Blue Jays MiLB Standouts – Hutch and LeBlanc are on fire

Craig Borden
Mar 16, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) walks to the dugout before the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) walks to the dugout before the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blue Jays Triple-A – Buffalo Bisons
(Record 36-33)

A mixed bag of wins for the Bisons in they go 4-3 for the week.  The offence clearly had no issues scoring runs as they scored at least three in six of their seven games this past week.  Jesus Montero continued to be an RBI machine as he picked up four more this week to raise his season total to 38.  Matt Dominguez had a game where he went 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs earlier in the week, but the grand slam homer was unfortunately one of the few hits he supplied during the week.

Junior Lake continues to collect hits as he has now hit safely in seven straight.  Andy Burns got a chance to play with the big clue this week and was sent back down to clear room for Troy Tulowitzki yesterday.  This past week it was a good all around attack that scored runs.

On the mound the Herd has been hit or miss.  Wade LeBlanc had another incredible start as he pitched 8.0 innings of shut out ball.  He only allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out 11 Durham Bulls.  His season ERA is a minuscule 1.51 with a WHIP of 1.14.

Drew Hutchison also had a great week in his two starts.  He pitched a total of 12 innings and allow just two earned runs.  Across both starts he only allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out 17.  Hutch currently sits with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  In the coming weeks LeBlanc and Hutch may begin to be looked at more closely as Aaron Sanchez reaches his “innings limit” and is potentially placed in the bullpen for a while to save his arm.

MVB – Drew Hutchison

Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
(Record 29-39)

The Cats continue to have issues in all sorts of places from night to night as they struggle to find consistency.  Over the past week they went 3-4 with wins and losses of various fashions.  Ian Parmley collected a hit in all the games this week as he appears to be heating up.  He went 4-for-4 with a solo home run and four RBIs to kick off this week and raised batting average to .310.  The big story has been the continued success for Dwight Smith Jr.  Smith is currently running on a 15 game hitting streak and has shown little sign of letting up.  In the past week he went 7-for-24 (.291) with two runs scored and five RBIs.

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Jeremy Gabryszwski continues to find success with the Cat as he tossed a 7.0-inning four-hitter this week.  In the performance he allowed just 1one run while only walking one batter and striking out eight.  He has been pitching great recently and has not allowed more then two runs in his past four starts.  His season ERA has dropped to 3.14.  It might be interesting to see if he gets a triple-A shot if the big team calls up one of the Bisons’ starters.

MVFC – Dwight Smith Jr.

Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
(Record 30-36)

The D-Jays had a short week down in the Florida sun as they went 3-2.  This week brought the electric stuff of Sean Reid-Foley to the Gulf Coast League and he was impressive in his debut.  He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just two hits on his way to the win.  Reid-Foley also struck out 12 Clearwater Threshers in the game.  The 20-year-old appears to be figuring everything out all at once as he has only allowed one run over his past three starts.  Conner Greene also turned in another strong performance as he pitched 6.0 innings of three-hit ball to pick up the win earlier in the week.

This week Ryan McBroom provided the base-cleaning duties as he powered out two homers during the week.  He closed out the week with six RBIs.  Richard Urena has a sting of four multi-hit performances in a row currently rolling.  He has also scored a run in three of those same games.

MVDJ – Sean Reid-Foley

Single A – Lansing Lugnuts
(Record 35-34)

The Lugnuts had a long week as they played in nine games including two double-headers.  They went 5-4 despite the rough schedule.  Gunnar Heidt scored at least one run in five different games this week.  He also hit two homers during the week to add to a nice six-start stat line.  He finish the week 7-for-20 (.350) with six runs scored, two RBIs, and two homers.

Max Pentecost appears to be finding his swing as he hit in all but one game this past week.  His batting average has slowly been climbing and currently sits at .262.  Jon Harris added another solid start to his season as he allowed two runs over 6.1 innings of work.  Harris allowed just one walk on his way to striking out six batters and picking up his 6th win.

MVL – Gunnar Heidt

Next: Brett Cecil still progressing toward return

Short-season A – Vancouver Canadians
(Record 1-1)

Yes, the short season Canadians have started their season and I figured it was worth talking about for their first two games.  Gabriel Clark and Deiferson Barreto have picked up 2 RBIs and currently lead the team.  The team has also hit a nice five doubles so far.  The bats appeared to be awake but they were unable to drive in any runs in the second game of the year as they were shut out.  On the mound, Justin Maese picked up the first start of the season and pitched well over 5.0 innings.  He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six.

MVC – Justin Maese

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