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There were seven games on Thursday. New Hampshire played two and won both. Buffalo split their doubleheader as Orelvis Martinez had a mixed day. He struck out four times in one game and had a couple of extra base hits in the other. The FCL Jays won while Vancouver and Dunedin lost.

St Paul 18 Buffalo 3 - game one

St Paul 1 Buffalo 5 - game two

Somerset 4 New Hampshire 5 - game one

New Hampshire 9 Somerset 0 - game two

Vancouver 0 Hillsboro 2

Dunedin 3 Bradenton 6

FCL Phillies 2 FCL Blue Jays 8

Three Stars

Third Star - Will Robertson

Second Star - Rainer Nunez

First Star - Orelvis Martinez



Buffalo's first game was the completion of Wednesday's rain interrupted game. It was ugly, Sam McDowell the catcher had to pitch the ninth. Will Robertson had three hits including his seventh home run.

Orelvis Martinez struck out four times in game one. He turned it around in game two going 2-2 with a walk and hitting his 12th home run, a three run shot in the first inning. He added a double and drove in four runs total. Andrew Bash started but didn't get the win as he only went 4.2 innings.

New Hampshire's first game went nine innings before Josh Kasevich singled in the winning run. Kasevich, Phil Clarke and Alex De Jesus each had two hits. Trenton Wallace started, went six inning, and Somerset scored three runs off him.

In game two Rainer Nunez got the scoring started with a two run home run in the second inning. It was just his second home run of the season. Michael Turconi, Devonte Brown, Alan Roden and Miguel Hiraldo each had two hits. Nick Fraze made the spot start and went three shutout innings.

Vancouver had just one hit, an Estiven Machado single in the sixth inning. Ryan Jennings went six innings and took the loss by giving up one run on three hits...tough loss to take.

Dunedin had just four hits. Christian Feliz had two of the hits including an inside the park two run home run. Feliz is an unexpected player to have an inside the park home run, in this case the centre fielder hit the wall and collapsed injured. Feliz also doubled. His batting average is still below .200. Grant Rogers went five innings.

The FCL Jays had 12 hits. Peyton Williams, on rehab, had two doubles and a single and drove in four. Enmanuel Bonilla broke out of his mini slump with a single and a double.

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Ducey - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 05:04 AM EDT (#446502) #
Ryan Jennings, a 4th round pick in 2022, is starting to look interesting? He is a bit old for A+ but has an ERA of 2.59 in 7 starts so far this year.
bpoz - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 08:38 AM EDT (#446504) #
In 2 other threads there was a comparison between Devo and Varsho in one and both received compliments for their excellent defense. The other topic was our AAA & AA position player prospects being somewhat flawed. I expect that their promotion to the Jays is delayed due to these flaws. For example Jimenez is flawed in O but very strong in D. Orelvis is the other way.

The current Jays have flawed players like Kirk who is searching for his lost O. I expect him to find it because I am optimistic since he had good O before. Last year and so far this year the team's O has been weak but D has been strong. This is a big sample size.

How do we promote our flawed prospects based on needs? Even though I used the word "flaw" I did not mean disrespect. I cannot think of another word. We do seem to have a lot of utility/versatile players that do ok on D but their bats are not really strong enough. Can Orelvis & Barger (Jekyl/Hyde? types) help or hurt this team?

I forgot to check the hitting stats for 2022. Looks like they are a lot better than 2023 and 2024 so far mainly because of Teo. Gurriel is providing way better O with Arizona than he did here.
Joe - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#446507) #
Gurriel is providing way better O with Arizona than he did here.
This doesn't seem true, though? He's got a below-average wRC+ (which was never true for him with the Jays, even in 2022), and his ISO is higher than 2022 but still lower than any other year (and remember, in 2022 Gurriel had an undisclosed wrist injury). Ironically, the thing buoying his profile is a positive defensive rating!
GabrielSyme - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#446509) #
Just to continue the top prospect discussion, I will admit that Barger is absolutely the type of prospect that I tend to like: good plate discipline, good contact ability, good power. His maximum exit velocity in AAA is 111.8 this year, which would be third on the Jays this year after Guerrero and, surprisingly, Kirk.

The correct answer to the top prospect question is probably still Tiedemann - but I tend to be gun shy when it comes to Jays pitching prospects. The memory of Pearson's struggles is still strong.
bpoz - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#446512) #
I may have been wrong with Gurriel being better in Arizona. I admit "way" better was wrong of me.

I will excuse the Covid 2020 and the wrist injury in 2022. Comparing 2021 to 2023 I hope I can do fairly. With runs scored, HRs, rbi they are about equal. Toronto got a better Avg and Arizona got more doubles. 35 doubles in AZ vs 28 in Toronto in my mind favors AZ. So his best seasons were 1 each for Arizona and Toronto which seems equal to me. Also both teams got a nice low salary ($7mil each). I don't know how to compare his D.
scottt - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#446513) #
Gurriel has hit more flyballs and fewer ground balls this year which has led to a lower batting average.
It's still only May.
uglyone - Friday, May 24 2024 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#446514) #

Since Trade

* Moreno 519pa, 100wrc+, 4.0war/650pa
* Varsho 756pa, 93wrc+, 3.4war/650pa
* Gurriel 794pa, 102wrc+, 2.3war/650pa

Past 1 Calendar Year

* Moreno 384pa, 100wrc+, 4.1war/650pa
* Varsho 55pa, 97wrc+, 3.7war/650pa
* Gurriel 611pa, 88wrc+, 1.3war/650pa

This Year

* Varsho 175pa, 117wrc+, 6.7war/650pa
* Moreno 139pa, 95wrc+, 4.2war/650pa
* Gurriel 202pa, 91wrc+, 2.6war/650pa
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