P.J. Walters (39) delivers a pitch for the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game in 2013 against the New York Yankees at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Minor League Report: K.C. Hobson says hello to Double-A

Triple-A: Buffalo Bisons (32-36)

Sean Nolin retired the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble in the third. He threw only 38 pitches and was pulled after walking home a run with the bases loaded. Mike Zagurski followed and had his own struggles with four walks while Ryan Tepera gave up three runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Jared Goedert led the offense with two hits while Brad Glenn smashed an RBI double. Adron Chambers also knocked home a run while Jonathan Diaz tacked on two hits. Colby Rasmus had two deep fly outs but has only three hits in twenty plate appearances during his rehab assignment.

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Rasmus has been re-added to the Jays’ active roster while Anthony Gose has been optioned to Buffalo.

Colby Rasmus – 0/4
Adron Chambers – 1/4, RBI
Kevin Pillar – 0/3, BB
Dan Johnson – 0/3, BB
Brad Glenn – 1/4, 2B, RBI
A.J. Jimenez – 0/4, K
Jared Goedert – 3/4
Ryan Goins – 0/4, K
Jonathan Diaz – 2/4

Sean Nolin – 2.1 IP, H, 3 ER, 2 BB, HBP, 3 K (L)
Mike Zagurski – 1.2 IP, 4 BB, 2 K
John Stilson – 2.0 IP, BB
Ryan Tepera – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 K

Double-A: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-41)

P.J. Walters had a solid outing going eight strong allowing two runs off six hits with six strikeouts. K.C. Hobson hit one out in his first ever Double-A game while Andy Burns and Mike McDade both added doubles. Kenny Wilson had two hits but two runs given up by Randy Boone in the ninth led to a 4-2 Fisher Cats defeat.

Kenny Wilson – 2/5, K
Jon Berti – 1/3, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, 2 K
Mike McDade – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
Andy Burns – 1/3, 2B, BB, K
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, HR, RBI, K
Derrick Chung – 0/3, BB
Matt Newman – 0/4, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/4

P.J. Walters – 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 K
Randy Boone – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB (L)

Class A Advanced: Dunedin Blue Jays (46-22)

The freshly-minted first half division champions of the Florida State League were back at it last night but a rough start from Ben White ended the game before it had even really begun. White allowed six earned runs and was chased in the second inning while Chad Girodo and Efrain Nieves behind him didn’t fare much better. Emilio Guerrero had two hits including a double as did Santiago Nessy. Gustavo Pierre hit a home run but struck out during his other three plate appearances.

Andy Fermin – 0/5, K
Dalton Pompey – 1/4, BB
Marcus Knecht – 0/4
L.B. Dantzler – 1/3, RBI, BB, 2 K
Santiago Nessy – 2/4, 2B, RBI, K
Nick Baligod – 0/3, BB
Emilio Guerrero – 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, HR, RBI, 3 K
Christian Lopes – 1/4, 2B

Ben White – 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB (L)
Chad Girodo – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K
Efrain Nieves – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
Tony Davis – 1.0 IP, 3 K
Wil Browning – 1.0 IP, H, 2 K
Danny Barnes – 1.0 IP, H, K

Class A: Lansing Lugnuts (32-37)

The Midwest League had their annual All-Star Game last night and four Lugs were part of the action. Matt Dean struck out in both of his plate appearances while Mitch Nay was hitless in three at bats and also struck out twice. Derrick Loveless entered the game as a sub and grounded out twice. Griffin Murphy pitched two-thirds of an inning and struck out and walked a batter.

Class A Short-Season: Vancouver Canadians (3-2)

David Harris had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base while Franklin Barreto reached base twice with a single and a walk. Roemon Fields and Jonathan Davis also swiped bags while Fields and Boomer Collins added doubles. Starlyn Suriel started and didn’t allow a run but Joe Lovecchio was victimized by some shoddy Vancouver defense to blow the lead as the C’s weren’t able to hold on to an early 3-0 lead, falling 4-3.

Roemon Fields – 1/5, 2B, 2 K, SB
Jonathan Davis – 0/2, 2 BB, 2 K, SB, PO
Franklin Barreto – 1/3, BB
David Harris – 2/4, RBI, SB
Sean Hurley – 1/4, RBI
Tim Locastro – 1/3, BB, K
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, K
Boomer Collins – 1/4, 2B, K
Kevin Garcia – 0/3
Michael De La Cruz – 0/1, K

Starlyn Suriel – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Joe Lovecchio – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, ER, BB, 2 K (BS, L)
Francisco Gracesqui – 0.1 IP, K

Rookie: DSL Blue Jays

Antony Fuentes went three for four with an RBI and Rodrigo Orozco added two hits as the DSL Blue Jays won 3-1. A handful of players had base hits and were led by strong performances from Jose Nova and Yordano Hernendez on the mound.

Rodrigo Orozco – 2/4, K
Jesus Severino – 1/4
Bryan Lizardo – 0/2, RBI, BB
Francisco Rodriguez – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Antony Fuentes – 3/4, RBI, CS
Enmanuel Moreta – 0/4, 2 K
Miguel Almonte – 1/2
Jean Almanzar – 0/1
Manuel Herazo – 1/3
Eddy Alcantara – 0/3, K

Jose Nova – 4.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K
Yonardo Herndenez – 5.0 IP, 5 H, ER, K (W)

All stats courtesy MiLB.com.

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  • Jensan

    SP in Vancouver is great: Castro, Labourt, Suriel, Tinoco quite a group. All young SP – Vancouver is a half step below Lansing , next years team in Lansing will be sonething else, hope they can handle the cold weather in April and In early May.

  • Duncan

    Why in the world was KC Hobson promoted to AA when Pompey wasn’t? Unfortunately, I fully expect Pompey to go into a month long tail-spin has he has to emotionally handle the situation – making it appear that the decision to not promote him was the right one.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Hobson was repeating at High-A and also repeated in Lansing so he was slightly behind the curve. The move was still a bit surprising imo but at 23 it makes sense to start pushing him. I believe Pompey is Rule 5 eligible this year so he will likely see a promotion by the end of the year but right now, thanks to Kenny Wilson, center field is taken care of in NH. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see more movement soon. And from what I’ve heard, Pompey sounds like a pretty mentally strong kid so I don’t think he’ll be affected at all about not being promoted.

      • Duncan

        Thanks Michael. It still seems strange to me. As for Kenny Wilson holding Pompey back, Wilson is not as good a CF as Pompey (based on the Rawlings CF of the year award), so that shouldn’t be reason enough. AND, given that Pompey is rule V eligible, i would have thought he would be promoted EARLIER not later. Then again, the Jays brass do some strange things when it comes to how slowly they bring players along.