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Two winners and two second-place finishers on the scoreboard by the Jays affiliates Sunday.

Worcester 8 Buffalo 1

Every Bisons hitter reached base at least once and had 15 baserunners on 11 hits, three walks and a hit by pitch but still wound up losing to the Red Sox. Kevin Smith doubled twice to give him 21 on the season. Tyler White—thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Smith double to end the first—had two hits including an RBI double to bring in an Anthony Morales base hit. The 22 year-old Morales has a hit in all three games with the Herd since being called up from Dunedin. Forrest Wall had a couple of notches in the hit column.

Zach Logue suffered the loss but was betrayed by the Bisons defence when Dilson Herrera threw away a ball from second and White dropped a ball at first. Logue allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits and walk over four inning, striking out only one. He did get seven of his 10 outs in play on the ground. Tommy Milone—the soft-tossing southpaw who is no longer the key to the Jays playoff drive—gave up a run in 1-2/3 innings. Jeremy Beasley gave up two runs (one earned) in 1-1/3 innings while Kirby Snead put up a zero in the eighth.

New Hampshire 7 Portland 6

Nick Podkul's two-run single broke a 3-3 tie as the Fisher Cats got by the Red Sox affiliate in Maine. Podkul had another RBI single and drew two walks in a perfect day at the plate. Kevin Vicuńa had a three-hit game, including a double, and stole a base. Tanner Kirwer had two hits with one being a run-scoring double. Chavez Young singled, walked and stole a base and Jordan Groshans had an RBI double. Samad Taylor walked and swiped his 20th base of the year.

Maximo Castillo put up a quality start to improve his record to 8-2. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings, striking out five and recording seven outs on the dirt. Mike Ellenbest and Fitz Stadler put up a goose egg apiece. Graham Spraker surrendered three runs in two-thirds of an inning but Emerson Jimenez stranded the tying run on base by getting the final out of the game for his first save.

Vancouver 6 Spokane 3

The C's blew a 3-0 lead to the Rockies affiliate but scored three in the ninth to snap a four-game losing skid. Philip Clarke crushed his second homer of the season to highlight a three-hit performance. Zac Cook belted his first home run in a Vancouver uniform to get the C's on the board in the third inning and also stole a base. Spencer Horwitz doubled, singled and walked twice to give him 50 free passes on the year and a share of the High-A West lead. Tanner Morris also had a pair of safeties and is sporting a .409 on-base percentage. Will Robertson singled and was plunked.

Nick Fraze was perfect in his four-inning start, striking out four. Brandon Eisert gave up all three runs in the fifth inning, including a pair of home runs. Adrian Hernandez and Justin Maese delivered two cream cheese bagels apiece with Hernandez striking out four while Maese collected his second win of the year.

Bradenton 4 Dunedin 3

The D-Jays outhit the Pirates affiliate 7-6 but fell short on the scoreboard in the series finale. P.K. Morris homered in the fourth inning and Orelvis Martinez scored a pair with a hit in the eighth. Martinez had two hits along with Wifrann Astudillo, who was on base three times after taking one for the team. Steward Berroa and Miguel Hiraldo singled and walked. Dasan Brown was 0-for-4.

Naswell Paulino was popped for four runs—including a homer—on five hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He struck out six and and recorded five outs on the grass. Elixon Caballero, Jol Concepion and Juan De Paula threw a shutout frame apiece.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Philip Clarke, Vancouver

2. Nick Podkul, New Hampshire

1. Maximo Castillo, New Hampshire
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lexomatic - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 06:47 AM EDT (#404095) #
This year it feels like minimal news on draft signing.  Apparently the deadline to sign has passed.  Did the Jays sign everyone?
scottt - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#404097) #
Not quite, but close.

The highschoolers are the ones that are hard to sign. The other ones are usually not a problem.

#4 Irv Carter slot $350K signed for $850K
#7 Jaden Rudd, left outfield bat slot $210K signed for $197.5K
#16 Michael Bucknam and #20 Luke Holman have not signed.
Holman wanted at least $2M, so no surprise there.

