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Four wins out of four for the affiliates. For each team except Buffalo, the season ended today. It's always good to end on a winning note. Being the last day for three teams, and with two off days looming for Buffalo, managers used lots of pitchers. Fewer hitters were used as rosters are tight due to COVID issues in New Hampshire.

Buffalo 5 Rochester 1

New Hampshire 4 Harrisburg 6

Hillsboro 2 Vancouver 8

Clearwater 0 Dunedin 5

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Zach Logue went four innings without allowing an earned run. Five relievers followed throwing an inning each.

The Bisons had 12 hits with just Forrest Wall going hitless. Tyler White, Richard Urena, Cullen Large and Christian Colon had two hits each. Large started slowly this season but he hit .310 in August and .327 in September. His OPS for those months is .952 and .852. As a 25 year old he has a chance to be a utility guy in the major leagues.

Six runs on six hits for NH. Spencer Horwitz was the only hitter with two hits, one of them his second home run. Horwitz is ticketed to start next year in AA and he has hit .375 in his brief audition in AA. Ryan Gold also homered.

The Fisher Cats used six pitchers. The longest stint was by Johnny Barbato who threw 3.1 shutout innings.

Vancouver's win was anchored by an excellent start from Alejandro Melean. He went 5.2 innings with two runs allowed. Hagen Danner pitched the ninth. He finished the season with a 2.02 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 42 K's in 35 innings. He seems to be headed for New Hampshire next year.

Tanner Morris went 2-3 with his 7th home run. Eric Rivera had three hits, Davis Schneider and Phil Clarke drove in two runs each.

Naswell Paulino had a no hitter through five innings. He walked three and struck out eight. Despite the no hitter he was pulled and Harry Rutkowski promptly gave up a hit. Clearwater finished with two hits.

The Jays got five runs on four hits. Mac Mueller homered. Miguel Hiraldo singled and drove in two runs. Leo Jimenez walked four times, As far as I can tell from Gameday he saw just one strike in his four plate appearances.

Three Stars

Third Star - Tanner Morris

Second Star - Spencer Horwitz

First Star - Naswell Paulino


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Gerry - Monday, September 20 2021 @ 08:49 AM EDT (#407218) #
On Naswell Paulino from Baseball America:

Paulino never touched 90 mph with his fastball on Sunday, but a heavy dose of quality low-80s sliders kept Clearwater hitless for five innings as he walked three and struck out eight. Dunedin two-hit the Threshers in the season finale for both teams. This is the second time this year where Paulino left with a no-hitter. He worked six hitless innings in early August, but just like today, the first reliever to replace him quickly gave up a hit.
Mike Green - Monday, September 20 2021 @ 10:48 AM EDT (#407219) #
Jimenez ends up the season with a .517 OBP.   It was the highest mark in the league by a noticeable margin, but there were three other players with OBPs over .450 in considerable playing time. 
John Northey - Monday, September 20 2021 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#407237) #
Cool stats for a kid - Leo Jimenez - age 20, rookie ball and A - 320/523/392 54 BB vs 36 SO 25 HBP (!) while playing SS/2B.  With the low power he needs to hit 300 and get on base to survive.  262 PA this year.  Hopefully his defense is strong (hard to know by stats in the low minors as field quality can be very variable).  From Panama so was an IFA.
Jonny German - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 08:29 AM EDT (#407270) #
It's too small a sample to take seriously, but after missing July and August with injury Jimenez put up a very respectable 170 IsoP in his 16-game return.

As for the defence, it's interesting that he started 39 games this year at shortstop (plus 11 at 2B), while Miguel Hiraldo started 50 at 2B and 37 at 3B, none at SS. Hiraldo has always been the higher rated prospect, and BA still sees it that way with Hiraldo #9 and Jimenez #26 on their latest list.
scottt - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#407278) #
Arizona Fall League will begin on October 13, so basically in 3 weeks.
All players will have to be vaccinated to participate.

Curious to see who will the Jays send.

Mike Green - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 02:53 PM EDT (#407284) #
It's funny.  Jimenez is 8 months younger than Hiraldo, plays better defence, has much better plate control but also has much less power.  You have to weight power quite heavily to consider that Hiraldo is that much better as a prospect (#26 vs. #9 per BA). 

