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The Blue Jays affiliates were nearly swept Wednesday.

Worcester 9 Buffalo 4

The Red Sox affiliate did not lighten up on Bowden Francis who was rocked for four solo home runs and six runs total over four innings on 10 hits and a walk while striking out seven. Dany Jimenez worked a shutout fifth but Curtis Taylor coughed up two in the sixth. Nate Pearson walked one and whiffed one in a shutout seventh. Carl Edwards Jr. served up a solo homer but struck out two in the eighth. Bryan Baker earned his stripes by striking out the side in the ninth.

Christian Colon clubbed his 14th homer of the year as part of a 3-for-3 night with a walk. Otto Lopez was 3-for-5 and threw out a runner at the plate from left field. Forrest Wall singled and walked. Danny Jansen was 0-for-1 with a walk before Kellin Deglan took over behind the plate. He singled in his two at-bats.

Binghamton 7 New Hampshire 5

Maximo Castillo was cuffed around for six runs (five earned) on nine hits that included a home run. He struck out five and walked nobody. Brandon Eisert pitched two shutout frames but Connor Law allowed a home run. Brody Rodning and Graham Sparker contributed a shutout frame apiece.

Samad Taylor, L.J. Talley and Chavez Young all had two-hit efforts. Taylor doubled and stole two bases but was caught once. Talley had a sacrifice fly and Young picked up an RBI single. Tanner Kirwer and Kevin Vicuña singled and walked. Vinny Capra and Jordan Groshans also had base hits.

Hillsboro 11 Vancouver 4

The Diamondbacks affiliate pounded Paxton Schultz for seven runs on eight hits (including a homer) over two innings, walking one and striking out one. Willy Gaston was whacked for the other four runs over three frames. Justin Maese pitched two scoreless innings and Thomas Ruwe put up a bagel in the eighth.

Tanner Morris extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double, a single and a walk. Orelvis Martinez mashed his fifth tater with the C’s and Spencer Horwitz collected his 22nd double. Eric Rivera was 1-for-2 before being pinch-hit for by Rafael Lantigua who walked in both plate appearances.

Lakeland 3 Dunedin 1 (Game 1)

Sean Mellen surrendered a run over three innings on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch to take the loss but struck out five. Jefferson Herrera gave up the other two runs over three frames against the Tigers affiliate.

Garrett Spain had the only two-hit game for the D-Jays but was caught stealing. Riley Tirotta singled home the only run. Dasan Brown drew a walk and swiped his 12th base of the year. P.K. Morris singled and walked while Zach Britton had a base knock and took one for the team.

Lakeland 7 Dunedin 4 (Game 2)

Dunedin grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first, highlighted by Steward Berroa‘s fifth dinger of the year and an RBI triple from P.K. Morris. Mac Mueller was 2-for-3 with his 12th steal while Miguel Hiraldo doubled for the 22nd time this season.

Justin Kelly gave back the Dunedin lead by giving up three runs on one hit and three walks with one punch out. Trenton Wallace—the Jays 11th round pick from Iowa—was whacked for four runs in 1-1/3 innings to suffer the loss in his pro debut. Julian Valdez allowed all three Wallace runners to score before pitching two-thirds of a shutout frame. Jays 8th rounder Hunter Gregory struck out one in a shutout seventh inning in his first appearance as a pro out of Old Dominion.

FCL Blue Jays 7 FCL Phillies 0

Leo Jimenez went 3-for-4, J.C. Masson had an RBI double and RBI single and Damiano Palmegiani belted his first professional home run for the F-Jays. Amell Brazoban also went deep and Brock Lundquist added an RBI base knock.

Kendry Rojas scattered three hits and struck out four over three scoreless frames. Soenni Martinez and Colton Laws took care of the next two frames. Rafael Ohashi tossed three no-hit innings, walking two and striking out six. Jiorgeny Casimiri finished off the ninth without a run on his ledger.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Samad Taylor, New Hampshire

2. Otto Lopez, Buffalo

1. Christian Colon, Buffalo
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Gerry - Thursday, August 26 2021 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#405655) #
Fangraphs has a scouting report on Orelvis and his struggles in Vancouver.

