April 29 Minor League Report


It was losing day for the Blue Jays affiliates today.  Buffalo lost a squeaker while Dunedin and Lansing couldn’t get much offense going against a couple of pitching prospects.  If you haven’t read already, Aaron Laffey, who was outrighted to Buffalo, refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Buffalo Bisons (16-7)

The Buffalo Bisons lost another close game to the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 4-3. Moises Sierra and Luis Jimenez continue to be hot, with Sierra going two for four to push his batting average to .403 while Jimenez contributed with two RBI with a double and triple and is now hitting .366 on the young season. Monday night marked a couple of returns to the Bisons: Miguel Batista came off the disabled list to make a solid start while Brad Lincoln, optioned back to Buffalo from the Blue Jays yesterday, pitched an inning and two-thirds of relief. I’ve read that Buddy Carlyle, Saturday’s starter, went on the 7-day DL to get him some rest after his spot start but I wasn’t able to confirm that through the league’s transactions.

Feb 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Luis Jimenez (58) against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at George Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy  – 1/4, R, K
Anthony Gose –0/4, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 2/4, R, K
Luis Jimenez – 2/4, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
Andy LaRoche -2/4, RBI, CS
Jim Negrych – 0/4
Ryan Langerhans – 0/4, 2 K
Eugenio Velez – 0/2, BB
Mike Nickeas – 0/3, K


Miguel Batista – 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Brad Lincoln – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 K
Juan Perez – L, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Luis Jimenez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (11-13)

Game postponed due to inclement weather.

Dunedin Blue Jays (15-9)

Florida State League Pitcher of the Week Casey Lawrence took the mound on Monday against three former Blue Jays prospects, losing 6-1 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. With Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Marisnick each going one for four, the real damage to the Blue Jay cause was by Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani, the often-forgotten member of the Lansing group of piggy-backing starters, has been dominant in 2013, and while the D-Jays managed to get nine hits off of him, they only managed to score one run (the first earned run that DeSclafani has given up all year). Lawrence had his worst start of the year in Single-A, only getting through three innings, giving up all six runs on ten hits and a walk.

Left fielder Marcus Knecht, third baseman Andy Burns and catcher Derrick Chung all had multi-hit games for the Blue Jays in the losing cause. Burns is now hitting .352 and Chung has hit safely in his last eight games (five mult-hit games) to bring his batting average up to .298.


Jon Berti – 1/3, BB, 2 K, SB, CS
Peter Mooney – 0/4
Andy Burns – 3/4, 2B
K.C. Hobson – 0/4
Matt Newman – 1/4, R, K, OF Asst.
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 3 K
Derrick Chung – 2/4, RBI
Nick Baligod – 1/3


Casey Lawrence – L, 3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ajay Meyer – 3 IP, 5 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Monday’s POTG comes from Dunedin Blue Jays Radio Voice Tyler Murray:

Loud and clear Tyler.  Ajay Meyer it is.

Lansing Lugnuts (7-14)

The Lansing Lugnuts’ struggles continue as the team got gored by the Cedar Rapids Kernels 9-1 on Monday night. Although the team committed three errors, the Kernels only scored one unearned run and the Lansing pitching just couldn’t keep this high powered offense off the board. Starter Taylor Cole gave up seven of the nine runs over his five innings, giving up six hits, two walks and a home run despite striking out seven. The batters could only manage five hits off of the Twins ninth ranked prospect, Jose Berrios.

Dalton Pompey  – 1/4, R, 3B, 2 K
Jorge Flores – 0/4, K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, 2 K, 2 E
Christian Lopes –1/4, 2B, RBI
Chris Hawkins – 1/4, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/4, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3, 2 K
Seth Conner – 1/2, BB, E, PB
Dwight Smith Jr. – 0/3, K


Taylor Cole – 5 IP, 6 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Griffin Murphy – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Christian Lopes

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