Blue Jays MiLB Recap- Mayza Pushing for MLB Promotion
By Jason Lee
Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays’ Minor League system. All eyes are on the Buffalo Bisons and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as the Blue Jays prepare for September call ups.
Buffalo Bisons vs. Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)
The Bisons’ offense led by Rowdy Tellez could only score 3 runs in this game. Although the offense as a whole struggled, there were plenty of silver linings. Tellez seems to have finally found his offensive groove as he continued his recent hot streak, going 2-5 with an RBI. In his last 10 games, Tellez is batting a much more respectable .275. Another Bison that had a good game was Danny Jansen as he continues his ascent up the Jays’ MiLB pipeline. Jansen, who went 2-4 with a double, is quickly cementing himself as a possible replacement for Russell Martin. Through 3 levels in 2017, Jansen is hitting .326 with a .872 OPS. Gregorio Petit also had a great game going 3-4 with 2 RBIs.
On the pitching side of things, T.J. House started the game and pitched 5.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. John Stilson followed House giving up a run himself. However, Tim Mayza was able to finally quiet the Indians’ offense pitching 1.1 perfect innings while striking out 1. Mayza struggled in Double-A at the start of this season but turned around his season after a promotion to Triple-A. The owner of a 1.04 ERA in Buffalo, Mayza is seriously pushing for a promotion to the big leagues and could be a left handed weapon out of the pen instead of mediocre options like Loup and Dermody.
MVB: Gregorio Petit (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
Next Up: TBA (Nick Tepesch called up to MLB)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians)
This game was very disappointing for the Fisher Cats’ offense as they recorded 10 hits but could only score 3 runs. The Blue Jays’ top prospects all recorded hits as Urena (2-5, 2B), Alford (1-5), and Gurriel (1-4) tried to make something happen. Unfortunately, many runners were left on base and Harold Ramirez and Emilio Guerrero were the only hitters who managed to record RBIs.
Conner Greene got the start for this one as he attempted to turn around his disappointing season. Unfortunately, that was not the case as Greene continued to struggle with his command (4 BB). Greene pitched a total of 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out only 4. The game developed into a battle of the bullpens and Daniel Young gave up the walk off run in the 9th inning.
MVFC: Harold Ramirez (1-3, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI)
Next Up: Ryan Borucki (1-1, 0.43 ERA)
Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds)
The Blue Jays had their hitting shoes on for this one as they scored 11 runs on 15 hits. Chris Coghlan continued his rehab assignment going 1-2 with a walk and 2 runs. All but 2 hitters from the starting lineup recorded RBIs and the offensive charge was led by Connor Panas who went 3-5 with a double and a home run. Guerrero Jr. also got into the fun as he went 1-4 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. Multi-hit games were also recorded by D.J. Davis, Josh Almonte, and Andres Sotillo.
John Straka started this one and he went 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 5 (no walks). The bullpen led by Kirby Snead and his 1.08 ERA pitched the remaining 3 innings and shut down any attempt at a Tortugas come back.
MVBJ: Connor Panas (3-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI)
Next Up: Jordan Romano (6-5, 3.06 ERA)
Lansing Lugnuts vs. Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds)
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The Lugnuts’ offense scored just enough runs in this one to back up the strong pitching effort and record a win. The offense scored 4 runs on 10 hits and was led by Joshua Palacios, Mattingly Romanin, and Luis Silva who all recorded multi-hit games. Breakout prospect Edward Olivares was quiet in this one going 0-4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
Justin Maese made his return to the Lugnuts, pitching 4 innings of shut out ball. Maese was fortunate to come out unscathed as he pitched around 4 walks and 2 hits. However, 4 strikeouts in 4 shut out innings is still a very encouraging outing for the Blue Jays’ no.15 prospect (MLB.com). The bullpen had to come out and finish the final 5 innings and pitched well, except for Andrew Deramo who gave up all 3 runs.
MVL: Mattingly Romanin (2-4, 2 2B, RBI)
Next Up: Kyle Weatherly (0-3, 6.86 ERA)
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