A look at the Toronto Blue Jays top MiLB performers at each level from the week that was
Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
The Bisons have been on a stampede lately. The Herd is currently 8-2 in their past 10 games, playing good all around baseball and it has been resulting in more wins as they now sit 2.5 games out of first place. On offence Jesus Montero has continued to impress. He is 8-23 (.348) and scored four runs with an RBI this week. Junior Lake is starting to find his stroke as he laced a pair of home runs over the past two weeks. He has not had a ton of hits but has been productive with four runs scored and five RBIs. A.J. Jimenez did not play in all the games this week but was solid in his starts. He went 5-15 (.333) and had the game winning homer on Tuesday.
On the other side of the ball there has not been a ton of dominance. The offence supported decent pitching outings in the past week but two excellent starts from Wade LeBlanc stood out. LeBlanc has gone five consecutive starts without allowing an earned run. That is 33 innings of shutout ball. In the past week he threw 13.1 innings of scoreless baseball while only allowing nine hits, walking four, and striking out eleven.
MVB – Wade LeBlanc
Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
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A rough week for the Fisher Cats had few bright spots. They were only 2-5 in their 7 games this week and lost in nearly every fashion.
got into his first games with the Cats this week has started hitting already. Lavarnway played in 2 games and has already collected 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs.
Jr. continues to swing a hot stick as he is currently on a 5 game hitting streak. This past week he batted 12-31 (.387) with 3 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 8 RBIs.
Pitching was a rough spot for the Cats this week. All pitchers allowed at least a run in each of their starts except for Luis Santos. Santos threw 6 innings of shut out ball while only allowing 6 hits, 0 walks, and struck outs 8. Santos continues to impress as he settles in to Double A ball.
MVFC – Dwight Smith Jr.
Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
A positive week for the D-Jays has things looking up as they went 4-3. The offence has been hitting the ball hard as they scored at least five runs in all but one game this week. Derrick Loveless has been showing no love for opposing pitchers during his 11 game hitting streak. He hit 11-25 (.440) with a homer, eight runs scored, and six RBIs. L.B. Dantzler is also on a nine-game hitting streak but missed a few games this week. In his four starts he was able to rake in five hits in 13 at bats which included three RBIs. Also on an eleven-game hitting streak is Anthony Alford as he has scored four runs and six RBIs. Francisco Rios pitched his best game of the season for the D-Jays this week. He pitched a complete game and only allowed one run on seven hits. Rios’ stock continues to rise as he builds confidence in Dunedin.
MVDJ – Derrick Loveless
Single A – Lansing Lugnuts
The Lugnuts started off the week hot with four wins buts lost their last three games of the week. Inconsistency through out the week led to the 4-3 record. Ryan Hissey had one of the more consistent bats during the week as he went 5-18 (.278). He also scored two runs and had a solo homer. Jon Harris had an amazing start to start off the week but then finally got hit hard in his second. He allowed zero runs over seven innings in the first and gave up seven in 4.1 innings in the second. Sean Reid-Foley had the best start of the week as he threw seven innings and allowed only one run. He allowed just six hits while walking one and striking out seven.
MVL – Sean Reid-Foley