There is also a couple of junior college guys.
#3 Tiedmann signed around slot value.
#14 Canadian 3B Palmegiani signed for a slight over at $157.5K.

ISLAND BOY - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 08:01 AM EDT (#404099) #
The New York Mets did not sign their first round pick, number 10 overall, Kumar Rocker because of something they saw in the x-rays of his arm during his physical. His agent, Scott Boras is saying, of course, that there is nothing wrong with his arm and nothing has changed since he injured it in 2018. The Mets will get an extra selection, number 11, in next year's draft.
scottt - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 08:20 AM EDT (#404101) #
Houston has not signed their 4th round pick for similar reasons. Houston got no first or second round pick this year.
bpoz - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#404104) #
Hope to hear soon that this years healthy draft pics are going to play soon. Dunedin most likely.
uglyone - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#404107) #
Axford to Brewers for cash.
92-93 - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#404108) #
Weird that they couldn't give Axford a look even with a 9 man bullpen.
Chuck - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#404111) #
Looking back at Axford's career, I was surprised to see that he hasn't really been any good for an entire decade now, and that he only ever had two good seasons. Not the way my brain remembered all this.

He has been lights out in the minors this year but we'll see what that really means on the big stage. I think the Jays are now safely past having to gamble on him.

jerjapan - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#404129) #
Axford's just too far down the depth chart, even though he's pitching well enough to get a chance to get a shot somewhere.  That's fine by me, decent insurance, and a fun story to follow. 

Other guys might get DFAed who've pitched well too ...

You've gotta figure the four relievers we acquired in the past weeks aren't going anywhere, Romano and Mayza have been our two most reliable guys, and we are going to carry 6 starters.  I really like that idea, from I forget who, sorry, but a Matz / Stripling starter tandem is sort of perfect.   That's 12 pitchers so far.  Pearson could be here soon, and if healthy, he's a lock.  Edwards Jr. will be DFAed after he rehabs. 

With Pearson, that's 13 pitchers.  So all these guys for one spot, at best? 

-Borucki / Dolis / Castro / Cole / Saucedo / Sneed / Thornton / Kay / Hatch

Obviously, the guys with options get sent down.  But hot or not right now, Dolis might be the guy cut. 
Gerry - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#404134) #
Otto Lopez has been promoted to AAA. Vinny Capra is back down.

scottt - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#404136) #
I hear the cash is actually $1.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 07:53 PM EDT (#404162) #
Orelvis Martinez has been promoted to Vancouver according to a press release from the C's. RHPs Gabriel Ponce and Andrew Bash also up from Low-A Dunedin.

2021 sixth round RHP Hayden Juenger also joining the C's.

RHP Adrian Hernandez and LHP Brandon Eisert have been promoted to New Hampshire from Vancouver.
clark - Monday, August 02 2021 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#404163) #
I noticed Adrian Hernandez’ fantastic numbers at Vancouver and his relative youth at 21 years old. I searched the internet to try and find out how he was acquired. I assume international signing, but not sure. If so, I’m curious about what his bonus was. Anyone know anything about this guy?
Jonny German - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 05:29 AM EDT (#404165) #
Well deserved promotions for Otto and Orelvis. I’m wondering why they didn’t make the obvious corresponding move of moving Tanner Morris up to AA. He’s been putting up a great OBP all season, steadily adding power, and is old for high-A (24 in September).
ISLAND BOY - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 07:54 AM EDT (#404166) #
Clark, I googled Blue Jays Adrian Hernandez international signing and Baseball America has complete stats on him. The Jays signed him out of Mexico when he was just shy of his 18th birthday but I don't know for how much. He is a righthander, not big at 5'10", 168 pounds but he put up sparkling numbers at Vancouver: 28.2 IP, 12 hits, 8 walks, 44 strikeouts, all out of the bullpen.
bpoz - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#404168) #
Many of us have gushed about prospects.

Personal examples: Catcher JPA was smashing HRs in the PCL. Kirk was hitting at a High AVG and had an incredible bb/k ratio. Vlad also nice minor league numbers.

