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Yesterday every team lost. On Sunday Vancouver and Dunedin reversed course and won. Buffalo were one hit. For Vancouver Rafael Lantigua hit two home runs.

I have not tried to compile an updated Blue Jays top 30 list and I do not keep a running list. But it struck me recently that by some measures this has not been a great year for the Blue Jays minor league system. By one measure it has been good, Alek Manoah, Alejandro Kirk, Reese McGuire and Santiago Espinal have contributed at the major league level. Outside of those players, when we look at the future, how many minor leaguers from last years top 30 have made significant strides forward? Obviously Gabriel Moreno is one. Orelvis is another. Kevin Smith, Samad Taylor, maybe Otto Lopez. But several have not had good years. Nate Pearson probably tops this list. But who pushes into the top ten? Miguel Hiraldo, Anthony Kay, CY Van Eyk, Adam Kloffenstein, Estevan Machado, Eric Pardinho, Rikelbin De Castro, Dasan Brown, Joey Murray, Manuel Beltre, Tanner Morris or Will Robertson? All of them were in a top 30 and none have really a great season. Time is still on most of their sides but when you combine this lack of advancement with the prospects lost in trades, I think the system takes a hit in the post season farm system rankings.

So who is in your top 10, if we exclude this years draft picks? Assume Pearson loses his eligibility. Moreno, Smith, Lopez, Orelvis, Groshans, Samad Taylor, possibly Leo Jimenez. and then the list gets thin.

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Buffalo, Vancouver, Dunedin and the FCL Jays all lost. Buffalo's loss ends their 12 game winning streak. And Spencer Horwitz's hitting streak finally ended at 28 games as he went 0-4.
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Buffalo went down 5-2 and still won for their twelfth in a row. It has been hard to notice with Buffalo getting all the attention but both Vancouver and Dunedin have been winning more than losing recently. It wasn't to be for Vancouver on Friday but Spencer Horwitz extended his hitting streak. Dunedin won both ends of a doubleheader, of sorts.
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Buffalo won a rain shortened game to run their win streak to eleven games, a club record. Spencer Horwitz extended his hit streak to 27 games, a league record, and Vancouver won easily. Horwitz had to share the spotlight with Phil Clarke who drove in eight runs. Dunedin's game was also rain affected and was suspended. New Hampshire will not play again this week due to COVID. Gabriel Moreno returned, to the FCL, and helped Kendry Rojas strike out eleven in four innings.
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Buffalo, Vancouver and Dunedin all recorded comeback wins to complete the organizational sweep Wednesday. New Hampshire’s game in Reading was again cancelled due to COVID complications.
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A shutout win and two one-run losses for the Blue Jays affiliates on Tuesday. New Hampshire’s game in Reading was cancelled due to COVID concerns.
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Buffalo had to go eleven innings to extend their win streak to eight games. They started the week in second place but had a five game lead by the end of the week. Dunedin played ten innings but lost. Vancouver won in nine innings while New Hampshire's games were cancelled due to COVID.
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Here is your abbreviated, long weekend, minor league update. Buffalo stayed hot. Dunedin won too.
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Buffalo won a tight 1-0 game to extend their lead in the division. New Hampshire lost both ends of a doubleheader. Vancouver had lots of hitting and won. Spencer Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 22 games in style with four hits. Dunedin played a long one, 13 innings, but came out on the wrong end.
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Buffalo started the week two games out of first place and this week they got to play the team ahead of them, Scranton. On Thursday they won their third straight to jump into the lead in their division. New Hampshire lost despite Jordan Groshans picking up three hits. Adam Kloffenstein pitched well to get the win for Vancouver. Dunedin achieved the difficult task of winning both ends of a doubleheader.
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Vancouver was the only affiliate in action but lost by a run. Buffalo, New Hampshire, Dunedin and the Florida Complex League Blue Jays were rained out.
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The Blue Jays affiliates batted 1.000 with a 6-0 Tuesday night on the farm.
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Vancouver scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back. Dunedin went up 4-0 and held on for a one run win. Buffalo were down 5-1 but came back to win. New Hampshire were down early as Luis Quinones struggled and could not get back into the game.
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A grand slam home run by Vinny Capra was enough to get the win for New Hampshire. A three run home run from Danny Jansen was not enough for Buffalo. A two run shot by PK Morris in the ninth got the win for Dunedin. A solo shot by Spencer Horwitz couldn't stop Vancouver from taking a loss. In the FCL Rikelbin De Castro hit his first home run. Another hitter who had been scuffling, Orelvis Martinez, had his second multi hit game in a row.
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The Bisons were two hit. New Hampshire managed five hits. Dunedin lost in eleven innings. It was left to Vancouver to salvage the night for the affiliates. The C's scored a run in the top of the ninth with a home run to get the win.
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