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Nick Frasso, Dahian Santos and Braden Scott combined for 24 strikeouts as Dunedin won 1-0. There is a full pitching breakdown below. Vancouver split a doubleheader, New Hampshire lost and Buffalo were rained out.

Buffalo at Lehigh Valley - postponed

Binghamton 9 New Hampshire 4

Vancouver 0 Eugene 1 - game one, 8 innings

Vancouver 12 Eugene 4 - game two

Tampa 0 Dunedin 1


This is what I noted from yesterday's games.


You wouldn't know it from the score but Maximo Castillo pitched well. He went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. He only struck out two. The game went out of reach with Gabriel Ponce and Sean Rackoski on the mound.


New Hampshire's run came on a hit by pitch with the bases loaded. Rafael Lantigua was 2-3 and he was the one hit for the RBI. Ryan Gold also had two hits. Orelvis Martinez was 0-4.


In the first Vancouver game Adam Kloffenstein was all fours. Four innings pitched, four hits and four walks. Even with eight baserunners he stopped them scoring and had four shutout innings. Hunter Gregory followed and went three shutout innings with eight K's. Jimmy Burnette took the loss.


The C's had just four hits in game one. Zach Britton was 2-2 with a walk.


A ten run sixth inning was the key in game two. That inning featured five walks, back to back home runs and three doubles. The inning started with three walks followed by a ground rule double from David Schneider. Addison Barger hit a grand slam followed by a PK Morris solo shot. Garrett Spain had two hits in the inning. Barger had six RBI in the game.


Chad Dallas started but only lasted two innings. They were shutout innings but he allowed three hits and two walks. He may have been withdrawn because he used 29 pitches in the second inning. Naswell Paulino followed and went three innings.


Nick Frasso came off the IL to start. He is coming back from a form of Tommy John surgery a year ago. Frasso threw three innings with eight K's. His fastball averaged 97.5 mph and three pitches hit 100 mph. He got 18 swings and misses (whiffs). Dahian Santos followed with four innings and ten K's. He had 23 whiffs but got them in a different way. 16 of his whiffs were on the slider which he threw 60% of the time. Can you be a major leaguer throwing 60% sliders? You probably can but his fastball averaged 91.6. The final pitcher was Braden Scott who had six K's in two innings with his 91 mph fastball. That's a total of 24 K's. Tampa had just two hits.


Dunedin's run came on Cameron Eden's home run, his second this week. I would assume that after tomorrows game Eden will be on his way, likely to New Hampshire. Gabriel Martinez doubled to stay hot while Chavez Young, also on rehab, was 0-4.




Three Stars

Third Star - Nick Frasso

Second Star - Addison Barger

First Star - Dahian Santos


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Glevin - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#413673) #
I was worried after the trades in last couple of years that the Jays didn't have much pitching prospect depth but it clear tis organization knows what it's doing and there are a bunch of exciting arms coming.
jerjapan - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#413674) #
Agreed Glevin.  the big name prospect depth is diminished, but the whole draft and developmental system seems strong and unified. 

Dahian Santos, who i had never clocked until Gerry's article today, now has 99ks in his 60 pro IPs.  kid is 19, this is his second pro season, and may have some projection left.  he is listed at 5ft 11, 160 pounds. 
bpoz - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#413675) #
The Berrios trade is looking ok/good for both teams. Berrios was good in the AL Central. For the AL East he is ok.

A Martin is still developing as an elite player. SWR is dominating AA this year and should be getting to AAA soon.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#413676) #
Gerry's comment that Cameron Eden is likely on the way to New Hampshire drew my attention.  I've been sleeping on Eden; here's the Fangraphs comment about him prior to this year:

"Eden is a plus runner, if not a tick faster. His great first step and long, loping strides seemingly shrink the field when hes in center or on the bases. Even in High-A, 30 steals in 32 tries is pretty impressive, particularly from a selective hitter who takes his walks. If he had any oomph at all in his stick, wed be writing him up as a future regular. But its 30 raw, which means hell need to get much stronger to project as more than an up-and-down outfielder."

He was a 6th round draft in 2019.    He did not hit in short-season ball in 2019 (here's a C's Plus chat interview with him), missed an important year of development time due to the pandemic in 2020 and then .274/.382/.402 in high A ball last year although in limited PAs because of an early season injury.   I imagine that the club started him in Dunedin to ensure that he got regular PAs, rather than face the unpredictability of April/May in Vancouver.  It would make sense for him to move to double A despite the limited number of PAs in A ball overall. 
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#413677) #
Eden is a centerfielder and any development from him would help shore up an organizational weakness.
lexomatic - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#413678) #
<br>I listed thr boxscore in yesterday's thread. But here it is if anyone is interested.
https://www.milb.com/gameday/tarpons-vs-blue-jays/2022/05/14/670410#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=670410
bpoz - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#413680) #
Eden has 2 Hr in 15 ABs in Dunedin. A- pitching is a factor. Is the FSL still a pitchers league? Maybe the wind makes it a Hr league.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#413684) #
The average club in the FSL (now known as LASE) has hit 22 home runs in 31 games.  This would be the equivalent of 115 home runs in a 162 game season.  It's not a great home run environment. 
bpoz - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#413687) #
Thanks Mike Green. That kind of sounds/makes O Martinez (very young) and A Barger more impressive due the the high HRs last year in Dunedin. They are also RH and LH batters.
bpoz - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#413688) #
Max Castillo promoted to Buffalo.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#413690) #
K rate at the lower levels of the minors is a better predictor of major league performance than HR rate.  Eden's K rate has been at 22-23%; Barger's has been at 32%.  Orelvis is in a different class, due to his extreme power and his age, but the K rate (combined with the relatively few Ws) is still the major concern for him. 
hypobole - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#413692) #
Yeah, Mike, I watched Orelvis' game where he hit his 10th. Middle-in and he crushed it.

