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Dunedin won both ends of a doubleheader over Tampa to stay in the playoff spot. With one week to go in the season they lead and have a magic number of six. Buffalo, New Hampshire and Vancouver all lost.

Buffalo 2 Worcester 5

Portland 5 New Hampshire 0

Vancouver 3 Spokane 4

Dunedin 7 Tampa 3 - game one

Dunedin 5 Tampa 4 - game two, 8 innings

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Same pitching story for Buffalo, five pitchers used, three of them were scored upon. Just five hits for the Bisons, two by the number one hitter, Vinny Capra and two by the number five hitter, Rafael Lantigua. It's hard to get a rally going like that.

Buffalo are 3-7 in their last ten and are falling back in the playoff hunt. They have just over three weeks left in their schedule.

Jimmy Robbins started for New Hampshire and was taken deep twice for three runs. He did go five innings with six hits and four K's. Yosver Zulueta came off the IL to pitch an inning. He struck out the side but gave up a run on two hits.

Five hits for the Fisher Cats, Orelvis had two to get his average back over .200.

For Vancouver, Nathanael Perez pitched well for three innings but back to back home runs in the fourth rocked him. A walk, an error and a double followed to make it four runs allowed and his night was done.

On the hitting side, Dasan Brown had two hits and his batting average is over .300. It has been a great season for the 20 year old who had been hurt by the Covid shutdown.

In the first Dunedin game Manuel Beltre hit his first home run at this level. It was one of his two hits. Josh Kasevich and Devonte Brown had two hits each.

Nate Pearson pitched the first inning. Conor Larkin, also on rehab, pitched the second. Rafael Sanchez went three innings for the win, allowing two runs.

In game two, Dunedin scored a run in the seventh to tie the game and two in the top of the eighth for the win. Roque Salinas had hit a two run home run in the fourth inning to account for the runs as the Jays trailed 3-2. In the seventh, with two outs, Ryan McCarty walked and Josh Kasevich singled. Estiven Machado then doubled to tie the game. In the eighth a ground out moved the ghost runner to third. After a walk, another ground out scored the run, Dylan Rock then doubled in the runner for a two run lead. Tampa scored their ghost runner in the bottom of the inning with a ground out but that was all.

Josh Kasevich had two more hits in game two. Kendry Rojas started and gave up three runs in three innings. Eliander Alcalde, recently promoted from the FCL, went 3.1 shutout innings.

Three Stars

Third Star - Roque Salinas

Second Star - Estiven Machado

First Star - Josh Kasevich


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bpoz - Monday, September 05 2022 @ 08:18 AM EDT (#421399) #
A Tinnish said that the Jays go for position players that play up the middle. Cs & IFs. Also players that have an outstanding tool like power for OFs.

From 2016 it seems that we have only 2 successes. Kirk and Moreno.

In the draft it also seems that we don't go that much for OFs. High picks would be JB Woodman & Palacios, Brock Lundquist, G Conine, Dasan Brown and Will Robertson. That is for 2016-2019. So a pool of 6 over 4 drafts. Lower rounds may have a few surprises.

This has forced Shapiro/Atkins to mainly acquire OFs from outside the organization. Gurriel is home grown. Hernandez, Grichuk, Tapia, Springer, Zimmer, JBJ, Merrifield and maybe a few others.

I do like Dasan Brown, G Martinez and G Santiago but there have only got as high as Vancouver.
John Northey - Monday, September 05 2022 @ 11:47 PM EDT (#421531) #
For 1st round picks in the drafts in the 2000's the Jays have done very poorly on position players.

Guys with 5+ WAR: Aaron Hill, 2003, 24.4 - the only unqualified success as a hitter in round 1.

Guys with 1-4.9 WAR: JP Arencibia 2007 1.9, Travis Snider 2006 4.3, Gabe Gross 2001 4.6 and that is it. All others were sub 1 (such as Russ Adams, David Cooper, Dwight Smith Jr) or never reached (Miguel Negron, Justin Jackson, Kevin Aherns, Jacob Anderson, Mitch Nay, DJ Davis, Max Pentecost, Logan Warmoth, Jordan Groshans, and Austin Martin - the last 2 might make it still).

For comparison pitchers...
10+ WAR: Marcus Stroman 2012 19.4, Joe Musgrove 2011 10.3, Noah Syndergaard 2010 16.3, James Paxton (DNS) 2009 12.5.
5-9.9: Ricky Romano 2005 9.9, Aaron Sanchez 2010 8.2, Alek Manoah 2019 6.9 and growing fast.
1-4.9: Brett Cecil 2007 6.7, Dustin McGowan 2000 1.6
Plus, of course, many flops and never were guys.

Hard not to argue using a first round pick on a hitter has been a bad choice by the Jays for the past 20+ years.

2+ round...
  • 2nd Round 10+: Bo Bichette 2016 10.8+, then you gotta go back to 1987 for Derek Bell 13.1, but for pitchers the only 2nd rounder to get 10+ was David Wells 1982 53.5
  • 3rd Round 10+: Jake Marisnick CF 2009 11.5, Adam Lind DH/C/1B 2004 12.7, Shaun Marcum RHP 2003 13.4, John Olerud 1B 1989 58.2, David Weathers 1988 RHP 10.4, Jimmy Key 1982 LHP 48.9
  • 4th Round 10+: No one. EVER. Best is Casey Janssen RHP 2004 7.4, most recent to have a positive WAR was Sam Dyson RHP 2010 5.9
  • 5th Round 10+: Michael Young SS 1997 24.7, Mike Timlin RHP 1987 19.0, Pat Hentgen RHP 1986, 32.6, Dave Stieb RHP 1978 56.4. Most recent success is Cavan Biggio 2016 2B/UT 6.5
I could do more, but that is all I feel like tonight. Now the IFA market that has been sweet. Vlad signed July 2, 2015, Kirk September 24, 2016, Gurriel November 12, 2016, Moreno August 3, 2016, Otto López July 4, 2016, and Max Castillo September 25, 2015. So in 2015/16 the Jays did EXTREMELY well in IFA's I'd say. Did AA take the scouts away after that? 2017 they signed Eric Pardinho (now 21, Rk/A/A+ with a 5.67 ERA), Leonardo Jimenez (A+ SS 230/340/385), and Miguel Hiraldo (A+ 2B 235/280/378) for $750k+ each but it looks like most guys that year didn't do well, maybe COVID hit at a bad time for all of them.
2018 IFA: Orelvis Martinez ($3.5 mil - AA at 20, SS 203/284/450)
2019 IFA: Shun Yamaguchi (lets forget), Rikelbin De Castro (SS Rk/A SS/2B 173/249/232), Sem Robberse (A+/AA 3.41 ERA Jays #7 prospect

Lots more I could check, but I think that is enough for now. We can see the issues with the top round for non pitchers, but IFA has helped but the Jays really need Orelvis Marinez to come through for the post 2016 classes. Sem Robberse might be a good one. We'll see I guess.
Mike Green - Tuesday, September 06 2022 @ 06:29 PM EDT (#421586) #
Anthony Kay makes a start for Dunedin tonight. 
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