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The Blue Jays affiliates ran the table with a perfect 4-0 night. #WeAreBlueJays

Buffalo 12 Rochester 0

Alek Manoah dominated the Nationals affiliate by sitting down the first seven batters and mowed down another seven hitters in a row with 1-2-3 innings in the first, second, fourth and fifth. He hit a batter and walked another before inducing an inning-ending double play ball in the third. The former West Virginia Mountaineer gave up his lone hit, a double, to start the sixth inning and and a walk but he finished with six shutout frames with five strikeouts, landing 49 of his 76 pitches for strikes. Manoah needed just six pitches to get out of the first. James Dykstra, Jackson McClelland and Bryan Baker contributed a goose egg each on the linescore.

Logan Warmoth gave Manoah all the runs he would need by socking a two-run home run in the second inning. He finished with a triple shy of the cycle and drew a walk in a 3-for-4 night at the dish. The former North Carolina Tar Heel is enjoying his stay in Trenton as he is hitting .370 with a 1.192 OPS. Christian Colon hit a grand slam, matching Warmoth with three hits and a walk. Breyvic Valera tripled, singled and stole a base. Eight Bisons had a hit and all nine reached base.

New Hampshire 7 Somerset 2

Brock Lundquist drove in the Fisher Cats first run of the night with an RBI single in the fifth inning before belting a grand slam in the sixth. Samad Taylor chipped in with an RBI single and stole two bases while Otto Lopez had a run-scoring double. Gabriel Moreno had a 3-for-3 night and was hit by a pitch to boost his batting average to .500. Chavez Young was 0-for-3 but stole a pair of bags. Austin Martin and Jordan Groshans each whiffed three times, Groshans had the lone hit between them while Martin took one for the team as did Kevin Vicuña.

Elvis Luciano pitched threw 87 pitches over five innings with 43 of them called strikes. He retired the side in order in the first, third and fifth, surrendering just three hits and a walk while striking out five and recording six groundouts. Andrew McInvale—called up from Vancouver—blew the save but got the win with two frames of one-run ball while collecting three Ks. Mike Ellenbest soaked up the other two innings, whiffing a pair.

Vancouver 2 Spokane 0

Doubles by Ronny Brito and Luis De Los Santos produced a second-inning run and an RBI single by Ryan Gold in the third provided the insurance. Gold, Cameron Eden and L.J. Talley had two hits apiece with Eden stealing his sixth base of the year.

Troy Miller tossed 53 strikes out of 87 offerings over five shutout innings. He retired eight in a row and 10 of 11 at one point, scattering just two hits and two walks. His K and GO totals were six apiece. Brayden Bouchey plunked a couple of guys but pitched a shutout sixth. Cobi Johnson walked two but whiffed two in the seventh. Will McAffer struck out two in a clean eighth and added another in the ninth but he had to strand a double and a walk in scoring position to save the ball game for Miller.

Dunedin 4 Bradenton 3

Dunedin fought back from a 3-1 deficit to collect their second win of the year. Orelvis Martinez, Sebastian Espino, Miguel Hiraldo and P.K. Morris all had RBI singles. Martinez, Morris, Mackenzie Mueller, Espino and Eric Rivera all had two-hit games with Rivera drawing a walk and stealing his fifth base of the year. Espino and Hiraldo also pilfered a base.

Naswell Paulino laboured through 3-2/3 innings by throwing 85 pitches with 48 of them deemed strikes. He was popped for three runs on three hits and walked five but recorded four strikeouts. Lazaro Estrada allowed both inherited runners to score but managed to prevent any further damage despite three hits and three walks in 2-2/3 innings. Roither Hernandez came to the rescue by stranding his two inherited runners, offsetting two walks with two punchouts over two hitless innings for the win.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Troy Miller, Vancouver

2. Logan Warmoth, Buffalo

1. Alek Manoah, Buffalo
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Kelekin - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 04:41 AM EDT (#397818) #
Christian Colon with an OPS just shy of 2. We all saw that one coming right?
scottt - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 05:57 AM EDT (#397821) #
Tough start for the top 3 prospects so far.

Lots of balls in those pitching lines.

85bluejay - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#397826) #
In his pro career, Logan Warmoth has never hit more than 3 HR in a season & none in 254 PA in New Hampshire - he has 3 already this season - he may be able to leave the suspect zone if this continues.

Couple of years ago it looked like Jackson McClelland might have himself a career in a mlb BP, if he can stabilize the walk rate and with all the injuries he may make it this year.

With regard to Manoah, I wonder how many innings the Jays have earmarked for him this year - I think this will have an impact on when/if the team promotes him.

I guess we should be encouraged that Elvis Luciano managed to throw nearly half his pitches for strikes.
John Northey - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#397828) #
So after 8 games we have 13 guys with a 1000+ OPS in the minors with between 4 PA (Andres Guerra for Vancouver) and 33 PA (Zach Britton for Dunedin). Logan Warmoth has 3 HR to lead the Jay minors, Tyler White has 5 doubles among his 9 hits, Gabriel Moreno has 12 hits, Cameron Eden in Vancouver has 6 SB already, while Spencer Horwitz & Philip Clarke in Vancouver have 9 walks each. Kevin Vicuna is getting on base the painful way with 5 HBP's already.

