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An organizational sweep! How about that?

Buffalo 6 Rochester 5
New Hampshire 8 Somserset 2
Vancouver 5 Hillsboro 4
Dunedin Tampa


*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Connor O'Halloran, Dunedin

2. Gabby Martinez, New Hampshire

1. Will Robertson, Buffalo


Will Robertson belted his third homer of the season to put the Herd ahead for good and he added a double and a single for good measure. Spencer Horwitz had two hits and a walk, Addison Barger was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Leo Jiménez drew two walks. Orelvis Martinez had a double. Troy Watson was the winner in relief with two shutout frames, scattering two hits and striking out three. Connor Cooke had the save, punctuating a perfect ninth with a strikeout.

Gabby Martinez had a two-run double as part of a five-run first inning and smacked his first Double-A homer for New Hampshire FC. Alan Roden, Josh Kasevich, Rainer Nuñez and Michael Turconi all had two-hit efforts. Only Nuñez did not draw a base on balls. Alex De Jesús and Zach Britton each had an RBI single and a walk. Trent Palmer posted three no-hit innings, issuing three walks but whiffing five. C.J. Van Eyk got the win, giving up two runs in three innings with two hits allowed, a hit batter and three walks. He also struck out six. Abdiel Mendoza worked around two hits and struck out four over two shutout innings. Jimmy Burnette struck out the side in a spotless ninth.

The C's unveiled their 2023 Northwest League championship pennant and marked the occasion with a win in their home opener, their first of 2024. An RBI double by Brennan Orf and a run-scoring single by Jaden Rudd in the eighth snapped a 3-3 tie as the C's win their first game of 2024 with a home opening win. Nick Goodwin blasted a three-run home run to open the scoring in the third. Jace Bohforen joined Goodwin in the two-hit club. Dasan Brown had a base knock. Chris McElvain made it through four innings with just two hits and two walks on his ledger while striking out two. Alex Amalfi gave up a run in the sixth, Johnathan Lavallee surrendered two more in the sixth but rebounded with a shutout seventh, punching out five batters in total. Justin Kelly struck out the side in the eighth but gave up a run in the ninth before locking it down. The C's took issue with the home plate umpire's strike zone, resulting in pitching coach Austin Bibens-Dirkx getting the heave-ho in the ninth.

Connor O'Halloran had a quality start for the D-Jays. He allowed just two runs allowed (one earned) over five innings on two hits and three walk. while ringing up seven batters. JJ Sanchez and Jerry Huntzinger worked scoreless frames with Carson Pierce putting two bagels in between with four of the seven strikeouts from the relief trio. Yhoangel Apointe had a sacrifice fly, an RBI double and a single. Manuel Beltre had a couple of knocks. Cade Doughty singled and walked before being replaced by Tucker Toman who was 0-for-1. Arjun Nimmala was 0-for-5 but struck out once.

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Ducey - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#444304) #
5 win sweep!
John Northey - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#444306) #
FYI: the link didn't work. For anyone looking for it: Each day just adjust the date in the link to see. Seems to still work for past seasons too.

Robertson obviously won't keep his 500/579/1.250 - 1.829 OPS line going for too much longer (no one can, not even Bonds fully roided up) but it is fun. He had a fun spring throwing out runners on the bases and hitting a home run, but in the end only hit 194/286/387 which is odd as I could've sworn he did better. A 4th round pick, he has potential but the Jays never have done well in that round (best are Casey Janssen, Sam Dyson, Ryan Goins, and Xavier Hernandez are the only ones to crack 1 WAR in the majors, none even reached 8. Compare that to the 5th round with 4 guys at 19+ WAR, then Biggio at 7.1 so far. 6th has a 10'er in Anthony DeSclafani, and a 9 in Matthew Boyd, plus Pat Borders ('92 WS MVP). 7th Casey Blake over 20, 8th Kendall Graveman at 9.7, 9th Jesse Barfield, 10th Yan Gomes, 11th finally gets worse than the 4th (Willie Blair at 2.6 the best). Wonder why the Jays historically are so bad in the 4th, just coincidence I guess. Checked other teams and didn't find the same 4th round problem (Expos had Cliff Lee, Yankees a few guys, Rays a couple, etc.), plus this is over quite a few GM's now.
Glevin - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#444308) #
Robertson is already 26 and has never shown enough bat to be corner OF interesting but this start is certainly worthy of attention. Sometimes, guys do figure something out. Horwitz, Jimenez, and Barger more interesting right now because of track record. Not sure Horwitz shouldn't be up now instead of Vogelbach.
Ducey - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#444313) #
Its not just this last week for Robertson.

