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The Bisons suffered their first loss of 2022 to fall to .500. Meanwhile, Vancouver celebrated the return of baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium.
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The defending International League East Division champion Buffalo Bisons opened the 2022 season with a one-run win at home.
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It's almost time for some minor league baseball. This year, because of the lockout, some minor league baseball will start before the major leagues. Buffalo start on Tuesday. The other three teams start on Friday, the same day as the Jays.
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The top 40 prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system have been announced by Baseball America. However, it is really a Top 37 ranking as three of the players are no longer with the organization.

Spencer Horwitz enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 with Vancouver to place him in the top half of the Baseball America Blue Jays prospect rankings.
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The Blue Jays had a lot of players who could have made the back end of the top 30 list. It was hard to pick who should be in the top 30 and who just missed. So here are the 31's, all of whom are worth watching in 2022.
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The top 10 features four returnees from 2019's top 10, eight returnees from the top 30 and two players who are new to the system.
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The middle ten of our top prospects has a lot of new blood. Drafted players in 2021 and 2020, along with international signings, provide seven of our middle ten.
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As mentioned yesterday, the Blue Jays top 30 prospects returns after a hiatus last season. As you would expect there has been a lot of turnover from the 2019 list. Seven prospects graduated. This includes pitchers Nate Pearson, Alek Manoah, Thomas Hatch and Anthony Kay. The hitters who graduated are Santiago Espinal, Alejandro Kirk and Reese McGuire.

Nine prospects are no longer in the organization. Simeon Woods Richardson, Patrick Murphy, Kendall Williams, TJ Zeuch, Yennsy Diaz, Griffin Conine, Riley Adams, Josh Winckowski and Hector Perez. That leaves 14 holdovers, twelve of whom are on this years top 30. The two exceptions are Maximo Castillo and Dasan Brown.

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The Batters Box top 30 prospects returns tomorrow after a break in 2020. The 2021 minor league season was a different one from when we last rated propects. It started late, it finished later, the minor leagues were reorganized and the number of affiliates reduced.
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Fangraphs today published their top 37 prospects for the Blue Jays. To no ones surprise Gabriel Moreno tops the list, followed by Orelvis Martinez.

This is a good time to note that the Batters Box top 30 is scheduled for publication next week. So even though there is a lockout, there will still be baseball content next week. In the mean time consider the Fangraphs list as a palate cleanser.

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The Bisons won, again.

The starting pitcher went five innings, again.

The bullpen threw four shutout innings, again.

Two veterans, Gregory Polanco and Tyler White, had half the Bisons hits, again.

Durham won, again, thereby winning this end of season playoff.

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Buffalo are on a roll, they won their seventh in a row on Friday. This game followed a familiar pattern, the starting pitcher goes five innings, the bullpen then delivers four shutout innings. Meanwhile the veterans on the Bisons roster drive in runs. On Friday Bowden Francis went five shutout innings, the bullpen did give up one run but three shutout innings were enough. And veterans Mallex Smith, Gregory Polanco, Tyler White, Christian Colon and Juan Graterol drove in nine of the 12 runs.
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Mallex Smith just joined the Bisons a week ago and has played in four games since. He broke out today going 3-4 with a double and a home run out of the ninth spot in the order. It helped the Bisons to an 8-5 win. The Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead, lost it and trailed 4-3 before rallying for the win.
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In another game that captured the hearts and minds of the Blue Jays faithful, the Buffalo Bisons began their final series of 2021 on a winning note Wednesday to cap off an organizational sweep.
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For the third time this week the Bisons walked off Lehigh Valley. On Sunday it was Christian Colon who hit a ground rule double with the bases loaded in the tenth inning to win the game. Lehigh decided to intentionally walk Kevin Smith in the tenth to setup the double play. But Gregory Polanco also walked to set the stage for Colon.

Buffalo trailed 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh. In that inning Otto Lopez doubled in a pair of runs to make it a one run game. Then in the bottom of the eighth Rodrigo Vigil doubled in the tying run.

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