Join Jays From the Couch as we cover the progress of Toronto Blue Jays prospects in Fall and Winter Leagues this offseason
Sorry for my absence. I was under the weather for a couple days. In my absence, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to take the baseball world by storm, tearing up the Arizona Fall League. Cavan Biggio has impressed with his versatility. The arms the Blue Jays sent to the AFL have also shown well with Nate Pearson generating his own buzz.
The Surprise Saguaros played three games since my last update, I said sorry already, winning all three. Currently, they lead the division with a record of 3-1.
Game 2 (1-1) Surprise 11 Salt River 9
The Saguaros out hit Salt River 18 to 10 in the win. Game 2 showcased Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Santiago Espinal.
1st: After Julio Pablo walked, Vlad hit his 3rd double and later scored on a Yanio Perez double.
2nd: Santiago Espinal struck out swinging in his first AFL at-bat and VGJ walked in his 2nd AB of the game. VGJ scored as Salt River kicked the ball around on a Yanio Perez single.
3rd: Espinal hit a fly ball out for the 2nd out of the inning. Guerrero hit another double, ground-rule, pushing Julio Pablo Martinez to 3rd base but Perez struck out to end the threat.
4th: After a Will Craig home run, Espinal ended the inning on a ground ball to short.
5th: Vladdy continued to stay hot with a 2-out single through the left side of the infield.
6th: Espinal hit a fly ball to RF for the 3rd out of the inning.
7th: VGJ grounded out to 2nd base, scoring Nick Health from 3rd base. Score: Surprise-11 and Salt River-5.
9th- Santiago Espinal ended his day with a strikeout to lead off the frame.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished 3-for-4 with 2 runs, a pair of doubles, a walk, and an RBI. Espinal went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.
Game 3 (2-1) Surprise 10 Glendale 9 in extra innings
In Game 3 Vladdy was given the day off but Cavan Biggio (RF) started and Zach Jackson (RP) came into the game in the 5th inning.
1st: Biggio walked but didn’t score as Bryan Reynolds grounded out to 2nd base, leaving the bases loaded.
3rd: With a man on 1st and 2-outs, Biggio walked for the 2nd time and was left stranded. This time on a Lane Thomas ground ball out to short.
5th: With a run in, two on, and one out, Cavan Biggio hit a fly ball to CF for the inning’s 2nd out.
Bottom 5th: With 3 runs already across, 2 men on base, and 2-outs, Zach Jackson came in to replace Joe Barlow. Jackson allowed a 2-run single to the first batter he faced but struck out Ryan McKenna to end the threat.
6th: With the bases loaded and 2-outs, Biggio walked for the third time to force the 3rd run of the inning across. Surprise-4 and Glendale-8
Bottom 6th: Jackson returned to the mound in the 6th. Glendale went down in order as Jackson got all three batters to go down swinging.
8th: With Charles Leblanc at 1st base, Biggio walked for the 4th time. Biggio was forced out at 2nd base two batters later.
9th: Biggio was called out on strikes to lead off the frame and end his day. Biggio didn’t come to the plate in the extra frame.
Biggio batted 4th and played RF. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, an RBI, and 4 BB. Jackson allowed two inherited runs but struck out the next 4 batters as he pitched 1.1IP in relief….no walked so which is great for Jackson.
Game 4 (3-1) Surprise 4 Glendale 1
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. batted 3rd and played 3rd base, Santiago Espinal batted 9th and played SS. On the mound, Nate Pearson started the game, Shawn Morimando pitched 2.2 innings in relief and was followed by Jackson McClelland.
Top 1st: Pearson surrendered a walk and single before closing out the frame with a swinging strikeout, a line out to RF, and another swinging strikeout.
1st: Guerrero Jr. put the Saguaros on the board with an RBI single but was thrown out in his attempt for a double.
2nd: Espinal continues to search for his first base hit after striking out to end the 2nd inning.
Top 3rd: Pearson walks the leadoff batter for the 3rd straight inning but got a fly ball out and his 2nd twin killing to end the frame.
3rd: VGJ singled to CF but was left stranded.
4th: Espinal grounded out to end the inning.
Top 5th: Morimando struck out Li-Jen Chu open the frame. He allowed a single and a stolen base before getting two outs in the air to left field.
5th: Vladdy ground ball out.
Top 6th: Morimando issued a leadoff walk to Yankee’s prospect Estevan Florial. After getting the first out of the inning on a force at 2nd base, Morimando allowed a Marabell triple and the Desert Dogs first run of the game. Shawn finished the frame strong with a pair of strikeouts.
6th: Espinal ends the inning with a fly ball out.
Top 7th: McClelland makes his AFL debut with a strikeout, followed by a line out to CF, and a ground ball out to Espinal.
7th: Vlad scores Martinez for Surprise’s 3rd run (3-1) but was out at 2nd in his attempt for another double…..again.
Top 8th: McClelland pitches another clean inning, don’t look at the HBP, with a ground ball out, fly ball out, and a called third strike.
8th: Espinal grounds out for the 2nd-out and Vladdy grounds out for the 3rd out.
Vladdy is batting .643 with 4 doubles and 6 RBI in 3 games after collecting 3 singles in 5 at-bats and driving in a pair. Espinal is 0-for-9 with 3-K in 2 games.
Nate Pearson walked 3, struck out 4, and allowed 3 hits in 3.1 IP. Morimando allowed one run on 2 hits, a walk, and 4-K. McClelland struck out 2 batters across 2 no-hit innings.
Leones Del Caracas (CAR)
OF Harold Ramirez– New Hampshire’s breakout outfielder went 1-for-3 with a SB and 2-for-4 in the first two games. He went 3-for-5 with 2 runs, 2 doubles, a triple, and an RBI in game 3. He has a .538 BA in 3 games.
OF Eduard Pinto– The 23-yr-old
Tigres de Aragua (ARA)
IF Yeltsin Gudino– The 21-yr-old infielder has played in 2 games. In game 1, Gudino went 3-for-5, with a run scored, a pair of doubles, and 2-RBI. In game 2, Gudino went 1-for-4 with a single. He owns a .444 BA.
IF Kevin Vicuna– The 20-yr-old infielder has played one game, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk, and a strikeout.
P Nicolas Medina– The 18-yr-old pitched for Bluefield in 2018. The lefty has faced and retired just one batter.
P Elio Silva– The 23-yr-old pitched for Vancouver in 2018. The lefty allowed a run in both of his appearances and owns a 27.00 ERA.
Tomateros de Culiacan (CUL)
OF Roemon Fields– In 2 games, Fields owns a .333 batting with 2 hits in 6 at-bats. He has a walk and a strikeout. He has not stolen a base yet.
Aguilas de Mexicali
P Dalton Rodriguez– Rodriguez has made one appearance, allowing a hit in 0.2IP.
Liga de Beisbol Dominicano
Leones del Escogido (ESC)
OF Jonathan Davis– In 2 games, Davis is batting just .143 with a hit and a run in 7 at-bats. Davis has struck once and has one stolen base.
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