New pitchers were in most affiliate parks with various levels of success. Alek Manoah, Thomas Hatch, Kyle Johnston, Juan De Paula, Sem Robberse and Yaifer Perdomo, all in their first years with the Jays, started for their respective teams. One exception was TJ Zeuch who pitched very well for seven innings on Thursday. His eighth was less fun.
Buffalo 1 Toledo 5
Akron 5 New Hampshire 1
Dunedin 1 Bradenton 4
South Bend Lansing
Everett 5 Vancouver 7
Princeton 1 Bluefield 2
GCL Blue Jays 6 GCL Tigers 3 - 10 innings
DSL Blue Jays 4 DSL D-Backs 0
This is what I noted from yesterday's games.
TJ Zeuch had an excellent start, he had a shutout through seven innings. He gave up some softcontact in the eighth and when he left Taylor Saucedo gave up a grand slam, but that doesn't change much. Zeuch registered ten ground ball outs versus six fly balls.
Rowdy Tellez was 3-3 with two doubles and a walk. He has hit much better in AAA, his OPS is 1174.
Anthony Alford had two hits, Jonathan Davis one, Billy McKinney and Dalton Pompey none.
Thomas Hatch had a good start for New Hampshire. He pitched 5.1 innings with six K's. He allowed two runs on four hits.
Cullen Large is still oh for New Hampshire, he was 0-4.
Kyle Johnston made his second start for Dunedin, it was better than his first but that's not saying much. He went 4.2 innings giving up four runs. He did not record a strikeout and walked two.
Another newish pitcher in Lansing, Juan De Paula, was hit around for six runs in just over three innings. He hasn't shown much of anything this year. In Lansing he has more walks than strikeouts and a relatively low K rate.
Alek Manoah progressed up to three innings for this start. They were three hitless innings with seven K's. The one criticism of Manoah is that he used 53 pitches, walked two and hit a batter. But we will take it.
Ronny Brito had three hits for the C's. Brito came over with Andrew Sopko in the Russell Martin trade. Brito is hitting just over 200 as a 20 year old in the Northwest League and striking out over 40% of the time. That is disappointing.
Jose Rivas had four hits in the GCL and scored two runs. Rivas, incidentally one of three Jose Rivas' in the minor leagues, is an 18 year old Venezuelan. Its a decent season for an 18 year old in the GCL.
Orelvis Martinez had just one hit, it was his second home run.
You get bonus points if you knew who Sem Robberse was before yesterday. Sem made his first start in the GCL in his third pro game. Robberse is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. His two innings were shutout ones, with two hits allowed.
Yaifer Perdomo pitched five shutout innings in the DSL with six K's. As you would expect, Perdomo is 17 years old. He has made 12 starts with a 1.25 WHIP and a K per inning.
Third Star - Yaifer Perdomo
Second Star - Jose Rivas
First Star - Rowdy Tellez