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A walkout win, a blowout loss and two extra-inning setbacks for the Blue Jays affiliates Tuesday. #WeAreBlueJays

Rochester 6 Buffalo 3 (10 Innings)

A Nash Knight three-run home run in the second inning looked like it would be enough but the Nationals affiliate rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the late innings to down the Bisons in Trenton, New Jersey. Knight also drew two walks. Buffalo was a woeful 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 men on base.

Forrest Wall, Tyler White and Logan Warmoth all had two hits apiece. Warmoth made his first start in right field after making appearances in left and center. He threw out a runner at second base and stole his first base of the year. The Jays 2017 first round pick is hitting .304 with two homers and three RBI but he has struck out 10 times in 23 at-bats with only one walk.

Nick Allgeyer was in line for the win after six solid innings of one-run ball on five hits and three walks, throwing 61 strikes in his 90 pitches. Tayler Saucedo threw a scoreless seventh but Hobie Harris, Kirby Snead and Dany Jiménez could not hold down the Red Wings with Jiménez taking the loss.

New Hampshire 6 Somerset 5

The Fisher Cats frittered away a 5-1 lead but walked off the Yankees affiliate on a walk-off walk by Gabriel Moreno. His free pass capped off a five-RBI night that included his first Double-A home run, a two-run shot, and a two-run single. The Venezuelan backstop is hitting .429 with a 1.234 OPS.

Jordan Groshans had a hit and two walks and scored twice, once on a wild pitch. However, he struck out twice and committed two errors at short. Austin Martin walked once in five plate appearances. Groshans and Martin saw their batting averages drop to .200 and .190 respectively. Samad Taylor had a two-hit night after a 1-for-17 start to the year and swiped a base. Chavez Young also had two hits.

Simeon Woods Richardson was in line for the win after striking out eight over five innings. The only hit he allowed was a solo home run in the fifth inning but he responded by striking out the side to end his outing. SWR walked just two in his 78-pitch outing, 48 for strikes. Brody Rodning pitched the next frames with just an unearned run on his line. Fitz Stadler surrendered three runs in the eighth. Port Coquitlam, BC's Curtis Taylor picked up the win with a shutout ninth that included two punch outs.

Spokane 4 Vancouver 3 (10 Innings)

The Canadians lost their home away from home opener to the Rockies affiliate in Hillsboro, Oregon. Hagen Danner suffered the loss after Spokane executed a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to cash in their free runner at second base. Vancouver matched the sacrifice bunt part of the equation when Cameron Eden gave himself up but Spencer Horwitz grounded out and Luis De Los Santos flied out to end the game, stranding Tanner Morris who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Tanner Kirwer got Vancouver on the board with his second home run on the season as part of a three-hit night. He stole two bases to give him five on the year in as many tries. Luis De Los Santos had an RBI single and L.J. Talley had an RBI groundout in the sixth to give the C's a brief 3-2 lead. Talley had a hit and a walk and Will Robertson had a hit in his lone plate appearance before being pinch-hit for by Rafael Lantigua. Robertson appeared to injure his wrist on a diving catch in right field the previous half-inning.

Sean Wymer yielded a run in the first two innings in his four-inning outing. He was touched up for seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He threw 65 pitches, 44 for strikes. Marcus Reyes pitched three innings of one-run ball, the run being unearned, while whiffing two. Parker Caracci survived a based-loaded situation on a hit and two walks by striking out one in a scoreless eighth.Sam Ryan had a three-up, three-down top of the ninth.

Bradenton 11 Dunedin 4

Rafael Monsion started this one in Clearwater, Florida against the Pirates affiliate and permitted a solo homer among three hits and a walk, striking out four with 30 of his 46 pitches called for strikes. The rest of the Dunedin staff scuffled beginning with Juan DePaula giving up a three-run bomb among four hits. Julian Valdez surrendered an unearned run in his two innings but things got out of hand when Jiorgeny Casimiro was jolted for five runs in two-third of an inning. Alejandro Melean permitted both inherited runners to score before getting the final two outs of the ninth.

Harrison Ray and Addison Barger both singled and walked. Barger took over at short for Leonardo Jimenez who had an RBI single in three at-bats. Jimenez grounded out to end the bottom of the fifth before being replaced. Orelvis Martinez singled and was hit by a pitch. Miguel Hiraldo walked and stole a base. Dunedin was just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight.

Zach Britton was behind the plate for this one. He saw his five-game hitting streak but he walked to extend his on-base streak to six. He's hitting .350 with a 1.202 OPS.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Simeon Woods Richardson, New Hampshire

2. Nick Allgeyer, Buffalo

1. Gabriel Moreno, New Hampshire
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Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#397758) #
Josh Palacios is out 4-6 weeks after being hit on the hand on Sunday.
GabrielSyme - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#397769) #
Moreno is looking better than just about anyone in the very early going: walks, contact, power. I imagine he'll get a lot of attention pretty quickly.
tercet - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#397770) #
SWR was throwing 90mph (I don't know all of his speeds but the announcers announced some of his speeds), but he is getting Marco Estrada vibes for me which could be a realistic ceiling. A below avg fastball with heavy ch and cb usage.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#397772) #
I imagine he'll get a lot of attention pretty quickly.

Already has. One of Goldstein's first Notebook bits was on Moreno. Posted it last week.
scottt - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 03:37 PM EDT (#397773) #
I believe he was throwing 91-95 mph in previous years.
Velocity shouldn't be a concern right now.

John Northey - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#397776) #
SWR now up to 9 IP 5 H 4 R 2 ER 3 BB 16 SO 1 HR. Not a bad start in AA. Adam Kloffenstein in A+ has 2 starts, 0 ERA over 6 2/3 IP 4 H 0 R 6 BB 8 SO - someone draw him a map of the strikezone before he gets in trouble for that wildness please.

