Blue Jays MiLB Standouts – Goins hitting for the Herd

May 25, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (17) hits a two run double against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (17) hits a two run double against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

A look around the biggest performers for the Toronto Blue Jays’ top four minor league affiliates for the week that ended on August 14th

Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
Record 61-61 (5th Place 15.5 GB)

Despite levelling out their record to an even .500 the Bisons slipped a game and fell down into 5th place in a very competitive division.  In a long week which included two double-headers the Herd was able to go 5-3.  Dalton Pompey continues to look good at the plate as he picked up a hit in six of the eight games.  He also drove in three while scoring four times, adding a home run and a pair of stolen bases to his season totals.

Ryan Goins has been looking like a hitting machine of late and this week it was no different.  Goins went 6-18 (.333) in six games this past week.  He would pick up three RBIs in that span along with a home run and three runs scored.  Goins is hitting .324 in 21 games with the Bisons.  Jesus Montero once again raked this past week as he went 9-17 (.529).

Scott Diamond was untouchable during his lone start.  Diamond threw 8.0 innings of shutout ball and struck out six.  Dustin Antolin completed the shutout in the 9th inning to secure the win for Diamond.  The Canadian bounced back big in this outing and quickly shrugged off the last start where he allowed six earned runs.  Scott Copeland has officially resurfaced and is looking like the pitcher the Bisons and the Jays organization are used to seeing.  He pitched in two games this week, threw a combined 12 innings, and allowed just six hits and two runs.  Copeland also struck out seven and walked just four in those 12 innings.  He has now thrown four straight starts allowing just one earned run.

MVB – Scott Copeland / Ryan Goins

Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Record 53-63 (4th Place 22.0 GB)

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The Fisher Cats have been trending upward as they received a huge roster boost over the past couple weeks.  The team went 5-3 and has been scoring runs.  The Cats scored at least five runs in six of their eight games this week.  Christian Lopes has been on fire the past week.  His potent bat raked in 17 hits over his past 28 at bats (.607).  He also hit a home run, scored eight runs, and drove in four.  Richard Urena continues his early assault on the leagues pitchers as he collected 12 hits in 34 at bats (.353).  Urena drove in a run in nearly ever game and had six over the past week.  He even had a game where he hit three triples this week.  He now has five doubles and five triples in just 11 games with the Cats.

Conner Greene and Jeremy Gabryszwski had a mixed week as each of them turned in a rough start and a great one.  Greene started off his week with a six-earned-run game but finished it strong by throwing six shutout innings.  Greene beat Trenton by throwing a no hitter through 6 innings and struck out 6 before allowing the pen to take over.  Gabryszwski started his week off with a dominant start and stumbled to end the week as he allowed eight earned in just 1.1 innings.  In his first start he did not allow an earned run over seven innings of work.

MVFC – Christian Lopes

Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
Record 33-17 (1st Place – 0 GB)

The D-Jays are flying high as they storm into first place.  They currently are 2.5 games ahead and have went 8-2 over their past 10 games.  An extended week due to rain outs caused a pair of double headers kept the D-Jays busy but they were able to come out on top.  The pitching received most of the credit as they were able to hold down the oppositions.  The pitchers allowed more then three runs in just two games.  Those were the only losses for the week also.

Justin Shafer turned in a gem as he tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run.  He struck out three and did not issue a walk during the start.  Jon Harris pitched a seven-inning complete game for a win.  He allowed just four hits but the Daytona Tortugas managed to scrape together two runs.  Harris stuck out four and walk a batter.

Offensively, Jonathan Davis and Ryan McBroom have formed a powerful combination in the middle of the D-Jays attack.  Davis went 13-31 (.419) and McBroom went 14-34 (.412) over the past week.  This formidable duo also drove in 15 runs and scored 11 runs.  McBroom brought in most of the RBIs and supplied the thunder with three home runs.  McBroom now has 19 home runs and 72 RBIs.  He leads the team in both of those offensive categories and appears to be heating up.

MVDJ – Ryan McBroom

Single A Full – Lansing Lugnuts
Record 26-23 (3rd Place – 6.5 GB)

The Lugnuts have been making a charge as they continue to ride their excellent pitching.  The offence has been producing of late though as the team has went 5-1 over the past week.  Andrew Guillotte is swinging a hot bat as he collected five multi hit games to start the week.  Lane Thomas has picked things up over the past week.  The patient hitting rookie appears to be getting the right pitches to hit recently.  He closed out the week with a four-game hitting streak and went 8-17 (.471).  Thomas also hit a home run, scored four runs, and drove in four.  He is heating up in Lansing.

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Lansing continues to get great starting pitching as they have turned into contenders over the past weeks.  With a plethora of great performances this past week Justin Maese stands tall.  He got two starts this week and pitched great.  He tossed a total of 11.1 innings and allowed just eight hits and two earned runs.  He was able to strike out eight total batters and continued to keep his walks to a minimum.  He walked just three batters and induced a ton of ground balls.  Not to be out done the Angel PerdomoRyan Borucki, and Jordan Romano all pitched shutouts during their outings.  Each of them also struck out five batters each.

MVL – Justin Maese