April 15th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Cullen Large reaches base in 10 straight games

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On Monday, April 15th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 2-for-3 with Buffalo being postponed due to weather.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (2-8)

 

Postponed

 

Tuesday, April 16th starting pitcher- Jacob Waguespack and TBD in a possible double dip.

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-7)

 

The Fisher Cats lost 4 to 1

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Patrick Murphy 4.1IP, 5-H, 3-R, 3-BB, 2-K on 90 pitches

 

L- Murphy (0-2, 4.20ERA)

 

Tuesday, April 16th starting pitcher- Hector Perez

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (8-4)

 

The D-Jays won 6 to 1

 

HR- Samad Taylor (1)

 

Starter- Maximo Castillo 5.2 IP, 4-H, 1-R, 2-BB, 3-K on 86 pitches

 

W- Jonathan Cheshire (2-0, 2.84 ERA)

 

Tuesday, April 16th starting pitcher- Nick Allgeyer

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (5-6)

 

The Nuts won 6 to 2 with two runs in the 7th inning and 4 runs in the 10th inning to come back from 2-0.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Josh Winckowski 6.0IP, 6H, 2H, 2BB, 5K on 87 pitches

 

W- Will McAffer (1-0, 0.00ERA)

 

Tuesday, April 16th starting pitcher- Joey Murray

 

Top Performers:

  • The Cats’ Alberto Mineo (2-for-4, R, 2B), Brock Lundquist (2-for-4, K), Tayler Saucedo (2.1IP, H, 3BB, 4K on 43 pitches), and Ty Tice (1.1IP, H, 4K on 28 pitches)
  • The D-Jays’ Cullen Large (2-for-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, K), Samad Taylor (1-for-3, solo HR, BB), Castillo (see above), Jonathan Cheshire (2.1IP, H, 2K on 30 pitches)
  • Lansing’s Reggie Pruitt (3-for-6, R, 2K), Alejandro Kirk (1-for-4, R, 2B, BB), Otto Lopez (1-for-2, 2B, RBI, 3BB), Dominic Abbedessa (1-for-4, R, 2-RBI, BB, K), McAffer (3.0IP, 2H, BB, 4K on 53 pitches), and Jackson Rees (1IP, 3K on 14 pitches)

Player of the Day

Monday, April 15th POD goes to Cullen Large

 

Reggie Pruitt picking up 3 singles and Will McAffer strong 3 innings in relief for the Lansing Lugnuts made this pick a lot harder than it should have been. Like my recent pick of New Hampshire Fisher Cats Alberto Mineo, the selection of Cullen Large has as much to do with his body of work as it does his performance on Monday.

 

Large has not been very lucky when it comes to staying on the field. He has missed chunks of time in 2017 and 2018. When healthy, the former 5th round pick has put up solid offensive stats. After playing just 27 games for the A-Ball Lansing Lugnuts and posting a .316 batting average with 9 doubles, and 5 home runs, Large was moved up to Advanced-A Dunedin. As a member of the D-Jays, Cullen Large has occupied the hot corner and split time batting 3rd and 4th.

 

On Monday Cullen Large was batting 3rd and playing 3rd base as the D-Jays looked to take the opener from the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The 23-yr-old Large walked in his first at-bat and left stranded after Ryan Noda struck out.

 

Large struck out in the 3rd inning but fouled off three pitches before swinging through strike three on the 9th pitch of the at-bat. He lined out in the 5th inning before collecting his hit of the game in the 8th inning with a leadoff double (3). Large would come around the score the D-Jays 3rd run on a Christian Williams single.

 

With the game well in hand, 5-1, Large delivered a 2-out double (4) in the 9th inning and scored on Ryan Noda’s single to center field to scored the Blue Jays 6th run of the game.

 

With a pair of doubles on Monday, Cullen Large has safely reached base in the past 10 games. That is right ladies and gents, we have an on-base streak to follow. Large started the streak on April 5th going 0-for-2 with a run scored, a pair of strikeouts, and three walks. Cullen collected hits in his next three games, going 3-for-4 on April 7th.

 

The switch hitter went hitless in two games on April 9th and 10th (0-for-6) but drew a walk in both games to keep the streak alive. He snapped the hitless streak with his first Florida State League home run on April 11th and drew a walk for good measure. He went 1-for-3 with a run batted in, a walk, and a strikeout on April 13th to push the on-base streak to 8 games.

 

The native of Midlothian, VA went 2-for-2 with a run scored on Sunday which brings us to today’s game.

 

Overall, Cullen Large is batting a cool .333 with 4 doubles, a triple, a homer, 4 RBI, 8 walks, 13 strikeouts, and a stolen base. He owns a .500 on-base percentage and .606 slugging percentage for a 1.106 OPS.

 

Ps….Alejandro Kirk and Otto Lopez are not far behind with 9 consecutive games reaching base.

 

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Ryan Mueller

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