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Zach Logue dominated in his first start of 2021 at AAA. Seven shutout innings was just the ticket for a Buffalo win. New Hampshire rallied late for their win. Vancouver struggled while Dunedin split a doubleheader.

Buffalo 5 Rochester 0

Hartford 1 New Hampshire 3

Everett 9 Vancouver 2

Clearwater 2 Dunedin 3 - game 1

Clearwater 4 Dunedin 1 - game 2

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Zach Logue had a great first AAA start of 2021. He threw a seven inning one hitter with eight strikeouts. The lefty was able to keep the hitters off balance all night. Of note, Travis Bergen pitched the ninth inning on his return from injury, and the Jays.

The Bisons scored three runs in the third thanks to doubles by Dilson Herrera, Richard Urena and Kevin Smith who drove in two. Herrera then hit a two run home run in the fourth. Juan Graterol had three hits but didn't feature in the scoring.

New Hampshire scored three runs in the eighth for a come from behind win. There was only one hit in that inning. An error, walks, a balk and a sac fly all helped to score the runs. LJ Talley had the RBI hit in the eighth, one of only six hits for the Fisher Cats.

This was a bullpen game for the Cats. Mike Ellenbest got the start and pitched three shutout innings. Three other relievers finished the job. One of them was Vancouver's Will McAffer who was just promoted from his home town team.

Not much went right for the C's in their game. Luis Quinones has been struggling with his command recently and again here, he walked six in 3.2 innings. He allowed two runs while two relievers were charged with the other seven.

The C's had only five hits, Cameron Eden had two of them, scored a run and drove in a run.

Sem Robberse pitched very well in game one. He threw 5.2 innings and gave up two runs. One was a solo home run and the other came on his last batter of his outing. Robberse seems to be settling down to pitch well. The Jays scored all their runs in the first inning. Miguel Hiraldo doubled and Orelvis Martinez singled home home. After PK Morris doubled, Addison Barger singled to drive in runs two and three.

In game two Rafael Ohashi didn't make it out of the second inning. Alejandro Melean went four innings with just an unearned run against him. The Jays only run came on three walks and a wild pitch. The Jays had only three hits.

Three Stars

Third Star - Sem Robberse

Second Star - Dilson Herrera

First Star - Zach Logue


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bpoz - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 10:21 AM EDT (#400473) #
It is very hard to predict prospects. G Moreno made the jump from Lansing to AA NH and is dominating. I did not expect this. P Clarke on the other hand I expected to breeze through Vancouver. I may be impatient and he will figure it out. Clarke does have more bb than Ks.
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#400474) #
Two notes from the Fisher Cats game

Vinny Capra with a double and walk kept his OPS over 1.000. But he also had his 4th error at 3rd base in only 58 innings. Played 344 innings there in 2019 and only committed 3.

Samad stole 2 more bases. Now at 16 SB/2 CS. His 11 HR's are still tied for best and the 16 SB's give him sole possession of 2nd - 1 player has 17. And that's not just in his league, That's in all of AA.
scottt - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#400475) #
Barger keeps hitting. He's supposed to have a phenomenal arm.
10 games at 2B, 6 at short, 5 at DH, 4 at 1B and 4 at 3B.

greenfrog - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#400477) #
Does anyone have a recent scouting report on Zach Logue? His K and BB rates are excellent this year. In total, he's walked 7 and struck out 59 in 42.2 IP. And he's been stingy with hits allowed (34) although he's given up 6 HR.

