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Blue Jays Minor League Report: Kevin Pillar Supernova Hot

Buffalo Bisons (14-10)

The Bison won 6-1 against Charlotte. Liam Hendriks continued his great start to his Bison career improving to 4-0. Liam pitched seven strong innings striking out five. He made one mistake to Matt Davidson, who took him yard for his third homerun of the year. Bobby Korecky and Ryan Tepera pitched a perfect 8th and 9th inning to close out the game.

Offensively, the Bisons were led by Kevin Pillar, who is supernova hot right now. Pillar was 2/4 with a double and three RBI. Matt Tuiasosopo, Ryan Goins, and Erik Kratz all had two hits as the Bison were able to get six runs on nine hits, while working Chalotte pitchers for seven walks.

Darin Mastroiann – 0/4, R, BB, SB(3)2K
Jared Goedert- 0/2, 2BB
Kevin Pillar – 2/4, 2B(9), 3 RBI(13), CS
Dan Johnson – 0/3, BB
Matt Tuiasosopo – 2/4
Ryan Schimpf- 0/3, R, BB, K
Ryan Goins- 2/3, 2R, BB, E
Erik Kratz – 2/4, 2B(4), R, 2 RBI(5)

Munerori Kawasaki- 1/3, R, 2B(2), RBI(3), BB


Liam Hendriks (W, 4-0)- 7.0 IP, 6H, R, BB, 5K, HR, 2Pickoffs (1.26 ERA)

Bobby Korecky- 1.0IP, H, BB

Ryan Tepera- 1.0IP, H, K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (12-13)

The Fisher Cats were on the wrong end of a game stoped after seven innings, as Shawn Hill took the loss in a game that ended 2-1. Hill did go seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

Mike Crouse’s first homerun of the year account for the Fisher Cats lone run as they were only able to get three hits on the night. Andy Burns registered three stolen bases on the night and now has seven for the season.

Andy Burns – 1/2, BB, 3SB(7)
Kevin Nolan – 0/3,
Jon Berti – 0/3, K
Brad Glenn – 0/3, K
Mike Crouse – 1/3, R, HR(1), RBI(9)
Gabe Jacobo – 0/2, K

Mike McDade-PH-1/1,

Andy Fermin-PR- 0/0

Yusuf Carter-0/3

Jack Murphy – 0/2
Jonathan Jones- 0/2

Shawn Hill (L, 0-1)- 7IP, 4H, 2R, BB, 2K

Dunedin Blue Jays (20-7)

It wasn’t a good night for the D-Jays bullpen as they were not able to follow up another strong outing by Taylor Cole and lost to Lakeland 7-1. Cole stuckout seven over 4.2 IP. Efrain Nieves took the lose after surrendering two homeruns, but he did register five strikeouts. Blake McFarland was able to keep the ball in the yard but allowed four runs in his one inning of work.

Offensively, the D-Jays were shut down by Lakeland’s Kevin Eichhorn. Nick Baligod and Dalton Pompey had two hits each. Pompey has registered 15 hits in the past 10 games and has a .363 batting average on the year. If I were a gambling man I would bet there is a promotion in the not too distant furture for the native of Mississauga.

Nick Baligod – 2/4, K
Dalton Pompey – 2/3, RBI
K.C. Hobson – 0/4

Marcus Knecht- 0/4

Kevin Patterson – 1/4, 2 K
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, 2 K
Derrick Chung – 1/4, 2K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, K
Christian Lopes- 0/3, R, BB, K


Taylor Cole- 4.2IP, 6H, 3B, 7K, E

Efrai n Nieves (L, 0-2)- 2.1IP, 2H, 3R, BB, 5K, 2HR

Blake McFarland- 1.0IP, 2H, 4R, 3BB, K

Danny Barnes- 1.0IP

Lansing Lugnuts (13-13)

Lansing bet Dayton 9-6 to climb to .500 after a rough start to the season and have won 9 of their past 11 games and are on a three game winning streak. This game was all about the offense. Homeruns by Mitch Nay, Jorge Saez, and L.B. Dantzler (grandslam)provided the Lugnuts  with all the offense they would need. Matt Dean had a good night as he registered three hits and walk.

Alberto Tirado collected his first win of the season by pitching 5.0 innings of one hit ball, while walking three and striking out four. Tirado will have to improve his control if he wants to move up to Dunedin this year. He has 17 walks to go with 20 strikeouts in 20 IP. On the plus side, Tirado had a very impressive GO/AO ratio of 6/4.

Noteworthy: Aroldis Chapman started the game for the Dayton Dragons. Chapman pitched one inning and had the first two batter to strikeout.

D.J. Davis- 0/4, R, 3K

Jason Leblebijian- 1/3, 2R, 2BB, K

Mitch Nay- 1/4, 2R, BB, HR(1), 2RBI(16), K

L.B. Dantzler- 1/5, R, HR(1), 4RBI(4), K

Matt Dean- 3/4, BB, RBI(12), K

Derrick Loveless- 0/4, BB, 2K

Dawel Lugo- 0/5, 2K

Jorge Saez- 2/4, 2R, BB, HR(2), RBI(7)

Carlos Ramirez- 2/3, R, RBI(2), BB, SB(3)


Alberto Tirado-5.0IP, H, R, 3BB, 4K

Shane Dawson- 1.2IP, H, 3R, 5BB, K

Yeyfry Del Rosario- 2.1IP, 2H, 2R, 2BB, 2K, HR

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  • Andrew van Laar

    I haven’t seen Dwight Smith Jr in the Dunedin lineup the last two games… is there an injury I am not aware of?

    • Michael Wray

      At first I thought it was just a typical day off but when he didn’t play last night I started to wonder the same thing. Updates on minor league injuries can be hard to find but I’m on the case!

    • RyanMueller

      Ya what michael said…:-)

  • JaysHopeful

    With Gose up I would be interested to see Pillar get more starts in CF. No offense to Mastroianni, but if Pillar can play all three outfield positions, bat over .300 again this season while increasing his BB and decreasing his SO, and continue to steal 20+ bags (with less CS), he may be a viable replacement for Melky or even Colby next season.

    Kid really earns his place, makes adjustments, and is smart. Intelligence and hustle can go a long way, especially in overlooking limited homerun power.

    • Michael Wray

      He’s made solid contact all year, even when he was cold was rarely striking out. His plate discipline still leaves much to be desired and PD is a tough thing to teach, often players either have it or they don’t. However I love his arm and think he has enough range/instincts to be serviceable in center, which probably isn’t an everyday position for him at the MLB level but I have no problems running him out in CF every once in a while and I agree he should play more there at Triple-A.

      I think he will eventually adjust to major league pitching, hopefully during his next cup of coffee with the Jays. He looked overmatched last year but he’s a smart kid and those things will happen when you go from Bluefield to the Blue Jays in less than two years.

      • JaysHopeful

        Totally agree! I’m excited to see how he progresses this year in AAA, as he continues to develop and make adjustments. No need to rush him up this year until the September expansion. Just while Gose is up to get some starts in CF in Buffalo. Even if he’s an everyday corner outfielder who can cover days off at CF, I think there is a lot of upside for him in the organization, (especially if he can hit near .300 at the major league level *fingers crossed*).

    • RyanMueller

      Pillar should only be called up if he is going to receive regular at bats. I think gose will be sent down once melky is good to play everyday again. At which time I think darin should be our 4th outfielder. He is an older version of pillar. Pillar and gose need to get regular at bats if they are expexted to take over for melky and colby next year. What do you think?