Blue Jays Dalton Pompey & MiLB Recap: 15/6/16

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Toronto Blue Jays MiLB scores for games played on June 15th, 2016.

Buffalo Bisons improved to 35 and 31, winning 6 to 4 on Wednesday. Roberto Hernandez allowed a solo HR in the 6th and 2 runs in the 7th before being lifted for Pat Venditte. The switch-pitcher allowed one inherited run to score and one of his own before getting out the 7th. Ryan Tepera no-hit the Bulls over the final 2 innings for his 8th save.

Jesus Montero and Alexi Casilla each had two hits, with Montero driving in his 35th and 36 RBI’s.  Dalton Pompey (0-2), David Adams (1-3), and Tony Sanchez (1-3) each contributed one RBI.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats jumped on Altoona’s Alex McRea for 2 runs in the 1st and 4th, adding 5 runs in the 2nd for a 9-3 win. Dwight Smith Jr. and Melky Mesa each drove in 3 runs, with Ian Parmley chipping in with 2 and Matt Dean adding one RBI. Roemon Fields (2-5), Mesa (2-5), Smith Jr. (2-4), Ryan Lavarnway (3-4), and Matt Dean (2-4) all had multi-hit games.

Jason Berken won his 2nd, allowing 2 runs over 5 innings. Matt Dermody provided the Fisher Cats with 1.1IP of no-hit relief and Murphy Smith allowed one and struck out 4 over the final 2.2IP.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays feel to 29 and 36 with a 2-4 loss to Charlotte. Francisco Rios allowed 2 runs, one earned, over 5 inning for his 3rd loss. Rios struck out 6 and walked one, having a fly ball kind of night with 6 fly ball out versus 3 groundball outs. Adonys Cardona (1IP) and Conor Fisk (2IP) each allowed one run in relief of Rios.

Gunnar Heidt hit his first Advanced-A home run with nobody out in 7th. Jonathan Davis collected a hit, a walk, a stolen base and a strike. The Fisher Cats were 0-for-11 with RISP.

 

Lansing Lugnuts split their double-header with the Great Lake Loons, winning game one with a 10-1 romp and losing game two 6-3.

Game one saw JC Cardenas have a heck of a game. JC hit his first HR with 2 on and 2 outs in the 1st, he walked twice and added another RBI for 4 RBI’s. Jake Thomas (2-5) and John La Prise (1-3) each contributed with 2 RBI’s while Josh Almonte (2-3) kicked in with his 17th RBI. Connor Panas was hitless, walking twice and scoring 3 runs.

Ryan Borucki (W, 3-3) lowered his Lansing ERA to 3.72 by allowing just a single run over 6 innings and striking out 9. Danny Young provided the club with a scoreless 7th.

In Game two the Lugnuts looked like they were going to shutout by Chris Powell and Wes Helsabeck, but JC Cardenas struck again with another 2-out, 3 run home run. This time in the bottom of the 7th inning. Josh Almonte provided the Lunguts with their only other hit in the loss.

Patrick Murphy allowed 4 runs, 3 walks, a solo HR in 4 inning of work. Ryan Cook threw 2 innings of scoreless relief and Dusty Isaacs allowed 2 unearned runs in his one inning of relief.

 

DSL Blue Jays scored 11 runs on 13 hits, beating the DSL White Sox 11-5. Sam Buelens scored 4 runs  and stole a base to set the table out of the leadoff spot, while Yorman Rodriguez was a home run shy of the cycle. Rodriguez drove in 5 RBI and stole his 2nd base, joining Jesus Navarro as the only DSL Blue Jays to register 3 hits in the game.

Maximo Castillo struck out 5 over 4 innings, allowing one run. Tommy Henriquez picked up his first win with 3 inning of one run relief.

 

Spotlight: Dalton Pompey 

The 23 yr-old Mississauga native has lost some of shine since breaking onto the scene in 2014 and being handed the starting the CF job in the spring of 2015. I’m not saying he doesn’t still have upside, but the excitement of him one day patrolling the Roger Centre’s outfield is gone.

Pompey combined to play just 31 games in the first two month of the season, as he dealt with some toe/foot issues in the early weeks of the season. It’s taken Pompey some time to get his legs under him, hitting just .244 in April. Since then, Dalton has hit .280 in May and is hitting an impressive .372 in 11 June games.

June has been the best I’ve seen Pompey play since his breakout year in 2014. Yes that includes all of 2015 as well.

Could it be that Pompey is beginning to round into form or is it a hot streak?

I’m going with hot streak. Here’s why. Pompey continues to exhibit little to no power at the Triple-A level. After hitting 9 home runs in 62 Double-A games between 2014 and 2015, he’s managed just 2 in 118 Triple-A games between 2014 and 2016. Dalton low ISO with the Bisons, putting up a .064 ISO in 41 games in 2016, is cause for concern. His high .368 BABIP and .299 are in line with his career norms; therfore, he should continue to be able to maintain a high batting average. Pompey has hit 46% of all ball put in play on the ground. To take advantage of his speed and base running ability, Pompey will need to his 26% line drive rate.

I’m not painting Dalton Pompey in a very alluring light and that’s not fare to him. Pompey has the talent to be an excellent defender in center field, he still has the speed to steal 30 bases (10-for-15 and 6-6 in June), but it appears that pop may not develop as originally expected. The Herd’s centre fielder has shown that he deserves everyday at-bats, owning a 1.90RF and .952 FLD% in the field, while posting good batting averges versus LHP/RHP (.279/.308).

Pompey is providing the Buffalo fans with above league average production out of the lead off spot with .342 wOBA and 116wRC+, having recently hit in 14 of his past 16 games dating back to May 23rd. His June’s .835OPS is the highest it’s been with Buffalo, since posting a .968OPS last July, making him an excited non-prospect for Blue Jays to cheer for. On top of that, Pompey’s ability to earn a walk continues to point towards re-establishing himself as a lead-off candidate with the Blue Jays as early as next season. Pompey owns a walk rate of 10.2% and strike out rate of 17.6% which good for a BB/K rate of .58.

Pompey will no doubt see time in Toronto in 2016, but he is no longer a lock to assume a spot in the Blue Jays outfield when/if Michael Saunders or Jose Bautista leave as Free-Agents this winter….unless he can rediscovery a running game that saw him steal 43 bases in 2014 and a power game that saw his collect 31 XBH in 2013 and in 2014.

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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