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Dunedin catcher Juan Gonzalez drove in the winning run in the top of the tenth. Then threw out the lead runner trying to steal in the bottom of the inning. Dunedin won, as did all the affiliates. Davis Schneider and Ryan McCarty each hit two home runs.

Buffalo 12 Toledo 1

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 4

Vancouver 10 Everett 6

Dunedin 9 Bradenton 8 - 10 innings

Three Stars

Third Star - Davis Schneider

Second Star - Ryan McCarty

First Star - Juan Gonzalez



Danny Jansen had three hits but he was overshadowed by Davis Schneider. Schneider had four hits, a single, a double and two home runs. That takes his home run count up to 14. Schneider hit .242 with a .815 OPS in April. In May he hit .264 with an OPS of .975. In 8 games in June he is hitting .400 with a 1.305 OPS.

Schneider and Orelvis have similar offensive profiles. They both have uppercut swings and hit home runs. I heard Eno Sarris talking about hitters like Joey Gallo who have a 50% plus fly ball rate. His point was that few hitters can maintain a good batting average with a 50% flyball rate. That set me to look up the flyball rate for the Jays minor league hitters. Among Blue Jay regulars Danny Jansen, Matt Chapman and Daulton Varsho have the highest fly ball rates, around 46% or 47%. Vladdy is at 36%, Bo 25%, Springer 34%. So he was suggesting that a high fly ball rate equals a low average. Looking at line drives, Bo has a 28% line drive rate, Vladdy is at 20%.

So back to the minor leagues. Orelvis has a 50% fly ball rate and a 17% line drive rate. Schneider is at 48% FB and 17% LD. They could be high power, low batting average hitters. They would do better if they lowered their fly ball rate a bit and increased their line drive rate. Easier said than done.

Back to Buffalo, Otto Lopez had three hits and three RBI. Spencer Horwitz, two hits and three RBI.

Zach Thompson, fresh off his DFA, allowed one run in five innings. Yosver Zulueta gave up two hits in an inning. Hagen Danner got five outs, three via strikeout.

Will Robertson hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead for NH. Leo Jimenez, Orelvis Martinez and Phil Clarke had two hits each.

Adam Kloffenstein went five innings, he had a shutout through four innings. Then an error put a man on. He got the next two outs but then a double and a home run gave Harrisburg three runs. Kloff's command was a bit off, he needed 88 pitches, 49 strikes, 39 balls. The fabulous relief trio of Fluharty, Cooke and Brock took it home. Fluharty has 12 K's in 8 AA innings.

Ryan Jennings made his first start for Vancouver. He went four innings, one run allowed on three hits with four K's.

The C's scored ten runs. Three home runs generated six runs. Dasan Brown hit a solo shot, his second, one of two hits for him. Michael Turconi had a two run homer, his fourth. Cade Doughty hit his sixth, a three run one.

Dunedin jumped out to an 8-0 lead but let Bradenton tie the game. That sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, with one out, Juan Gonzalez doubled in the go ahead run. The Jays took the one run lead to the bottom of the tenth. With one out Gonzalez threw out the ghost runner trying to steal third. Gonzalez won it offensively and defensively. Gonzalez was 2-2 with a walk. Ryan McCarty was 3-5 and drove in four runs. He hit two home runs, his 5th and 6th. Roque Salinas also had three hits.

Irv Carter started, and held Bradenton hitless for 4.2 innings. He had two K's.

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ISLAND BOY - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 02:56 AM EDT (#430068) #
Who's this Blue Jay regular Matt Clement?
Gerry - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 07:27 AM EDT (#430069) #
Fixed. Thanks.
85bluejay - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 07:33 AM EDT (#430070) #
Stanford's Quinn Matthews threw 156 piches in an outing over the weekend - I don't know how good of a pro prospect he is but I'd probably not want my team to draft him with a high pick.
bpoz - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 08:03 AM EDT (#430072) #
Zulueta & Danner may not get called up this year but both have a potential decent ML career going forward. D Schneider I hope can get to the ML as a Vinny Capra bench/backup because I get a lot of pleasure to see a young man accomplish his dreams. The ML health and pension benefits have great value also.

