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It has been a mixed start to the season on the pitching side. Some pitchers, like Alek Manoah, have pitched well. But overall a lot of the pitchers have been hit around. On Friday, all the affiliates lost and conceded 48 runs over four games. Tampa scored 25 against Dunedin. Things can only get better, right?

Worcester 4 Buffalo 2

New Hampshire 4 Portland 9

Vancouver 6 Tri-City 10

Dunedin 10 Tampa 25

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

TJ Zeuch started for the Bisons. He threw four innings but had a rough third where he gave up three runs thanks to two triples. Tayler Saucedo pitched three shutout innings in relief, his second strong outing after 2.1 shutout innings on opening day.

It will be interesting to see how the Jays handle the new six day series with their starting pitchers. Do they just run through five guys? If so the starters will only start every five days about five or six times in 2021. That is not ideal preparation for taking a regular turn in the major leagues. In the lower minors will the Jays use six starters and have them start once per week?

Yesterday I noted that Warmoth, Wall and Large had started well. Warmoth didn't play on Friday and Wall was hitless. But Cullen Large had two more hits including a triple and is hitting .438.

Kyle Johnston started for the Fisher Cats and was hit around. Eight hits in three innings with no strikeouts shows his struggle. Fitz Stadler, out of the bullpen, gave up six runs.

Gabriel Moreno had two hits, a single and a double. He is hitting .462. The other red hot hitter is Kevin Vicuna who is hitting .455. Vicuna was 2-3 with a double and hasn't struck out in three games this season. Austin Martin had a triple in four trips to the plate but he struck out twice. Jordan Groshans went 0-4. Otto Lopez was 1-4 but threw two runners out at the plate from left field in the same inning.

The pitching disaster area that is the Dunedin Blue Jays continued unabated. Jol Concepcion started and was charged with seven runs in three innings. A shout out to Brandon Eisert who threw 2.1 shutout innings with four K's to show it can be done. Eisert was the only pitcher out of six used, who didn't allow a run.

Eric Rivera went 4-4 with a walk. Zach Britton hit his first home run. Miguel Hiraldo was 4-6 with two doubles.

CJ Van Eyk's professional debut didn't go as planned. He had trouble throwing strikes, 23 of them as compared to 19 balls. His inning roughly went lead off single, a couple of wild pitches, a couple of walks and a couple of doubles. Four runs later he was out of there after two thirds of an inning.

Rafael Lantigua led the hitters with three hits.

Each year Baseball America lists the youngest players in each league. No member of the Bisons made the list which was topped by Wander Franco, Tampa's super prospect. At AA Simeon Woods Richardson is tied with Riley Greene for the youngest in the league. Gabriel Moreno and Elvis Luciano are tied for fourth youngest. At Vancouver, Adam Kloffenstein is the second youngest while in Dunedin new signing from Brazil, Rafael Ohashi is also second youngest.

These daily minor league summaries are prepared by #2JBrumfield and myself. Others who have helped over the years have dropped out. If you would like to take a regular turn in helping out, send an email to roster at batters box dot ca.

Three Stars

Third Star - Brandon Eisert

Second Star - Miguel Hiraldo

First Star - Eric Rivera


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jerjapan - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#397523) #
Thanks Gerry and #2JB for continuing to write these minor league roundups.  Starting my morning with a coffee and an MLU is the thing that has felt normal to me all Spring.  For real, having a community like the Box to participate in is helpful for me living alone during the pandemic!
And thanks to the previous folks that have stepped down. 
bpoz - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#397524) #
Dunedin Jays have given up 65 runs in 4 games. Astounding!!
scottt - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#397525) #
Most of these guys have not played last year, so a lots of rust is expected.

I can't imagine pitchers starting on short rest.
Japanese pitchers typically pitch once a week.
It's not the end of the world.

Van Eyk is known for his curve.
Part of the minor league experience is to learn to get by when your number 1 pitch is not working.

You still covered Dunedin before Vancouver.
Old habits die hard.

Shoeless Joe - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#397527) #
I was not a fan of Van Eyk when he was drafted because very few pitchers from the ACC have shown worse control in the first few rounds of the draft. It was not a good start to change my opinion.
Kelekin - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 03:40 PM EDT (#397537) #
I was watching the Dunedin box score and once it was at 20 runs I thought, no way could this get any worse! Whoops.

I had almost forgotten about Rivera - he was my mid round sleeper from that draft, hoping he gets the opportunity to move up quick if he keeps at it.
Kelekin - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#397538) #
Also, Britton played in the outfield, so looks like they'll continue to let him do both outfield and catcher.
Shoeless Joe - Saturday, May 08 2021 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#397557) #
The pitching in the minors this year has been awful.
John Northey - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 12:13 AM EDT (#397572) #
As long as the big 3 (Pearson, Manoah, SWR) do well enough to graduate to MLB all-star status I'll be very happy even if every other guy down there sucks and has an ERA of 10+.
mathesond - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#397576) #
Gee John, you only want 3 all-star pitchers out of the current minor leaguer? Why not go big?
Shoeless Joe - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#397604) #
Does anybody have any info on Rafael Ohashi, other than the fact he is the second youngest player in full-season ball this year. He had a pretty strong debut today.
hypobole - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#397605) #
Can't find anything in English, other than the fact we signed him 6 days ago,

TORONTO BLUE JAYS Agreed to terms with RHP Rafael Ohashi on a minor league contract.
Gerry - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#397614) #
He is a Brazilian pitcher, signed just as COVID hit. I think he is still just 18. He is like a junior Pardinho.
mendocino - Sunday, May 09 2021 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#397623) #
Rafael Ohashi signed back in 2019

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