Jays Blue presents JFtC Toronto Blue Jays Minor League report as Dunedin Blue Jays and Lansing Lugnuts open their 2017 seasons.
Jays From the Couch and Blue Jays From Away will be partnering up this season to provide readers with enhanced coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates. To that end, Jay Blue brings you the first of his minor league reports for Jays From the Couch.
With only one Blue Jays minor league team in action on Thursday, the Opening Day for the minor leagues, we decided to bring you the first two days of minor league updates together in one hand post. The Dunedin Blue Jays went 1-1 over their first two games while the Lansing Lugnuts swept their opening double header against Great Lakes.
April 6, 2017 Minor League Update
The Dunedin Blue Jays played the only game on the schedule for the Jays’ minor league affiliates as weather postponed all of the northern clubs’ games. All but one Blue Jays hitter failed to get a hit against the Clearwater Threshers in the 3-1 loss. The Threshers sent rehabbing righty Zach Eflin to the mound and he was dominant. Eflin pitched in the big leagues last year and is in Clearwater on a rehab assignment. He had no trouble with the Blue Jays lineup, giving up just one hit and no walks over five innings, striking out six. Danny Jansen had all three of the Blue Jays’ hits, going 3/4 on Opening Day. D.J. Davis scored the club’s only run, going 0/2 with a walk.
Ryan Borucki was the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays. The lefty was probably good enough to win over five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He was succeeded by Conor Fisk who threw a perfect sixth, striking out two. Justin Shafer finished the game off by giving up just two hits over two innings, striking out two.
April 7, 2017 Minor League Update
With games postponed in Buffalo and New Hampshire, the Lansing Lugnuts became the second Blue Jays affiliate to get their season under way. The Lugnuts swept a double header on the road against the Great Lakes Loons in the Class-A Midwest League, getting a pair of home runs to win the first and great pitching to win the second.
In Game 1, the Lugnuts had home runs from Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Bo Bichette to put them on top of the Loons by a 6-3 score. Justin Maese earned the win, throwing five innings and giving up three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts but four walks.
In Game 2, 6-foot-5 lefty Tayler Saucedo marked his return to Lansing with a strong start, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He was followed by Geno Encina, whose 4 1/3 scoreless innings out of the pen preserved the 2-0 win for the Lugnuts and earned himself the “W.”
In the Advanced-A Florida State League, Markham-born Jordan Romano made his first appearance of the year, striking out nine and giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings on the way to the Blue Jays’ 7-4 win over the Clearwater Threshers. While Romano wasn’t in the game long enough to get the win, that honour went to fellow Canadian Andrew Case who threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Catcher Danny Jansen had his second consecutive game with three hits for the Blue Jays while Derrick Loveless was 3/5 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk and right fielder Andrew Guillotte was 1/3 with two walks, a run, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Jay Blue is the founder of Blue Jays from Away, where you can get the most comprehensive coverage of the Blue Jays’ minor league system.
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