April 4th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Waguespack shines in Bisons’ Opener

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Hello everyone and welcome back for the 2019 minor league season. It was a long offseason with some interesting moves made and plenty of new faces added to the system. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to longtime minor league Blue Jays Jon Berti, Jason Leblebijian,  and Juan Kelly. Also gone: Harold Ramirez (FA), Tim Lopes (FA), Connor Panas (Traded), Rodrigo Orozco (Traded), Yeltsin Gudino (Traded), Travis Bergen (Rule 5), Jose Fernandez (Waivers), and many more.

 

There may have been lots of changes in the minor league system; however, after a quiet offseason from this guy, I am fired up and ready to pound out your daily dose of minor league recaps. If you a regular, you know what to expect. If you are new to JFtC and my MiLB Recaps then let me get you started. I will do my best to have recaps of all games played by Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates the following morning. You will get the teams record, each starting pitcher pitching line, the winning/losing pitcher, holds and saves/blown saves, and home runs hit.

 

You will also get Top Performers from each level (decided by me), Player of the Day (decided by me), and we finish you off by checking in with what Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are up to. Vladdy will be replaced once he heads north, likely replaced with Cavan Biggio or whichever Top Prospect is tearing up.

 

This season I will attempt to keep a closer eye on streaks as done with Cal Stevenson and his OBP steak from last year. This will be a ‘time permitting’ task.

 

I apologize for any mistakes I will, not might, will make over the summer. I tend to forget to change the date on the following day starting pitcher or Player of the Day and occasionally I’ve screwed up by not changing the date in the title.

 

Let’s get to it.

 

On Thursday, April 4th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league opened their 2019 season. The system went 2-for-4 with strong pitching performances from three starters. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had four at-bats and played 3rd base for the Dunedin Blue Jays while Cavan Biggio showed off his power in his Triple-A debut.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (1-0)

 

The Herd kicked off 2019 with an impressive 8 to 3 win over the Yankees RailRiders.

 

HR- Cavan Biggio (1)

 

Starter- Jacob Waguespack 6.0IP, 6-H, R, no walks, and 8-K on 87 pitches

 

W- Waguespack (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

 

Friday, April 5th starting pitcher- Shawn Morimando

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (0-1)

 

The Fisher Cats lost 5 to 2 to the Rumble Ponies

 

HR- none

 

Starter- Patrick Murphy 4.0 IP, 3-H, 3-R, 3-BB, 5-K on 76 pitches

 

L- Murphy (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

 

Friday, April 5th starting pitcher- Hector Perez

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (1-0)

 

The D-Jays won 11 to 2 over the Clearwater Threshers

 

HR- Cal Stevenson (1) and Riley Adams (1)

 

Starter- Nate Pearson 5.0 IP, 4-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 6-K, and 1-HRA on 79 pitches

 

W- Pearson (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

 

H- Graham Spraker (1)

 

Friday, April 5th starting pitcher- TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (0-1)

 

The Lugs lost 3 to 0 to the TinCaps.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Josh Winckowski 5.0IP, 2-H, 0-R, 3-BB, 7-K on 87 pitches

 

L- Mike Pascoe(0-1, 0.00 ERA)

 

Friday, April 5th starting pitcher- Joey Murray

 

Top Performers: (I’ll get pickier as the season goes on)

  • The Herd’s RP Danny Barnes (2.0IP, 2K, no runs). Cavan Biggio (3-for-4, R, 2-RBI, HR, SB), Anthony Alford (2-for-4, R, RBI, K), and Eric Sogard (1-for-2, 2-R, 2-RBI, 2B, BB).
  • The Cats’ Tayler Saucedo (3.0IP, 2H, BB, K on 34 pitches).
  • The D-Jays’ Cal Stevenson (3-for-4, R, 3-RBI, HR, BB, K) , Chavez Young (2-for-5, R, RBI, K), Christian Williams (2-for-5, 2R, 2B, K), Logan Warmoth (1-for-4, 2-RBI, BB), Ryan Noda 2SB, Riley Adams (1-for-4, 2R, 2RBI, 2K), Nate Pearson (see above), and Graham Spraker (3IP, 2H, 4K on 42 pitches)
  • The Bolt’s Josh Winckowski (see above), Jordan Groshans (1-for-2, 2B, BB)

 

Player of the Day

Thursday, April 4th POD goes to Jacob Waguespack

 

The former 37th round pick of the 2012 Draft by the Philidelphia Phillies gave the Buffalo Bisons 6 strong innings. He threw 59 of his 87 pitches for strikes while inducing 5 groundball outs and 3 flyball outs.

 

Wagues struck out two batters in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings and finished with three third strike calls.  He allowed 5 singles and a double (Gio Urshela in the 1st inning). The 25-yr-old ran into trouble in the 5th inning, allowing one run on three singles. He can thank his catcher, Reese McGuire, for getting him out of the inning when he picked Mike Ford off 1st base.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played 3rd base, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. Vlad had his chances in this one but finished with 3 LOB.

 

Bo Bichette batted leadoff for the Bisons. He went hitless in his Triple-A debut but did score a run, drive in a run, and earned a 4-pitch walk in the first inning. Bichette grounded into an inning-ending double-play in the 2nd inning and was caught stealing 2nd base in the 4th inning after driving in Andrew Guillotte for the Bisons’ 7th run.

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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