing it.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#379335) #
Seconded, Marc.  Conine is aware that he has to change his two-strike approach.  We'll see if he can do it. 
John Northey - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#379338) #
Thinking back to my youth in the 80's I see Davis as Ron Shepard - a guy with talent but never to get a chance as he wasn't as good as the guys already here, back then the Jays traded a young Mitch Webster (over 10 WAR lifetime post-Jays) for Cliff Young who'd spend 3 years in the Jays minor league system before getting a chance elsewhere to have a cup of coffee. That was a tough time for young outfielders as the Jays had Bell/Moseby/Barfield and DH was a battle that Cecil Fielder couldn't win (idiot Jimy Williams...grrrr).

Today we are seeing a ton of depth but how good are the top guys? We will see over the next few years.
uglyone - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#379343) #
Complete list of 18yr olds or younger in A+ since 2006 (I think);

2 guys with actual real samples:

J.Urias (17, '14): 20gs, 87.2ip, 2.36era, 3.36fip, 3.83xfip
J.Urias (18, '15): 1gs, 4.2ip, 7.71era, 4.85fip, 4.52xfip

S.Sanchez (18, '17): 5gs, 27.2ip, 4.55era, 3.42fip, 3.95xfip

And then a number of barely there guys, now including our own SWR, who will most certainly join urias and sixto up there imminently:

S.W.Richardson (18, '19): 2gs, 8.2ip, 6.23era, 3.21fip, 2.78xfip

R.Guichardo (17, '09): 1gs, 5.0ip, 3.60era, 3.98fip, 4.85xfip
J.Fernanddz (18, '15): 1gs, 6.2ip, 1.35era, 2.57fip, 2.79xfip
B.Paulino (18, '11): 2gs, 5.1ip, 21.94era, 7.51fip, 8.60xfip
D.Martinez (18, '13): 1gs, 3.0ip, 15.00era, 9.57fip, 6.86xfip
J.Rosario (18, '09): 0gs, 3.0ip, 0.00era, 3.18fip, 4.15xfip
N.Driesen (18, '09): 0gs, 3.0ip, 6.00era, 4.18fip, 4.91xfip
E.Vargas (18, '15): 0gs, 2.2ip, 10.13era, 2.65fip, 4.37xfip
M.Banuelos (18, '09): 0gs, 1.0ip, 0.00era, -0.82fip, -0.82xfip
Mike Green - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#379353) #
Here's an MILB piece on SWR.
scottt - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 04:24 PM EDT (#379365) #
Interesting. So he was on the Jays' board for the 52nd pick but the Mets took him with #48, so they moved to Connine.
uglyone - Thursday, August 08 2019 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#379382) #
Draft is so crazy. 1 year later and the two are hilariously different calibre prospects.
hypobole - Friday, August 09 2019 @ 12:01 AM EDT (#379413) #
Manoah 3 IP 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
dan gordon - Friday, August 09 2019 @ 12:04 AM EDT (#379414) #
Tellez had a single, 2 doubles and a walk today for Buffalo and is now hitting .366 with a 1.173 OPS. Got to think he's coming back up soon. Zeuch pitched a decent game, 7 1/3 IP with 6 hits and 2 walks, but gave up 4 runs.

Moreno hit his 10th HR for Lansing. A 19 year old catcher OPS'ing .891 in A ball is something special. As a bonus, he has 5 SB is 6 attempts, and has thrown out 33% of attempted base stealers, while making only 2 errors all season.
bpoz - Friday, August 09 2019 @ 08:16 AM EDT (#379428) #
Many of the newly acquired/drafted pitchers played last night.
bpoz - Friday, August 09 2019 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#379431) #
Thanks for the link to the SWR article Mike Green. The Jays would have taken him with their 2nd round pick #52. Without this article I would never have known that.

In actuality the Jays drafted Groshans #12 $3.4 mil, Conine #52 $1.35 mil and in the 3rd round Kloff #88 $2.45 mil. There was the story that Groshans was convinced to take an under slot amount so that Kloff would sign.

G Conine was born in Florida and most likely grew up there. The other 3 players grew up in Texas.

I have not been able to find the signing bonus of SWR. Found it $1.85 mil. So affordable in our draft budget.
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