After he torched A-ball, the Blue Jays promoted Martinez to High-A Vancouver for the last six weeks of the season. He’s found the waters much choppier out west, batting just .158/.198/.329 in his first 82 plate appearances, and while he’s hitting for some power (five dingers) and boasts an above-average strikeout rate, pitchers are luring him out of the zone in most directions. Breaking balls are harder and sharper at this level, and he’s chasing them in the dirt; he’s also being a little too aggressive on fastballs in on his hands. He’s consistently out front on anything slow, as his coiled leg kick and timing mechanism leave him off balance against anything that isn’t a fastball. Sometimes he makes contact, sometimes he doesn’t, but it’s hard to impact the ball when you’re lunging.

Defensively, Martinez looks rough at shortstop. He clanged a few balls in my looks, and on a turf surface, too. He’s quick once he gets going, but his initial step is a bit slow, and given his size, I’d guess he’ll grow off of shortstop in time anyway.

Despite the struggles, there’s a lot to be excited about here. Martinez is very young for the level, and growing pains are to be expected at this stage in his journey. His bat-to-ball skills are well ahead of most of his teammates, which is encouraging, and the physical tools are potentially special. His hands are extremely explosive, and when he hits a ball well, it stays hit. There’s a little bit too much hit tool volatility for him to be a sure-thing type of prospect, but I’m nonetheless bullish. Even if he hasn’t found his defensive home yet, I suspect that when he returns to the Northwest for a second spin at High-A, he’ll do plenty of damage at the plate.
Gerry - Thursday, August 26 2021 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#405656) #
And CJ Van Eyk....

Depending on when you catch him, Van Eyk can look like a future rotation piece or a guy who won’t get out of Double-A. I saw the latter version back in July, when he had trouble keeping the fastball out of the righties batter’s box and was knocked out in the third inning. He looked much better in my second viewing in Hillsboro last week. He touched 97, comfortably sat 92–95, dominated the lineup with a plus 12–6 curve, and missed bats with a sweeping slider. His control drifted on him in the fourth, but he made an adjustment and looked as sharp as ever the following inning.

A little more mechanical consistency could go a long way here, because Van Eyk clearly has the arm strength and stuff to start. His control has faltered from inning to inning dating back to his time at Florida State, though, and it’s fair to wonder if there’s a fix here. Right now he’s a low probability starter with higher upside than normal given the first part of this sentence.
Gerry - Thursday, August 26 2021 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#405657) #
And Sebastian Espino who he repeatedly calls Esposito.

Esposito has all the makings of a divisive prospect. Let’s start with the good. He’s 21, strong and lanky with room for growth, plays on the left side of the infield, and is already hitting for power. He’s hitting for everything, come to think of it, slashing .300/.359/.521 in 58 High-A games.

The bad news is that he has no approach to speak of. He’s very aggressive and doesn’t have much feel for the zone. He’s not helpless against offspeed — he made an adjustment on an inside changeup and lined it over the fence in a game last week — but spin gets him off balance, and his swing looks ugly when it does. Both that swing and his contact rates are notable for the wrong reasons.

Eric Longenhagen has written previously about how binary hit tool evaluations can make a non-prospect out of otherwise athletic players (Anderson Tejeda, for instance). Esposito is flirting with danger here, particularly because his 8% walk rate is more the product of a low contact rate than patience or plate discipline. And yet, you can’t write him off, because he’s hitting .300 with power as a 21-year-old at High-A. For what it’s worth, a scout I spoke with raved about him and questioned how in the world the Mets lost this kind of player in the Rule 5 draft.

If we’re to continue a sort of shadow comparison with Tejeda, it’s worth mentioning that Esposito’s numbers are superior at this stage in their respective development. Even so, he has a lot of work to do in refining his approach. While I don’t think he’s a high probability big league starter, he’s an interesting one to follow, and a guy who will certainly appear on our next Blue Jays list.
85bluejay - Thursday, August 26 2021 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#405658) #
It's looking like the Reds have fallen out of love with Nick Senzel and will dump him this offseason - I'd love for the Jays to take a flyer on him and stick him at 3B.
99BlueJaysWay - Friday, August 27 2021 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#405737) #
Thanks for sharing Gerry!
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