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Brandon Barriera was pulled from his start Saturday with an undisclosed injury. There is no such thing as a pitching prospect, yeah I know. This comes a day after Ricky Tiedemann had trouble finding the strike zone and on the same day that Chad Dallas and Devereaux Harrison had rough starts.

In better news both Buffalo and Dunedin came from behind to win with strong bullpen performances. New Hampshire lost big while Vancouver's bullpen cost them the game.

Buffalo 10 Worcester 6

New Hampshire 3 Binghamton 9

Vancouver 1 Spokane 3

Lakeland 2 Dunedin 7

Three Stars

Third Star - Rafael Sanchez

Second Star - Victor Arias

First Star - Spencer Horwitz



Chad Dallas had a tough start for Buffalo, he gutted his way through four innings but gave up six runs. The bullpen threw five shutout innings to give the hitters time to come back.

Will Robertson hit his second home run of the season and walked twice. Spencer Horwitz reached base six times, two hits and four walks.

Pitching was New Hampshire's downfall. They walked 11 hitters! Devereaux Harrison had a rough intro to AA, five runs allowed in 1.1 innings. Michael Turconi drove in two runs but was removed from the game after he was hit by a pitch. Alan Roden's double was the only XBH.

Rafael Sanchez started for Vancouver and went six shutout innings. The C's scored a run in the seventh to take a 1-0 lead. Jace Bohrofen singled and Nick Goodwin doubled him home. Kendry Rojas came on and conceded a run. He was pulled with two outs and Connor Larkin wild pitched in a run and walked in another. Bohrofen and Brennan Orf had two hits each.

After Barriera left the Dunedin game the bullpen went to work. Eliander Alcalde went 2.2 shutout innings. Irv Carter, who struggled last season, encouragingly threw three good innings. Kai Peterson, 20th round pick last year out of a JC, pitched the last two innings.

As an opposite to New Hampshire the Dunedin hitters walked eleven times. Victor Arias was 2-3 with a double and a walk. He drove in three. Arjun Nimmala had two hits. In total the D Jays had just six hits.

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Waveburner - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 12:47 AM EDT (#444120) #
I wonder if Kendry Rojas has been permanently converted to relief. Considering the lack of arms with upside in the Jays system that would be a surprising choice.

But maybe they are just trying to manage his innings and workload to begin the season.
bpoz - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#444122) #
So far not bad. Y Rodriguez pitches today for Buffalo and Manoah for Dunedin. Rodriguez has to work on getting to 65-70 pitches so that he can be promoted as a multi inning reliever. Manoah has to work on becoming 2022 Manoah. Tiedemann and Dallas need 7 starts to see how well they can handle AAA.

In AA a good enough start for Roden and a hot start for R Nunez who is hitting .333 with 3bb/1k.

Jennings and Sanchez are both 24 years old. I prefer to wait until they reach AA before giving them a lot of praise.

In Dunedin it is about time for Irv Carter to pitch well. He should develop confidence which is essential. Nimmala is off to a great start which helps with confidence VS self doubt. He is probably one of the youngest players in the league
Marc Hulet - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#444128) #
The Rojas decision last night was weird. He has more than enough weapons to be a starter so I'm assuming it was some sort of weird innings monitoring move.

I watched some of the Dunedin game yesterday. Alcalde has some fans in the Jays development staff but I don't see much there - he looked the same as last year. Tops out at 93 mph, with limited upside.

Irv Cater is now pitching relief according to the announcers. He threw multiple innings but topped out around 93 mph. There's nothing overly special with his stuff, and his command/control waivers. He didn't pitch as well as his line would suggest and really struggled to locate his fastball.

On the hitting side, Arias continues to look the best. Good eye, has some speed, has some power.

Duran has some exit velo but he's the most aggressive of the young Latin hitters. Limits his upside a bit.

Aponte has a good eye and wouldn't swing at poor pitches even as he chases his first hit of the year. Munoz was similar but I don't see the same offensive upside as Arias and Aponte.

Nimmala was hurt by a couple of poor calls by the umpire on his strikeouts. He actually has a better eye than the umpire and one of his swing decisions was definitely due to the moving strike zone...

Beltre looked good defensively at second base but there is nothing there with his bat. He struggles to hit balls with even an 80 mph exit velo.
Gerry - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#444130) #
You often get odd pitching decisions in the first week. There are only three games before the off day. The lower teams are usually going with six starters so the manager will try and get the 4-6 starters an inning or two before the next week.
Gerry - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#444133) #
Home run Nimmala.
ISLAND BOY - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#444137) #
Nimmala looks like he's a nice thing.
bpoz - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#444153) #
I was not impressed with most players on our FCL and FSL teams last year. But they were young. I do like this year better. Dunedin came back to win yesterday. May do it again today.
bpoz - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#444157) #
Walk off Hr by M Beltre 100.7 EV.
bpoz - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#444170) #
Cam Eden homers 103.4EV. Buffalo leads 2-0. Good pitching too.
mendocino - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 03:21 PM EDT (#444172) #
The walk off
Cynicalguy - Sunday, April 07 2024 @ 08:19 PM EDT (#444189) #
Seems like the FCL and the Dominican Summer League are going to start on May 4 this year, one month earlier than they used to. I wonder what happens when the season ends in late July, do the players continue to get instructions till late August or do they send them home? I guess some of the players from FCL would move over to the FSL.
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