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The Dunedin Jays have been battered by the Tampa hitters in the first five games of the series. Relief arrived today in the form of 18 year old Brazilian Rafael Ohashi making his first professional start. Supported by the bullpen it gave the Jays their first win of the season. Buffalo won thanks to their emergency started Connor Overton. Vancouver also won with New Hampshire the only loser on Sunday.

Worcester 1 Buffalo 4

New Hampshire 6 Portland 12

Vancouver 7 Tri-City 2

Dunedin 4 Tampa 1

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

With Nate Pearson called up, the Bisons needed an emergency starter. Step up Connor Overton. Overton threw four shutout innings with six K's. It was his third career start. The bullpen took it from there with Jackson McClelland getting the win with two innings of relief.

Breyvic Valera drove in three of the four runs, one with a groundout and two on a single. Josh Palacios went 2-2 but had to leave the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch. Cullen Large was 2-4 and is hitting .400.

Zach Logue cruised through the first two innings with five K's. He gave up a lead off home run in the third but then struck out the side. At this stage seven of his eight strikeouts were swinging. With two outs in the fourth a walk and a home run made it three runs allowed. He conceded another run in the fifth before leaving and another run was added thanks to the bullpen. It definitely was a start with good and bad. Emerson Jimenez took the loss by walking four hitters in the eighth. He was followed by Connor Law who walked four as well for a total of eight walks in the inning.

Chavez Young drove in three runs with a bases loaded triple. Otto Lopez and Demi Orimoloye had two hits each. Jordan Groshans was 1-5 and is now hitting .182. Austin Martin had the day off.

The bottom of the order delivered in this game. Rafael Lantigua, batting seventh, had two hits and scored twice. Will Robertson and Andres Guerra, hitting eighth and ninth, drove in two runs each. Ryan Gold stayed hot with two hits while Tanner Morris started to heat up going 3-4.

Adasm Kloffenstein pitched three shutout inning with five K's but it took him 66 pitches to do so. I emphasize pitch efficiency because it highlights two things. First the need to throw strikes and second the ability to put hitters away. For Kloffenstein he threw 39 strikes and 27 balls. That ratio should be 2:1, he was too wild. Plus he faced 13 hitters so with 39 strikes that is exactly three strikes per hitter. He needs to get better with putting hitters away or inducing soft contact. That's all part of the learning experience. New Blue Jay Paxton Schultz followed and pitched four innings, conceding two runs. Justin Maese pitched the last two innings. He had four K's.

Rafael Ohashi threw three perfect innings and struck out the last four hitters he faced. William Gaston, Gabriel Ponce and Adrian Hernandez provided strong relief.

The Jays first two runs came via solo home runs. Addison Barger his his second and Ryan Sloniger hit his first. Miguel Hiraldo had a double.

Three Stars

Third Star - Tanner Morris

Second Star - Connor Overton

First Star - Rafael Ohashi


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scottt - Monday, May 10 2021 @ 08:04 AM EDT (#397672) #
Tampa is the Yankees affiliate and they have a lot of high ceiling guys at that level.

The Bisons are looking pretty good, as they put some decent depth guys out there.
Adams, Christian Colon, Tyler White, Graterol, Large, Palacios, Warmoth, Wall, Smith, Urena, Valera.

The Fisher Cats are off to a slow start.

budgell - Monday, May 10 2021 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#397684) #
Brilliant headline.
mendocino - Monday, May 10 2021 @ 06:13 PM EDT (#397707) #
just read Ohashi scouting report from BA prospect hot sheet? mentioning the old FSL are using an automated strike zone that has led to skyrocketing walk totals in the league.
Shoeless Joe - Monday, May 10 2021 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#397708) #

Rafael Ohashi, RHP, Blue Jays

At just 18 years old, Ohashi is the second-youngest player in the Low-A Southeast League, just behind Jupiter’s Eury Perez. He made his pro debut on Sunday and was mighty impressive. Working against Tampa, which had scored 77 runs in its previous five games, and pitching with an automated strike zone that so far has led to skyrocketing walk totals in the league, Ohashi spun three perfect innings with four strikeouts. His fastball sat in the low 90s, and was accentuated by the roughly 7.5 feet of extension in his delivery. He paired the heater with a curveball and a splitter. Ohashi impressed Blue Jays officials with a combination of skills and makeup—he emerged from the pandemic in excellent shape—and the team rewarded him with a stateside debut.
hypobole - Monday, May 10 2021 @ 09:05 PM EDT (#397709) #
Thanks for the info on Ohashi. Great to hear.
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 07:54 AM EDT (#397710) #
The splitter is interesting, the Jays have focused on the pitch more at the major league level, but it seems to start showing up at the minor league level as well.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 08:53 AM EDT (#397711) #
I read the site Future Blue Jays. An interview with A Tinnish about the 2019 Int'l signings, written Dec 2019. He raved about G Moreno in 2018 and was correct.

For 2019 there are many players he likes. Top 2 pitchers are Sem Robberse and Dahlian Santos. 3 other pitchers Cesar Ayala, Zulueta and C Castro. Rafael Ohashi was signed with the name Rafael Viana on July 2, 2019. So signed less than 2 years ago. Ohashi was not mentioned in the interview. I guess big improvements can happen fast.
hypobole - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#397716) #
The new robo-ump test in our low A league has really devastated our Dunedin pitchers for the most part. The old FSL used to be known as a pitchers league, but no more.

Still very early, but there is one big trend apparent. Dunedin's new 10 team Low A league has a slightly higher hits/9 and HR/9 than the other 2 Low A leagues. But the BB/9 is crazy.

The other 2 leagues have BB/9 of 4.4 and 4.5. The worst of those 20 teams is at 5.7. Our robo-ump league average is 6.1 with 6 of the 10 teams in our league above 5.7. Dunedin is the highest at 8.8, but 2 others are above 7 BB/9 as well.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#397717) #
Good topic hypobole about robo-umps. So this is a machine that is standardized in every stadium?

I looked at the bb/k of the Dunedin hitters.

1) Z Britton 7/4, E Rivera 4/1, Slonger 4/2. A bit older but maybe not too old. They know to take a ball and not swing at it I am presuming.

O Martinez 6/6 and Jhon Solarte 4/6 are both young.

2) Ray Harrison 23 years old 2/10. 2 young players A Barger 1/10 and M Hiraldo 2/8 were all swinging at balls I presume.

All sss.

The Dunedin complex should get 1 machine for each field for development purposes. I don't know what is out there at the moment.
92-93 - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 02:44 PM EDT (#397719) #
The Jays brought the first Brazilian to the majors, and currently employ the best one. Here's to another.
mendocino - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 06:32 PM EDT (#397738) #
Bradenton radio broadcast vs Dunedin

Rafael Monsion starting
Gerry - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#397739) #
Leonardo Jimenez off the IL and in the Dunedin lineup tonight.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 11 2021 @ 06:52 PM EDT (#397740) #
Josh Palacios has been placed on the 7 day IL. He was hit on the hand by a pitch on Sunday. No word on how serious it is.
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