2016 Blue Jays MiLB Week in Review: Week 8

JAYS FROM THE COUCH REVIEW WEEK 8 IN THE BLUE JAYS FARM SYSTEM AND HIGHLIGHT THE SYSTEM’S TOP PERFORMERS FROM EACH AFFILIATE

 

 

Organizational record

Toronto’s farm system played to a 15-12 record between May 22nd and May 28th. The Blue Jays Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats were the only affiliate with a losing record, winning 2 out of it’s 7 games. Overall, the farms owns a winning percentage of 48.19 and a 93-100 record.

 

Offense

ISO- the organization hitters are starting to make better contact and it’s shown with a increase from .107 to .111.

Batting Average- despite seeing an increase from .230 to .234 the system is still dead last. 

Home Runs- the farm hit 17 home runs in week 8 to raise their total from 88 to 105. 

Stolen Bases- With 32 stolen bases the organization is one shy of 200 thief’s, good for 8th. 

 

Pitching

WHIP- pitching continues to be a weakness for the organization. Week 8 saw an increase from 1.33 to 1.35.

ERA- The organization’s 3.70 ERA is good for 18th in the Minor League Baseball.

K/9- A drop from 7.71 to 7.61 saw the farm fall to 27th. 

 

Buffalo Bisons (5-1)

Buffalo started the week by taking the final game from Pawtucket, winning the 4-game set. The Herd went to Columbus, sweeping the 3-game series with the Clippers.

Then it was off to Toledo for a 3-game weekend series with the Mud Hens and a few familiar foes, in Daniel Norris and Anthony Gose. Norris blanked the Bisons in game 1, but Wade LeBlanc returned the favour with a 3-0 win on Saturday to close out week 8 on a positive note.

The Bisons will look for the series win over Toledo on Sunday before welcoming Columbus to Coca-Cola Field on Monday to close out May. Syracuse will arrive in Buffalo for 2 games, then Buffalo will head to Syracuse for 2 to finish week 9.

 

Hitter of the Week

Darrell Ceciliani

The 25-yr-old outfielder went into week 8 batting .176, but finished with a .232 batting after hitting .389 in 18 at-bats and 1.222 OPS. Ceciliani scored 5 runs on 7 hits, 4 doubles and a triple, while driving in one RBI. Darrell showed good patience with 5 walks and 3 strikes outs for a .500 OBP. The former Met chipped in with 2 stolen bases for good measure.

 

SP of the Week

Wade LeBlanc

The veteran left-handed pitcher continues to pitch well for Buffalo. In 2 starts, Wade went 1-0, lowering his ERA from 1.64 to 1.29. LeBlanc struck out 11, walked 4 over 13.1 shutout innings. He finished with a 0.992 WHIP and induced 19 ground ball outs while needing an average of 13.9 pitches per inning.

 

RP of the Week

Ben Rowen

Rowen threw 3 shutout innings, getting 5 ground ball outs versus zero fly ball outs. Ben’s solid week allowed him to shave 60 points off his ERA.

 

New Hampshire (2-5)

The Fisher Cats started the week off with a bang, beating the Yard Goats 13-7 on Sunday. It was all downhill from there, losing 4 to Trenton and the opener to Reading Fightin Phils. They would right the ship on Saturday, winning game 2, 3-1.

Week 9 starts with the final 2 games of a 4 game set with the Fightin Phils. The Fisher Cats will head to Harrisburg to open a 3 gamer before heading to Reading to face off with the Fightin Phils for 4-games next weekend.

 

Hitter of the Week

Dwight Smith Jr.

Smith Jr. had another good week, seeing his batting average get as high as .277 before settling at .272 to end week 8. Dwight started the week with a 3-4, 2HR, 3RBI game, but saw his on-base streak end at 19 games. Smith Jr. has started a hit streak the next day, collecting hits in the next 5 games. Dwight Smith Jr. drove in 8 RBI, scored 5 runs while hitting 3 home runs and 2 doubles.

