Blue Jays MiLB Standouts: D-Jays offence keeps rolling

Jun 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Toronto Blue Jays hat on the players bench in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A Toronto Blue Jays hat on the players bench in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

A look at the biggest performers for the Toronto Blue Jays’ top four minor league affiliates for the week that ended on August 21st

Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
Record 64-65 (5th Place 16.5 GB)

A 3-4 record over the past week has the Bisons sitting just under a .500 record yet again.  This has unfortunately eliminated them from playoff contention in the very competitive North division of the International League.  Over the past week they have had a mixed batch of games but suffered with their pitching staff.

The offence managed to score at least two runs a game and averaged 4.14 runs a game this week.  Matt Dominguez provided the power as he belted three home runs this week and drove in six runs.  Hitting machine Jesus Montero just keeps on rolling as he is currently on a 12-game hitting streak.  He played in six games this week and had nine hits in 25 at bats (.360).  He did not get many RBI chances but picked up one and scored three times.

On the mound Chris Leroux pitched a shutout through 6.2 innings and allowed just three hits.  He picked up the win and struck out four.  Casey Lawrence pitched a 7.1 inning masterpiece as well.  He allowed just one run on five hits.  Lawrence bounced back from a few short outings and was solid during this recent start.  Scott Copeland continued his winning ways as he tossed another good 5.2 innings and allowed just a pair of runs.  Copeland has not allowed more than two runs in any of his six starts thus far.

MVB – Matt Dominguez

Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Record 61-66 (4th Place 21.5 GB)

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The Fisher Cats continue to look like an entirely different team as their talent has melded together into a solid unit.  They went 5-3 over the past week as things seem to be changing in New Hampshire.  The offence has been clicking all around.  Dwight Smith Jr. clubbed a pair of homers and picked up seven RBIs during the week.  Jon Berti came a double short of the cycle earlier in the week and had three multi-hit games this week.  He also had four RBIs and scored six times.  Richard Urena still appears to be to comfortable with his new surroundings as his bat remains hot.  He picked up four RBIs and scored four times this week also.

Wilmer Font had two great starts for the Cats this week as he pitched a total of 14 innings.  He picked up a win and allowed just two earned runs in those innings.  He also struck out nine hitters in his first start of the week and four in his second.  Shane Dawson chipped in a great start as he allowed just three hits over six innings of work.  He struck out six and allowed just one run.

MVFC – Jon Berti

Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
Record 37-20 (1st Place – 0 GB)

A busy week for the D-Jays saw Kevin Pillar, the debut of Max Pentecost, and of course more wins.  For fans of Superman you will be happy to know that Kevin Pillar went 6-for-7 in his games with the D-Jays.  He assisted in a late-week win with two RBIs and two runs scored.  Ryan McBroom added to his RBI total as he raked in six this week.  Anthony Alford had an eight-game hitting streak broken to end the week but he has really turned this on at the plate lately.  Dickie Joe Thon has been on a great run offensively as he drove in 10 runs this week and scored seven.  In case that was not enough he also stole three bases and went 8-25 (.320).  Max Pentecost has already impressed at the plate for the D-Jays as he went 5-15 (.333) with a solo homer.

Jon Harris and Conor Fisk had a mixed batch this week.  Each got two starts this week with one start going well and the other being rough.  Harris was nearly un-hittable in his first start of the week.  He tossed 7.2 innings allowing just three hits and an earned run.  The second start he had issues and allowed five earned runs.  Fisk also pitched a great 7.0 innings in his first start allowing just one run.  He then had trouble with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and gave up four runs but struck out nine.

MVDJ – Dickie Joe Thon

Next: Anthony Alford has regained Blue Chip Prospect form

Single A Full – Lansing Lugnuts
Record 28-28 (3rd Place – 8.0 GB)

A rough week for the Lugnuts started off with a sweep from their competition.  The Great Lake Loons pounded the Lugnuts to the tune of a 27-4 score for the series.  The Lugnuts did catch their footing and took two of three from the South Bend Cubs to end the week.  They are still on the fringe of the playoff hunt as they look to keep things going.  Juan Kelly continues to be a consistent source of offence and picked up four RBIs and scored three times this past week, going 8-for-25 (.320).

On the bump the Josh DeGraaf was the only starter to have success against the Loons attack.  He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on a solo homer.  He also struck out six during the performance.  Ryan Borucki finished the week strong as the Lugnuts righted the ship in the finale against the Cubs.  Borucki pitched 5.0 innings of shut out ball and struck out six.

MVL – Josh DeGraaf