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Dunedin's lineup has plenty of fresh players and they made it count on Thursday putting up eight runs for the win. Buffalo, New Hampshire Vancouver and the FCL Jays came out on the losing end of their games. A new hitter in the FCL, Tucker Toman has had a hot start to his career.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 6

Erie 5 New Hampshire 1

Vancouver 2 Eugene 4

Tampa 6 Dunedin 8

FCL Blue Jays 1 FCL Tigers 2

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

There were five lead changes in the buffalo game but ultimately Syracuse won with Graham Spraker taking the loss.

Rafael Lantigua hit his first AAA home run in the fifth. Vinny Capra added a three run shut in the seventh. Otto Lopez and Zach Collins picked up two hits each. Still no sign of Gabriel Moreno or Spencer Horwitz.

Andrew Moore started for New Hampshire, went five innings and gave up three runs. The New Hampshire hitters had seven hits, all singles, so it was difficult to get back in the game.

John Aiello and Luis De Los Santos had two hits each. Addison Barger and Orelvis had one, Barger's average is under .400 at .384.

Chad Dallas had a walk on the wild side. He walked five in three innings plus innings. He also allowed three hits but only conceded one run, a solo home run. Mason Fluharty, the Jays fifth round pick this year, pitched the seventh. A walk, a steal and a single led to him conceding one run.

The C's were held to just five hits. Newly acquired Alex De Jesus had a double that contributed to one run.

Dunedin's new hitters are on a roll. Dylan Rock hit his first pro home run in the first inning. Alan Roden and Ryan McCarty had two hits each, both are hitting over .300 early in their careers. Old hand Roque Salinas hit his second home run, a two run shot, in the second inning.

Yondrei Rojas was the starter, Tampa got to him for four runs in five innings. Rojas got nine swings and misses on his fastball, which he threw 60% of the time. It averaged 92.8 mph. He just had four whiffs on his other pitches. At 19 years old he has time to work on them.

In the FCL Tucker Toman was 2-2 with two walks. He is hitting .556 in a small sample.

Three Stars

Third Star - Ryan McCarty

Second Star - Tucker Toman

First Star - Roque Salinas


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Gerry - Friday, August 12 2022 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#419638) #
Mitch Bannon reports that Gabriel Moreno has been missing games due to a sore thumb but is starting to hit again.
bpoz - Friday, August 12 2022 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#419640) #
Catchers get hurt. Last year Jansen, Kirk and Moreno. This year Jansen and Moreno. 3 good Cs may be necessary. I think there is a way to get them all ABs. I still feel Jansen will be traded in the off season.
John Northey - Friday, August 12 2022 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#419664) #
After Moreno, the next Jays catching prospects based on are Luis Meza (#20) - just 17 and in rookie ball hitting 231/268/308 throwing out 18% of runners. He signed in January so far too soon to read anything into it and he is at least 3-5 years away even if all goes perfectly. Nicolas Deschamps is 19 games in and hitting 205/467/410 (19 in rookie/A), Zach Britton (23 in A+/AA) is hitting 248/393/477 over 272 PA (his 2nd pro season). So a couple of interesting guys in addition to Meza. Hard to know what the Jays will do - trading Jansen would make a lot of sense if they plan to keep both Kirk & Moreno and have them split C/DH. Moreno has a ton of trade value (6 full years of control), as does Kirk (team control through 2026 plus of course an all-star). I see all 3 being available in trade, but once one is gone that is it for trades of catchers until someone else is ready. All I see the Jays going for is a CF or more pitching.
Gerry - Friday, August 12 2022 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#419686) #
On around the nest Pat Malacaro said that both Moreno and Horwitz are day to day, are with the team, and are taking BP. They might get the weekend off but should be back next week.
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