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Nate Pearson struggled again for Buffalo who lost both ends of a doubleheader. New Hampshire had a wild game one of their doubleheader, which they won, but lost game two. LJ Talley had four RBI in game one while Troy Miller pitched well in his AA debut in game two. Luis Quinones made his 2021 debut and pitched well for Vancouver. The C's won in a walk-off. Dunedin were again beaten up by Tampa's bats.

Buffalo 2 Scranton 4 - game one

Buffalo 2 Scranton 3 - game two

New Hampshire 10 Somerset 8 - 11 innings, game one

New Hampshire 1 Somerset 2 - game two

Everett 4 Vancouver 5

Tampa 10 Dunedin 7

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Nate Pearson struggled again. His first inning was OK, but two doubles and a home run contributed to a four run second inning. Pearson went three innings, he did have seven K's, but he needed 71 pitches to get through three innings. He threw 40 strikes and 31 balls, not a good ratio.

Casey Lawrence started game two. Socrates Brito hit a three run home run off him in the first inning. Lawrence pitched three innings with six K's.

Buffalo had four hits in game one and just one, a home run from Christian Colon, in game two.

Game one of the Fisher Cats doubleheader was wild. The Cats were down by two headed to the seventh. LJ Talley, down to his final strike with two outs, doubled home two runs to tie the game. It looked like the Fisher Cats would win the game in the ninth. Otto Lopez singled in the designated runner, then Gabriel Moreno tripled in Lopez. A sac fly from Talley made it a three run lead. Curtis Taylor had already pitched two innings and he went back out for the ninth, his third. Back to back home runs tied the game for Somerset. Another sac fly, this time from Vinny Capra made it an 8-7 game in the top of the tenth. James Dykstra came on to get the save and got two quick outs, but then he had to leave the game with an arm injury. Jon Harris replaced Dykstra. He allowed an infield single and then a double steal let the tying run score. In the eleventh Talley drove in another run with a bases loaded walk and Samad Taylor added a sac fly. Harris finally nailed down the win in the bottom of the eleventh.

Jordan Groshans returned to action and went 2-5 in game one including a two run home run. Gabriel Moreno was 3-6. Neither played in game two. Otto Lopez was 2-4 with a walk in game one and 0-2 with a sac fly in game two.

Maximo Castillo didn't get out of the first inning in game one. He threw 36 pitches to get two outs and presumably left because of the pitch count. He was charged with four runs.

Troy Miller made his AA debut in game two. He pitched five shutout innings with three hits, three walks and three K's. Brady Rodning gave up two runs and took the loss. It was his third loss of the year.

Luis Quinones was placed on the restricted list back in 2019 for failing a drug test. He made his first start of 2021 in this game and went five innings with just an unearned run allowed. Hagen Danner pitched two shutout innings for the win. His ERA is 1.64.

The C's won via the walk off. Spencer Horwitz singled in Tanner Kirwer in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Kirwer scored three of the five runs.

Dunedin and Tampa played a very high scoring series in the first week of the season. They were back to their high scoring ways on Thursday. The Jays outhit the Yankees 9 to 8. The hits were spread around. Addison Bargar had two doubles. Miguel Hiraldo hit his second home run.

The Jays are being cautious with Nick Frasso. For his second start he again just pitched two innings and he was charged with an unearned run on one hit. The best pitcher was Gabriel Ponce who threw two shutout innings with five K's.

Three Stars

Third Star - Troy Miller

Second Star - LJ Talley

First Star - Tanner Kirwer


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85bluejay - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 09:01 AM EDT (#398923) #
One of the things that worried me about Nate Pearson over the last 2 seasons is that in interviews he seemed single-minded in his obsession with velocity and I was concerned he wasn't developing as a pitcher - If his struggles now is a result of Pearson trying to develop more as a pitcher and not just a thrower then I welcome that approach and can wait on him.
hypobole - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#398924) #
IIRC, Glasnow had struggles similar to Pearson's prior to The Trade.
scottt - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#398925) #
I thought that Pearson, as a starter, was throwing way too much breaking stuff and seemed afraid to challenge the hitters. Different impressions, I guess.

greenfrog - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#398928) #
Throwing 100+ MPH as a starting pitcher often seems to lead to injury issues. I see Syndergaard is back on the long-term IL. Manoah seems a more promising bet than Pearson at this point, given his run of dominance (including his debut at Yankee Stadium) and lack of health problems.

A few weeks ago I suggested that the front office would convert Pearson into a reliever, but that it might take a couple of more injuries before they make that call.
scottt - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#398929) #
SWR will be pitching for the USA at the Olympics.
It looks like he could face Jose Bautista.

John Northey - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#398935) #
Could be a good challenge for SWR - facing a mix of international players with skills that range from ML level to low A level depending on the team. As long as team USA remembers not to push him too far. Fingers crossed.
dalimon5 - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#398946) #
Pearson is likely learning to pitch now which explains his rising numbers as he adjusts. He also seems to be battling his delivery which is a good challenge to learn to overcome.

He lacks mound presence.

He lacks pitchability.

He lacks durability.

He has potential to put it all together which is why he is a top 10 overall MLB prospect. I would trade him for a long term piece, proven.

Pearson, Kirk, Pardinho for Story and Marquez with extension signed for Story. That type of deal.

Gerry - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#398948) #
Todays Buffalo game has been cancelled due to weather (obviously if you are in Southern Ontario).
scottt - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#398957) #
Less obvious if you're not sure where the Scranto/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders play.
It's in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

bpoz - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#398958) #
We have recently had some elite prospects. Vlad/Bo demolishing the minors starting in 2017 and both very young. Not as young but not old was Biggio in NH 2018.

Kirk/Moreno like Vlad/Bo were/are demolishing the minors at a very young age. From level AA and up these elite prospects had no problem with the higher minors.

O Martinez is not demolishing A-. A Martin/Groshans also not demolishing AA. Groshans need to show that he can stay healthy.

O Lopez is demolishing AA but he does not have the pedigree of our other elite prospects.
hypobole - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#398959) #
Bo did have problems. Took him a while to get acclimated to AA in 2018.

Pre-All Star game: 349 AB, 264/322/424
Post-All Star game: 190 AB, 326/383/505

Remember some posters being very concerned early on that season. That's why I'm holding back judgement on Martin and others until later this season.
Gerry - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#398960) #
The New Hampshire game has also been rained-out.
Waveburner - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#398966) #
Another important difference between Martin/Groshans and Vladdy/Bo is that the former both practically skipped A ball completely. Martin as an advanced college bat, and Groshans had a tiny sample of AB's in full season ball thanks to the injury in 2019.

When I saw both assigned to AA to start the year, I assumed they would both have an adjustment period, even if they really are elite prospects. The jump to Double-A is the second biggest jump in baseball aside from the Majors. If they don't pick it up in another month or so, then maybe it's time to adjust expectations.
hypobole - Friday, May 28 2021 @ 09:48 PM EDT (#398970) #
Addison Barger with a career game. Single, double, triple, 2 home runs. 7 RBI's. Average goes from .269 to .319.
85bluejay - Saturday, May 29 2021 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#398978) #
I hope that Barger's off-field issues are behind him (he's essentially missed 2 seasons) as he's an interesting under the radar guy to follow - Given last year's missing season, I hope the Jays are aggressive in promoting older guys if they perform well.
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