July 8th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Yennsy Diaz continues to roll for Dunedin

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On Sunday, July 8th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 4 and 3 with a pair of 3-hit games, 3 home runs including a grand slam, and a couple nice pitching performances.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo Bisons (40-42)

Bisons lost 3 to 0

 

Starter- Chris Rowley 6.0 IP, 7-H, 2-R, 1-BB, 6-K on 98 pitches

 

L- Rowley (5-6, 3.45 ERA)

 

Monday, July 9th starting pitcher- off day

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (49-38)

The Fisher Cats won 14 to 2

 

HR- Jonathan Davis (5, grand slam) Gunnar Heidt (2)

 

Starter- Jon Harris 4.0 IP, 6-H, 2-R, 3-BB, 5-K, and 2-HRA on 68 pitches

 

W- Nick Hartman (2-1, 6.16 ERA)

 

H- Justin Dillon (1)

 

Monday, July 9th starting pitcher- off day

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (42-43)

 

Game 1

D-Jays won 5 to 2

 

HR- Santiago Espinal (8)

 

Starter- Andy Ravel 3.1 IP, 2-H, 2-R, 3-BB, 1-K on 50 pitches

 

W- Custodio (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

SV- Ty Tice (3)

 

Game 2

D-Jays won 2 to 1

 

Starter- Yennsy Diaz (2-2, 3.27 ERA)

 

SV- William Ouellette (4)

 

Monday, July 9th starting pitching- TBD

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (54-34)

The Nuts lost 10 to 0

 

Starter- Maximo Castillo 4.0 IP, 7-H, 3-R, 1-BB, 3-K, and 1-HRA on 81 pitches

 

L- Castillo (7-3, 5.31 ERA)

 

Monday, July 9th starting pitcher- Graham Spraker

Short-Season A-Ball

 

Vancouver Canadians (12-12)

The C’s won 5 to 4

 

Starter- Joey Murray 2.0 IP, 1-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 4-K on 30 pitches

 

W- Sean Wymer (1-1, 3.72 ERA)

 

H- Cobi Johnson (1)

 

SV- Connor Law (2)

 

Monday, July 9th starting pitcher- Jose Espada

 

Rookie Ball

 

Bluefield Blue Jays (15-4)

Blue Jays lost 16 to 3

 

Starter- Alvaro Galindo 3.0 IP, 6-H, 5-R, 3-BB, 3-K on 71 pitches

 

L- (2-0, 3.00 ERA)

 

H- Adams Cuevas (1) and Andy McGuire (1)

 

SV- Sean Rackoski (4)

 

Player of the Day

 

Top Performers:

  • The Herd’s Roemon Fields (1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2-SB) and Chris Rowley (see above)
  • NH’s Jonathan Davis (1-for-4, 2-R, HR, 4-RBI, BB), Cavan Biggio (0-for-3, 2-R, 2-BB), Harold Ramirez (3-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB), Eduard Pinto (3-for-4, 2-R, RBI, BB, SB), Jon Berti (2-for-4, R, 2-RBI, SB), Gunnar Heidt (1-for-3, 2-R, HR, 2-RBI, 2-BB). Nick Hartman, Justin Dillon, and Travis Bergen combined on five scoreless innings in relief.
  • D-Jays Joshua Palacios (3-for-7, R), Santiago Espinal (2-for-8, 2-R, 2B, HR, 3-RBI), Kevin Smith (2-for-3, R, RBI in game 2), Ivan Castillo (2-for-3, R in game 1), and Brock Lundquist (4-for-6, R). Yennsy Diaz (see above)
  • The C’s Vinny Capra (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB), Griffin Conine (2-for-2, 2-R, 2-BB), and Joey Murray (see above).
  • Bluefield’s Luis De Los Santos (2-for-4, R, 3B) and Joey Pulido (2.1IP, 1-BB, 3-K)

 

Sunday, July 8th POD goes the Yennsy Diaz

 

Normally a 4-RBI game like the one that Jonathan Davis had or a 3-for-3 game like the one Harold Ramirez had would be enough for the POD but Yennsy Diaz’ start really caught my eye.

 

The 21-yr-old Dominican, making his 6th FSL start, threw 56 of his 80 pitches for strikes. He got an equal number of flyball outs and groundball outs with four each. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, Yennsy retired the next 12 batters before a leadoff single to start the 5th inning. He struck out the next two batters and got a ground ball out to end the 5th. Diaz finished his start with a three-pitch groundball out, and a pair of three-pitch flyball outs for a tidy 9-pitch 6th inning.

 

With another quality start under his belt as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays, Diaz evened his FSL record at 2-2 with a .327 ERA while holding opponents to a .216 batting average. He is doing a good job of limiting baserunners with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks over 44.0IP for a 1.09 WHIP. Yennsy Diaz gets a lot of outs in the air holding a 0.63 GO/AO with the D-Jays, 14 points lower than his Lansing GO/AO.

 

Diaz has already set a new career high with 91.2IP and his next K will surpass the 82 batters he struck out in 2017. Diaz may need to be shut down at the end of July and should finish the year in Dunedin.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr remains of the 7-day DL.

 

Bo Bichette was given the day off. He is riding a mini 3-game hit streak and the 2-RBI game was the first RBI’s he’s driven in 7 games. Bo is batting .267 with 46 RBI.

 

 

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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.