Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: July 27th 2015
The Toronto Blue Jays minor league system was 3 and 3 on July 27th. Our Top Prospect struggled, Fields continues his push for a Buffalo call-up, and there was some muscle flexing in the DSL and GCL.
Daniel Norris throw 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes but walked 4 over 5 innings. He allowed 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out 2. Greg Burke and Joba Chamberlain each pitched a scoreless frame. Miguel Castro (1-3, 4.58 ERA) took the loss, as he allowed one run on 2 hits in the 8th.
The offence was led by Andy Burns (2/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI), Alex Hassan (3/5) and Melky Mesa (2/4, 2R, 3B, RBI). Dalton Pompey collected 2 hits and has reached base safely in every game since July 7th, when he was a member of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Since his return to Buffalo, Pompey has 19 hits in 11 games.
Up Next: Jeff Francis (4-0, 1.80 ERA)
New Hampshire 8
Taylor Cole (5-8, 4.55 ERA) has had a tough year, but has done better in July (3-1, 3.48 ERA). Cole got the win but lasted only 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking 7 on 101 pitches. Colt Hynes and Danny Barnes combined to pitch the final 4 innings and each allowed a single run. Barnes struck out 3 and allowed a home run in his inning and a third of relief.
Jorge Flores was the only Fisher Cats not to register a hit, but he did manage to draw 2 walks and score a run. Leadoff man Roemon Fields was 3-for-4 with 2 run and bumped his average up from .295 to .329. Matt Newman (9) and Mr. Fisher Cat Ryan Schimpf (13) connected to hit home runs.
Schimpf, also had a single and put three runs on the board. Shane Opitz (1/4) knocked in 3 runs with his third triple.
Up Next: Some guy named Jeff Hoffman (0-0, 1.54 ERA) ***UPDATE: AA made a dumba$$ trade and Hoffman will not be taking the mound for the Cats***
Up Next: Sean Reid-Foley (0-2, 3.31 ERA)
Scheduled off day
Up Next: Sterling Suriel (6-6, 3.62 ERA)
Evan Smith had a rare bad start not making it to the 4th. Smith has shown good command (8:21) and hadn’t allowed more than 3 runs in his previous 5 starts. The tall lefty dropped to 2-3 allowing 5 runs on 8 hits. Josh DeGraaf allowed one run on 2 hits over 4 innings while striking out out 2. Turner Lee pitched a clean 8th with a strike out.
The C’s offence was held to 4 hits and struck out 10 times. Gunnar Heidt, Ryan Hissey, Earl Burl III, and Ryan Metzler were the only C’s to collect hits. Heidt stole his 10th base.
Up Next: Jon Harris (0-1, 3.78 ERA)
Bluefield couldn’t come away with the W despite Princeton’s sloppy defense (3 errors). Nick Wells couldn’t follow up his player of the week honors, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings. Dan Lietz wasn’t much better, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings.
Aaron Attaway entered the game hitting .138, but increased that to .258 with his 4-for-4 day. Attaway hit his 2nd home run, drove in 3 RBI and was driven in twice. Deiferson Barreto wasn’t perfect, but still managed to have a solid day, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs, a double, and an RBI. Andres Sotillo drove in the clubs other run.
Up Next: TBD
GCL Blue Jays 10
GCL Yankee 2
Jose Nova shutout the Yankees on one hit over 4.0 innings, striking out 3 and walking 2. Nate Abel got his first win with 2 shutout innings. Jackson Lowery and Ryan Cook both allowed one run in their inning and Gunner Eastman pitched a clean 8th.
Levi Scott, Bryan Lizardo, and Javier Hernandez each had two hits in the winning affair. Runs came of the bats of Lance Jones (1/3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI), Jake Thomas (1/2, 2RBI, 2BB), Lizardo (2/4, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB), Hernandez (2/5, R, 2B, 2RBI)
DSL Blue Jays 9
DSL Orioles 7
Wilfri Aleton allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings. Tommy Henriquez got the win despite allowing 3 runs (2 ER) in his 3 innings. Jose Acosta allowed one run on 3 hits but managed to hold off the O’s DSL team for his 3rd save.
The DSL Blue Jays pounded out 14 hits and every starter, but Norberto Obeso, registered at least one hit. Sterling Guzman (2/5, R, 3B) and Yorman Rodriguez (2/3, R, 3B, 2BB, SB) each had 2 RBI in the winning cause. Jesus Navarro (2/5, 2R, 2B), Obeso (0/3, 2R, 2BB), Antony Fuentes (2/4, R, BB), and Anderson Green (2/5, R) drove in the clubs other runs.