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The Jays affiliates won two and lost three on Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley 7 Buffalo 1

The Phillies affiliate got to Anthony Kay for six runs over 3-2/3 innings. The lefty allowed six hits, three walks and hit a batter while striking out two. Patrick Murphy stranded a runner and struck out three over 1-1/3 innings of shutout relief. Connor Overton and Trenton Thornton pitched a scoreless frame to sandwich an unearned run allowed by Bryan Baker in the seventh.

Otto Lopez picked up his first Triple-A hit by driving in the Herd's only run in the eighth. He also stole a pair of bases. Rodrigo Vigil singled, walked and scored the only run. Kevin Smith went 0-for-1 before being replaced at short by Richard Ureña in the bottom of the third inning. Smith bobbled a grounder off the bat directly in front of the second base bag in an attempt to start a 6-3 double play. He collided with the sliding runner but was still able to throw out Mickey Moniak at first. After watching the replay on MiLB.TV, I'm not sure how Smith was hurt. He walked off the field without any help.

Hartford 12 New Hampshire 1

The Rockies affiliate scored 11 runs over the first four innings to embarrass the Fisher Cats. Johnny Barbara was jolted for five runs on five hits, a walk and a plunk over two innings, striking out one. Like Barbara, Mike Ellenbest was also blasted for five runs and served up a homer in the third. Adrian Hernandez gave up a run in two innings in his Double-A debut. Emerson Jimenez allowed an unearned marker in 1-2/3 innings. Graham Spraker struck out three in 1-1/3 shutout frames and Brandon Eisert posted a goose egg in his first inning with New Hampshire.

Samad Taylor singled home the only Fisher Cats run and also had a double. Taylor is now hitting .313 with a .936 OPS. Vinny Capra, Demi Orimoloye and Reggie Pruitt also had a notch in the hit column.

Dunedin 5 Fort Myers 4 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

Trent Palmer pitched five innings of two-hit ball, giving up just one run on two hits against the Twins affiliate. He retired the side in order in the first, second and fourth innings and struck out seven. Free-agent signee Justin Kelly gave up three runs in his first professional inning. 13th round pick Matthew Svanson earned the save in his pro debut by striking out one in the seventh.

Mac Mueller and Riley Tirotta—the Jays 12th rounder this year—had two hit games with Tirotta stealing a base. Dasan Brown singled, walked and stole his 10th base of the year. Steward Berroa was 1-for-4 with two RBI and stole a base. J.J. D'Orazio was 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout in his Dunedin debut.

Fort Myers 6 Dunedin 5 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

Jackson Melean struck out nine but yielded two homers resulting in five runs on three hits and three walks over four innings. Harry Rutkowski—a free-agent signing from Rutgers—took the loss by giving up a run over two frames but struck out four in his first appearance as a pro.

Riley Tirotta added two more hits and stole a base. Steward Berroa and P.K. Morris reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Berroa stole two more bases to give him 34 on the year. Addison Barger belted his 12th homer of the year, a two-run shot.

Vancouver 3 Hillsboro 2

Adam Kloffenstein gave up a two-run home run in the first inning but settled down after that to pitch 5-2/3 innings of three-hit ball, walking three and striking out seven. He got six groundball outs but uncorked three wild pitches. Will McAffer got the win with 1-1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up just one hit and striking out three. Hagen Danner and Cobi Johnson finished off the shutout relief with one inning apiece, getting a hold and a save respectively.

Tanner Morris had an RBI single to drive in Vancouver's first run before Davis Schneider dialled long distance to tie the game at 2-2 in the second inning. The winning run scored on a wild pitch. Philip Clarke had a double while Luis De Los Santos and Will Robertson singled. Orelvis Martinez was 0-for-4.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Adam Kloffenstein, Vancouver

2. Trent Palmer, Dunedin

1. Riley Tirotta, Dunedin
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scottt - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 09:08 AM EDT (#404277) #
Tirotta was described as "the most intriguing late round pick" on Jays From The Couch.
"dazzling speed and raw power that projects to a 15-20 home run bat".
"strong, accurate throwing arm and exceptional range that sets Tirotta on a quick path to the major leagues."

92-93 - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#404293) #
When Trenton Thornton pitches in Buffalo he goes by "Butters".
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#404294) #
4th round pick this year, Chad Dollas, has the nickname " Cheese". There's got to be a dairy joke in there somewhere.
bpoz - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#404300) #
Good to see some 2021 draft picks playing.

It will be interesting to see how he performs compared to 2019 picks W Robertson, T Morris, C Eden and P Clarke if he moves fast enough to be teammates with them.
bpoz - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#404316) #
I checked our top 30 prospects for "soon to arrive help". We just have a handful.

Pearson #1.

K Smith as a potential regular. Strong arm, hits for Avg & power. 14 SB is good. Ks 27%. 10%bb.

J Palacios LHH. 4th OF.

P Murphy power arm for the pen.

Merryweather counts as well I suppose but not on the prospect lists and he is 30 years old in Oct.

We need pitching help and the 3 pitchers above are all injury prone.

Gerry - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#404319) #
Josh Palacios had four plate appearances in the FCL today.
bpoz - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#404325) #
Tirotta has a hit tonight. Double.
jerjapan - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#404328) #
Some promising early performances from the kids in rookie ball, or whatever it's called now.  Catcher Victor Mesia is a new name for me, but he's got a nice slash line for 18 years old.   JJ D'Orazio - formerly Javier, I think - has a great defense rep behind the plate.  Sem Robberse will be 20 soon and is already holding his in the Dunedin rotation.  And 21 year old reliever Adrian Hernandez, one of many young arms who has shown promise before, has 84 Ks in 48 IP!  He's already made AA and seems a fast moving reliever who could pitch for us in the bigs by the end of next year.
Any names you guys are high on? 
greenfrog - Thursday, August 05 2021 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#404329) #
Posted this in the other thread:

BA’s International Big Board for the 2021-2022 international signing class links the Blue Jays to Luis Meza, a 5’11” 185lb 16-year-old catcher. Here’s a partial quote:

“Venezuela consistently is home to top international catchers, with Diego Cartaya (Dodgers), Francisco Alvarez (Mets) and Ronnier Quintero (Cubs) in the most recent signing classes. Meza fits into that tier of players as a catcher who projects to stick behind the plate and is one of the better hitters in Venezuela.”

Sounds like a great (anticipated) signing by Toronto.
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