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Richard Urena debuted and the affiliates played .500 plus baseball over the weekend. A general success, though the Nate Pearson wait continues.
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Jordan Romano was outstanding for New Hampshire in a day game on Thursday. Over seven innings he allowed one run on two hits. The Fisher Cats won with Lourdes Gurriel hitting his first home run of the year. Dunedin were held to three hits and lost. Kevin Vicuna made three errors and Lansing lost by a run. He tried to compensate with four hits. Yesterday Logan Warmoth made three errors so there is some butter fingers among the systems shortstops.
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Roger Clemens was famous for his strikeouts. He finished his career with 4,672 of them. His son Kacy is not so fond of the K's. In 45 plate appearances Clemens has 15 walks and only seven punch-outs. What would happen if he faced his father? Clemens walked twice, and had two hits, on Wednesday to lead Lansing to victory. One of his hits was a triple, and he stole a base, showing some ability on the bases. New Hampshire also won with Vlad Jr. doing his usual hitting. And Dunedin won with Dalton Pompey having a good night and Anthony Alford one to forget. Just like the Blue Jays it was a sweep night on the farm.
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Buffalo and New Hampshire were rained out. Dunedin and Lansing had the day off.

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This is your ultra abbreviated weekend recap. Only two completed games to speak of as weather played a part in postponing or suspending games across all levels of the organization. Nonetheless, some encouraging stuff from the olí prospects.
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Lansing won while Buffalo and Dunedin lost. New Hampshire had the day off. The Lugnuts scored 11 runs in the seventh inning en route to an easy win. The bullpen took the loss in both the Buffalo and Dunedin games. Among prospects Teoscar Hernandez and Logan Warmoth homered but it was Chavez Young who took the first star.
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Jordan Romano took the first star with seven shutout innings.

It was three wins and two losses for the affiliates on Wednesday. One of the key differentiators in the early going has been bullpen performance. The Jays affiliates have received good starting pitching and the hitting has been decent too. If the bullpen can hold the lead the affiliate has a good chance of winning but when it blows up, there is a loss in the cards. On Wednesday the Lugnut bullpen blew up good and turned a lead into a loss. The Bisons bullpen took over in a loss and got the team a win. Similarly the D Jays bullpen helped them out in the second game of their doubleheader.

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The Bisons and Fisher Cats dropped their first games of 2018. Lansing prevented a shutout on the farm. Dunedin was rained out in Palm Beach. They are scheduled to play two today.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on a show for New Hampshire FC in Hartford. That's among the many highlights that saw the affiliates win three out of four Monday night.
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Three of the affiliates have played four games, the Bisons have been rained and/or snowed out so far. In general it has been a good start for the affiliates but as usual we have to say it's early. Buffalo, Lansing and New Hampshire are all northern teams but Buffalo have been the unluckiest with the weather so far. Although the Lugnuts played with the temperature below zero so its not exactly baseball weather.
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Three affiliates started their seasons last night, all of the them on the road, and they all won. It was a fine night on the farm. It is easy to overreact to one game at the start of the season so we will try not to do that but there were some performances that caught the eye.
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Today is opening day for the minor leagues. Starting today, there will be almost daily minor league ball until early September. With the stronger Blue Jays system, interest in the minor leagues should be higher this year so it is an exciting day.
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The Jays will inform the minor league players of their assignments today. They generally ask the players to keep it quiet but some players will post on twitter where they are headed.
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The minor league season is just over two weeks away. On April 4th and 5th the rosters for the minor league teams will become available. Today I wanted to review some of the areas with uncertainty, where the Jays may have too many players for the positions available.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-year Player Development Contracts with the Lansing Lugnuts and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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