Join Jays From The Couch Every Morning For Your Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap as well as Biggio and Espinal Updates
The Blue Jays minor league system had a rare 4-win day as each of the full-season affiliates won their games. Logan Warmoth returned from the IL. Andy Burns and Forrest Wall each had 3-hit games. Burns, Chavez Young, Kevin Smith, and Tanner Kirwer each drove in 3 runs for their clubs. Sean Ried-Foley and Patrick Murphy had outstanding starts.
Buffalo Bisons (18-24)
The Bisons won 4 to 3, breaking a 2-2 tie with 2 runs in the 9th inning courtesy of an Andy Burns single.
HR- Teoscar Hernandez (2)
Starter- SRF 8.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 8K, and 1HRA on 102 pitches
W- SRF (1-2, 6.60ERA)
SV- Buddy Boshers (1) ***Bisons debut. 31-yr-old LHP with 100 MLB appearances. Last pitched in the majors for Minnesota in 2017 (1-0, 4.89ERA in 38 games)****
Friday, May 24th starting pitcher- Thomas Pannone
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (22-22)
That is three consecutive solid pitching performances from a New Hampshire starting pitcher. Patrick Murphy allowed one run over 6 innings and the Fisher Cats offense outhit the Altoona Curve 11 to 8, winning 7 to 2.
HR- Alberto Mineo (4)
Starter- Patrick Murphy 6.0IP, 5H, R, 0BB, 7K on 86 pitches
W-Murphy (3-4, 3.14ERA)
Friday, May 24th starting pitcher- TBD
Dunedin Blue Jays (27-19)
The 1st place D-Jays won 8 to 5 despite being outhit 13 to 9 by the Florida Fire Frogs. Dunedin scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to secure the win and Chavez Young hit his 2nd home run in as many days (fingers crossed there’s more to come).
Starter- Nick Allgeyer 5.1IP, 8H, 4R, 2BB, 6K on 88 pitches
W- Dany Jimenez (3-1, 4.74ERA)
BSV- Gage Burland (1)
Friday, May 24th starting pitcher- TBD
Lansing Lugnuts (19-26)
The Bolts continue to play well at home with a 9 to 4 win, scoring a combined 7 runs in the first two innings.
HR-Tanner Kirwer (1)
Starter- Fitz Stadler 4.1IP, 4H, 1R, 3BB, 6K on 87 pitches
W- Cobi Johnson (1-3, 3.99ERA)
Friday, May 24th starting pitcher- Josh Winckowski
- Buffalo’s Teo Hernandez (2-for-5, 2R, HR, RBI, 2K), Andy Burns (3-for-3, 3RBI, 2BB)
- NH’s Murphy (see above), Forrest Wall (3-for-3, 2B, 2B, 2BB), Alberto Mineo (1-for-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB, K), Kevin Smith (1-for-5, 3B, 3RBI, K), Christian Williams (2-for-4, R, 2B, 2K), Vinny Capra (1-for-4, 2B, 2RBI, K), and Tayler Saucedo (2IP, H, K)
- Dunedin’s Cal Stevenson (2-for-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB, K), Cullen Large (0-for-2, R, 2RBI, BB), Ryan Noda (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB), Chavez Young (2-for-4, R, HR, 3RBI), Kevin Vicuna (2-for-3, 2R, 2-2B)
- Lansing’s Otto Lopez (2-for-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB), Tanner Kirwer (1-for-4, R, HR, 3RBI, K), Hunter Steinmetz (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI), Luis De Los Santos (2-for-3, 2R)
Player of the Day
Thursday, May 23rd POD goes to Sean Reid-Foley
The 23-yr-old right-hander has not been getting the results, he, the organization, or the fans were expecting after a strong showing in 2018. SRF has been better of late, pitching 6 innings in each of his last three starts. His ERA went from 10.42 to 7.54 over the past 18 innings.
Still not great.
Thursday, SRF had his most promising start of 2019 with 8 innings where allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8. The 2 walks were a season low and the 8 strikeouts and 8IP were season highs.
SRF threw 66 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He induced an impressive 10 groundball outs and 2 flyball outs. SRF ran into trouble in the 2nd inning, allowing the Red Wings score 2 runs off a walk and a HR. He retired the side in order in the 1st, 6th, and 8th innings. Off his 8 strikeouts, 4 were caught looking.
The former 2nd round selection picked up his 1st win of the young season, lowing his ERA to 6.60. He has 50 strikeouts in 45.o innings while allowing 38 hits and 34 walks for a 1.60WHIP.
The Biggio and Espinal Show
Cavan Biggio played 3rd base and batted 4th for the Bisons. Biggio was added to the 40-man roster and Blue Jays bound. He went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. He’s walked twice in 3-straight games and is batting .242 with 8 walks and 7 strikeouts over the past 10 games. Good luck in the Show.
For now, Biggio leaves triple-a with a .307 BA, 7 doubles, a triple, 6HR, and 26 RBI.
Bloody El, now we need to find pick another top prospect to follow.
Santiago Espinal DH’ed and batted 2nd for the Fisher Cats. He picked up a single and scored a run in five plate appearances and he’s batting .272 in 40 games but he’s been a little cold over the past 10 games with a .171 batting average (7-for-41).
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