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Buffalo Bisons – AAA
Record: 30 – 20
Kevin Smith – INF
Currently leading the team in OPS (.970), Kevin Smith is putting together a really solid campaign. His .282/.387/.582 line is one of the highest on the Bisons right now and he leads the squad in home runs and RBI with 12 and 40 respectively.
Smith has also been moved around the diamond, starting to get reps at third base as well as left field. The versatility may help make the jump to the major leagues and if he keeps hitting the ball well, his only hurdle will be finding a spot on the 40-man roster.
The Bison’s bullpen has been strong for most of the season, with a few players really standing out. I will let the numbers speak for themselves:
Curtis Taylor: 0.93 ERA; 9.2 IP; 1 earned run; 4 walks; 14 strikeouts
Connor Overton: 1.59 ERA; 39.2 IP; 7 earned runs; 8 walks; 34 strikeouts
Bryan Baker: 2.00 ERA; 18.0 IP; 4 earned runs; 12 walks; 22 strikeouts
Kirby Snead: 2.25 ERA; 24.0 IP; 6 earned runs; 9 walks; 32 strikeouts
Hobie Harris: 3.15 ERA; 20.0 IP; 7 earned runs; 8 walks; 28 strikeouts
Nate Pearson – RHP
After starting the season on the injured list, Blue Jays’ top prospect Nate Pearson is having a rough 2021 campaign. After getting shelled in his first major league start this year, Pearson is also having difficulty down in the minors, pitching to a 4.74 ERA over five starts and six appearances.
The right-hander was dealt some more bad news as he is back on the injured list with another groin strain. While talented, the former first-round draft pick is having injury troubles at the worst time, in a season where he could have bumped others from the major league rotation and prove he belongs in the big leagues.
To the Blue Jays
LHP Nick Allgeyer, OF Jonathan Davis, and RHP Anthony Castro (who was recently demoted) were promoted to the Blue Jays roster.
LHP Tommy Milone, C Danny Jansen (who is now back with Toronto), C Alejandro Kirk, RHP Rafael Dolis, and RHP John Axford are all now in AAA.
C Riley Adams, RHP Patrick Murphy, 1B Rowdy Tellez, LHP Travis Bergen, and RHP Joel Payamps were all demoted from the big league club to AAA.
OF Jared Hoying has elected for free agency after being sent outright to the minors.
RHP Nate Pearson is on the 7-day IL with a right groin strain.