Join Jays From The Couch Every Morning For Your Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap And Vladdy and Bo Updates
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. (Don’t worry, I’ll only keep this intro for the first couple days)
On Friday, April 5th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system picked up three wins and one loss.
Buffalo Bisons (1-1)
The Herd lost 6 to 1 to the Yankees RailRiders.
HR- Andy Burns (1)
Starter- Shawn Morimando 3.0IP, 5-H, 2-R, BB, and 4-K on 61 pitches
L- Morimando (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Saturday, April 6th starting pitcher- Sean Reid-Foley
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-1)
The Fisher Cats scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to earn their first win 5 to 4.
Starter- Hector Perez 2.1 IP, 5-H, 2-R, 3-BB, 4-K on 72 pitches
W- Kirby Snead (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Saturday, April 6th starting pitcher- Zach Logue
Dunedin Blue Jays (2-0)
The D-Jays used a pair of 3-run innings run away with a 7-3 win over the Clearwater Threshers
Starter- Maximo Castillo 4.0 IP, 2-H, 1-R, 0-BB, 5-K, and 1-HRA on 75 pitches
W- Jonathan Cheshire (1-0, 18.00 ERA)
H- William Ouellette (1)
Saturday, April 6th starting pitcher- TBD
Lansing Lugnuts (1-1)
The Lugs scored 2 in the first, a run in the 6th, 3 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th for 7 to 3 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Starter- Joey Murray 5.0IP, 4-H, 2-R, 2-BB, 5-K on 84 pitches
W- Murray (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
H- Will McAffer (1)
Saturday, April 6th starting pitcher- TBD
Top Performers: (I’ll get pickier as the season goes on)
- The Herd’s Bo Bichette (see below), Dusty Isaacs (3IP, H, 7K on 44 pitches). Burns solo HR.
- The Cats’ Joshua Palacios (2-for-5, BB, SB), Santiag0 Espinal (2-for-5, R), Ryan Hissey (2-for-4, 2-K, SB), Kacy Clemens (1-for-5, 2-RBI, K), Francisco Rios (3.2IP, H, 2K on 44 pitches)
- The D-Jays’ Chavez Young (3-for-5, 2-R, 3B, RBI, 2-K), Riley Adams (3-for-4, 2B, 2-RBI, BB, K), Demi Orimoloye (1-for-3, 2-R, RBI, 2-BB, 2-K, SB), William Ouellette (3IP, H, 3-K on 27 pitches)
- The Bolt’s Jordan Groshans (2-for-3, 2-R, 2B, 2BB, 2-RBI), Alejandro Kirk (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, SB), Johnny Aiello (2-for-5, R, K, SB), Reggie Pruitt (2-for-5, R, BB, 3-K, 3-SB)
Player of the Day
Friday, April 5th POD goes to Jake Brodt
In a game that had Alejandro Kirk steal home plate, speedy center fielder Reggie Pruitt stole 3 bases and SS Jordan Groshans drawing a pair of walks, scoring a pair, and driving in a pair on a single and double, it was 1st baseman Jake Brodt’s two triples which caught my eye.
Triples aren’t very common for 6-foot-5, 235lbs first baseman, let alone two in one game. The 23-yr-old Brodt reached base in a fielding error in the 2nd inning. He stole 2nd base and advanced to 3rd base on Reggie Pruitt’s single to center field. Unfortunately, Dominic Abbadessa popped out to leave two men in scoring position.
With one out in the 4th inning, Brodt jumped on a 0-1 pitch up in the zone, sending the ball to center field for his first professional triple. Mc Gregory Contreras and Reggie Pruitt went down swinging and left Brodt stranded at 3rd base.
After flying out in the 6th inning, Brodt stepped to the plate in the 7th inning with two out, Nick Podkul standing at 2nd base, sending a line drive to right field for an RBI triple (2). With Podkul crossing the plate, the Lugnuts grabbed a 6 to 2 lead.
Brodt went down swinging in the 9th inning to finish with a pair of triples, a stolen base, and an RBI in 5 trips to the plate.
Bo and Vlad Show
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did not play.
Bo Bichette played SS and batted leadoff for the Bisons. He went picked up his first Triple-A hit with a single to lead off the 4th inning. With two out in the 6th inning, Bo picked up his first career Triple-A double. Bichette struck out in other two at-bats to finish 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
*Featured Image Credit: R.Mueller
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