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The FCL Blue Jays were rained out. That’s the only positive on the Tuesday night scoreboard.

Rochester 7 Buffalo 5
Hartford 9 New Hampshire 3
Spokane 4 Vancouver 1
Jupiter 9 Dunedin 6


*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Brian Serven, Buffalo

2. Addison Barger, Buffalo

1. Leo Jiménez, Buffalo


Leo Jiménez and Brian Serven had three-hit nights with Jiménez going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI single and a hit by pitch. Addison Barger homered, walked and was plunked. Spencer Horwitz had two hits and two RBI. Orelvis Martinez was 0-for-4 with a walk and committed a fielding error at second that resulted in two Rochester runs. Troy Watson got the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) in two innings. Bowden Francis opened the game with two shutout frames of one-hit ball and four strikeouts. Hayden Juenger allowed two runs and Hagen Danner gave up one in one inning apiece.

Devonte Brown had a two-run single to open the scoring and drew a walk but the Fisher Cats were limited to five singles. Michael Turconi, Josh Kasevich and Zach Britton had a knock and a walk. Alex De Jesús had the other hit.Rainer Nuñez was in the starting lineup but Riley Tirotta replaced him at first base in the top of the first. Devereaux Harrison tossed five innings of two-run ball with the two runs coming on a home run. That was among six hits and two walks. Harrison also recorded three strikeouts and five groundouts. Abdiel Mendoza was roughed up for six runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.

Nick Goodwin had an RBI single to open the scoring but the C’s were limited to seven hits, two of them by Jommer Hernández. Dasan Brown and Jace Bohrofem singled, walked and stole a base.Jackson Hornung singled and took one for the team. Pat Gallagher surrendered two runs in five innings to take the loss. He gave up a home run and five other hits while compiling a K/BB total of 1-1. Of his 13 outs in play, 10 were on the ground.

Christian Feliz had a three-hit night and drove in two runs. Jean Joseph, Manuel Beltran and Maykel Minoso.had two hits apiece with Joseph homering and knocking home two runs. Yhoangel Aponte doubled and walked and Tucker Toman went 1-for-5. Connor O’Halloran coughed up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk but struck out seven over five innings.

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scottt - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#446051) #
Serven and Andrew Cash were a battery in high school and now in AAA. Kinda cool.
Ducey - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#446059) #
Jimenez now 262/407/492 with 4 HR and 12/14 BB/K in his last 20 games. He's 260/431/420 overall.

Turns 23 in 2 days.

If, and when, they decide to trade Bo, it would seem he is ready to take over SS.
Nigel - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#446063) #
Factoring in age, history of performance, defence and composition of his offensive profile, Jimenez is the prospect above low A ball that I would place the highest odds of being an average major league regular. Frankly, maybe the only one I would give decent odds of that happening to.
92-93 - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#446064) #
Jimenez has 23 BB and 21 K on the season. How's his defense at SS? His development lines up well with Bichette's free agency after '25.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#446065) #
Still not sure Jimenez profiles as starter-quality unless his glove is plus plus.
Nigel - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#446069) #
I really don't think you need to see plus plus defence for Jimenez to be a league average regular. If he's an average defender at SS and can put up a 95-100 wRC+ then he's a 2-2.5 WAR player. Look at Volpe with the NYY - in a season and a quarter he's put up 4 fWAR and 5.3 bWAR with a 90wRC+, above average base running and good but not great defence.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#446070) #
Volpe is getting a lot of value out of both baserunning and defense tho, and his minor league hitting track record is much, much better than Leo's (while being much younger).

Though I guess a 90-95wrc+ bat is plausible for Leo (though far from a guarantee), which yeah could make him a plausible starter even with just good SS defense not great.

Mike Green - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#446073) #
Bill Russell, 1972.  Not the Celtics center, but the Dodgers' SS.  100 wRC+, -3 defence, - 0.4 baserunning, 477 PAs, 2.5 fWAR.  Being an average or near-average offensive shortstop who plays the position capably will make you an average or slightly above-average player.  Whether Jimenez can play the position capably, I really don't know. 
Ducey - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#446081) #
Jimenez will be out of options next year, so ideally he gets a spot as a utility guy next year, if Bo is still around.

Not likely to beat out IKF (although I guess they could trade him if they are doing a tear down), Clement or Schneider.

But I will get back on my soap box and suggest they could ditch Biggio at some point and give Leo his spot.
GabrielSyme - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#446086) #
My impression is that, even for well-scouted top prospects, it's hard to have confidence in reports on their defensive ability. Some are significantly worse than expected, some are significantly better. The Jays, I'm sure, have better internal evaluations of Jimenez's defence than are publicly available.

As a hitter, I think there's a lot to like about Jimenez: decent power, decent contact ability, some speed, some patience. I think that adds up to something around average; but even if he's slightly below-average at the plate, and average defensively, that makes for an above-average regular, given the position. The real threat to his value is if the offense doesn't translate to MLB and he simply doesn't hit enough.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#446090) #
The projection systems actually have his milb performance translating in the 92-100 wrc+ range which is surprisingly good, and makes him very playable if he's a legit SS defensively.
GabrielSyme - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#446132) #
More on Leo Jimenez: I had not known until now that Statcast now has xwOBA for AAA. Jimenez looks even better by that metric: he has a wOBA of .400 but an xwOBA of .426, best on the Bisons. Better too than Jackson Holliday, Heston Kjerstad, James Woods, Junior Caminero, Coby Mayo and Kyle Manzardo, all of whom are top-50 prospects and raking.

That's pretty extraordinary for a glove-first shortstop.
greenfrog - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 06:45 PM EDT (#446133) #
The Blue Jays are expected to sign one of “12 players to watch” in the 2025 International Draft Class. Cristopher Polanco, SS, Dominican Republic is “one of the most advanced hitters in the class.” He’s a LHB with a compact swing.
greenfrog - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#446134) #
The above is from Baseball America, btw
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 06:49 PM EDT (#446135) #
Thanks, Gabriel. You can watch video from last year on YouTube, and decide whether the 35 raw power grade and the 170 lbs. that Fangraphs had for him in December was accurate. Anyways, I see Jimenez as having average power and good plate control.

If he can field the position adequately, he's going to be a good player. Fangraphs thinks he will field the position more than adequately, but sadly I don't trust them about that either.
GabrielSyme - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#446137) #
Nathan Lukes is having quite the game - 4/4 with two doubles and a home run. It's still only the top of the fifth, so he should have a couple opportunities to get a triple to complete the cycle.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#446138) #
Watts-Brown is having his best game so far- 4 shutout innings with 9K.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 15 2024 @ 09:22 PM EDT (#446139) #
Watts Brown had nine K's in four innings, Adam Macko had nine in five.

Lukes ended 6-6, Yhoangel Aponte 4-4.

Some nights its hard to find three stars, tonight a worthy player will be left out.
Super Bluto - Thursday, May 16 2024 @ 12:14 AM EDT (#446140) #
And Ohashi...another inning without a run. Struck out the side. Made them look silly.

bpoz - Thursday, May 16 2024 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#446143) #
8 starts for C Dallas and 138 ABs for Orelvis. Getting to a serious 1st evaluation mark.

115 ABs for Roden in AA and 124 ABs for Kacevich so another 50 ABs for a 1st evaluation. Trenton Wallace has been dominant in 6 starts. He probably goes to AAA soon. Many of our AA relievers are looking very good.

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