Last season he hit his stride in July

July 17 G 318/361/455
Aug 22 G 300/371/650
Sept 9 G 353 378 824

Then he went to the AFL and hit 279/449/485

He's a tad old but he lost a year to Covid. But it looks like the power is real (19 HR last yr and 12 in 2022)

Isnt in the Jays top 30 per MLB. It would be nice if he and Gabby Martinez would pop this year.
John Northey - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 12:39 PM EDT (#444316) #
Sometimes guys like Robertson show up and get a good year or two in the majors, sometimes more. Ryan Noda is a good example - just got his first shot at 27 in Oakland and had a 120 OPS+ for them at 1B, but in year 2 is down to a 72 OPS+ so far. You also get guys like José Bautista who got shots but didn't do well, then at 29 suddenly figured it all out and then some. Current free agent Tommy Pham didn't reach until 26 (9 years in the minors, 16th round pick out of high school), got a real shot at 27 (123 OPS+ in 52 games) and has a 10 year career so far - strange no one signed him yet after a 111 OPS+ last year RH corner OF who can play CF in a pinch.

So Pham is what Robertson wants to be I'd think, I'd see that as a best case for him. I'm sure he wants at least a Noda, and hopes for more than a Randy Ruiz had (up at 30, killed it for 130 PA at 31, 40 more PA at 32 and done). No real shot at a Bautista as he doesn't have the pedigree so odds are near zero his figuring it out will result in 50+ HR, multiple all-star games, and a 'level of excellence' in the end, but one can dream I suspect. I'd be quite happy with a Noda or Ruiz, and would love him to turn in a Pham career now.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#444319) #
SSS NYY have won 10 games but 5 were by 1 run. They have not lost a 1 run game yet. Maybe it evens out over the long haul.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#444328) #
The boxscores link has been fixed.

If you want more details on Vancouver's home opener, you can find them here.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 06:40 PM EDT (#444354) #
The fact Robertson has been hitting lower in the lineup suggests the org isn't fully sold on him. They tend to put the top guys they want getting the most ABs against the good pitchers at the top and work down.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#444360) #
Robertson has a double and a home run tonight (in the fifth inning).
mendocino - Wednesday, April 10 2024 @ 10:58 PM EDT (#444362) #
Seen this posted on X ... anyone heard of this guy, is he worth a follow???

Marc Hulet@marchulet
In A-ball tonight, OF-turned-RP Sebastian Espino hit 96 mph in his first pro inning. Juaron Watts-Brown was up to 95 mph in his first pro start and OF Victor Arias, age 20, hit a single with a 106.6 mph exit velo and stole his 6th base. #Bluejays
Glevin - Thursday, April 11 2024 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#444376) #
I can't say how much better I feel about the system this year over last. First 2-3 months last year were maybe worst I ever remember in a system so it's not a high bar, but plenty of interesting players so far all over system (Vancouver pretty empty.)
Marc Hulet - Thursday, April 11 2024 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#444377) #
FWIW the hitting prospects in Dunedin are much better this year compared to last when they were borderline atrocious.
Nigel - Thursday, April 11 2024 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#444379) #
Yeah, going to the Canadians games this year has to be for the love of baseball not prospect watching:)
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