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On a night when all four affiliates won their games, big numbers on offence were a key part of these victories.

Buffalo 14 Rochester 3

New Hampshire 12 Hartford 3

Vancouver 6 Spokane 2

Dunedin 5 Juniper 0

Vancouver Canadians

Looking to square away some games of an earlier April rain out in Vancouver, The Spokane Chiefs and the Vancouver Canadians are set to play seven games this week, with the teams each winning a game so far.

Spokane’s 4-1 win on Tuesday was followed up by a 6-2 Vancouver win on Wednesday at the Chief’s Avista Stadium.

The seventh inning of this contest saw the Canadians score four thanks to a Dylan Rock double and a Glenn Santiago RBI single. Even with a strikeout that took one out, Vancouver had loaded the bases when Jace Bohrofen, the Blue Jays #22 ranked prospect, had walked to start the inning and Nick Goodwin and Jackson Hornung had reached safely. Bohrofen also hit his first home run as a member of the Canadians in this game.

Four Canadians relievers including Greyson Thurman(2-0) held Spokane to one hit, one walk and eight K’s over four innings. Starter Geison Urbaez, worked 4 and two-thirds innings allowing 2 runs on four hits to go with three walks and two strikeouts. He has a 2.08 ERA on the year. Urbaez was also the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12th for his performance against the Everett Aquasox

Urbaez was also the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for May 6-12th for his performance against the Everett Aquasox. He threw five scoreless innings. The hurler has also had a strong April fashioning a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. He has nine strikeouts, five walks and no home runs allowed and has held his opponents to a .171 average across three starts.

The Canadians Ryan Jennings on the hill for Thursday’s game against the Chiefs Mason Green. Game time is 6:35pm.

Buffalo Bisons

Nathan Lukes paced the Buffalo Bisons offence in this game with six hits as the Bisons crushed the Rochester Red Wings 14-3 on Wednesday.

Lukes hit a two-run homer with Spencer Horowitz on base giving the Herd a 2-0 lead to start the game. Former Vancouver Canadian Damiano Palmegiani then added an RBI single to make it 3-0 early in this contest.

Chad Dallas worked 5.1 innings in this outing. He now has two straight wins. He did allow a solo home run to Rochester’s Erick Mejia in the third but like last Wednesday’s game against the Worcester RedSox Buffalo scored eight runs in the fourth giving him an 11-1 lead with which to work for his remaining inning.

Those eight runs on four hits included a Leo Jimenez walk that started the fourth and then a Lukes two-run double to score Jimenez and Steward Berroa. Three bases-loaded walks and a total of 12 Bison players went to the plate in their half of the fourth.

Spencer Horowitz also had a great game reaching base safely in four at-bats. Three walks and three runs scored to go with a hit by pitch were topped by Lukes as he went 6-6 with three singles, a pair of doubles, a two-run home run and six RBIs.

The next Bisons game is Thursday in Rochester with the teams scheduled to meet at 6:05 p.m. Aaron Sanchez starts for the Bisons against the Red Wings.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Like their Triple-A cousins in Buffalo The New Hampshire Fisher Cats exploded in one inning, the six, to score seven runs against the Hartford Yard Goats for a 12-3 victory Wednesday.

Home runs from Alan Roden and Riley Tirotta and a three-for-four game from Phil Clarke paced the New Hampshire win. Roden finished the game two-for-four with a homer, two walks, an RBI, two runs, and five total bases.

Adam Macko got his first Double-A win to move to 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA after this contest. He had a season-high nine strikeouts. He is Toronto's Number nine ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline.

The Fisher Cats had 13 hits against six Yard Goats pitchers. Alex De Jesus, Roden, Josh Kasevich and catcher Phil Clarke recorded multiple hits.

New Hampshire and Hartford continue their series Thursday with C.J. Van Eyk (1-1, 8.83 ERA) against the Yard Goats right-hander Andrew Quezada (2-0, 1.67 ERA). Game time is 7:10PM EDT.

Dunedin Blue Jays

The Dunedin Blue Jays had lost seven straight games against the Jupiter Hammerheads, one of my favourite baseball team names, but thanks to Juaron Watts-Brown’s season-high nine K’s over Jupiter batters in four innings along Yhoangel Aponte’s 4-4 night, Dunedin got the win Wednesday 5-0.

Yhoangel Aponte’s 4-4 night included a three-run blast in the third to get the Blue Jays on the board.

Watts-Brown is the Toronto Blue Jays 18th ranked Prospect in their system.

Dunedin’s bullpen held the Hammerheads to no runs in five innings as Yondrei Rojas struck out three in two innings, Irv Carter set down three straight in the seventh, and Eliander Alcalde blanked Jupiter in the eighth and ninth innings.

Game Three of this series continues tonight at 6:30 as Dunedin looks to make it two straight. Grant Rogers is on the mound for the Blue Jays.

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Mike Green - Thursday, May 16 2024 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#446147) #
Juniper is a better name for a town than Jupiter. Unfortunately, DeSantis will not hear of it.
GabrielSyme - Thursday, May 16 2024 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#446151) #
The 2022 draft is looking pretty bleak at the moment: Cade Doughty and Tucker Toman are teetering on the brink of non-prospect status, if they haven't already gone over the edge; Barriera is out for the year after all of 20 innings last year; Roden has had a pretty uninspiring start to this year. Kasevich is having a nice year, but lacks power and profiles more as a utility guy than a starter.

Maybe the best prospect from that draft is Sammy Hernandez, a high school catcher who we shipped to the Cardinals for Cabrera, and who is doing nicely in A ball.
goldenvpodcast - Thursday, May 16 2024 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#446152) #
Good to know Mike. I laughed when I first saw the name and had to go a Google Search. I love their logo and branding.
scottt - Friday, May 17 2024 @ 07:50 AM EDT (#446157) #
Juniper is mostly used to flavor gin.

There are a lot of baseball folks associated with Jupiter. Rick Ankiel, Matt Holliday, Miles Mikolas and Mike Schmidt. That's a lot for a town of 60 000, but it's on the coast and there's the tax situation.

bpoz - Friday, May 17 2024 @ 08:10 AM EDT (#446158) #
In AAA L Jimemez is having a hot May but Orelvis and Barger are not.

A V good May for Van Eyk. 3 games 14IP and was V efficient 67 pitches in 6 innings with 50 strikes. I don't know his stuff. Trenton Wallace has also been V good. I don't know his stuff. Roden has become cold.
Mike Green - Friday, May 17 2024 @ 09:23 AM EDT (#446159) #
Jimenez has resumed his HBP ways.  He's been hit 7 times in 140 PAs or over 30 for a 650 PA season.  I checked the players I could think of who were successful at the major league level with this kind of HBP frequency (Ron Hunt, Craig Biggio, Don Baylor).  None of them were hit by pitches in the minor leagues at anything like this rate.  It was an approach that they developed generally after age 25.  

I worry that he won't be able to stay healthy enough to develop.  His ground-ball rate has been increasing as he has gotten stronger and slower.  He'll need to even out his GB/FB rate some to make it work optimally. 
Nigel - Friday, May 17 2024 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#446162) #
As I wrote several times last year, I was extremely unimpressed with the 2022 draft prospects that came through Vancouver last year. I still have some hopes for Roden though, notwithstanding his tough start to this year. I wonder if he's trying for too much pull power in NH? Roden has been critiqued as a prospect for having too little power and NH's home park favours LH pull power. Given his plate approach and swing, I think a pull focus would lead to poor results from Roden. No idea if that is what is actually happening though.
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