Feb 25, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Nolin (71) against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training split squad game at Florida Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A Plethora of Pitching Prospects! July 3 Minor League Report

Wednesday night saw several pitching prospects in action. With Sean Nolin going for NH, Aaron Sanchez going for the Dunedin Blue Jays and Roberto Osuna pitching for Lansing, there were three levels of high-upside in the mix for the Jays’ affiliates. Piggy-backing pitchers Jairo Labourt and Tom Robson were scheduled to go for Bluefield but the game was postponed.

Buffalo Bisons (43-42)

The Rochester Red Wings blew the doors off the Buffalo Bisons with a 11-1 win on Wednesday. None of the Buffalo pitchers got off easy, with each of them giving up at least three runs. Starter Claudio Vargas gave up four in his four and two-thirds innings while Bobby Korecky and Buddy Carlyle gave up four and three (respectively). Their cause wasn’t helped by the three errors in the field, two of which were made by the power-hitting yet stone-handed Mauro Gomez at first base. The offense continues to be ice cold getting only five hits, but Kevin Pillar had two including a solo home run that accounted for all of the Bisons’ scoring. Jim Negrych had two while catcher Mike Nickeas had the final hit.

Notes: 1B Mauro Gomez was assigned to the International League All-Star team (the IL All-Stars play the PCL All-Stars).

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 2/4, R, HR, RBI
Ryan Goins – 0/4, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, K, 2 E
Eugenio Velez – 0/4, 2 K
Jim Negrych – 2/3, E
Ramon Hernandez – 0/3, K
Mike McCoy – 0/3, K
Anthony Gose – 0/3
Mike Nickeas – 1/2, BB, K

Pitching:

Claudio Vargas – L, 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Bobby Korecky – 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
Buddy Carlyle – 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (40-44)

The Fisher Cats used power and pitching to beat the New Britain Rock Cats 6-1 on Wednesday. Starter Sean Nolin pitched six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up no runs on only five hits and two walks while striking out seven in the win. He was backed up by a great night from Ryan Schimpf, who went three for three with a double, a home run, a walk and two RBI. Clint Robinson had three singles and two RBI while Brad Glenn went two for four with two doubles and an RBI.

 

Hitting:

Adam Loewen – 0/5, K
Andy Burns – 1/5, 2B, K
A.J. Jimenez – 1/3, R
Jack Murphy – 0/2, K
Brad Glenn –  2/4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI
Clint Robinson – 3/4, R, 2 RBI
Kevin Nolan – 0/3
Ryan Schimpf – 3/3, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, RBI, K
Kevin Ahrens – 1/4

Pitching:

Sean Nolin – W, 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Dustin Antolin – 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K
Alan Farina – 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ryan Schimpf

Dunedin Blue Jays (41-36)

In what became a battle of bullpens, the Dunedin Blue Jays’ cracked first, losing to the Clearwater Threshers 4-3 in twelve innings. Starter Aaron Sanchez had a solid four innings, giving up only one run on a solo home run to Chris Serritella and Dayton Marze, Ajay Meyer and Tyler Ybarra combined for another five shutout innings. Kyle Drabek, working his way back from Tommy John surgery gave up two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Kelly Dugan. Shawn Griffith took the loss after giving up the winning run to the Threshers in the twelfth. The offense only managed to get eight hits over the twelve innings with Matt Newman being the only Blue Jay to get more than one.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/6
Peter Mooney – 0/5
Mike Crouse – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K, SB
K.C. Hobson – 1/5, RBI
Nick Baligod – 0/4, R, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre  – 1/5, 3 K
Shane Opitz – 1/5, R, K
Derrick Chung – 1/5, RBI, 2 K, PB
Matt Newman – 2/5, K

Pitching:

Aaron Sanchez – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Kyle Drabek – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 K, 1 HR
Ajay Meyer – 2 IP, 4 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP, 3 BB, 2 K
Shawn Griffith – L, 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ajay Meyer and Tyler Ybarra

Lansing Lugnuts (34-48)