On the negative side, Forrest Wall & Demi Orimoloye have 15 K's each
hypobole - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#397829) #
Thoughts on Manoah.
What we see are pitching lines and through ST and his 1st couple of starts, they're awesome. But so were Pearson's in the minors. Doesn't mean one is the same as the other though.

How many pitches is he using and how effective is each. Is he doing it with his 2 plus or has he brought his 3rd to average at least?. Few starters can get away with 2.

Pearson seems to have somewhat of a confidence issue like most people. When everything is working he's great, but when it isn't things seem to snowball. Manoah hasn't really shown how he deals with adversity, because he hasn't had to for quite some time as far as we've seen. When it happens, will he be more like the Nate we've watched lately or more Stroman, a guy who I can't remember ever outwardly showing issues with self-confidence.

That self-confidence can be a double edged sword though. How well does he deal with his coaching? We have no clue. The most successful people are those with sufficient self confidence, but also the self-awareness to realise they don't have all the answers.

Anyway, it's great he's done so well thus far, just to give us Dunning-Krugers another opportunity to rail against the FO for not doing what we are certain they should be doing.
John Northey - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#397830) #
Getting tight on the 40 man and Manoah would have to be added to it - that is an issue this year.

40 man guys on the 10 day IL - Castro, Dolis, Milone, Phelps. If any of them need to be shifted to the 60 that opens a slot, but I think we'd all prefer if they didn't.

60 day: Hatch, Merryweather, Murphy, Yates - if any of them come back a slot has to open.

In Minors: Luciano, Pearson, Tice, Zeuch - are any of them candidates to be pulled off the 40 man? Maybe Zeuch.

Hitters on 10 IL: Panik, Springer - lets hope neither goes on the 60 day.

Hitters on 60 IL: Kirk - crap. Lets hope he comes back but then someone has to be moved off (probably McGuire).

Hitters in minors: Adams, Moreno, Otto Lopez, Palacios - Lopez is the lowest ranked of that group I'd think but I doubt the Jays want to dump him.

I'm wondering if a trade is coming soon - clear some 40 man stuff off to gain space - Tellez is excess here now (as much as I hate to say it as I'm a fan of his but this team needs guys to hit now if they are limited to 1B/DH), an outfielder could go (any but Springer), I suspect Biggio is available for the right price (but is he rated highly by any?). My gut says Tellez and/or Gurriel Jr in a trade for a starter with some minor leaguers added in depending on quality of the guy coming back. No idea who needs a young cheap 1B or LF but I'm sure someone does who has something of value for the Jays.
hypobole - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#397831) #
Per Montoyo yesterday:
Hatch is scheduled to throw two or three innings of a simulation game on Thursday.

Dolis is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Patrick Murphy threw 18 pitches on Tuesday and is expected to throw another bullpen session later in the week

Castro is still experiencing tightness in his forearm, but is also expected to throw a bullpen this weekend.

Springer has been taking batting practice and should start testing out his injured quad with some running soon.

Milone is getting treatment while yachting down to St.Maarten, but is definitely expected back early sSeptember. (I made this one up)
GabrielSyme - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 07:51 PM EDT (#397902) #
You'd have to think Zeuch, Tice and Milone are all candidates to be pulled off the 40-man if a place needs to be made. You'd think the FO likes Tice enough not to DFA him after protecting him this past winter, if we need room for someone like Merryweather, Kirk, Hatch or Manoah, you'd hope they wouldn't be too attached to him.

If we do get healthier the bullpen is going to be pretty full, and I wonder if we could swing a trade involving one or two of the less-essential guys who've been performing better than expected (Payamps, Castro, Mayza, Bergen). And if Reese McGuire continues to hit, maybe we can trade him to Atlanta when Kirk is ready to come back... You wouldn't get much for any of those guys, but it'd basically be found money at this point.

Tellez has an average exit velo & hard-hit % at the 98th percentile. I wouldn't want to give up on him right now.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 09:12 PM EDT (#397904) #
I also remain committed to Tellez and see little value in Zeuch, Tice and especially Millone. I really like Anthony Castro of the new relief pitchers.

Austin Martin and Jordan Groshans might be the most disappointing starts to a pair of top hitting prospects we have had in a while. This is especially true when the position at the major league level remains in flux.
scottt - Thursday, May 13 2021 @ 09:29 PM EDT (#397905) #
Still don't know if Beasley is worth anything.
Palacios might be heading to the 60IL, once Springer is healthy, he's the 6th outfielder.
I don't expect Milone to stick around too long.
Neither of Zeuch or Tice has been great, but Zeuch is a starter.
There's going to be several relievers on the Bisons with better number than Tice.
Can't keep McGuire if he's not on the team, but kinda hard to drop him for nothing if he's hitting.
Panik has a .543 OPS. It's nice to have a left bat on the bench, but it has to be a good one.
Do you lose someone with several years of control to keep him around a few months longer?
He probably goes unclaimed anyway.

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