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It's almost six months to Christmas and teams decided to give for this half way to Christmas season. The Bisons scored their first five runs with just one hit. Erik Swanson came on in relief and decided to return the favour. Buffalo lost. Michael Dominguez was also in a giving mood. New Hampshire lost. Same for Nolan Perry who walked six in three innings. Dunedin lost. Tri-City walked the first Vancouver hitter of the game and he scored the only run to get Vancouver the win.

Its not just halfway to Christmas it's halfway through the baseball season. If we look at the hitters and ignore the complex leagues, all the hitters playing well are in AAA. Just looking at OPS first, nine of the top eleven have played in, or are in, AAA. Its the names you know, the guys in the big leagues along with Leo Jimenez, Riley Tirotta, Nathan Lukes, Alan Roden and Damiano Palmegiani. The two non AAA players are Dasan Brown and Victor Arias. Josh Kasevich is twelfth. If we look at wRC+ we add a couple of players like Jace Bohrofen and Nick Goodwin. They both have a 115 wRC+ in Vancouver which does not scream major leaguer.

Ask yourself, who is the best hitting prospect between New Hampshire and Dunedin? There are some names in the previous paragraph but none of them are today projected to be above average major leaguers.

Buffalo 9 Scranton 18

Reading 5 New Hampshire 3

Vancouver 1 Tri-City 0

Daytona 8 Dunedin 10

Three Stars

Third Star - Will Robertson

Second Star - Yeuni Munoz

First Star - Rafael Sanchez



Buffalo had an 8-2 lead before the wheels came off. The first inning started with a hit batter and a walk before Riley Tirotta singled in a run with another scoring on a ground ball. The second inning had three hit batters and three walks and the Bisons led 5-0 despite having just one hit. The sixth run scored with a wild pitch. Another hit batter in the fourth was mercifully followed by a Will Robertson home run.

Erik Swanson came on for the fifth inning and he gave up six runs. Nick Fraze relieved him and also gave up six for an even dozen in the inning. Alan Roden hit his first AAA home run for the last Buffalo run. Robertson and Phil Clarke had two hits each. Buffalo had seven total.

Buffalo used nine pitchers in a bullpen day.

To continue the spirit of giving, Michael Dominguez walked the first hitter of the game who later scored. In the third inning he hit two batters, both of whom scored. He went 4.2 innings and was charged with five runs. The umpiring might have been questionable, catcher Kekai Rios was ejected in the third inning while catching. Anders Tolhurst pitched two innings. He has a zero ERA after his first two AA appearances. He had a 1.79 ERA in Vancouver before his promotion.

The Fisher Cats had eight hits, Zach Britton had two.

Jamari Baylor walked to start the Vancouver game, stole second and scored on a single by Peyton Williams. That was the only run in a game where both teams had just three hits. Pitching was the star of the game. Vancouver's starter Rafael Sanchez struck out 12 over seven innings. He didn't walk anyone while giving uop the three hits.

Nolan Perry needed 73 pitches to get through three innings. He walked six and gave up three runs, two of them having walked and one reaching on Perry's own error. Dahian Santos also pitched, on rehab. He was rusty, a home run and two doubles led to three runs.

Outfielder Yeuni Munoz hit his first home run and added a single. Manuel Beltre and Edward Duran each had two singles.

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Mike Green - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#448130) #
In addition to his homer, Roden walked twice and was hit by a pitch. 
85bluejay - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#448131) #
How are Bisons hitters doing compared to others in the league?
Gerry - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#448133) #
There are 20 teams on Buffalo's league. Buffalo are second, there are four teams very close just over .800 OPS and four more in the .790's. So very good and in a group of the top third of the league.
Nigel - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#448142) #
I'm not sure that there's been a single interesting prospect at Vancouver all year - I suppose if you stretch, Dasan Brown qualifies (although I have very serious doubts about his strike zone judgement as he advances). Its been the leanest year I can remember in Vancouver since the days of when Vancouver was a rookie league team and often skipped over by the top prospects.
Gerry - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#448144) #
James Kaprielian starts in the FCL today.
Kelekin - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#448148) #
Mostly agreed Nigel. I think a lot of hope was put into Bohrofen due to how he looked after being drafted; but he was always high-risk due to how much he struck out in college. Rojas would've been exciting but injured. O'Halloran is worth a watch. Most of the interesting players are, unfortunately, over-age starters that need to be in AA.

That being said, you should get JWB and Fernando Perez soon enough.
Nigel - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#448151) #
I've been trying to get out to see O'Halleran but his schedule and my life haven't seemed to line up just yet:)
Maldoff - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 01:48 PM EDT (#448152) #
It's pretty scary looking at recent hitter drafts/signings and the progress (or lack thereof) that has been made. Guys like Tucker Toman, Emmanuel Bonilla, heck even Arjun Nimmala have shown no improvement. I don't see a hitter below AAA in this system that will make the bigs.
finch - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#448155) #
Fire the clowns at the top. The organization needs a change, including at the minor league levels with player development. Donít think weíre making the playoffs this year. Time to trade the pending free agents if you donít think you can resign them and get some more prospects into the system.

They draft safe players that they canít even develop. Rehaul the entire organization
Kelekin - Monday, June 24 2024 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#448163) #
Solid kneejerk comment above.

The "they draft safe players that don't develop" is the most ludicrous take I've heard yet. This isn't the J.P. Ricciardi era. The Jays are constantly taking one of the riskiest approaches in recent years. That means there's a greater chance these guys won't pan out.

I mean really...Toman, Nimmala, and Bonilla are the examples of what we're doing wrong? Two of whom have barely played in the minors? Guys who were high risk, high ceiling incredibly young picks?

I get that everyone is salty about the terrible on-field performance at the majors, but this is getting ridiculous.
bpoz - Tuesday, June 25 2024 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#448235) #
Kendry Rojas pitching for the FCL Jays.
Kelekin - Tuesday, June 25 2024 @ 01:09 PM EDT (#448239) #
3 solid innings from Rojas.
Gerry - Tuesday, June 25 2024 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#448246) #
Miguel Hiraldo has been promoted to AAA. He was hitting .227 in AA.
Glevin - Tuesday, June 25 2024 @ 05:50 PM EDT (#448257) #
"I mean really...Toman, Nimmala, and Bonilla are the examples of what we're doing wrong?"

Not to mention that most likely outcome for most IFA signings and a second round pick would be to not make majors and Nimmala had a 195 WRC+ as an 18 YO going into today's action. The front office has made plenty of mistakes but so many of the criticisms I've seen are ridiculous.
Kelekin - Wednesday, June 26 2024 @ 12:11 AM EDT (#448299) #
Orlando Hudson was on the Canadians broadcast tonight. He's absolutely hilarious.

Another gem for Estrada.
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