Blue Jays Minor League Report: Marcus Stroman spectacular striking out ten


How long will it be until Marcus Stroman is called up to the Toronto Blue Jays? Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bisons (13-10)

Marcus Stroman was simply spectacular and carved through the Louisville lineup with ten strikeouts over six hitless frames. Only one ball left the infield against Stroman, who struck out ten or more batters for the fifth time in only 25 minor league starts. He was pulled after 80 pitches, which prompted speculation the Blue Jays could be monitoring his innings with a promotion to the big club at some point likely in the cards.

The offense was led by Steve Tolleson who had two hits and an RBI while Kevin Pillar chipped in with a double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Dan Johnson reached base twice while Erik Kratz and Matt Tuiasosopo both knocked in runs for the Bisons, who won 4-1. Bobby Korecky continued to pitch well and extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 with a perfect frame in the eighth.

Anthony Gose – 0/4, K
Darin Mastroianni – 1/4, 2B, 2 K
Kevin Pillar – 1/4, 2B, K
Dan Johnson – 1/3, BB
Matt Tuiasosopo – 0/2, RBI, BB
Ryan Goins – 0/3, BB
Jared Goedert – 0/3, BB
Steven Tolleson – 2/4, RBI
Erik Kratz – 1/3, RBI

Marcus Stroman – 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 10 K
Austin Bibens-Dirkx – 1.0 IP, 3 H, ER, K
Bobby Korecky – 1.0 IP, 2 K
Neil Wagner – 1.0 IP (S)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (11-12)

Mike Crouse was three for four with an RBI and Brad Glenn smashed his fourth home run of the season but it wasn’t enough as New Hampshire fell 4-2 to Trenton. Deck McGuire started but allowed four earned runs on nine hits with only one strikeout. Jon Berti and Brian Van Kirk both had two-hit nights while John Anderson struck out four inning two innings of relief.

Jon Berti – 2/5, K
Kevin Nolan – 0/5, K
Andy Burns – 0/3, BB, K
Mike McDade – 0/4
Brad Glenn – 1/3, HR, RBI, BB
Mike Crouse – 3/4, RBI
Gabe Jacobo – 0/4, K
Jack Murphy – 0/3, BB
Brian Van Kirk – 2/4, 2B

Deck McGuire – 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
John Anderson – 2.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Randy Boone – 1.2 IP, H, BB, K

Dunedin Blue Jays (20-5)

Marcus Stroman wasn’t the only Blue Jays pitching prospect who was lighting it up on the mound last night as Daniel Norris threw five scoreless innings allowing just three hits while striking out five in what was another strong performance from the lefty. He’s allowed only two earned runs in five starts and is holding opponents to a .157 batting average. His strikeout to walk ratio is impressive (21:5) and improved command has helped him produce the third lowest ERA in the Florida State League at just 0.75.

Gustavo Pierre had three hits for the second consecutive night while Dwight Smith Jr. plated two RBIs on a triple and sac fly as Dunedin continued their tear through the FSL with a 4-1 victory. The D-Jays have won five in a row and have a five game lead over the league’s second place team. Dalton Pompey walked twice and stole two base while Derrick Chung and Jorges Flores both had two hits.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 1/4, 3B, 2 RBI, K
Dalton Pompey – 0/2, 2 BB, K, 2 SB
K.C. Hobson – 0/2, 2 RBI, BB, K
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, BB, 2 K
Emilio Guerrero – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Derrick Chung – 2/5, 2B
Nick Baligod – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Gustavo Pierre – 3/4, 3B
Jorge Flores – 2/4, K, SB

Daniel Norris – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K (W)
Justin Jackson – 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K
Efrain Nieves – 0.1 IP, K
Danny Barnes – 1.0 IP
Arik Sikula – 1.0 IP (S)

Lansing Lugnuts (10-13)

Suspended due to rain.

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