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Buffalo split a doubleheader, New Hampshire and Dunedin won big and Vancouver threw one out of the window.

Syracuse Buffalo 4 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

You can't sugarcoat this. Andrew Moore was awful. He was mauled for five home runs, allowing seven runs in total over 1-2/3 innings. Somehow he managed to strike out one. He did not walk anyone because everything was so hittable. Jake Elliott served up two more gopher balls. Nobody took Eric Yardley yard in two innings nor Mike Ellenbest with Yardley racking up two K's and Ellenbest striking out the side.

A Stevie Berman RBI groundout and a Nick Podkul three-run home run accounted for the Herd's runs against the Mets. Spencer Horwitz doubled twice as part of a three-hit performance in his Triple-A debut. Jordan Groshans doubled and singled. Otto Lopez was 0-for-4.

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 4 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

The Bisons scored five times in the sixth to pull out a come-from-behind win. Eric Stamets drove in Buffalo's first run with a double to open the scoring in the second. Cullen Large had a sacrifice fly before a Logan Warmoth RBI single, a balk and a two-run double by Stamets capped off the comeback. Chavez Young had a hit and a walk and Spencer Horwitz had a hit. Danny Jansen was 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Nick Podkul walked three times. Bowden Francis gave up a home run, four fewer than Moore. That was the only blemish in Francis' three frames as he struck out six. Brandon Eisert allowed two runs in 1-2/3 innings, none via the home run. Joe Biagini did serve one up though but got the win.Tayler Saucedo got the save with a shutout seventh.

New Hampshire 11 Hartford 6

A three-run triple by Trevor Schwecke and a wild pitch gave New Hampshire four runs in the third against the Rockies affiliate. Orelvis Martinez homered twice to give him 19 on the year and drove in three runs. Rafael Lantigua doubled home a run and hit a three-run shot for his first dinger of the year, snapping a 6-6 tie in the eighth. John Aiello had a triple, a single and was hit by a pitch. Every Fisher Cat hitter reached base either by hit, walk or plunk.

Luis Quiñones gave up a run on one hit and four walks while striking out four over four innings. Sean Mellen gave up two runs in two innings and Gabriel Ponce gave up three in his one inning. Parker Caracci got the win with two goose eggs and four strikeouts.

Everett 6 Vancouver 5

The C's wasted too many opportunities and paid the price against the Mariners affiliate. Zach Britton had an RBI single in the first and Andrés Sosa had an RBI double in the second. P.K. Morris tripled home two runs in the third but would leave the game by rolling an ankle on defence at first in the next half-inning. Mack Mueller's RBI grounder gave the C's a 5-4 lead in the eighth before things fell apart. Addison Barger had three hits and a walk and Damiano Palmegiani, Tyler Keenan and Miguel Hiraldo had two hits apiece. Hiraldo was 1-for-2 in stealing bases.

Sem Robberse went to three balls on the first five hitters of the game and made it through just four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out four but only threw 40 of 72 pitches for strikes. Abdiel Mendoza offset two hits with two whiffs in a scoreless fifth. Mark Simon gave up an unearned run in 1-2/3 innings. Justin Kelly stranded a Simon runner but took the loss by giving up a game-tying homer in the eighth and a game-losing sac fly.

Dunedin 7 Clearwater 0

Gabriel Martinez put the D-Jays in flight with a two-run homer in the first inning against the Phillies affiliate. Estiven Machado had an RBI single. Adriel Sotolongo drove in another with a double and Jommer Hernandez singled home the final run. Dasan Brown, Machado and Martinez all had two hits apiece at the top of the order and Hernandez was also in the two-hit club. Rainer Nuñez had the other base knock.

Trenton Wallace put together five shutout innings by scattering three hits and two walks while striking out five. Cooper Benson also struck out five over three innings of three-hit ball. Kelvin Perez finished up with a one-hit ninth.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Trenton Wallace, Dunedin

2. Orelvis Martinez, Nee Hampshire

1. Spencer Horwitz, Buffalo
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bpoz - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 08:33 AM EDT (#416909) #
I wonder if Robberse is getting tired.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#416910) #
Some statistical notes on Orelvis Martinez, Gabriel Martinez and Dasan Brown. 

