A look around the top performers for the Toronto Blue Jays minor league organization for the week that ended on July 29th
Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
Record 53-54 (4th Place 14.5 GB)
The Bisons finally stopped their skid last night. Over their last 10 games the Bisons have been unable to get anything going with just one win. This past week the Herd only allowed more than 3 runs twice but the offence was silent through those games. The lack of punch has been a big contributor to the recent slide. The Bisons only scored nine runs over the past week. Five of those runs came on four home runs through out the week.
The dismal offence masked a great showing by the pitching staff this week as no starter allowed more then three earned runs in a start. Chris Leroux pitched a solid 6.0 innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits. Casey Lawrence did not allow an earned run through 5.2 innings but the defence let him down when he needed it most as the RailRiders scored five unearned while he was on the mound. Scott Copeland continues to ramp up and had a great outing to finish off the week. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out six.
MVB – Scott Copeland
Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Record 46-59 (4th Place 23.5 GB)
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Another rough week for the Fisher Cats as they struggled to find their footing. They were only able to pull out one win over their last sic but the pitching staff has been performing. There was only one game where the opposition scored more than four.
Their issue was that the offence was unable to score more than two runs in all but one game. Conner Greene pitched a seven-inning shutout in game one of the double-header earlier in the week. He allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The shutout was the only win for the Cats this week and they were only able to provide Greene with one run to support the win. Greene appears to be settling in with the Cats as he has pitched well over his past three starts. He has allowed just three earned runs over his past 19 innings. Jeremy Gabryszwski threw 5.0 innings of shutout ball in game two of the double header and struck out six.
MVFC – Conner Greene
Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
Record 21-14 (2nd Place – 1 GB)
The D-Jays kept rolling as they picked up three wins over their last five games. The offence has been clicking as shown by the D-Jays scoring more than five runs in three games this week. Richard Urena continues to rake in runs as he picked up six RBIs over the past week. He also scored three runs and went 9-for-21 (.429).
Sean Reid-Foley turned in another good start but was saddled with the loss. He threw 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five. Jon Harris was incredible in his performance this week. He tossed 7.2 innings of five-hits ball and allowed just one earned run. Harris also struck out four and walked a pair.
MVDJ – Jon Harris
Single A Full – Lansing Lugnuts
Record 18-16 (2nd Place – 4.0 GB)
The Lugnuts continue to be on the outside of first place looking in as a 2-3 week has them sitting four games back. Max Pentecost has been jumping all over opposing pitching recently. Over his past 10 games he is hitting an impressive .405. This week he had multi hit games in all but one game. He also hit his 7th home run and collected two RBIs and two runs scored. Justin Maese turned in a solid start. He pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball and allowed just three hits. He allowed just one walk while striking out six during the performance.
MVL – Max Pentecost
Single A Short – Vancouver Canadians
Record 17-25 (4th Place – 5 GB)
A one-win week has the Canadians sitting in last place as the second half of the short season kicks off. The pitching got knocked around and the offence could not stir up any runs. Cavan Biggio had a pair of multi-hit games over the week and drove in three runs while scoring twice. Luis Sanchez turned in the pitching performance of the week with a 5.1 inning three-hitter. He allowed just one earned run during the outing.
MVC – Luis Sanchez
Rookie level – Bluefield Blue Jays
Record 17-17 (4th Place 3.5 GB)
A long week for the Blue Jays as the were able to grind out a 4-3 record. Bradley Jones supplied the power with two home runs this week. He drove in four while scoring three times. Kyle Weatherly shined in his start and allowed just one run over his 5.0 innings of work. He sat down three batters and did not allow a walk.
MVBBJ – Kyle Weatherly