Capra/Schneider are players that are on and off 40 man rosters. The Jays probably treat them this way.
hypobole - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#430074) #
Watched some of the Bison's game including all of Schneider. Most of his plays in LF were fairly routine, but he did come in and make a nice diving catch on a sinking liner.

I'd like to see his EV's because he hit balls hard. He pulled a sharp liner over short for a single. A rocket into the left centre gap for a double. A long fly out to straightaway centre that allowed Danny Jansen on 2nd to tag and go to 3rd. His 1st HR was a high fly to right 369 ft. The second HR was another high fly to right centre about 390.

Didn't watch much of the rest of the game, but I saw at least 4 challenges from Bison batters. They then stood and watched the Statcast image of the flight of the pitch coming in on the scoreboard. Only 1 went the umps way with a pitch to Otto that clipped the bottom of the zone.

The last one was interesting though. 3-2 pitch to Clement. He started toward 1st when he heard the ump call strike. Clement stopped and challenged. But instead of waiting for the video, he tossed his bat and kept going to 1st. Video showed the pitch was about 8 inches outside. Don't know if his actions are considered showing up the umpire, but it sure seemed it could be construed that way.
bpoz - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#430075) #
Very nice info on the FB/LD ratios and how they affect the Avg. Thanks Gerry. I use the C's Plus interviews a lot to determine the tools/stuff of players. Alan Roden for example has hit the right field wall very hard a few times. Hitting the ball higher will bring the HRs.

I take it that Juan Gonzalez probably has a strong arm. The SSS gives him good O as well. S Hernandez another C is getting ABs at DH to develop his hit tool. Sticking with Cs Phil Clarke is sort of destroying AA pitching recently.

The above prospects are not on our Top 30 prospect list so I don't know what their tools are.
lexomatic - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#430076) #
I'm sorry but 8 inches outside and the ump should be embarrassed. Anyone that feels disrespected when being that wrong shouldn't be an umpire.
hypobole - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#430077) #
Don't disagree lexomatic. But it did make me wonder. With the new challenge system only about a month old, have they unwrit this rule yet? :)
Gerry - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#430078) #
I heard Casey Candaele on Blair and Barker last week. In regards to the challenge system he said he has a team rule that pitchers are never allowed to call for a challenge.

He also said that if a hitter challenges and loses too often they will get banned too. I don't know how many challenges a team has but like the major league challenges on plays, there is a limited number.

He also said that the automated ball/strike system they are using this year doesn't give pitchers the high strike. Some pitchers have had to adjust.
hypobole - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#430079) #
Interesting, Gerry. Each team starts with 3 challenges, which they keep as long as they are correct. The Toledo broadcast crew said you can have up to 9 per game. Don't know if that's true, they were wrong about a few things.

The pitcher or catcher can call for a challenge. I assume Candaele's rule limits it to the catcher only.
hypobole - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#430080) #
This BA story is rather interesting, especially for those unfamiliar with the new robo-umping in AAA.

The challenge system seems to be the preferred system by most. The biggest question remaining before a MLB rollout would be "what exactly is the strike zone?"
scottt - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#430081) #
They adjusted the strike zone because they saw too many strikeouts, not enough walks.
Adjustments include taking the strike in the middle of the plate instead of the front of the plate.
Reducing the width of the strike zone from 19 in to 17 in (the size of the plate) and lowering the strike zone by 3 inches.

The challenge system is partially there at AAA to train the umps to call strikes in the majors.

Players/coaches seem to prefer the challenge system.
The main argument seem to regard the preservation of the catcher framing skill.

I am not a fan because framing is something that happens behind the hitter.
Also, I am not entertained by challenge calls.
It seems like another way to slow the game.

Gerry - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#430083) #
Barger is back in the FCL lineup today. I assume Luplow is on his way to Buffalo.
uglyone - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#430089) #
I may have missed somebody posting about it here....but have their been any updates on Tiedemann recently?
Gerry - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#430096) #
From Friday, 11.51 am....

Ben Nicholson Smith is reporting that Ricky Tiedemann is throwing off flat ground. He should be on a mound soon (next week?) and than likely back pitching in a game before the end of the month.
uglyone - Monday, June 12 2023 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#430098) #
thanks gerry!
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