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Vancouver played two and won both. Both their starting pitchers were excellent. The FCL Jays also won but the other three teams lost. There was a scary end to the Buffalo game.

In other news, Ricky Tiedemann is throwing again and should be in an FCL game next week. His return is timely as Chad Dallas and Trent Palmer are both on the IL. Also Alejandro Melean was released.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2 - 7 innings

New Hampshire 3 Akron 8

Tri-City Vancouver - game one

Tri-City 3 Vancouver 4 - game two

St. Lucie 5 Dunedin 4

FCL Blue Jays 6 FCL Phillies 5

Three Stars

Third Star - Ryan Jennings

Second Star - Phil Clarke

First Star - Chris McElvain



The Buffalo game was called in the bottom of the seventh. Bisons catcher Payton Henry was hit in the back of the head by a follow through and collapsed on the field. Henry was taken to hospital and is responsive there.

Connor Cooke had come in to pitch in that seventh inning in a tied game and gave up two runs. Yariel Rodriguez started, threw 43 pitches over two innings, walked two and gave up two hits.

Buffalo scored both their runs in the first inning. Steward Berroa and Spencer Horwitz doubled to start the game. Orelvis singled to make it 2-0. The Bisons had just two more hits over the next six inning. Horwitz had one of them for his two hit night.

New Hampshire gave up eight runs. Devereaux Harrison started and Akron scored four off him in four innings. Ian Churchill gave up the other four in the eighth.

Phil Clarke had three of the Cats seven hits. One was a double. Gabriel Martinez had an RBI double.

Vancouver's first game was a pitching battle. The C's walked it off in the bottom of the seventh for a 1-0 win. Ryan Jennings went five shutout innings, three hits, four walks, three K's. Estiven Machado scored the winning run on a fielders choice by Jace Bohrofen. Machado had walked and moved up on a single by Dasan Brown, one of his two hits in the game.

Dasan Brown didn't have a hit in game two but he walked twice. He scored the first run when he stole second and scored with two Tri-City errors. Nick Goodwin hit his fifth home run for Vancouver's second run. Glenn Santiago singled in the third run and a Machado sac fly scored the fourth.

Chris McElvain went six shutout innings, four hits, five walks, six K's. Rafael Ohashi gave up three runs without getting an out.

The D Jays had ten hits but lost. Big Christian Felix had two doubles and scored twice. Edward Duran also had a double and drove in two. First baseman Daniel Perez went 3-5.

Fernando Perez threw six innings. St Lucie scored four runs off him on five hits.

In the FCL, Gregori Cano doubled twice and drove in three runs. Enmanuel Bonilla hit his third home run.

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Mike Green - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 09:45 AM EDT (#446843) #
Someone mentioned Michael A. Taylor as a comp or target for Dasan Brown.  I checked Taylor's minor league record, and there are quite a few similarities at this point.  Dasan Brown is 22 and repeating A+, hitting .268/.370/.423 for a wRC+ of 137 so far.  Taylor at age 22 was repeating A+ and hit .263/.340/.426 in a full-season for a wRC+ of 113.  Their K rates are/were almost exactly the same.  Brown walked more.  Taylor stole more bases, but Brown is 12-0 in 1/3 the PAs.  Brown is 6 months older. Taylor's age 21 season was quite a bit better than Brown's, but Brown's age 20 season was quite a bit better than Taylor's. 

Taylor has struck out 30% of the time in the major leagues, but still has been a useful player.  If Brown can build on this year's W/K rate improvement, he might have a better future yet with the possibility of being a leadoff hitter in a couple of years. 
greenfrog - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#446844) #
I mentioned Taylor as an example of the type of player Brown could become (valuable due to excellent CF defense, notwithstanding below-average hitting). Fangraphs ranked Brown #23 on its preseason list of Blue Jays prospects and called him "an incredible speedster and center field defender." Last year BA ranked Brown #13 on its list of prospect and said he had "potential for an everyday regular in center with gold glove defense." He was not ranked on BA's top 30 Blue Jays prospects for 2024, however.

They have very different body types, incidentally. Brown is 5'11", 185 lbs and Taylor is 6'4", 215 lbs. Brown seems to have more of a Jackie Bradley Jr. frame.

Brown would still have to hit enough in the majors to be successful, though. 90-100 wRC+ would be a good target.
Gerry - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#446847) #
Payton Henry has been released from hospital.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#446849) #
Kevin Kiermaier's minor league record was somewhat similar to Brown's- less pop, fewer Ks, similar W rates. He made it to double A just as he was turning 23, and posted a .310/.373/.437 line. This was a significant step forward from his age 22 performance. We'll see if Brown can take a step forward as Kiermaier did.
Gerry - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 09:16 PM EDT (#446861) #
Two hit Horwitz has five hits tonight.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#446863) #
Horwitz' hits included two doubles and a homer. Steward Berroa had 4 hits including 3 doubles, snd is off to a great start for Buffalo also.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 10:22 PM EDT (#446864) #
It's pretty crazy that the Blue Jays are starved for offense, their DHs (Turner and Vogelbach) have posted wRC+ of 92 and 81, and they have Horwitz posting a wRC+ in AAA of about 140-150 last year and this year. Against RHP, he's hitting .342/.462/.544. And he's 26.5 years old, squarely in his prime.

Davis Schneider came to the team's rescue last year. Isn't it worth seeing whether Horwitz can do the same (at least as a platoon DH/1B and pinch-hitter) this year? And maybe not belatedly this time around?
Ducey - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 10:57 PM EDT (#446865) #
I would guess some regulars are gonna get moved by the end of June.

Turner, Vogelbach, Biggio would seem to be obvious players to be replaced unless they really improve.

KK, Jansen and maybe a bigger name like Bo get moved at the deadline.

So absent some replacements coming back, the AAA guys should get a decent chance.
SK in NJ - Saturday, June 01 2024 @ 11:15 PM EDT (#446866) #
I would think once the Jays fall out of it in the next few weeks, barring complete delusion from the FO, they will move on from Turner, Kiermaier, Vogelbach, etc, and incorporate Horowitz and Barger into the everyday lineup. Horowitz didn't look like a big league caliber option until the 2nd half of 2023 when he was already 25, and the Jays decided they wanted 40 year old Turner rather than find a cheap platoon buddy and start Horowitz at DH from the get go. Mistake at the time and in hindsight, but hopefully Horowitz doesn't have to wait much longer for his break. Not sure a 1B/DH with limited power has much of a future at the big league level, but he's at least earned a shot to try.

It's baffling that this regime has had so little luck with developing position players since Vlad and Bichette came up, yet wanted no part of Horowitz at DH to start the season, and thought Davis Schneider was better off in a platoon back in April despite common sense contradicting that decision. Just baffling for a FO that preached "waves of talent" a few years ago.

A 2nd half roster that includes all of Schneider, Barger, Horowitz, Martinez, and Jimenez would make things watchable, at least.
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