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The Blue Jays affiliates won two of three Wednesday. Buffalo's game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out so the Herd will play two today.

Portland 5 New Hampshire 4

The Fisher Cats season from hell continues after another loss to the Red Sox affiliate. Simeon Woods Richardson was in line for a victory after surrendering just one run on three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch over five innings while striking out five to drop his earned run average to 2.25. SWR got some help from his defence when Demi Orimoloye started a 9-3-6-2 double play to cut down a runner at the plate to end the second inning. Graham Spraker could not get any of the five hitters he faced, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks. Jon Harris stranded two of three runners for Spraker and pitched two shutout innings but Andrew McInvale took the loss after allowing an unearned run. Kevin Vicuña was charged with a fielding error at first that put the leadoff man aboard before a pair of two-out singles drove in the winning run.

Samad Taylor continues to swing the hot bat with a three-hit night, including a game-tying home run in the eighth inning. Gabriel Moreno drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single and an RBI double. Austin Martin singled and walked while Brock Lundquist and Nick Podkul added base knocks. Lundquist also had an assist in left field after cutting down a runner a third. New Hampshire now has the worst record in the Jays system by dropping 21 of 31 games.

Vancouver 10 Spokane 2

The best record on the farm belongs to Vancouver who won its 19th game against 13 losses. The C's sent all nine men to the plate in the first inning as they scored five runs against the Rockies affiliate. RBI singles by Cameron Eden, Spencer Horwitz and Luis De Los Santos got things rolling. Sebastian Espino had a sac fly and an RBI single, Eden doubled home another run and Ryan Gold had an RBI single as part of a 3-for-3 night with one intentional walk and one hit by pitch. Eight Canadians had a hit and all nine reached base with Philip Clarke drawing three walks and getting plunked. Spokane has hit seven batters so far in this two-game series while Vancouver has hit one. Tanner Kirwer doubled, walked, stole his 20th base of the year and threw out a runner at second from right field that erased a base hit in the first. Tanner Morris had a base hit and was also walked intentionally.

C.J. Van Eyk coughed up a home run to the first hitter he faced but that just one of two runs allowed in five innings to get his first professional victory. An Espino error at third contributed to an unearned run in the fourth. Van Eyk scattered five hits and two walks, struck out five and induced five outs on the ground. Brandon Eisert worked around two hits and a walk and struck out four in two shutout innings. Adrian Hernandez also whiffed four over two scoreless frames of one-hit ball in his Vancouver debut.

Dunedin 5 Lakeland 4 (11 Innings)

Dunedin wasted a 3-0 lead but battled back to beat the Flying Tigers in overtime to improve to 11-21. Leo Jimenez singled home the tying run in the ninth and brought home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Orelvis Martinez had a three-hit night that included a two-run double in the fifth, needing just a home run to complete the cycle. P.K. Morris was on base four times with two singles and two walks. Steward Berroa had two base raps while Miguel Hiraldo had an RBI single and a base on balls. Zac Cook took two for the team.

Alex Nolan was the winning pitcher by supplying four shutout innings of relief, yielding just one hit and one walk while ringing up three batters. Nathanael Perez walked three batters but struck out two in a two-inning start and Elixon Caballero followed by punching out two and walking one in a scoreless third. Juan De Paula posted zeros in the fourth and fifth but gave up a run in the sixth. He walked three batters and allowed a hit but struck out a pair. Gabriel Ponce blew the save as he was popped for three runs on a hit, a walk and two plunks in the seventh. He also struck out two.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Orelvis Martinez, Dunedin

2. Samad Taylor, New Hampshire

1. Ryan Gold, Vancouver
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ISLAND BOY - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:09 AM EDT (#399598) #
Where's Dasan Brown? In extended spring training or hurt?
greenfrog - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:12 AM EDT (#399599) #
A few 2021 slash lines:

Adams (AAA) .250/.410/.600 (wRC+ 166)
Smith (AAA) .274/.369/.568 (wRC+ 147)
Moreno (AA) .375/.430/.602 (wRC+ 179)
Taylor (AA) .302/.364/.585 (wRC+ 155)
Martin (AA) .278/.408/.412 (wRC+ 134)
Lopez (AA) .331/.366/.430 (wRC+ 120)
Orelvis (A) .262/.328/.434 (wRC+ 109)
Hiraldo (A) .246/.331/.386 (wRC+ 101)

Groshans has been a disappointment in the early going (wRC+ 91), but there have been some very impressive hitting performances on the farm this year.
Gerry - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:28 AM EDT (#399600) #
Brown is hurt, I think it was something with his arm.
scottt - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:39 AM EDT (#399602) #
I think the Fisher Cats are still without a save after 32 games.
ayjackson - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:40 AM EDT (#399603) #
Morning, gents. Long time, no see. Finally have some minor league data to peruse!

