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There were a couple of exciting finishes on Friday. Gabriel Martinez walked it off for Dunedin. New Hampshire came into the ninth down by five. They scored three without a hit, then got a hit which both made it a one run game and ended the game...ouch! Buffalo won while Vancouver won two.

Scranton 5 Buffalo 3

New Hampshire 7 Altoona 8

Eugene 1 Vancouver 4 - game 1

Eugene 6 Vancouver 9 - game 2

Fort Myers 1 Dunedin 2

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Shaun Anderson got off to a slow start. Three singles in the first inning led to a run. Two singles in the second were stranded. He pitched three more innings facing just one over the minimum. Anthony Kay wasn't good. The singles were followed by two outs. Then walk, walk, wild pitch, wild pitch led to three runs. He then left the game with what was described as an injury.

Vinny Capra hit a two run home run, his third. Gabriel Moreno was 0-4.

New Hampshire came into the ninth inning trailing 8-3. Four walks brought in a run, but there were now two outs. Altoona then made a double error on a play to clear the bases and make it a two run game. Another walk and a hit batter re-loaded the bases. Luis De Los Santos singled to short, the shortstop dived to knock down the ball, which made it 8-7. But on that play Sebastian Espino rounded third too far and was thrown out to end the game. It was the only hit of the inning and ultimately New Hampshire's downfall. De Los Santos was the top hitter of the night, 3-4 with three RBI. After a slow start his average is up to .273.

Pitching was the story in the first Vancouver game. Naswell Paulino and Hunter Gregory held Eugene to one hit and two walks. All the Eugene walks and the one hit came from Armani Jones. With a name like Armani you know he must be quality. Paulino went four innings, allowed the one hit, a home run, and walked one. Gregory struck out five in three innings.

Miguel Hiraldo's bat showed signs of life with two hits in game one. He went 1-4 in game two. Davis Schneider homered.

Chad Dallas wasn't sharp in game two, he threw just three innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. He did strike out six. Trevor Schwecke hit a grand slam in the first inning. Riley Tirotta added a three run shot in the second. The C's scored nine runs on seven hits.

Dunedin and Fort Myers combined for four hits through eight innings. In the top of the ninth Fort Myers homered to give them a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the ninth three walks loaded the bases for Gabriel Martinez who singled on an 0-2 to bring in the tying and winning runs. It was Dunedin's second hit of the game.

Ricky Tiedemann started. He walked one in the first and three more in the second but that was it through five inning. He struck out eight. Tiedemann was followed by Jimmy Robbins, a 20th round pick in 2019, who didn't pitch at all in 2021. Robbins threw three shutout innings.

Three Stars

Third Star - Ricky Tiedemann

Second Star - Luis De Los Santos

First Star - Gabriel Martinez


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hypobole - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 12:36 AM EDT (#412774) #
uglyone and I don't have much of a history of agreement, but when many were anointing Greg Bird a roster spot on the Jays, we were the first contrarians.

So how's the guy doing? 35 PA's in Scranton. .100 BA, .429 OPS, 1 XBH.
hypobole - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#412779) #
The same night Bo drew his 1st walk of the season, Addison Barger did as well. Their BB% are now 1.8% and 2.2% respectively. Their K rates are almost identical as well.

Barger does have a slight edge in wRC+, 191 vs Bo's 48.
Gerry - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#412780) #
I forgot to mention that Orelvis was given the night off after struggling very recently.
John Northey - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#412786) #
Yeah, the hype around Bird was getting a bit silly. A guy who is pretty much the definition of AAAA player - not good enough for the majors but a solid AAA guy. Career 269/358/515 in AAA vs 211/301/424 in the majors. For a bit in the spring he looked to have put it together at long last, but in the end he hit 261/393/565 vs 7.1 quality (about AA) which is what one would expect him to hit vs that quality of pitching. Now, Zimmer's -12 OPS+ and Tapia's 81 aren't impressive so far, but Zack Collins 156 sure is and he pretty much is who took the role Bird wanted - the LH DH slot with Collins also being a catcher (massive plus) vs Bird a 1B.

For minor league leaders you get HR Orelvis Martinez 4, tons with 3. RBI Damiano Palmegiani with 12 in A. SB Angel Del Rosario with 8 vs 0 caught (nice) on just 4 hits and 4 walks and 3 HBP in A ball (basically he is all speed). Walks is Samad Taylor with 13 (vs 6 K's). For K's Dasan Brown with 20 in 47 AB's (he also has the only sac bunt throughout the system). Zac Cook has somehow been hit 9 times already in just 40 PA - a pace for over 100 in 500 PA.

For spring wonders - remember Nathan Lukes? He hit 400/467/680 and I was wondering if he might get a shot. In 63 PA (most in the Jays system) he has hit 316/365/351 - no power, but nice average (4-1 SB-CS), mostly in CF/RF.
hypobole - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#412787) #
The Bird hype wasn't only here or on fan boards. There was at least one Sportsnet writer who assumed he would be brought north.
Dr B - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#412789) #
Not saying you folk going to end up being wrong or anything, but we’re not drawing conclusions after 36 PA any more than drawing conclusions after spring training, right? Or is it time to biff that bum Bo Bichette…?

Bird must be kicking himself for not signing with TO (and for sucking). If he was hitting anywhere near his AAA norm, he’d be getting the call up right now. The bar for the TO bench is, how shall I put it, low.
bpoz - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#412792) #
You are right Dr B, we are being fooled by SSS.

Patience is called for.

I will wait 2oo ABs for O Martinez to become a AA stud.

Be patient for Allgeyer, C Dallas, M Castillo, H Danner, K Johnston, H Jeungar, Tiedemann and about 5 more to advance at their own pace. I do believe/hope 2 pitching prospects will blow through the minors and succeed with the Jays this year.
hypobole - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 04:12 PM EDT (#412794) #
It's not just 36 AB though for Bird. The original point uo and I made was that he hasn't been good since 2015. I can't understand why so many think he will be good again. It's not impossible, but I highly doubt it. He's better than the 36 AB, sure, but he's a AAAA guy at best.

And our bench doesn't need a 1B/DH guy.
Gerry - Saturday, April 23 2022 @ 05:56 PM EDT (#412796) #
Otto Lopez joins Jordan Groshans in the Dunedin lineup tonight.
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