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Two wins and two losses by the Blue Jays affiliates on Tuesday. Dunedin's game against St. Lucie was rained out.

Buffalo 11 Rochester 0

The Bisons won their first game back in Buffalo in two years in convincing fashion over the Nationals affiliate. Forrest Wall was hit by a pitch to start the game and he was tripled home by Kevin Smith. Wall was 2-for-2 with two walks, a hit by pitch, a run batted in and his 19th stolen base of the year. Logan Warmoth had a three-hit game, including a three-run home run. Otto Lopez had a two-run triple among his two hits and Richard Ureña had two hits and a swipe.

Jacob Waguespack tossed 3-2/3 shutout innings of one-hit, one-walk ball and struck out three. Four of his five outs in play were on the ground as he lowered his earned run average to 2.70. Dany Jiménez was the winning pitcher with 1-1/3 frames of shutout ball, striking out two. Kyle Johnston and Fitz Stadler pitched two and one bagels in their Triple-A debuts. Travis Bergen took care of the ninth.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 5

Samad Taylor smashed his 14th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the ninth that was the difference against the Nat affiliate. He had two hits, a walk and two steals to run his total to 24. Demi Orimoloye also had two hits and drove in two. Chris Bec got aboard three times with a hit and two walks. Vinny Capra and Chavez Young both had a single and a walk with Young pilfering his 13th bag of the year. Jordan Groshans was 0-for-5.

Casey Lawrence put up five zeros on the linescore, yielding just two hits and a walk. He rung up three batters and got five of his nine outs on the grass. Jon Harris gave up two runs in 1-2/3 innings and Marcus Reyes was also charged with two runs as he got the blown save and the win. Sean Rackoski surrendered a run in the ninth but got the save.

Everett 11 Vancouver 6

The Canadians opened their six-game set with a loss to the Mariners affiliate. Adam Kloffenstein gave up a walk, a single, a double, a triple and two more singles that led to four runs in the second inning. Though Kloff gave up eight hits and a walk, he struck out 11 in five innings. Hayden Juenger pitched a perfect sixth but was charged with two runs on one hit and a walk in 1-2/3 innings. Justin Maese could not strand either of Juenger's runners and gave up four runs in just one-third of an inning. Willy Gaston gave up the other run in the eighth.

The C's had 10 hits and five of them were doubles. Sebastian Espino came off the injured list to double home Vancouver's first run. He had a two-hit night along will Will Robertson. Tanner Morris added an RBI double and drew a walk. Zac Cook doubled home two and took one for the team. Eric Rivera doubled and confiscated his 10th base. Orelvis Martinez singled in his first at-bat but went 0-for-4 the rest of the way.

FCL Yankees 13 FCL Blue Jays 5

The game was tied at 1-1 after four innings before things got ugly for the F-Jays. Gabriel Martinez, Rainer Nunez and Glenn Santiago recorded two hits apiece with the latter two getting a double. Rikelbin De Castro was 1-for-5 with an RBI. 14th rounder Damiano Palmegiani made his pro debut, getting plunked with a pitch in his first at-bat and finishing 0-for-2.

Lefthander Kendy Rojas struck out six over three innings, giving up one run on a hit and two walks. Edgar Castro had a scoreless fourth and Elieser Medrano put up two goose eggs in the final two innings with two inherited runners scoring. In between, Rafael Ohashi was roughed up for three runs in the fifth to take the loss. Wilgenis Alvarado allowed a run in the sixth. Jeury Hiciano served up a two-run dinger in the sixth. Marc Civit was mauled for six runs and did not get an out.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Logan Warmoth, Buffalo

2. Forrest Wall, Buffalo

1. Samad Taylor, New Hampshire
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bpoz - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 07:51 AM EDT (#404741) #
O Lopez and K Johnston are doing well in their AAA promotions so far.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 08:19 AM EDT (#404742) #
They seem to be playing Otto Lopez mostly at second base in Buffalo.  The promotion enables the club to give substantial time at the position to both Lopez and Taylor, which makes sense given the persistent effects of Biggio's upper extremity injury.  Lopez has a 5/2 W/K in Buffalo so far to go along with hitting over .300 as has been his pattern.  He's only 22 and he's got a really nice swing.  The real issue is whether he can play the position adequately. 

The Bisons are now tied for first with Scranton Wilkes-Barre. 
Jonny German - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#404746) #
It think it's too early to say that Mike. He's started 4 games at 2nd in Buffalo, 2 in CF, 1 in LF, 1 at SS. This is pretty consistent with how he was deployed in AA. The change from 2019 is that he's been getting significant time in CF and much less time at SS.

I expect the plan is for Lopez to spend most of 2022 in AAA. It'll be interesting to see how the team sorts out Biggio / Espinal / Valera / Smith - they can't all be in the majors, but it doesn't feel like they'd benefit from more time at AAA either.
Nigel - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 09:27 AM EDT (#404747) #
I really don’t think Lopez has the arm for SS or 3B. I think it’s 2B or LF in his future. If he can fake CF at times, that would be a useful add on to his resume.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#404752) #
We'll see what the club does, but I agree with Nigel about Lopez' likely positions.  To add, I don't think he has either the arm or the instincts/first step to play third base or shortstop (you need one or the other).  I'm not sure about whether he has the athleticism to play second base, but it may be that he can learn enough to be OK.
bpoz - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#404754) #
Just letting my mind wander about prospects and various players.

1) Weight control may/probably helps Kirk. Mind wanders to Cecil and Prince Fielder. Father & son wandering to the Griffys and Vlad Gs and Biggio/Bischette.

2) PEDs. It helped a lot of players back in the day. Not completely sure which players did what but I can remember a few. Not accusing todays players but Tellez and others probably get a big boost. Possibly to stardom.

3) Sticky stuff!! To be determined.
jerjapan - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 04:30 PM EDT (#404765) #
Any thoughts on Adrian Hernandez?  88Ks in 50 IP.  He's in AA already, third stop this season, and he threw 5 no-hit relief innings for Vancouver in June.   Sometimes minor league relievers take off like this guy, I could see him in Buffalo by the end of the season. 
bpoz - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#404767) #
Hernandez born in Mexico, Jan22,2000 and signed by the Jays Nov 23,2017. I calculate that he does not need rule 5 protection until after the 2022 season. I expect he gets an invitation to ST as a NRI.

If we are desperate for bullpen help in 2022 I expect him to be promoted if he can continue his success.
Gerry - Wednesday, August 11 2021 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#404778) #
Josh Palacios was 2-2 for Dunedin today. He was previously rehabbing with the FCL Jays.

AJ Cole and CJ Edwards each pitched an inning in that game.
jerjapan - Thursday, August 12 2021 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#404838) #
Thanks Bpoz.   Searching for random pitching prospects named Adrian Hernandez proves to be more difficult than you might think, and Hernandez is way off the radar.
But hey, I've been right on Overton, Saucedo and Sneed so far this year...
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