Toronto Blue Jays: News from the Nest – Sunday, June 20
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – AA
Gabriel Moreno – C
In other news, water is wet and Gabriel Moreno continues to produce in AA.
With his dominant .375/.429/.652 slash line, Moreno leads the AA-Northeast league with his 1.080 OPS as well as with his 38 RBI. The Venezuelan product has also been effective behind the plate, throwing out 43.3% of base runners while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Samad Taylor – INF/OF
Right on the heels of Moreno, a rough start to the season is now in the rearview mirror for Samad Taylor, as he is currently raking over the past month, seeing his average climb roughly 70 points. Since June 1, Taylor has gone 27 for 66 (.409) and currently has the second-highest OPS in the league (behind only Moreno) with 1.021. His 16 steals on the season also leads the league.
Jon Harris – RHP
One of the top relievers for the Fisher Cats, former first-round pick Jon Harris has found his calling in the bullpen. After a rough few seasons in the minor leagues, Harris is putting together a strong campaign where he leads the team in appearances (13) and also has one of the lowest ERAs (1.83) among club relievers. The right-hander has six walks and 15 strikeouts on the season while also posting a strong 0.81 WHIP through 19.2 innings pitched.
Connor Law – RHP
Through 12 outings this season, right-hander Connor Law has seen his fair share of ups and downs. While he has pitched some clean innings, Law got hit around a few times this season, giving up six earned runs on June 6 and three earned runs on May 29. The command has been the biggest concern, as he has 16 free passes compared to the 11 strikeouts out of the bullpen. He currently sports a 10.38 ERA through 13.0 innings.
Johnny Barbato – RHP
Another veteran arm in the Blue Jays farm system, Johnny Barbato returns to the professional stage after spending last year in independent ball (with the minor league season being canceled) and the 2019 season in Japan.
Through three starts this year, Barbato has thrown to a 5.09 ERA with 10 earned runs over 17.2 innings pitched, allowing five walks compared to his 12 strikeouts while sporting a 1.358 WHIP.
Chris Bec – C
Opposite Moreno, catcher Chris Bec is not experiencing the same triumphs that his counterpart is going through. Through 15 games, Bec sports a .154/.267/.154 line with zero extra-base hits and two RBI, featuring one of the lowest OPS (.420) on the team.
RHP Will McAffer promoted from High-A Vancouver.
OF Chavez Young and RHP Elvis Luciano were activated from the injured list
RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson was activated while participating in the Tokyo Olympics qualifier with the United States.