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Blue Jays MiLB Standouts: D-Jays aces shut down opposition

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Mar 15, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) hits a RBI double during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello (15) hits a RBI double during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-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 28th

Triple A – Buffalo Bisons
Record 65-70 (5th Place 18.5 GB)

The Bisons have had a rough go of late as they have won just one game over the past week.  The pitching has continued to struggle as they allowed more than three runs in four of their six games.

On offence, Chris Colabello appears to be finding his swing as he popped two home runs and drove in three.  Darrell Ceciliani drove in an impressive seven RBI in his five games this week.  He is currently riding a nine-game triple-A hitting streak around his MLB call ups.

Scott Diamond had the performance of the week on the mound as he pitched 6.0 innings of one-run ball.  Diamond bounced back in this start as he had been struggling of late.  He had allowed 15 earned runs in just 10 innings prior to this start.  Diamond also allowed just six hits and struck out five during the performance.

MVB – Scott Diamond

Double A – New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Record 64-70 (4th Place 20.5 GB)

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A rough set against the Portland Sea Dogs leaves the Fisher Cats with a 3-4 record this past week.  The team had a mixed batch of performances but the offence had a big contribution from the powerful Rowdy Tellez.  Tellez cranked two home runs this week and drove in five runs.  He also managed a hit in six of seven games this week.  Tellez currently leads the team in hits, runs, home runs, and RBIs.  He has has had an impressive showing this year for the Cats.

John Straka picked up his second win of the season in a strong start.  He tossed 5.1 innings and struck out eight batters while allowing just three hits.  He did not allow a run through those 5.1 innings as he attempts to string some good outings together.  Conner Greene has now been on a hot streak since getting torched in a few outings.  Greene pitched 12 innings this week and was rewarded with a win in the first outing.  He allowed just one earned run between the two starts and gave up just eight hits.  Greene could be figuring things out as the season is coming to a close.

MVFC – Conner Greene

Single A+ – Dunedin Blue Jays
Record 41-21 (1st Place – 0 GB)

The D-Jays continue to roll as their talented players continue to rake in runs and shut down their opponents.  The D-Jays went 4-1 in a shortened week.  Anthony Alford had a 5-for-19 (.263) week and drove in three runs.  He also stole three bases and scored three times.  Jonathan Davis was also showing off his wheels this week as he swiped four bases.  Davis did not collect a hit but contributed regardless as he scored three times.  Ryan McBroom added to his team-leading home run total as he crushed two over the past week.  He currently has 21 for the season.  He also drove in four runs.

This week we get to talk about all five starters for the D-Jays as they all were unstoppable on the hill.  Luis Santos kicked things off with a 8.0-inning one-hitter.  He allowed an unearned run but mowed through the Tampa Yankees en-route to the win.  Justin Shafer followed with six shutout innings.  The bullpen let the lead slip away but Shafer was great and allowed just three hits.  Jon Harris kept the pitching streak going with 5.2 innings of well-pitched baseball in which he allowed just four hits.  He picked up the win and did not allow an earned run while striking out four.  Brad Allen didn’t want to be the one to end the streak as he pitched an incredible two-hitter over 6.1 innings.  He shut out the opposition through his innings and sent eight Lakeland hitters back to the pine via the strikeout.  Conor Fisk finally allowed an earned run on the only mistake he threw in 8.0 innings.  Fisk allowed just two hits while striking out six and picked up the win.

The D-Jays starting rotation allowed just 1 earned run over 33.3 innings.  What a week for the young aces.  Good pitching paved the way this week.

MVDJ – The Starting Rotation (Luis Santos, Justin Shafer, Jon Harris, Brad Allen, Conor Fisk)

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Single A Full – Lansing Lugnuts
Record 29-34 (5th Place – 13.0 GB)

A rough week for the Lugnuts led to them being knocked out of playoff contention.  A sour 1-6 week ended with some good news, though.  Cavan Biggio, J.B. Woodman, and Joshua Palacios made their Lansing debuts to start the weekend.  The Lugnuts got a glimpse of the future as the 2016 draft picks joined Lansing after spending their time in Vancouver.  Woodman hit a solo home run during his 3-for-3 debut.  He finished the game with three RBI as well.  Biggio and Palacios have also collected their first hits during their weekend showing.

Jordan Romano got the week started on the bump as he pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball.  He allowed just two hits and punched out 10 batters with strikeouts.  Angel Perdomo picked up the only win of the week for the Lugnuts as he pitched 6.0 innings and struck out seven.  He allowed a run on four hits while walking just one batter.  Ryan Borucki hurled 5.0 innings of shutout ball.  He allowed just three hits and no walks on his way to striking out nine.

MVL – Jordan Romano