Eighteen-year-old prospect Roberto Osuna got hit hard for the third start in a row as the Lansing Lugnuts fell 10-5 to the Lake County Captains. The Captains were particularly brutal on the Lugnuts pitchers, spreading out their twenty-one hits over their eight innings. Osuna didn’t make it out of the second inning, going one and two-thirds and giving up seven runs on ten hits. Ian Kadish gave up two more and Justin Jackson gave up another as the deluge of runs became a trickle and Wil Browning and Arik Sikula each provided a scoreless inning to finish the game. On the offense, Santiago Nessy had a big night, hitting his first home run of the season in a two-for-three night that also included a walk. Behind the plate, though, he was only able to throw out one runner stealing out of the four attempts that Lake County made. Dalton Pompey stole one of his own, his twenty-sixth (against only two caught stealing) as he brought his batting average up to .250 with a three-for-three night with two walks, two runs and an RBI. Jorge Flores also had two hits on the night.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Jorge Flores – 2/5, K
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/4, 2 RBI, BB, K, CS
Christian Lopes – 0/5, K
Kevin Patterson – 0/2, BB, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 1/1, R
Santiago Nessy – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Chris Hawkins – 0/4
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/4

Pitching:

Roberto Osuna – L, 1 2/3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Ian Kadish – 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Justin Jackson – 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Wil Browning – 1 IP, 1 H
Arik Sikula – 1 IP, 2 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

Vancouver Canadians (11-8)

July 2 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians brought out their bats and got another excellent pitching performance from their starter in an 11-1 victory over the Everett Aqua Sox. Starter Jeremy Gabryszwski picked up his second win of the season and went six shutout innings giving up only two hits and struck out three. The batters went on a tear, with only Chaz Frank, who was starting in his first professional game after being drafted in June, failing to register a hit. Six different players had multi-hit games and only Frank and Nico Taylor failed to score. Jordan Leyland, Andy Fermin and Ian Parmley led the way with three hits apiece and Parmley had a particularly good game going three for five with a run scored, a double, two RBI and a stolen base. Despite the seventeen-hit attack, the Canadians are showing a serious lack of pop in the lineup as the team only had one extra-base hit, Parmley’s double, on the night.

Hitting:

Chaz Frank – 0/3
Brenden Kalfus – 0/1, 2 RBI, SF, HBP
Dickie Thon – 2/6, R, RBI, E
L.B. Dantzler – 1/4, 2 R, 2 BB
Jordan Leyland – 3/4, R, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
Michael Reeves – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Andy Fermin – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Nico Taylor – 2/4, RBI, BB, CS
Ian Parmley – 3/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Pitching:

Jeremy Gabryszwski – W, 6 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Matt Johnson – 1 1/3 IP, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 K
Bobby Brosnahan – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jeremy Gabryszwski

Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.

Bluefield Blue Jays (9-3)

Game postponed due to wet grounds.

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (4-5)

Without being able to muster much offense, the GCL Blue Jays ended up losing 4-1 to the GCL Yankees2 team on Wednesday afternoon. Rehabbing Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos made an appearance, starting the game and giving up a hit and striking out two batters in his inning of work. Highly-touted prospect Matt Smoral followed him into the game by pitching two innings and gave up one run on three hits to go along with a strikeout. The offense didn’t do much to speak of, only getting two hits with Franklin Barreto driving in the team’s only run.

Roster Notes: Pitcher Chris Rowley was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays while pitcher Garrett Pickens was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians.

Hitting:

Josh Almonte – 0/5, 4 K
Rolando Segovia – 0/2, BB, K
Will Dupont – 0/1
Franklin Barreto – 1/3, RBI, BB, K, E
Thomas Collins III – 0/3, B, 2 K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/3, K
Daniel Devonshire – 0/0, BB
Andres Sotillo – 0/3, BB, 2 K, PB
Lydell Moseby – 0/2, 2 K
Gabriel Cenas – 0/2, K
Sean Hurley – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K, SB, 2 E
Koby Kraemer – 1/3, BB, 2 K

Pitching:

Sergio Santos – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Matthew Smoral – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 K
Chris Rowley – 1 IP, 3 K
Oscar Cabrera – L, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Corey Gorman – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto

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