Here are some Jays notes for April 15th, 2010:
- Brandon Morrow still hasn’t found his groove. His outing Wednesday showed a lack of movement in all of his pitches and it seemed to me that he was pacing himself. I could be wrong, but those are my observations of his outing. He gave up 7 runs in 4 innings mostly due to 8 hits. He threw strikes (51 of 87), as also evident from only giving up 1 walk. I’m still waiting for Brandon to show start type stuff, but if he doesn’t do so soon the Jays may end up putting him back in the pen or sending him to AAA to sharpen his stuff.
- Whatever Morrow did Wednesday didn’t really matter because the offensive side of the Jays was non-existent. They only managed 2 hits and 3 walks….not pretty!
- Travis Snider got the day off. Hopefully that is enough to get him going, because both Jeremy Reed and Randy Ruiz could start pushing for playing time if he doesn’t wake up.
- Kevin Gregg came in a took the closer’s job away from Jason Frasor. I remember lots of people criticizing the Jays for grabbing Gregg when they signed him, saying he couldn’t be effective in the AL. I wonder what they’re thinking now?
- Reidier Gonzalez, now going by the name Rey for some reason, got the win for AAA Las Vegas despite giving up 5 ER in 5 IP, beating Fresno’s Madison Bumgarner. He got 7 Ks and now has a 5.73 ERA over 2 starts.
- In AA, Kyle Drabek would have had a better outing if he had received good defensive support. He gave up 7 runs over 5.2 IP, but only 3 of those were earned. He walked 2, struck out 2, and gave up 1 HR in the outing. CF Darin Mastroianni (1 for 4, 1 SB), SS Jonathan Diaz (1 for 2, 2 BB), and C Brian Jeroloman (2 for 4) had the best days for New Hampshire.
- HiA Dunedin’s Andrew Liebel got his 1st win of the year by providing 5 innings of 3 run ball over Daytona. Dunedin beat Daytona 11 to 6 mainly due to the red hot Travis d’Arnaud who went 4 for 6 with a double, a SB, and 3 RBI. 3B John Tolisano also had a great day, going 2 for 4 with a walk and a double, and also by scoring 4 runs. Travis is now hitting .423 on the season and shouldn’t be too far off from a promotion to AA New Hampshire.
- Matt Fields was hit or miss for LoA Lansing as he struck out 7 in only 4 innings, but also gave up 10 hits, resulting 2 ER. Since Lansing couldn’t produce any offense (Bradley Glenn produced 3 of the 6 hits Lansing had in the game), Fields also took the loss. Of note in this game was the fact that Oliver Dominguez was playing at 3B. With his speed and potential, he could come up the ranks as a Chone Figgins type 2B/3B/CF combination, making a very useful utility player.
- The newly acquired Shawn Bowman will in fact be reporting to AAA Las Vegas and will take over 3B duties there. Brad Emaus, meanwhile, continues to play in AA despite a good spring.
Dana Eveland takes to the mound today, hoping he gets more offensive support than Morrow got last night!
Topics: Andrew Liebel, Brandon Morrow, Brian Jeroloman, Darin Mastroianni, John Tolisano, Jonathan Diaz, Kevin Gregg, Kyle Drabek, Matt Fields, Reidier Gonzalez, Shawn Bowman, Travis D'Arnaud, Travis Snider