A look around the top performers for the Toronto Blue Jays minor league organization for the week that ended on Aug 5th
Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
Record 56-58 (4th Place 14.5 GB)
The Bisons started off the week well but were unable to hold that momentum as they generated a 3-4 record this week. Fan favorite Ryan Goins enjoyed a solid week for the Herd as he went 6-14 (.429) in his starts. Goins also drove in 4 runners and scored 4 times. If Goins remains hot at the plate expect him to be back in Toronto quickly. Matt Dominguez has raked in some success lately. After finishing last week with a home run he has kept on hitting. This past week Dominguez went 9-25 (.360) with a homer, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBIs.
On the mound Scott Diamond turned in the best start and the worst start of the week. In his first outing he pitched 5 innings of shut out ball while striking out 5. The second start was the polar opposite as he allowed 6 earned runs over 6 innings. Scott Copeland appears to have picked up right where he left off last season as he turned in another great start. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed a run on just 4 hits. He has allowed just 4 runs over his first 13.2 innings. Pat Venditte got a start this week and pitched well over 4 innings. He did not allow a run but allowed 5 hits.
MVB – Matt Dominguez
Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Record 51-60 (4th Place 23.5 GB)
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A resurgent force has the Fisher Cats going 5-1 over the past week as they added some new parts. Richard Urena joins the team and promptly joined into a solid Cat attack. In his first 3 games he has already hit 2 triples, drove in 2, scored 3 runs, and has went 7-14 (.500). Urena has been one of the top performers in the Jays organization and is already rewarding them for the promotion. Emilio Guerrero had yet another good week as he continues to have a great season at the plate. Guerrero has played in just 23 games for the Cats this year but it appears he is starting to get comfortable. Over the past week he went 5-15 (.333) with 4 runs scoreed, 3 RBIs, and a pair of bombs. The pair of home runs are his first as a Fisher Cat but he now has 10 for the year between the two levels he has played in.
The offense supported the team this week as the starting rotation struggled a little. The Cat starters allowed 3 runs or more in 4 games. Luckily the offense was able to carry the load to win the majority of those games. Taylor Cole bucked the trend to end the week though. He threw 7 innings of 5 hit ball and allowed just 1 run. The one run came off a bad pitch to former Blue Jays Anthony Gose as he hit it over the outfield wall.
MVFC – Emilio Guerrero / Richard Urena
Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
Record 25-15 (2nd Place – 0.5 GB)
The D-Jays appear to be back on track as they won 4 of 5 games this week. The offense was on fire this week as they scored at least 6 runs in each game. They were averaging 6.8 runs scored through the 5 games. Anthony Alford lead the way for the D-Jays this week. The leadoff hitter started a 5 game hitting streak this week and went an impressive 10-21 (.476). He scored an insane amount of runs as he was plated 7 times and also drove in 3. He also added a stolen base to bring his total up to 14 for the season. Ryan McBroom ended the week with some pop as he hit a home run in each of the past 2 games. He would drive in 5 runs this week as he continues to be a massive run producer. McBroom currently leads the team in RBIs with 59.
On the mound Sean Reid-Foley continues to show his dominance as he tossed another brilliant start. He threw 6.2 innings and allowed just 1 hit. He walked 4 batters and allowed a run but would strike out 9 during the start. Reid-Foley has now started in 9 games for the D-Jays and has allowed 2 runs or less in each start except for one. He has also thrown at least 5 innings in each start.
MVDJ – Anthony Alford
Single A Full – Lansing Lugnuts
Record 19-22 (4th Place – 8.5 GB)
A rough week for the Lugnuts has them on a 4-game losing streak heading into the weekend. Over the past week the went a dismal 1-6. The offense has been victim of missed opportunities over the past week. The team has been hitting but many runners have been getting left on. Max Pentecost was having a solid week with 6 hits and 5 RBIs until he was derailed by an injury that landed him on the disabled list. Conor Panas started off the week with a pair of multi hit games and 3 home runs in 3 games. This included a 5 RBI performance to kick off August. Andrew Guillotte had the most consistent week at the plate as he collected a hit in all but 1 of the 7 games. Guillotte picked up 5 runs scored and drove in a pair over the week.
Ryan Borucki was solid this week in both his starts this week. He pitched a total of 12 innings and allowed just 1 run. Over those innings he allowed just 11 hits and struck out 6. Borucki has been on a roll for the most part. Over his past 10 starts he has pitched at least 5 innings in all but 1 game and holds a 2.36 ERA in those starts.
MVL – Ryan Borucki
Single A Short – Vancouver Canadians
Record 20-26 (4th Place – 4 GB)
A short week for the Canadians has them winning 3 of 4. Joshua Palacios drove in 4 runs while going 6-15 (.400). Palacios has been impressive since joining the Canadians from the Golf Coast League and is currently batting .326 in 12 games for the C’s with 9 RBIs. Luis Sanchez turned in the pitching performance of the week as he pitched 5.2 innings of 4 hit ball while allowing just 1 run. He would strike out 5 during the outing as well.
MVC – Joshua Palacios