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Hector Perez had pitched only 16 innings in AA before he was traded to the Jays last summer. So it is understandable if he has taken a while to find his feet at that level, he is still just 22 years old. He pitched well on Wednesday leading New Hampshire to the win. Dunedin racked up eleven runs, Chavez Young broke out with three hits, including a home run. Buffalo and Lansing lost.
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The Blue Jays affiliates split their four games Tuesday night. They were on the right side twice in three shutout affairs. #LetsGoBlueJays
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A doubleheader sweep lifted the Blue Jays affiliates to a winning Monday night to offset an extra-innings loss. Buffalo and New Hampshire had the night off.
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Just one win on the farm, a 1-0 win for Dunedin, thanks to a walk off single by Kacy Clemens. Lansing and Buffalo were hammered. New Hampshire lost a close one, and their 13 hits was the best part of the night.
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Alberto Mineo and Gabriel Moreno had big games on Wednesday, both homered leading their teams to wins. Patrick Murphy was dealing. Elsewhere the Bisons pitchers gave up five home runs and Buffalo unsurprisingly lost. Dunedin split a pair as their offense went cold. Ryan Noda ended the second game in the ninth with a walk off grand slam scoring a designated runner and two walks.
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A morning victory and a split of a doubleheader produced the two wins on the farm Tuesday. Dunedin's doubleheader was cancelled due to wet grounds at Jack Russell Stadium. #LetsGoBlueJays
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An organizational sweep thanks to Lansing! New Hampshire's doubleheader and Dunedin's singleheader were washed out. Buffalo had the night off. #LetsGoBlueJays
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The top half of the system has not been producing a lot wins but they took care of business on Thursday. The Bisons used a distributed attack to win 7-2. Patrick Murphy did not need much support but the hitters relaxed and produced 11 runs. Dunedin's bats went cold and they wasted a good start from Maximo Castillo. Lansing also lost.
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The affiliates had just one win and it took a one hitter to make it happen. The Dunedin Jays one-hit Tampa, led by Graham Spraker. Alejandro Kirk scored the only run. The Bisons were beaten handily although Cavan Biggio had three hits. Andrew Sopko pitched well for New Hampshire but the anemic offense couldn't help. Lansing were shut out.
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The Blue Jays affiliates dropped three of four Tuesday night despite the shutout efforts made by two starters making their next-level debut. #LetsGoBlueJays
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One ninth-inning rally worked, another did not as the Blue Jays affiliates split their two games Monday. Buffalo and New Hampshire had the night off. #LetsGoBlueJays
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Brutal weekend on the farm. Dunedin on up were swept. The only two wins coming from Lansing affiliate.

Too early to start writing off seasons and there's certainly something to be said about facing adversity of a prolonged slump and working through it, but some really rough years so far for some guys who should be pushing on or have shown some year-to-year improvement on key weaknesses. I'd be interested to see if our farm follows the 1/3 rule this year. By my rough count there's a whole lot more regression out there than usual. I wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing about how there's been changes to the farm and approaches to development, etc. coming from the Jays in the next little while to try to explain away some pretty glaring developmental failures. Guys with command issues seemingly with worse command, or guys with contact issues with growing holes in their bat are not a good look on your development program.

But hey, it was just one weekend.

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Andrew Sopko pitched seven shutout innings and looked to be set for the first star, but then DJ Neal had a GAME. Three hits, a home run, walks, stolen bases, runs scored, runs driven in, he did it all. Ryan Feierabend came off the IL to pitch well for Buffalo. Jordan Patterson had five hits in a doubleheader. Cal Stevenson seems to be getting his bat to work better. Every affiliate won, while Buffalo also lost one half of the doubleheader.
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New Hampshire and Dunedin won, Lansing lost two, Buffalo were rained out. Now that April is behind us, it's time to look at which prospects played up to their level and which disappointed in the first month of the season. Don't read too much into April numbers. In many locations the weather is an obstacle and for others they are getting used to a new level. By the end of May teams will have played over a third of the season and that will be a better measure.
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A doubleheader sweep was the good news as the Blue Jays affiliates split four games Tuesday. A rainout delayed a third potential loss. #LetsGoBlueJays
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