Friday, April 5, 2013

April 4 Minor League Report

It was a great day in Blue Jay Land as the Jays won their first game of the season, lighting up the Rogers Centre with fireworks!

It was also a great day because the minor league season got rolling and we can now start to find out how the Jays farmhands are going to play this year!

And away we go!

Buffalo Bisons 12, Rochester Red Wings 7

With a score that you'd expect to see in Las Vegas, the Bisons' first game as a Blue Jays affiliate culminates in victory!

The offense was just on fire all game, but particularly against starter and former Blue Jay P.J. Walters.


Jim Negrych - 3/5, run, rbi
Anthony Gose - 3/4, 3r,  rbi, HBP
Moises Sierra - 1/5, run, k, OF assist
Luis Jimenez - 2/4, 2r, 3rbi, HR, BB
Andy LaRoche - 2/4, 2rbi, BB, K
Josh Thole - 2/3, 2r, 2BB, 2B
Ryan Langerhans - 1/4, 3rbi, BB, 3B, K, OF assist
Eugenio Velez - 1/5, 2r, SB
Ryan Goins - 2/4, 1r, 2rbi, K, 2B, SB


Starter Justin Germano had a rough start - W, 5 2/3 IP, 10H, 5R (all earned), 1BB, 3K.
Alex Burnett - 1 1/3 IP, 1H
Brad Lincoln - 1 IP, 1H, 1R (Earned), 1BB, 1K
Juan Perez - 1 IP, 1H, 1R (Earned), 1BB, 1K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9, Reading Fightin Phils 0

A well pitched game by new Blue Jay Austin Bibens-Dirkx and the Fisher Cats' bullpen gave the Jays' AA squad their first victory of the year.  Some power in the lineup gave the home squad their 9 runs.  This is a veteran minor league team that should have a really good year (although some of the biggest name prospects are starting the year on the DL).  Bibens-Dirkx is 27, the second pitcher, Clint Everts is 28, and third pitcher of the night, Canadian Trystan Magnuson is 27.

The Fisher Cats got great performances up and down the lineup with Kenny Wilson (sleeper prospect alert) having a nice game, and formerly highly regarded IF prospect John Tolisano going deep (this is Tolisano's 3rd year in New Hampshire).


Kenny Wilson - 3/5, 1r, 1rbi, 2B, SB
Kevin Pillar - 0/5
Ryan Schimpf - 1/5, r, 2rbi, HR
Clint Robinson - 1/2, 2r, 3BB, SB
Ricardo Nanita - 1/3, 1r
Kevin Nolan - 1/3, r, rbi, BB, K
Brad Glenn - 2/3, 2r, rbi, BB, 2B
Sean Ochinko - 1/3, 2rbi, 2B
John Tolisano - 1/3, r, 2rbi, HR


Austin Bibens-Dirkx - W, 6 IP, 0R, 3H, 2BB, 6K
Clint Evets - 2 IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
Trystan Magnuson - 1 IP, 0H, 0BB, 2K

Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Clearwater Threshers 2

Another very well pitched game for the Blue Jays affiliates as 24 year old Jesse Hernandez has a strong outing against the neighbouring Threshers (it's only about 5 miles between ballparks).  In the offensively tame Florida State League, the Blue Jays got a HR from 23 year old 2B Jon Berti - only his 4th career home run in over 600 at bats going back to 2011.


Jon Berti - 1/4, r, rbi, HR, K
Peter Mooney - 1/3, r, BB
Andy Burns - 1/3, BB, CS
Gabe Jacobo, 2/4, 2r, K
Marcus Knecht - 3/4, 1K, CS
Kevin Patterson - 3/4, 2rbi, 2B, K
Michael Crouse - 2/4, rbi, 2B, K
Aaron Munoz - 0/4
Jonathan Jones - 0/3, BB


Jesse Hernandez - W, 6 IP, 2H, 1R (earned), 2BB, 6K
Marco Grifantini - 1 IP, 1H, 1R (earned), 0BB, 1K
Tony Davis - 1 IP, 2K
Blake McFarland - S, 1 IP, 2H, 1K

Lake County Captains 5, Lansing Lugnuts 4

I listened to a lot of this one on streaming radio while I was streaming the Blue Jays with the sound off.  It's nice to hear the game because you get some nice colour that you just can't get by looking at box scores.  Announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler did a great job and gave us the some fascinating tidbits.  Did you know that Santiago Nessy's parents are both doctors?  And that if baseball hadn't worked out for him, he would also be studying to be a doctor?  GOLD!

The Lugnuts got a fantastic start from Javier Avendano, who, except for one inning, seemed to outclass the Captains.  The pitching ran into trouble when highly rated prospect Daniel Norris came into the game in the 6th and gave up two runs on a single, a triple and a groundout.  He then gave up another single and walked Erik Gonzalez before ending the inning by catching Robel Garcia looking on strike three.  He came back out for the 7th and walked the only batter he saw who came in to score (hence the 3 runs he allowed in 1 plus innings).

First, I was a little surprised to see Norris in on the Lugnuts staff for 2013.  However, seeing him come out of the bullpen and not work in a "piggyback" format that the Jays used with Sanchez, Nicolino and Syndergaard (and DeSclafani) last year makes me wonder if they're planning to do with him what they did with Javier Avendano last year.  Avendano started the season working in the Lugnuts bullpen and was demoted to Vancouver to work as a starter once the short-season leagues started up in June.  This allows the pitcher to get some innings and experience at a higher level in game action before moving down to work out of the rotation against lesser opposition. That's just a hunch that I'm working on, and we may see it happen, especially if Norris continues to struggle in A ball.  Remember that he's not even 20 years old and hasn't pitched above Short-Season A.

There were also three defensive errors in this game resulting in 2 of the runs being unearned.  Santiago Nessy threw away a pickoff, Emilio Guerrero booted a ball at short, and Chris Hawkins made a throwing error.


Dalton Pompey - 1/5, K
Gustavo Pierre (pronounced Pee-air-ay by the announcer) - 0/4, K
Christian Lopes - 1/4, r, 2B
Balbino Fuenmayor - 2/3, 2r, rbi, HR, BB, K
Chris Hawkins - 0/4, K
Santiago Nessy - 1/4, 2rbi, 2B, 2K
Kellen Sweeney - 1/4, K
Emilio Guerrero - 2/4, r, 2B, K
Ronald Melendez - 2/4 rbi, K, SB


Javier Avendano - 5 IP, 2H, 1R (unearned), 2BB, 6K
Daniel Norris - 1 IP (plus one batter), 3H, 3R (all earned), 2BB, 1K
WIl Browning - BS, L, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 1K


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