Orelvis as a hitter only (I've got nothing on his defensive ability). He's 20 years old, turning 21 in November.   In high A last year, he hit .214/.282/.491 with a 22.4% K rate and a .197 BABIP.  In double A this year, he has hit .222/.292/.496 with a 30.9% K rate and a .248 BABIP.  What's with the BABIP?  Over the 2 years, his FB rate has hovered at about 55%, with 30% of them being pop-ups and 20% of them being home runs.  He hits the ball hard, but the reason for his high IsoP is largely that he hits the ball in the air an awful lot and with a high launch angle.  Fly balls generate a much lower BABIP than balls on the ground or line drives. And a swing path that generates that many fly balls is going to lead to more strikeouts.  The low BABIP and the high home run total are interrelated, and he has, in my view, a long way to go.  At this point, he's on a Tony Batista track.

Gabriel Martinez as a hitter only (I've got nothing on his defensive ability!).  He's 19 years old, turning 20 in a couple of weeks.  In rookie ball last year, he hit .330/.448/.410 with a 21/18 W/K in 121 PA.  In low A this year, he has hit .302/.362/.549 with a 14/29 W/K in 176 PA. Obviously, he's traded some plate control for a lot of power, but it's at a reasonable level.  His FB rate is 40% and almost 19% of them are home runs.  It will be interesting to see whether the club gives Martinez some time in Vancouver this year.  He's on a nice path offensively.

Dasan Brown as a hitter only (I've got nothing on his defensive ability except that he's a centerfielder and reputed to be good).  This is the one that is very interesting so far.  He's 20 years old turning 21 in September.  In Low A ball last year, he hit .212/.310/.323 with a 20/74 W/K in 226 PA and a .317 BABIP.  He's back at low A ball this year and so far is hitting .287/.379/.435 with a 13/35 W/K in 126 PA and a .400 BABIP.  That .400 BABIP is of course unsustainable, but what are the underlying batted ball numbers?  Very positive, in my opinon.  He's increased his GB/FB ratio from 1.21 to 2.86 while maintaining a LD rate of about 20% and increasing his HR/FB rate from 9% to 14% and reducing his pop-up rate from 19% to 7%.  It's a classic profile for a speedster- mostly hit the ball on the ground and scoot, but if the ball is in the right location, whale on it.   Brown still has work to do on controlling the strike zone, but he's made a lot of progress.  The club may or may not give him a taste of Vancouver this year; it would be a nice reward for the Canadian.

Mike Green - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#416911) #
Orelvis probably deserved some kind of recognition for his 2 homers,  He also struck out twice and reached on catcher's interference.  If he had drawn a walk one of the times that he struck out, I would have voted for a first star!
Ryan Day - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#416913) #
Tony Batista obviously wasn't known for his plate discipline, but he also didn't strike out that much for a guy with good power.

Interestingly, Joey Gallo also spent part of his Age 20 season at AA, and hit 21 homers in 56 games, compared to Orelvis' 19 homers in 67 games. He also drew 36 walks, compared to Orelvis' 17. If you're going to be extreme, be extremely extreme.

Maybe more relevant, Gallo only got promoted to AA after spending the first half of the season obliterating A+.
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#416914) #
Orelvis probably deserved some kind of recognition for his 2 homer

Noted and corrected.
John Northey - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#416919) #
The Futures Game rosters announced - 2 Jays, both pitchers (out of 10 slots), on the team. Ricky Tiedemann and Yosver Zulueta. No batters made it out of the 15 batting slots on the AL team.

Yankees: 1 pitcher, 2 hitters
Rays: 1 pitcher, 1 hitter
Red Sox: 1 pitcher, 1 hitter
Orioles: 1 hitter (with all those high draft picks you'd think they'd have more - in the comments someone says multiple O's said no last year to playing in it)
Gerry - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#416921) #
Thanks for those notes Michael. As it happens I will be publishing my mid-season report cards tomorrow. Lets see if we agree on Orelvis?
greenfrog - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 08:55 PM EDT (#416927) #
MILB has a short piece on Orelvis:
greenfrog - Thursday, July 07 2022 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#416928) #
Zulueta had a good game for New Hampshire tonight:

4.0 2 1 1 2 8 (0 HR)

If he has what it takes to be a starting pitcher, then he and Tiedemann could help bolster the Jays rotation next year or in 2024. Maybe one or two others like Juenger or Robberse or Frasso (who hasn't allowed a run since May) will break through as well.

In other notes, Jansen is 1/3 with a double so far tonight.
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