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Here is your abbreviated Victoria Day weekend minor league update. New Hampshire bats were hot but Zach Logue didn't need much hotness. Buffalo rallied in the ninth for the win. Three Dunedin pitchers combined on a two hit shutout. Vancouver lost.

Buffalo 6 Worcester 4

Portland 4 New Hampshire 12

Vancouver 3 Hillsboro 4

Dunedin 1 Clearwater 0

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

The Bisons scored three runs in the top of the ninth off former Jay Marcus Walden. A Riley Adams home run tied the game, then four straight hits scored two more. Adams was 2-2 despite not starting the game. Kevin Smith also had two hits including his fourth home run.

Nate Pearson pitched three innings with two hits allowed and four K's.

Austin Martin and Gabriel Moreno were each 3-4 with a double. Martin started slowly but has his average up to .273 now. LJ Talley who had two home runs yesterday, had two doubles and 3 RBI in this game. Samad Taylor who had four hits yesterday had two more today.

Zach Logue went six innings with one run allowed. In four starts this year Logue has 27 K's in 21.1 innings. He has only walked three. His WHIP is .84.

Nick Fraze pitched six strong innings with just one run allowed. His ERA is now 2.12 and his WHIP is .65. He was followed by Cobi Johnson who gave up three runs and took the loss.

Ryan Gold and Tanner Morris homered in the losing cause.

Dunedin's pitchers were awful in the first week of the season but they have settled down. Three pitchers combined on a two hit shutout. Willy Garcia, Jiorgeny Casimiri and Adrian Hernandez were the pitchers.

The D Jays only run came from a single and two Clearwater errors.

Three Stars

Third Star - Austin Martin

Second Star - Zach Logue

First Star - Gabriel Moreno


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John Northey - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#398519) #
Got me thinking about how are the big prospects doing?  For pitchers I added batters per inning as that shows how dominate they are - if you are sub 4 then you have less than 1 left on per inning which is darn good - in Clemens first year here (pitchers triple crown mega dominate year from a dominate pitcher) he faced 3.95 batters per inning for example.  4.12 lifetime.  Greg Maddux lifetime 4.08 per inning (1994 might be his best year, 3.83 batters per inning).  So getting sub 4 isn't easy and is very impressive if two 350 game winners couldn't do it for their careers.
  1. Nate Pearson: 0-0 in 2 starts, 2.70 ERA 6 2/3 IP 6 H 2 BB 12 SO 29 batters faced (4.35 per inning)
  2. Austin Martin: 273/389/386, 2-0 SB-CS in 54 PA.  6 games each at CF and SS
  3. Jordan Groshans: 244/354/293 in 48 PA, 7 at SS, 3 3B and a DH game.
  4. Simeon Woods Richardson: 1-0 in 3 starts 1.29 ERA 14 IP 9 H 7 BB 23 SO 59 batters faced (4.21 per inning)
  5. Alek Manoah: 3-0 in 3 starts, 0.50 ERA 18 IP 7 H 3 BB 27 K 4 HBP, just 66 batters faced (3.67 per inning)
  6. Orelvis Martinez: 241/333/397 2-0 SB-CS in 66 PA.  7 SS 4 3B 3 DH
  7. Gabriel Moreno: 444/519/667 0-1 SB-CS in 52 PA 9 CA 2 DH 16 RBI's to lead the Jays minors, his 667 Slg% leads too among 30+ PA guys but his 519 OBP is only good for 2nd (#1 down in the notes)
  8. Miguel Hiraldo: 254/313/390 4-1 SB-CS in 64 PA 10 2B, 2 3B, 2 DH
  9. Adam Kloffenstein: 1-0 in 3 starts 0.71 ERA 12 2/3 IP 6 H 8 BB 12 SO 52 batters (4.1 per inning)
  10. CJ Van Eyk: 0-0 in 3 starts 4.76 ERA 11 1/3 IP 8 H 5 BB 16 K 45 batters (3.97 per inning)
Also: Riley Adams: 189/311/486 in 45 PA, good outside of BA.
Speed Demon: Cameron Eden 12-1 SB-CS 327/429/404 mainly in CF in A+ - 23 years old so hopefully gets a shot at AA this year if he keeps this up.  Also leads the system in runs scored with 16.
Hit King: Otto Lopez leads in doubles, PA, H while in AA - 368/419/500 3-0 SB-CS 8 games at 2B, 5 CF, 2 LF 1 DH.  74 PA, 9 2B's
Walking Man: Spencer Horwitz 20 BB leads by 6.  318/531/409 in 64 PA 9 games at 1B, 3 LF.  23 in A+.
Average Above Average: Juan Graterol with a 481 in 31 PA just cracks my minimum (30 PA) and is just ahead of Moreno's 444.  481/516/667 is a good way for a 32 year old AAAA catcher to get noticed

I know I found it interesting to dig into what guys are doing who are top 10 on the prospect list. 
bpoz - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#398521) #
Only 16 games played so far in the minors so sss. C Eden is very interesting to me. Drafted as a college Jr, Cal Stevenson was a college senior. Both had very good starts.