Could he be back on the radar as a potential #3-5 starter? He just turned 25 in April, so he's not that old. Plus, he's a lefty. He seems interesting, on paper at least.
John Northey - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#400480) #
Zach Logue is climbing fast this year - 1.5 BB/9 vs 12.4 K/9 gets you noticed. But at 25 he is marginal as a prospect. Yes, some HOF'ers did emerge post age 25 but generally top quality climbs to the majors quicker. His K/9 his previous 3 seasons were 9.7 (age 21 in rookie ball/low A), 7.5 and 7.2. So this year is a drastic improvement there. 2019 he walked 3.1/9 IP, so he cut that by more than 50% so far. Wow. His HR/9 was 1.3 in 2019 and 1.3 in 2021. Guess he worked on control during 2020's time off. Wonder if the Jays are considering him for a call up as a reliever with the weak pen and deep starting staff (with Pearson, Hatch ahead of him for call-ups I suspect for the rotation - along with Zeuch and Kay). 11 starters used in Buffalo so far this year with Zeuch & Waguespack getting the most starts at 6 each, then Pearson & Allgeyer at 5 each.
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 03:21 PM EDT (#400487) #
greenfrog, from Prospects Live today:

His first Triple-A start after dominating the Double-A level in the early part of the year. He mixes three pitches and gives batters a tough look with his low slot. His fastball sits 92-94 MPH, mixing in a sweepy slider and a changeup with nice tumble and fade. Has the look of a backend starter or a speciality relief guy that could mow down a lefty heavy heart of the order.
Gerry - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 07:28 PM EDT (#400508) #
Elvis Luciano is back pitching for NH tonight. Moreno has another home run, Taylor and Martin two hits each, and its the second inning.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#400516) #
In New Hampshire so far tonight, Taylor, Martin and Lopez are now a combined 10/12 with four doubles, four runs scored, eight RBI, a stolen base (Martin) and a caught stealing (Taylor). They're in the 7th inning.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#400517) #
Thanks, hypobole, for the prospect reports. I appreciate it.
Nigel - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#400518) #
Taylor is now 3 for 3 with two doubles. Hes on one of the all time fringe prospect heaters (that I can remember). Although the success seems unsustainable (with his plate discipline issues), you can dream on his range of attributes.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 08:55 PM EDT (#400519) #
Taylor has to be at least a top-20 prospect for the Jays after this run. Maybe top-15.
scottt - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 09:24 PM EDT (#400522) #
Depends on which list, but if Moreno was 8th and Lopez 11th to start the year, I'd guess 13th.
Kasi - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 09:42 PM EDT (#400525) #
Taylor is 4/5 today with a walk and Martin 5/6. Not too bad at all. Those two along with Moreno are mighty impressive and Groshans has been improving too. Will be nice when they hit the majors in a year or two.
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 10:27 PM EDT (#400528) #
Taylor has a 21% K rate in June after almost 40% in May. We'll see if the downward trend continues. His SwStr% on the season was at 12.2% (not counting today). AA median is 12.4%.
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 10:36 PM EDT (#400529) #
Good test for the C's tonight. Facing Emerson Hancock, picked right after we took Martin.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 10:43 PM EDT (#400531) #
New Hampshire scored 15 runs in today's game, with innings of 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 5 runs (although not in order).  I'd guess that hasn't happened too often.  The 9 inning equivalent- scoring 1 run in the first, 2 in the 9 in the 9th inning for a total of 45 runs- has probably never been done in pro baseball, but it would be cool. 

It would be interesting to see Samad Taylor's exit velocities. 
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 11:21 PM EDT (#400534) #
FG has EV's for guys on team lists. Longo still has 2 more lists to complete and then hopefully will start updating team's boards, which should add Samad.
Avg/Max EV's

Martin 90/105
Moreno 87/106
Groshans 90/107
Orelvis 87/105
Hiraldo 86/108
Smith 89/106
Jimenez 83/98
Adams 87/108
Lopez 85/103
Young 84/104
Morris 85/105
hypobole - Saturday, June 19 2021 @ 11:44 PM EDT (#400535) #
Not going to speculate on Springer.

But McDaniel a couple of years ago was asked what surprised him most when he was hired by the Braves. His answer was that near seasons end, almost everyone was playing through some sort of injury. Goldstein a couple of weeks back estimated 1/3 to 1/2 of players are playing hurt.
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