Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Diaz shines in opener

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Three-out-of-four of Toronto’s full-season minor league affiliates kicked off their seasons on Thursday.

 

I will be trying something different this season. I aim to provide our reads with an easy, one-stop shopping for Toronto Blue Jays minor league scores. I will be highlighting a prospect’s day/night at the plate or on the mound.

 

The goal is to focus more attention on Toronto’s ‘Top’ prospects while showcasing some of the system’s other talent. It’s designed to give the reader a feel for who’s hot and other possible prospects to get excited about other than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.

 

On that note, I will be providing daily boxscores on the budding superstars as they try their luck against Eastern League pitching in Double-A New Hampshire.

 

Hope you enjoy it.

 

The Blue Jays minor league system start the 2018 season with a perfect 3-for-3 in games played on April 5th.

 

 

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (1-0)

 

A 11-1 win over the Great Lake Loons

 

Starter- Yennsy Diaz (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

 

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (1-0)

 

A 5-4 win over the Clearwater Threshers

HR- Nash Knight (1)

 

Starter- T.J. Zeuch (1-0, 6.00 ERA)

Save- Kirby Snead (SV-1)

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-0)

 

A 6-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats.

 

Starter- Francisco Rios (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

Justin Shafer (W, 1-0 0.00 ERA)

 

Player of the Day

 

There were a couple really good performances on Thursday. The Lugnuts had three players with 3 hits each. Rios looked good with 4 scoreless innings for New Hampshire. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Riley Adams,  and Kevin Vicuna each drove in 2 runs for their respective teams. Kevin Smith and Reggie Pruitt drove in 3 runs for the Lugnuts.

 

The native of Azua, Dominican Republic, Yennsy Diaz, led the Lansing Lugnuts to their first win of the season with a dominant pitching performance.

 

Diaz struck out the side in the bottom of the first and fourth innings, finishing with a career-high 10 K’s in his 2018 debut. Yennsy Diaz had two games of 9 K’s, one in 2017 and one in 2015. He threw 81 pitches, 58 strikes, inducing 3 groundball outs and one flyball out over 5.2 innings.

 

Yennsy’s quick arm and smooth delivery were on full display as he allowed just one hit, a double to the first batter he faced in the 6th inning. Diaz got Brayan Morales to pop up a bunt and struck out Brandon Montgomery before being lifted for Andy Ravel.

 

While the 6-foot-1 righty’s 10 strikeouts were very impressive, the zero in the walk column was even more impressive. Yennsy struggled with walks (4.8 BB/9) last year with the Lugnuts in 2017. In 16 starts last year, Diaz did not have any starts with less than 1 walk, which he did three times.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

 

Bo Bichette batted leadoff, going hitless. He scored a run, stole a base, and worked a free pass in his Double-A debut.

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. batted 3rd, going 1-for-4 with a double. Vladdy scored 2 runs and drew a walk.

 

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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.