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Four wins and one loss on Friday. Buffalo were the only losers. Even with four wins there were few big performances as the affiliates used a few key hits and some good pitching.

Buffalo 1 Iowa 3

New Hampshire 1 Reading 0

Hillsboro 1 Vancouver 2

Dunedin 4 St Lucie 0

FCL Blue Jays 5 FCL Yankees 1

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Thomas Hatch started, went six innings, and had one bad inning. Iowa's fourth inning went single, bunt single, home run. With Buffalo just scoring one run, that was the game. Hatch allowed six hits, no walks and six k's. A good five innings and a one bad inning.

Cullen Large doubled and scored on a Logan Warmoth single for Buffalo's only run. Otto Lopez had three hits, five other hitters had one each.

Paxton Schultz has been pitching well recently and Friday was no exception, 6.2 shutout innings. Andrew Bash finished up.

The only NH run came in the sixth, Ryan Gold singled followed by a Cam Eden double. Six hits for NH by six different hitters. Addison Barger was 1-2 with two walks and no K's.

Vancouver had just three hits and won. They scored their two runs in the first inning without a hit. Two walks, two hit batters and an error made it a 2-0 game.

Trenton Wallace made his high A debut and pitched better than his line. He was charged with five walks but when you look at gameday a lot of strikes were called balls. Gameday showed one pitch in the middle of the strike zone box that was called a ball. Wallace was charged with one run on four hits. He doesn't throw particularly hard but he is a low arm slot lefty with a decent fastball and a sweeping slider and change. A bit Mayza like perhaps. Obviously the Jays will keep him as a starter but he will have to prove he belongs there at AA and AAA.

Connor Cooke started and escaped with 3.1 shutout innings. I say escaped because St. Lucie had six hits and a walk but didn't score.

Three Jays picked up two hits. Estiven Machado tripled and singled. Rainer Nunez and Adriel Sotolongo had a couple of singles each.

It was rehab day in the FCL. Jackson Rees, who pitched in Buffalo last season, worked the first. Lazaro Estrada, in Vancouver last season, threw the second. And Harry Rutkowski, in Dunedin last year, went two innings.

We haven't talked much this season about Robert Robertis, a 19 year old outfielder. He leads the team with a .364 average and controls the strike zone. He might get a look in Dunedin if he keeps this up.

Three Stars

Third Star - Estiven Machado

Second Star - Paxton Schultz

First Star - Otto Lopez


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chris_jays - Saturday, July 16 2022 @ 07:45 AM EDT (#417367) #
Does Groshans truly have any significant trade value left? I'm always surprised when I see him so highly ranked in the top 100 and then look at this numbers year to year and month over month.
lexomatic - Saturday, July 16 2022 @ 10:36 AM EDT (#417371) #
<br>plate discipline can lead to a lot of other things.
The question is if pitchers made an adjustment, can he adjust back to at least hit for average/ get on base? Can he unlock some gap power at least? Someone capable playing an average SS with good OBP and some versatility has value. Can he be a good or great defender at 2b/3b/OF? Hit enough for a move to those positions?
Right now I don't see him displacing anyone yet, but he could make for a good bench piece. Maybe competing with Biggio for time in mismatched platoon even. Am improvement could see him taking over for Chapman. Carillo, Randa, Bill Murller type so far?
85bluejay - Saturday, July 16 2022 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#417372) #
The Jays decision in the 2018 MLB draft to go for the "package" of teammates Jordan Groshans & Adam Kloffenstein and overlooking other talent hasn't gone well as both have been big disappointments - Here's hoping better luck tomorrow.

lexomatic - Saturday, July 16 2022 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#417373) #
I mean that's kinda like Espinal amd a few of those guys keeps the offense moving even with a bunch of hackers.
bpoz - Saturday, July 16 2022 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#417380) #
FCL Jays lose 4-0 vs the NYY. Irv Carter had a good game. His usual 3IP but only 1 ER.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 07:04 AM EDT (#417447) #
Leo Jimenez had himself a night yesterday, with a homer, two triples and an HBP. He's slugging .781 in July.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#417451) #
If he can keep that up, his stock will rise considerably. He has been hot and cold this year (OPS of 634 and 516 in April and June, OPS of 803 and 1.256 in May and July). It sounds as if he's a competent defender at SS.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2022 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#417454) #
I wonder if a Vancouverite has met him this year. had him at 5'11" 160 last year and at 5'11" 215 this. I'd be surprised if he picked up 55 lbs. over the winter and I am curious whether he packed on the muscle a la Espinal.

I am watching his W/K carefully. Chuck Knoblauch remains a viable target for him.
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