Adrian Hernandez was described by clark and ISLAND BOY. In Dunedin his walks were too high. Most likely because of the robo ump experiment. Promoted to Vancouver in June. I tried to do the math and got it wrong, but I continue my post. 1 whole inning pitched is 3 batters out not 2 (my math mistake). I was salivating at my calculation of 13.2 IP = 28 batters out via 20 strike outs. Basic accurate math spoiled things. So 41 batters in 13.2 IP 20 Ks is good. July is equally impressive but I cannot accurately calculate number of outs. Old age.

No more math. Maybe young for the league? Not going to try to post how many pitches he was throwing to accomplish his duty. 1.1 to 5IP per outing while in Vancouver.
Ducey - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#404172) #
On Hernandez

Looks like he gets most of success as a result of his changeup.
scottt - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 02:59 PM EDT (#404176) #
BA's new top 30. (First 6 are top 100)

1. Gabriel Moreno
2. Alek Maonah
3. Nate Pearson
4. Orelvis Martinez
5. Jordan Groshans
6. Alejandro Kirk
7. Gunnar Hoglund
8. Otto Lopez
9. Miguel Hiraldo
10. Adam Kloffentstein
11. Manuel Beltre
12. Estiven Machado
13. Victor Mesia (Another catcher to replace Adams before long)
14. Yhoangel Aponte (A CF, 5'0" and 190lbs, .263 .451 .368) Hmm.
15. Luis Garcia
16. Sem Robberse
17. Ricky Tiedemann
18. Irv Carter
19. Kevin Smith (The Enigma)
20. Van Eyk
21. Eric Pardinho
22. Thomas Hatch
23. Chad Dallas
24. Patrick Murphy
25. Samad Taylor (still striking out too much)
26. Leonardo Jimenez
27. Tanner Morris
28. Rikelvin De Castro
29 Josh Palacios (hand injury in April and gone?)
30. Will Robertson

 Dasan Brown (outstanding Athlete but held back by crude hitting ability)
 Trent Palmer (more walks than innings pitched)

Estiven Machado has a hamstring injury and Pardinho has been shutdown for soreness.

Jonny German - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 03:30 PM EDT (#404178) #
A 5’0” centre fielder would be very impressive, but unfortunately it’s likely your source is incorrect. BB-Ref list Aponte as 5’11”. He’s the one guy on BA’s list I had not heard of before today.

As usual BA favours potential ceiling way above expected floor. Machado/Mesia/Aponte/Garcia are certainly exciting guys to have, but it feels like a stretch to me to be rating rookie ballers above a 24-year-old who has a very real shot of winning.a AAA MVP.
Ducey - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 03:37 PM EDT (#404179) #
14. Yhoangel Aponte (A CF, 5'0" and 190lbs, .263 .451 .368) Hmm. Milb has him at 5'11", lol
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 03:38 PM EDT (#404180) #
I agree about BA and its preference for "high ceiling".  Kevin Smith did turn 25 on July 4 though.  Presumably he may get the call to the Show once the current run of consecutive games is over and the club can pare down the bullpen a bit. 
scottt - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#404181) #
Kevin Smith has a high ceiling, but he doesn't seem to have a floor.
scottt - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 04:47 PM EDT (#404182) #
My source was BA's link.
Cynicalguy - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 05:48 PM EDT (#404186) #
I would have Smith a lot higher, maybe even in the top 10. Taylor in the top 15.

Too bad about Palacios' injury, wanted to see if the hype from the organization on him had any merit with some at bats in AAA.
uglyone - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#404187) #
Ugly's New Top 10

1. Manoah
2. Kirk
3. Moreno
4. Orelvis
5. Pearson
6. Groshans
7. Hoglund
8. Smith
9. Hiraldo
10. Lopez
greenfrog - Tuesday, August 03 2021 @ 08:52 PM EDT (#404208) #
The Jays should keep up whatever they're currently doing in Latin America. The organization has acquired an incredible amount of talent from the region in recent years (and historically).
hypobole - Wednesday, August 04 2021 @ 12:43 AM EDT (#404216) #
Orelvis first High A game, first High A HR.
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