Stevenson bonus $5,000. Eden $222,500. Eden needs to correct whatever he is doing wrong if anything. Biggio also started in A+ the year after his draft year. Many Jay's college picks are skipping A-. Eden has a great bb/k rate.
scottt - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#398522) #
The Jays always have a few burners in CF but I don't remember any ever developing enough of a hit tool. Pompey maybe? Pruitt and Dasan Brown more recently.

Eden is completely under the radar, maybe because he bats right?

John Northey - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#398523) #
Yeah, Eden caught my eye due to not having a clue on him. 6th round 2019 pick, his OPS in NCAA were 833-599-990 just 32 SB vs 11 CS there, nice but not 'wow'. 2 years of summer leagues (17 & 18) with sub 700 OPS at each. In Vancouver in 2019 with a 576 OPS 8 SB 2 CS so nothing of note, now suddenly something has changed. 832 OPS, 12-1 SB-CS suggests he took advantage of the year off to figure out things. 9-12 BB-SO ratio. No sign of him on either top prospect summary list that I have so he is 100% unknown I'd say given some of those go to 50 players. Hopefully one of those guys who comes out of nowhere and makes scouts smile (who saw something in him).
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#398526) #
Mike mention Samad, and I mention Warmoth as guys who seem to be doing better than they are.

Just noticed something about Forrest Wall. He walked to start the game yesterday. That was his first BB after striking out 21 times to start the year. Then he struck out twice more.
greenfrog - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#398528) #
Corbin Carroll is out for the season following surgery to his shoulder. Tough break. Some of us liked him a lot in the 2019 draft (he was selected 16th overall). He has since turned into an excellent CF prospect. Fortunately things seem to have worked out well with Manoah, so no need for Jays fans to have regrets on that front.
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#398536) #
My previously favourite all-prospect site, 2080 Baseball seems dead in the water.

Prospects Live is still around though not with the live look scout reports that made 2080 great. FG does a lot of really good stuff, like the Van Eyk link Gerry provided. I check Future Blue Jays from time to time.

Question - can anyone recommend another non-paywalled prospect site?

Hodgie - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#398537) #
You can lump Kevin Smith into that group as well. Up to a .887 OPS in AAA but striking out at a 30% clip.
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#398538) #
Having my first look-through at Prospects Live in quite some time. Interesting report on the last Manoah start

Alek Manoah, RHP TOR (Triple-A) 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 10 K, HR Allowed

The Big Dawg made one mistake all night on a homer to Chris Hermann but was otherwise untouchable. The other three hits he allowed were all flares in the later innings as batters abandoned their approach and just threw the bat at the slider. He was sitting 94-95 reaching back for 96 when needed. The slider however was a difference maker. He worked off it using his fastball to steal strikes early in the count. He flashed his changeup against lefties getting a few swinging strikes over the course of the night. He’s ready for another challenge.
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#398542) #
Allgeyer, SWR, Kloff getting starts today.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 04:24 PM EDT (#398547) #
Thanks, hypobole.  That's a helpful report on Manoah.
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#398548) #
Your welcome, Mike. Just trying to pull my weight around here.
hypobole - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#398551) #
Found more. This from the May 16th NH game.

Simeon Woods-Richardson, RHP TOR (Double-A) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K

I was at this start behind home plate (video coming) and was impressed by SWR’s ability to land all of his pitches for strikes and alternate between his fastball variations as well as his 12-6 breaker and changeup with screwball action. A future starter likely of the mid-rotation variety but there’s a ton to like with this arm.

Otto Lopez, OF TOR (Double-A) 2-for-3, RBI, R, BB

Lopez had two doubles off the wall in this game and got on base three times while hitting second for a light Sunday lineup for the Fisher Cats.

Samad Taylor, 2B TOR (Double-A) 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB

The slam and the legs from Samad. Fun story New Hampshire had a drum circle and dance off pre-game and Samad was right in the middle of it. He’s got speed and some power, an underrated player that likely fits best long term in a bench role.
Shoeless Joe - Saturday, May 22 2021 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#398561) #
Corbin Carrol was my shadow draft pick in 2019 over Manoah.

I liked Manoah as the top pitcher, but I just liked Carrol better.
bpoz - Sunday, May 23 2021 @ 07:17 AM EDT (#398567) #
Allgeyer 3 solo Hrs.

SWR 2 doubles and a triple, only 1 walk and 8 Ks. The stuff is there!!

S Robberse also had trouble and lasted 2 innings.

Kloff had a lot of trouble throwing strikes.

They should all make progress I hope.
Kelekin - Sunday, May 23 2021 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#398620) #
Nice seeing the Corbin love - I think most of us were a really big fan of his and sad when we didn't pick him. But no question Manoah is looking great and doing way better than I expected at this point.
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