For what it's worth, Fangraphs has Jimenez as the Jays 14th best prospect with an ETA of 2022.  It's hard to take the rating seriously when the rater has the ETA so obviously wrong.
uglyone - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#407285) #
Well there's power and then there's power. And then there's the complete absence of power.

Leo may have the weakest power numbers I've ever seen. .079iso career, .065iso this year. Can't remember seeing anything like that before.

Couple that with the fact this has babop-avg discrepancy makes it hard to see him hitting much more than.250 even if he does prove to be a high-babip (I.e. .350) player, and it's getting tough to see a prospect there..

The 21bb% this year is encouraging though. Maybe if he can maintain most of that plate discipline and be a true high-babip guy he might turn into a good bench IF with his fielding.

uglyone - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#407287) #

🚨ROSTER MOVE: @BlueJays Top Prospect, C Gabriel Moreno (#33 overall by @MLBPipeline), set to join the #Bisons for start of 'Final Stretch' on Wednesday!

— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) September 21, 2021
John Northey - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#407290) #
Great move by the Jays - put your best prospect a level higher than he has ever been and let him play in the playoffs.  Gabriel Moreno is 3 for 4 in rookie ball on rehab, I'm sure he is ready for the challenge of AAA.  For guys with 50+ PA in the Jays system Gabriel has the best OPS (1.111), best Slg 662, 2nd best OBP at 450 (Leo Jimenez and his amazing HBP skill is tops at 500) and is #1 in batting average (only a guy who went 1 for 1 beat his 385).

Other leaders - Orelvis Martinez with 28 HR at age 19; he also led in RBI with 87.  For walks PK Morris at 22 leads with 81 (vs 126 K's in 435 PA); Logan Warmoth after a great spring led in K's with 134 - ouch.  Otto Lopez led in runs scored with 83 (far ahead of #2 with 69) and in hits with 132 (far ahead of #2 who had 119); doubles Spencer Horwitz with 30; 3 guys had 5 triples (Sebastian Espino, Forrest Wall, and Steward Berroa); Berroa also led in SB with 58 vs 9 CS (he is a 22 year old OF split between A/AA); HBP Zac Cook and Jimenez had 25 each.

Always fun to look at leaders at the end of the year.  I'm assuming the 'final stretch' doesn't count as regular season for AAA.
Mike Green - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#407291) #
You've never seen such absence of power, UO?  There's a shortstop who made his minor league debut at age 22 at low A Walla Walla and hit .303/.391/.362 with a positive W/K.   He was in the major leagues the next year and didn't hit for a few years, but had a pretty good and long major league career and hit consistent with that minor league record. 

There's another shortstop who at age 19 was in A ball and hit .213/.333/.295, and stayed for another year and hit .263/.350/.332, also with a positive W/K.  He too had a good and long major league career and although he wasn't the fielder that the man from Walla Walla was. 

If you mean that you don't think that Jimenez will field well enough to be a starting shortstop, that's a whole other thing. 
scottt - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 07:07 PM EDT (#407299) #
There are no playoffs this year.
The "final stretch" is some extra regular playing time, without a minimum of extra travel.

Gerry - Tuesday, September 21 2021 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#407310) #
There are a lot of players who the scouts say need to add strength. Jimenez is only 20 so he has time.

Tanner Morris hit .300 over the last three months in Vancouver. He plays the infield, like Jimenez. Morris had 28 walks and 42 K's over the last three months. So good average, decent eye. But Morris only hit 7 home runs all year. Morris, like Jimenez, doesn't hit for much power. Those around the team say he just needs to add some strength over the off season and he could be a real prospect next year.

Jimenez has three years to add strength before he would be major league ready. There are lots of low powered middle infielders but lots of them find some power before they make it to the major leagues.
hypobole - Wednesday, September 22 2021 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#407360) #
"For what it's worth, Fangraphs has Jimenez as the Jays 14th best prospect with an ETA of 2022. It's hard to take the rating seriously when the rater has the ETA so obviously wrong"

Pretty sure Fangraphs ETA refers to when prospects have to be added to the 40 man. Makes little sense since no other site uses that interpretation, but I'm positive Longenhagen said that is how he does it.
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