Is there a draft this year?
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 08:55 AM EDT (#399604) #
Thanks, Gerry.
hypobole - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 09:01 AM EDT (#399605) #
To me the big disappointment with Groshans isn't his batting line, it's his inability to stay on the field. Between 2019 and 2021, his teams have played 170 games. He's played 41.

Chavez Young is another kid I had hopes for this year. He and Samad played in the ABL in the offseason. Samad stayed healthy, played in 25 games. Chavez was injured his 1st game and only played 8. Samad 29 of the 31 Fisher Cat games so far. Chavez only 12.
hypobole - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#399608) #
My thoughts on the Fisher Cats's struggles.
Going into the season, the batters were various degrees of prospects and age appropriate org guys. Lundquist, the oldest, turned 25 this year.The starting staff had some prospects. The only bullpen arm I thought had even a chance at sniffing the majors in the future was Curtis Taylor.

The Red Sox AA team they played last night for the 14th time already is very different. The top of their lineup is a legit top 50 prospect in Casas and 2 other kids, But the cleanup hitter is a 29 yr old. The rest 25-27 years old.

So, to me, mediocre relief pitching constantly facing guys far too old for their level is pretty well just producing expected results.
scottt - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#399609) #
This year the draft is rolled in with the All-Star game.
uglyone - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#399613) #
the worrisome thing about Groshans is that even his first small sample success in 2019 was largely babip-based.

in general, if we were to ever trade top prospects, I go with trading the guys with "name" prospect status but without the elite performance to support it.
uglyone - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#399618) #

BA on Moreno 👀: "The game's biggest breakout prospect was at it again on Wednesday, this time collecting two hits, including a double and two RBIs. He also cut down a pair of runners trying to steal.

— Clint (@_ClintB_) June 10, 2021
Awesome to hear that descriptor but tbh I'm not sure it totally applies given how good he already was before this season.
scottt - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#399621) #
Moreno isn't in MLB's top 10 catching prospects, so even though he's #7 in the Blue Jays system he's got a lot of room to climb.
GabrielSyme - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#399628) #
Samad Taylor is doing something: he kept his head above water in May, but struck out nearly 40% of the time. Since the calendar flipped to June, his strikeout rate is under 20% and he's scorching the ball.

If part of his struggles in May was just the rust coming off, the one part of his offensive line that was concerning is both improving and perhaps less worrisome than appears on its face.
hypobole - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 04:28 PM EDT (#399632) #
Moreno isn't in MLB's top 10 catching prospects

Because MLB Pipeline hasn't updated, BA has. The jump to AA is the toughest next to the jump to the majors. And Moreno is passing it with flying colours. If he's now BA's #36 prospect overall, highly doubt 10 catchers are ahead of him there.

Also some Orelvis stuff:

Martinez hit missiles all over the diamond in this one, his single was 109.6 off the bat, his double was 107.6 and his triple was 101.3. The three hardest hit balls of the game and they all belonged to Martinez. He did make an error at short and the Jays are still trying to figure out his future defensive home, but my man is hitting .262/.328/.434 as a 19-year old in Low-A.
uglyone - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 05:24 PM EDT (#399634) #

“That guy (Moreno) has a case to be their number 1 prospect and I think I have agreement from people inside the organization on that.” - @jnorris427

— bk (@_bkuh_) June 10, 2021
greenfrog - Thursday, June 10 2021 @ 10:43 PM EDT (#399658) #
A few minor-league notes from today:

Pretty good start for Pearson. 5 3 0 0 3 6

Kevin Smith having a good night so far, 1/2 with a double and two walks.

Samad, Martin, Lopez were a combined 6/12 with a double and a walk for New Hampshire. Moreno sat this one out.

Orelvis 1/5 with a three-run HR.

There were some other good performances but I prefer to focus on the higher-end prospects in the system.
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