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Some good news on the farm on Thursday. Nate Pearson pitched well. The New Hampshire bullpen picked up their first save of the season in game 32. Sem Robberse looks to be finding his groove. Samad Taylor and Kevin Smith continued to get on base. The Bison's split a doubleheader, New Hampshire and Dunedin won. Vancouver lost.

Scranton 3 Buffalo 2 - game 1

Scranton 0 Buffalo 10 - game 2

New Hampshire 5 Portland 3

Vancouver 0 Spokane 8

Dunedin 6 Lakeland 1

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Jacob Waguespack pitched well in game one, he went five innings with just one run allowed.

When Riley Adams was called up, the Jays assigned Rodrigo Vigil, a 28 year old journeyman, to Buffalo. Up until the seventh inning of game one he had the Bisons only two hits. Cullen Large got the Bisons on the board with a two run home run in the bottom of the seventh. It was his first home run of the season.

It was Nate Pearson versus Deivi Garcia in game two. The Bisons got to Garcia for five runs and he was gone in the third inning. Dilson Herrera and Jared Hoying each homered off Garcia. The Bisons tacked on five runs against the bullpen. Cullen Large followed his home run by going 2-2 with two walks. Kevin Smith was 1-2 with an RBI double in game two. He also walked twice. His on base streak had ended in game one.

Pearson threw five shutout innings, three hits, three walks and six K's. He did need 87 pitches, 52 strikes and 35 balls, so still a little wild. Patrick Murphy followed and needed just ten pitches to get through the sixth inning.

The New Hampshire bullpen was 4-17 entering Thursdays game. To put that into perspective, the Fisher Cats have 21 losses and 17 of those were attributed to the bullpen. They also had no saves and were zero for 13 in save opportunities. So it was with some surprise that Fitz Stadler and Brady Rodning combined for three shutout innings. It was particularly good for Rodning who had blown his three previous save opportunities. Troy Miller started and pitched six innings. Portland pushed three runs across against him.

The Cats faced ex-Jay Josh Winckowski for the fourth time this season. Its a credit to Winckowski that the hitters just scored two runs off him even though they are now quite familiar with him. Otto Lopez went 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Samad Taylor picked up two more hits, and a walk, and one strikeout. Jordan Groshans was back in the lineup and had a hit.

As discussed New Hampshire have a losing record. The bullpen is one reason but the offense is another. The team is middle of the pack in team OPS. Taylor, Martin, Moreno and Lopez are hitting well. Talley and Groshans are middle of the pack but the bottom four in the order are hitting at or under .200. The Cats need some or all of those four to pick up the pace.

The C's had only two hits in their game. Luis Quinones was wild, he walked six in four innings. He did strike out eight and only allowed one hit, that was the positive. He needed 87 pitches to get through four innings.

Sem Robberse had a rocky start to his season. We don't know what he did in 2020. Did he pitch? Was it in Holland or in North America? So it's understandable that he might have started slowly. But on Thursday, Robberse went five innings of one hit ball with seven strikeouts. This follows four shutout innings with seven K's in his last start. Robberse was followed by Alejandro Melean who pitched four shutout innings. Melean has allowed just one earned run over his last four appearances.

Orelvis Martinez hit a three run home run, his fourth, Steward Berroa added a two run shot, his second. Leo Jimenez went 3-5. He is 10-23 over his last six games.

Three Stars

Third Star - Cullen Large

Second Star - Otto Lopez

First Star - Sem Robberse


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hypobole - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 12:15 AM EDT (#399665) #
19 yr old Robberse has had 3 rough games, 2 vs Tampa. Tampa's scoring over 8.5 runs per game. Every other team in the league is under 6. Their hitters average age is 22.3 yrs, the oldest in the league. For context, the Fisher Cats hitters average age is 22.9.
rafael - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 08:12 AM EDT (#399672) #
I looked at gameday for Pearson's fifth inning and he was getting robbed by the ump. if you can trust the pitchtracker roboump then he must have had at least seven pitches in corners of strikezone that were called balls. There was a mound visit after one walk where I'd hope the message was keep it up there was only one ball. he did for a bit and so did the ump until he threw one down the middle and it was ground out.
jerjapan - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#399683) #
Props to the Bauxites who continued to call Samad Taylor a prospect, year after year, even those his surface numbers never popped.  Hard to sleep on young for the league though - the kid is still just 22, albeit only for another month. 

