It’s Raining (Draft Picks): June 6 Minor League Report


There were two minor league games in Blue-Jay-land due to rain in Buffalo and Dunedin and there were two more losses. Most people’s attention was elsewhere as the Jays chose 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford tenth overall in the ML Draft.

Buffalo Bisons (31-27)

Buffalo’s game was postponed due to rain.

May 23, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder

Anthony Gose

(8) singles in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Baltimore 12-6. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Roster Note: OF Anthony Gose was sent back down to Buffalo with another move to come on Friday.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-33)

After reaching the .500 mark, the Fisher Cats have dropped five in a row including a 7-2 loss to the Akron Aeros on Thursday night. Evan Crawford was the man in the game when the Aeros blew it open, allowing a runner of Deck McGuire’s to score as well as four of his own as he gave up four runs on seven hits in an inning and a third. McGuire was strong, striking out nine batters in five and two-thirds innings, his highest total since July 7 last season when he struck out ten. Shortstop Kevin Nolan hit his sixth home run of the season, driving in both New Hampshire runs while outfielder Brad Glenn hit two doubles and second baseman Ryan Schimpf hit a single and a double.

Roster Note: RHP Scott Gracey was placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to June 4.


Kevin Pillar – 0/4, K
Ryan Schimpf – 2/4, R, 2B, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Clint Robinson – 0/4, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Brad Glenn – 2/4, 2 2B,
Jon Talley – 1/4
Jack Murphy – 0/2, BB
Tommy Manzella – 0/3, 2 K


Deck McGuire – L, 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 9 K
Evan Crawford – 1 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R
Chorye Spoone – 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Deck McGuire

Dunedin Blue Jays (31-24)

Thursday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Lansing Lugnuts (25-31)

The defense let the Lugnuts down again as they fell to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5-3 on Thursday night. Four errors led to three unearned runs off of starter Alonzo Gonzalez who gave up five runs in total in his five innings. Griffin Murphy and Ian Kadish combined for five strikeouts in their four scoreless innings of relief. On the offense, Gustavo Pierre continues to be hot, having his seventh multi-hit day in the past ten games and Dalton Pompey continues to turn around his tough May with a two-for-four game that included his nineteenth stolen base of the season.

Lefty Alonzo Gonzalez warms up before a game on May 4, 2013 in Lansing, MI. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue


Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/5, 2B, 2 K
Emilio Guerrero – 0/3, R, BB, E
Christian Lopes – 0/4, E
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, E
Gustavo Pierre – 2/4, 2B, RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, R, BB, K, SB
Chris Hawkins – 0/4, RBI, K
Aaron Munoz – 1/3, BB, K
Dalton Pompey – 2/4, SB


Alonzo Gonzalez – L, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
Griffin Murphy – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Ian Kadish – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Griffin Murphy, Ian Kadish

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