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A recently exiled Blue Jay had a big night at the plate and a Jays first round pick earned his first win in high-A ball.  Those are the highlights of a 3-3 night on the farm. 

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Some technical problems prevented me from posting Sunday's minor league update.  Shame for you as I had a really clever headline ready to go.  In any event, to make up for it, here's Monday's action where it seems as though every Jay farmhand had two hits last night.
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Our farm boys did not do us that proud on Saturday despite wins by the GCL Blue Jays and the Lugnuts.  Las Vegas and Auburn were low producers and New Hampshire was a no producer in runs.  To their credit, the Fisher Cats and the Doubledays have a share of the division lead in their respective league standings

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It was a big night on the farm.  Tyler Pastornicky, Eric Thames and Zach Stewart got the stars but many other baby Jays had big nights.

Tyler Pastornicky had six RBI's with a home run and a bases loaded double to lead Dunedin to victory.  Eric Thames had four hits as New Hampshire won game one against their rival for the division lead.  Henderson Alvarez and Zach Stewart pitched well in those wins.  Lansing scored three runs in the eleventh to win.  The GCL Jays win was a team effort but Jake Marisnick hit his first professional home run. 

Auburn led going to the ninth but lost on two wild pitches.  Las Vegas were bombed but JP Arencibia had three hits including his 16th home run.

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A 2-3 night on the farm, but both the winners came in the 11th inning.
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On a night when the NHL Awards were handed in Las Vegas, the hometown 51s were part of an organizational-wide battle for the Batterís Box nightly awards. Egan Smith pitched 6 innings and didnít allow an earned run and it was only the third best start in the minor leagues, while Mike Crouse hit a pair of triples and was shut out, as well. As the affiliates won every game played except in the Gulf Coast League, read on to find out which performances are recognized as the three stars of the night (although will likely only receive cuttlefish instead of shiny trophies).
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The Dunedin Blue Jays are the first-half champions of the Florida State League North Division.


Meanwhile, the American affiliates had a 3-3 day while two Lansing Lugnuts saw action in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

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On Sunday night, the farm was utterly helpless, losing every game they played. Monday was a little better. Offense was the theme of the night, as the farm scored 26 runs. That may not sound hugely impressive, but only three games were played with one rain-out, one day off, and one all-star break.
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Get it? Because World Cup? No? Anyway, Auburn got their season started on Friday night, and continued it on Sunday night. Chronology. Funny how that works! Anyway, they scored lots of runs! Unfortunately, the other team scored more. This proved to be a theme throughout the night (the other team scoring more part, not necessarily the scoring lots of runs part), and the only win on the evening came from Toronto's Dominican affiliate.
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Our farm boys managed only one win in five games Saturday Night.  Las Vegas managed the only win in the system besting Colorado Springs 7-2.  New Hampshire, Dunedin, Lansing and Auburn all lost, for varying reasons.  But generally, our pitching gave up too many runs and our hits were too spread out to make a difference.  Funny how that works.
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Aburn won 8-0, Carlos Perez had three hits, Gustavo Pierre hit a home run, Egan Smith pitched five shutout innings.  New Hampshire won, David Cooper hit two home runs.  Of note Danny Farquhar pitched the setup role while Tim Collins pitched the ninth for the second straight night.  Collins struck out the side for the save.
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A 2-2 and night for the North American affiliates thanks to some 8th inning dramatics made for an interesting night. Plus, Brian Jeroloman didn't hit safely but reached base 4 times. How did he do it. All this, and more, in MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE.
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I was in Erie last weekend and I caught the saturday and Sunday games against Erie.  I talked with the coaching staff, with scouts and whoever else would talk to me to build up a picture of the Fisher Cats.  and of course I watched both games.  Here is my report.
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Throughout the remainder of the 2010 season, I'm going to update my Top 75 Jays' prospects list once a month. This is the first installment. Draft picks from 2010 will be added as they sign - beginning in July. Suggestions are always welcomed, with a supporting explanation, to help shape the next list.
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Kyle Drabek took the loss as New Hampshire lost again to Akron.  Drabek pitched OK but walks, and an error behind him, cost him.  Henderson Alvarez had a rough first inning and was pulled from his start and Dunedin went on to lose.  Las Vegas won, Luis Perez made his first AAA start and was shaky but got the win.  Brad Emaus and Jarrett Hoffpauir were the hitting stars.  Lansing also won, thanks to 13 hits including three each for Kevin Ahrens and Ryan Goins.

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