He's played all 3 OF spots, 2nd and 3rd this year, and looks like a quality utility option, although I have no idea of his D anywhere other than 2nd. 
hypobole - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#399687) #
Some of the Daily Notes from PL:

Kevin Smith.
Now hitting .270/.373/.560 with seven home runs, heís also a perfect 5-for-5 on the basepaths. The most encouraging part of Smithís performance this season has been the unexpected jump in walk rate. His 12.6% is nearly double his career mark of 6.4% between 2017 to 2019.

Sem Robberse.
Went 65% four-seamer in this one and dominated the Lakeland lineup. This was easily his best appearance of the season and while he went really fastball heavy he used his curveball to finish off hitters. It was effective and the pitch had a 60% CSW.

Miguel Hiraldo.
The 20-year old Hiraldo has a solid offensive game that lacks a real plus tool that makes it pop. The most alluring thing here is his solid production while being young for the level and waiting for that physical transformation to occur as he bulks up and adds strength. Heís a future utility option for me at the moment, but heís got time to change my mind.

Orelvis Martinez.
Orelvis is the best offensive player on the infield, and actually on the roster for the Blue Jays Low-A squad. His homer was smoked, left the bat at 107.9 MPH.

scottt - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#399689) #
CSW? swinging strike?
mathesond - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#399691) #
Called Strikes + Swinging Strikes
hypobole - Friday, June 11 2021 @ 11:00 PM EDT (#399775) #
Another huge night for Gabe Moreno. 4 for 5, walk, 2 doubles, Home Run.
4 hits for Leo Jimenez, Orelvis Home Run.

greenfrog - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 08:23 AM EDT (#399784) #
Moreno is now hitting .398/.454/.667. Incredible. If heís for real, he should be the starting catcher next year.

Kevin Smith had another good night 1/2 with a double and a walk.
hypobole - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 09:45 AM EDT (#399786) #
Moreno is now at 200 wRC+ on the season, so a full 100% better than league average. That's the 4th best mark in the entire minors. The 3 ahead of him are a 26 yr old in AA, a 25 yr old in A+ and a 29 yr old in AAA. Metrics like SST%, ISO etc are very good/great especially for his age.

The one item that suggests some regression is his crazy high .457 BABIP, 2nd highest of the 213 qualified batters in the 3 AA leagues. The fact that Samad and Otto are also over .400 (top 5% in AA) and Martin at .382 in that category makes me wonder about the pitching and defences they've been facing.

Hodgie - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#399787) #
Further context on the 21 year old Morenoís season to date, his 200+ wRC not only leads his league but is better than former #1 overall Adley Rutschmanís 175. Havenít checked lately but the 23 year old Rutschman was widely viewed as the second best prospect behind Wander Franco coming into the season.
hypobole - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 11:30 AM EDT (#399788) #
Rutschman's value has 2 aspects most hitting prospects don't have. Switch hitter with both swings being almost the same and close to equally effective. He is also an elite defender with the potential to be the best in MLB. That said, he's an outstanding pitch framer. If robo umps do make it to the majors by 2023 as many predict, that skill won't matter for his entire career.

Moreno's defence is described as good, which I guess is in the Reese McGuire vein. And he's a RHB. On the positive side, Moreno is younger and didn't catch until the Jays signed him, so being good at this stage is an accomplishment in itself. And he has shown he can hit both LH and RH pitching this year and in 2019.
bpoz - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#399790) #
Something I like is that Moreno was signed Aug 3, 2016. That was the "penalty" year for Vlad's big 2015 contract. The Jays are picking up some inexpensive gems.

Some more are Kirk and S Robberse. A few more I would guess.
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