Left-handed pitching prospect Matt Smoral. Credit: MLB Prospect Portal

Blue Jays Minor League Report: Matt Smoral strikes out 8 (in just 3 innings)

Triple-A: Buffalo Bisons (38-37)

The Bisons jumped on the board early with a Brad Glenn RBI in the first before Andy LaRoche and Adron Chambers both smashed homers in the next two innings to lead Buffalo to a 4-2 victory. Chambers had three hits for the game while Glenn, LaRoche and A.J. Jimenez all chipped in with two hits each. Esmil Rogers scattered four hits and three walks and did just enough to earn the victory while Kyle Drabek gave up a home run in two innings of relief.

Darin Mastroianni – 0/4, K
Adron Chambers – 3/4, HR (1), RBI (4)
Jared Goedert – 0/3, BB, K
Dan Johnson – 0/3, BB
Brad Glenn – 2/4, RBI (22), K
A.J. Jimenez – 2/4
Andy LaRoche – 2/4, HR (2), 2 RBI (10), K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, K
Ryan Goins – 1/3, K

Esmil Rogers – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, K (W, 2-1)
Kyle Drabek – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, HR
Luis Ayala – 1.0 IP
Ryan Tepera – 1.0 IP, H, K (S, 2)

Double-A: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-44)

New Hampshire did their best to tie it but ended to falling short to lose yet another one-run game 3-2. Matt Newman and Jonathan Jones provided the scoring with an RBI each while Kevin Nolan had three hits including a double. Jones homered to bring the ‘Cats within one and with one out Newman tripled but wasn’t able to cross the plate to tie the game. Andy Burns and Nolan doubled for the ‘Cats while K.C. Hobson, who homered in his first ever Double-A game, has been held hitless over the past three with the home run still his only hit in the Eastern League. Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Richard Bleier both gave up home runs in the loss.

Kenny Wilson – 0/3, BB, K
Jon Berti – 0/4
Andy Burns – 1/4, 2B (13), 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/4
Mike Crouse – 0/4, K
Jonathan Jones – 2/3, HR (1), RBI (14), BB
Matt Newman – 3/4, 2B (8), 3B (2), RBI (12)
Derrick Chung – 0/4
Kevin Nolan – 3/4, 2B (9)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K, HR (L, 2-2)
Richard Bleier – 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K, HR
John Anderson – 1.0 IP, H, BB, K

Class A Advanced: Dunedin Blue Jays (48-26)

According to reports, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was in Dunedin to take in the D-Jays 7-4 defeat to Brevard County. Dwight Smith Jr. had two hits, L.B. Dantzler drove home two runs and Santiago Nessy popped a double to lead the offense. Taylor Cole started but threw two wild pitches in the second, which combined with a Gustavo Pierre error, put Dunedin in an early hole they weren’t able to climb back from. Exactly why AA was in Dunedin I’m not sure but with the trade deadline coming up I have a feeling teams have been asking him about rising star Dalton Pompey.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 2/4, 2 K
Dalton Pompey – 1/4
L.B. Dantzler – 1/3 (5), 2 RBI, BB
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, K
Nick Baligod – 0/4
Emilio Guerrero – 0/4, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, 2B (3), 2 K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4
Peter Mooney – 1/2, RBI (5)

Taylor Cole – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (L, 5-4)
Efrain Nieves – 3.0 IP, 3 H, K
Kramer Champlin – 1.0 IP, K

Advanced Rookie: Bluefield Blue Jays (2-3)

Matt Smoral struck out eight batters in just three innings while Richard Urena, Anthony Alford and Rowdy Tellez had big days at the plate to lead Bluefield to a 7-2 victory. Alford had three hits including a home run and two RBIs, Urena reached base four times while Tellez drove in three runs. Franciso Rios earned the win and piggybacking with Smoral had five strikeouts of his own.

Richard Urena – 3/4, RBI (1), BB
Anthony Alford – 3/4, HR (1), 2 RBI (2), K
Josh Almonte – 1/4, K
Rowdy Tellez – 1/4, 3 RBI (5)
Dan Jansen – 1/4, 2B (1), 2 K
James Lynch – 0/3, BB
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/5, CS
Austin Davis – 1/3, K
Aaron Attaway – 0/1, RBI (1), K
Rolando Segovia – 1/4, K

Matt Smoral – 3.0 IP, H, 3 BB, 8 K
Francisco Rios – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, HR (W, 1-0)
Chase Wellbrock – 1.0 IP, 2 H

Rookie: Gulf Coast League Blue Jays(1-2)

Lane Thomas had two extra base hits in his second game as a pro while Deiferson Barreto added three hits with a double to lead the GCL Jays to a 7-2 victory. Juan Kelly chipped in with two hits including a double while Andres De Aza drove in two RBIs. Catcher and fourth round draft pick Matt Morgan scored two runs and reached on a walk while shortstop Yelstin Gudino drove in a run but has yet to collect a hit in two games.

Lane Thomas – 2/5, 2B (1), 3B (1), RBI (1)
Yelstin Gudino – 0/4, RBI
Juan Tejada – 1/5, K
Juan Kelly – 2/4, K
Matt Morgan – 0/3, BB, K
Freddy Rodriguez – 1/3
Andres De Aza – 1/4, 2 RBI (2)
Deiferson Barreto – 3/4, 2B (1), RBI (1), CS
Trey Pascazi – 1/4, RBI (1), K, SB

Jonathan Wandling – 2.0 IP, H, BB
Hansel Rodriguez – 2.0 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB
Turner Lee – 2.0 IP, BB, 3 K (W, 1-0)
Francisco Diaz – 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
Jordan Romano – 2.0 IP, H, 4 BB, K

Rookie: DSL Blue Jays (6-14)

Rodrigo Orozco – 2/4
Jesus Severino – 1/4, K
Ronniel Domorizi – 1/4, K
Javier Hernandez – 1/4
Enmanuel Moreta – 1/4, 2 K
Miguel Almonte – 0/4, K
Manuel Herazo – 0/3, 2 K
Eddy Alcantara – 1/3, K
Leudy Garcia – 0/3, 2 K

Jose Nova – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K
Yornardo Herdenez – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 3 K
Wilmin Lara – 1.0 IP, H, ER, BB
Manuel Cordova – 1.1 IP, 3 H, ER, K
Pedro Diaz – 0.2 IP

All stats courtesy MiLB.com.

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