But he also had an ugly 3 pitch PA. Called strike breaking ball belt-high, middle-in. Swung and missed a low and away off-the-plate breaker. The 3rd pitch he swung at was a belt high breaker that ended up in the LH batters box. His bat would have had to be twice as long to even make contact.
hypobole - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 01:41 PM EDT (#413693) #
Dunedin game even made ESPN

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33921647/dunedin-blue-jays-pitchers-strike-24-batters-combined-two-hitter
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#413703) #
Samad Taylor is 1-3 today but has stolen 2 bases.  He's now 14-1 stealing bases on the season.  Jordan Groshans has doubled and walked twice- the power has not yet showed up for him but he is controlling the strike zone and that is a good place to start. 

Tanner Morris has his first double of the year for the Fisher Cats.  Monkey off his back!
John Northey - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#413717) #
Austin Martin is looking worse by the day to me. A 246/366/339 line in AA at 23 isn't cutting it to me. His OBP is helped by his 6 HBP which is not normally a skill one keeps to the majors. 24 HBP last year - but like I said not a skill one counts on. Used mostly at SS this year, but also 2B/CF/RF/LF. If he can be a top level defensive SS that bat would play, but otherwise it won't. I think the Jays sold him high and I'm glad they did. Oh, least I forget he is doing great on the bases 17-0 in SB-CS, so maybe he has a future as a leadoff hitter who gets hit a lot (the new Ron Hunt).

Simeon Woods Richardson is a guy I worried a lot about the Jays losing - 2.5 BB/9 vs 8.8 K/9 looks good, but in today's context that K/9 is below average (his teams pitchers are 10.1 K/9 as a group).

In the end I think the Jays did the right thing there. We'll see for sure in about 3 or 4 years (once Martin & SWR either make it or have flopped). My guess right now is Martin ends up a super-sub ala what we thought Espinal was going to be (fill in at SS/3B/2B/OF - wherever needed but too weak with the bat to be everyday) with a big risk of becoming Tapia (great baserunning but offers little else). If the 2 of them were still here they'd probably be in AAA right now as the Jays seem to like pushing prospects which I fully agree with.
John Northey - Sunday, May 15 2022 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#413718) #
At this point of the season we are deep enough to start seeing patterns I think. Everyone says the ball is dead so lets check. Here are batting numbers for each league the Jays teams play in...
  • ML AL: 231/302/368 OPS 668
  • AAA IL : 245/333/401 OPS 734
  • AA EL : 227/320/380 OPS 700
  • A+ NWL : 224/316/358 OPS 674
  • A FSL : 227/322/348 OPS 670
Clearly the ball is dead everywhere. The IL seems to be using up the last of the decent balls, AA has power still, but that's about it. For comparison 2021 numbers...
  • ML AL: 245/316/415 OPS 731
  • AAA IL : 246/332/411 OPS 743
  • AA EL : 244/323/406 OPS 729
  • A+ NWL : 247/335/404 OPS 739
  • A FSL : 236/344/370 OPS 714
So last year the lowest at any level was 729 for OPS, but this year only 1 level is higher than that - AAA at 734 (down 9 points). The AL is down 63 points - for perspective Cavan Biggio had a 84 OPS+ last year with his 678 OPS, but probably would be a 100+ this year with that (which of course he can only dream of).

Someone will do a study soon on who has been affected the most by this reduced offense I'm sure. I'm tempted but don't feel like digging into that much into it right now. The key is to remember a 700 OPS was sub par everywhere last year, but this year is above average everywhere but AAA. Which makes Tanner Morris' 297/439/484 before tonight even more impressive. Also says not to worry about Orelvis Martinez having a 231/292/558 line in AA beyond the ugly 4-34 BB-SO rate (he needs a session with Biggio on strike zone judgement - imagine Martinez bat with Biggio's eye).
Glevin - Monday, May 16 2022 @ 10:10 PM EDT (#413763) #
Eden is 24 at A ball. He should be at AA or even AAA right now. I wouldn't read too much into his numbers so far. Hope the Jays can move him to AA quickly to challenge him.
hypobole - Monday, May 16 2022 @ 10:19 PM EDT (#413765) #
Eden is on a rehab assignment.
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