 

SP of the Week

 

Luis Santos

Luis Gustavo Santos got a ND in his May 26th start. He struck out 8 and held Trenton to 6 hits in 6 shut out innings. Santos lowered his ERA from 3.59 to 3.19 and owns a 4-1 record between Dunedin and New Hampshire.

 

RP of the Week

Murphy Smith

The 28-yr-old made 3 appearances for 4 innings in week 8. Murphy Smith struck out 4, walked 2 and only allowed 1 hit. Smith owns a 3-0 record and 0.35 ERA in 15 games.

 

Dunedin (4-3)

After splitting Sunday and Monday with Bradenton, Dunedin headed home to take 2-out-of-3 from Lakeland. On Friday the Blue Jays opened a 6 game home and home series with Daytona that saw them play 2 games at home to start the weekend. The D-Jays won the first game, 13-1, but lost the second 6-11 to end the week.

Sunday will see Dunedin head to Daytona for 4, before heading to Palm Beach on Friday for 4-games.

 

Hitter of the Week

Jonathan Davis

Davis has been very inconsistent, but put on a show in week 8. The 15th round pick in 2013 collected hits in 5 of the clubs 7 games, driving in 7 runs, stealing 3 bases, and scoring 6 runs. His batting average went from .222 up to .242. Derrick Loveless hit .440 with a home run and 6 RBI, but it was Jonathan’s double, 2 triples and 4:8 BB:K that made me give him the HOW in week 8. Let’s hope for some more consistency moving forward.

 

SP of the Week

Francisco Rios

Rios continues his excellent season with a 7 inning, 3 run, 7 strike out loss on the 22nd and complete game, one run, 3 strike out win on the 27th.  Rios averaged 11.4 pitches per inning and finished with 25 ground balls, 2 pop ups, 8 line drives and 16 fly ball outs. Rios is now 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA in Florida.

 

RP of the Week

Colton Turner

Another pitcher promoted from Lansing after a strong start, the 25-yr-old Turner continues to put up strong numbers in 2016. The left-handed reliever made 2 appearances, striking out 4 over 2.1IP and picking up his first win of the year. He is now 1-0 and has yet to allow an earned run over 21.2 IP this year.

 

Lansing (4-3)

The Lunguts started week 8 4 wins, 2 against the Great Lake Loons and 2 against Fort Wayne TinCaps; unfortunately, the would go on to loss their next 3. The TinCaps won the rubber match to avoid being swept and South Bend took games 1 and 2, outscoring Lansing 21-to-5.

Lansing will start week 9 finishing off a 4-game series with South Bend before heading to Dayton for 3 to end May and start June. They will welcome Bowling Green on Friday for a 3-game series to end the week.

 

Hitter of the Week

Gunnar Heidt

The scrappy infielder had hits in all but one week 8 game, connecting on 2 home runs and driving in 6 RBI. Gunnar Hiedt now leads Lansing with 4 home runs and bumped his batting average from .252 to .270 with a 11-for-24 week. Heidt also scored 3 runs, hit 2 doubles, and provided Lansing with a 1.000 fielding percentage at 2nd and one game at short. Despite leading the Lugnuts in stolen bases with 13, Heidt only stole one base this week.

 

SP of the Week

Sean Reid-Foley

SRF struck out 7 over 7 one run innings in a no-decision on the 26th. This followed 2 outing where he allowed 5 runs, failing to make it out of the 5th inning in both starts. The 7 innings marked the longest outing of Sean’s pro career. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and not just a blip on the radar.

 

RP of the Week

Dan Lietz

The 21-yr-old left-handed Lietz made three appearances, throwing 4 shut out innings and picking up 2 wins. He lowered his ERA from 4.43 down to 3.70. Dan struck out one per outing and didn’t walk a batter, averaging 13.3 pitches per inning. The most impressive stat was his ability to keep the ball on the ground with 11 ground ball out versus zero fly ball or pop ups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn’t cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I’m more right.