Note: Nick Allgeyer (who?) in 2 AAA starts 12 IP 7 H 2 R/ER 5 BB 10 SO - his first time above A+, former 12th round pick. Might be getting noticed if he keeps it up, but needs to keep the walks down. His 12 innings leads the Jays minors so far.
bpoz - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#397780) #
Allgeyer is passing all tests so far. Tonight Manoah pitches. Lets see what he can do.

Kloff is having trouble finding the strike zone. Don't know how he would compare with Thor.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#397782) #
Syndergaard was throwing in the high nineties at Kloffenstein's (age 20).  At age 19, Syndergaard walked 31 and struck out 122 in 104 innings for Lansing. At the exact same age, Syndergaard was just beginning a successful half-season in the Florida State League on his way to the Eastern League in mid-season.   
tercet - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#397785) #
Kloffenstein pitched for 2 INDY teams last year in Texas, and his BB numbers were not pretty for those who didn't know, he walked 12 in 21 1/3 innings.
Nigel - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#397786) #
I would caution about drawing too many conclusions about Kloff from 8 innings. His BB% was ok (not great) in his first stint in Vancouver. Furthermore, in his two starts that I saw live I would have said that his command (rather than control) was better than ok. As a pitcher that relies upon a good sinker, I'm watching to see how much hard contact that he's giving up. I'd be surprised if control is a major issue with him as time passes.
85bluejay - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 05:11 PM EDT (#397787) #
There's absolutely no reason to rush Moreno especially with a legitimate prosect in Adams at AAA and the Jays history of catcher of the future flameouts - I'm not surprised Moreno is off to a fast start as he played winter baseball in Venezuela.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#397788) #
Kloff: The CEL hitters average age last year was almost 26 with a reported talent level between AA/AAA. Kloff was 19.

He had pitched with a shoulder impingement in 2019, which is why the expected velo gain didn't happen, 89-92 topping out at 94. He was healthy last year and supposedly hitting high 90's regularly. But his offspeed also had a velo gain and he admitted he had to make adjustments because they didn't move the same as the year prior.
Nigel - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#397790) #
When I saw Kloff he was sitting at 92 with his FB and it had a lot of arm side run and downward movement. He had pretty good command of it to both sides. He was eating up LH batters with a FB that started inside and swung back over the inside corner at the knees.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#397795) #
Manoah didn't strike anyone out in his first!!

But he only used six pitches as the hitters were swinging early...yeah!!
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#397796) #
Two K's for Manoah in the second, now up to 15 pitches total. Both K's were three pitches messing around.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#397797) #
Moreno is 2-2 so far tonight. BA up to .478.
greenfrog - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:03 PM EDT (#397798) #
Manoah, Moreno, Martinez, Martin…could the new market inefficiency be acquiring prospects whose name begins with M?
hypobole - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#397799) #
EL's DPN's at FG.

Danner burst onto the scouting scene after his sophomore year of high school, showing low-90s stuff and a three pitch mix with the look of a future high pick as a pitcher. His stuff never really ticked up though, and over time scouts saw him behind the plate (where he played when he wasn’t pitching) and began to like him long-term as a catching prospect. Eventually, the Jays took Danner in the second round of the 2017 draft as a catcher. After three seasons of catching, he’s back on the mound and throwing harder than ever before. So far this year he has been 95-97 with a power mid-80s slider. I’ve added him to the Blue Jays list over on The Board. Currently in the 40 FV tier, Danner might end up in the 35+ tier if he’s wild throughout the summer and looks more like an up/down reliever, or he might end the season in the 40+ tier if he holds this new stuff and looks capable of working higher-leverage innings. He needs to be added to the 40-man this offseason so expect to see him in Toronto next year if this continues.
John Northey - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#397800) #
Up to 5 no hit innings from Manoah tonight. 1 BB 4 SO just 57 pitches. 4 ground outs, 4 flyouts. Sweet. 5-0 lead.
Kasi - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:45 PM EDT (#397801) #
Warmoth is continuing to hit well with HR number 3 as well.

Also Luciano had a good evening in AA as well.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#397802) #
Hypobole thanks for the info on Danner, I was curious how he was looking to start the year.

John Northey - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#397803) #
Well, I cursed him. 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 K, 1 ground out, 1 fly out to get through 6 with 76 pitches, 49 strikes. Probably thats it but who knows? I'd be calling him up soon.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#397804) #
I would run a rotation of Ryu, Ray ,Matz, Kay and Manoah. Stripling is best as a long reliever and Pearson should be pushing Kay and Matz for a spot once his command is there.
John Northey - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#397810) #
In truth I can see a reason to keep Manoah down still - you want him built up to 100 pitches and to gain a bit more control. His 2 starts so far...
May 6th: 81 pitches, 50 strikes vs 31 balls - 0 walks but 3 HBP
May 12th: 76 pitches, 49 strikes vs 27 balls - 2 walks 1 HBP

So a total of 99 strikes vs 58 balls - decent ratio but 2 walks and 4 HBP in 2 starts. The 2 walks are excellent but the 4 HBP can't be ignored. 17 K's total between the two starts. A LOT to like, but I can see why the Jays would hold off for a bit longer. 2 more starts like this though and I don't see a choice but to call him up with the mess the Jays rotation is in after the big 3. I'd like a 90+ pitch game first ideally, a start without any HBP too.
dalimon5 - Wednesday, May 12 2021 @ 11:38 PM EDT (#397815) #
I bet they try to put Hatch into the rotation instead of doing the logical Manoah move mentioned down thread.

Once the Yankees acquire Trevor Story, the Jays will smarten up and promote both pitchers.
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