May 28th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Kirk continues to roll in Dunedin

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The Blue Jays minor league system went 1 for 4 with blowout loses in Buffalo and Lansing.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (20-27)

 

The Bisons’ played an ugly game, losing 16 to 2. Relievers Corey Copping and Kirby Snead allowed 5 runs and 4 runs in one inning of work each.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Sean Reid-Foley 4.0IP, 2H, 3R, 4BB, 3K, and 1HRA on 80 pitches

 

L- SRF (1-3, 6.61ERA)

 

Wednesday, May 29th starting pitcher- Andrew Sopko

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (23-26)

 

The Fisher Cats allowed 2 runs in the 1st and 4th innings, 3 runs in the 5th inning, and an extra run in the 6th inning for an 8 to 4 loss. The game was called after 6 and a half innings.

 

HR- Alberto Mineo (5)

 

Starter- Patrick Murphy 4.2IP, 7H, 7R, 4BB, 4K, and 1HRA on 96 pitches

 

L- Murphy (3-5, 3.99ERA)

 

Wednesday, May 29th starting pitcher- Zach Logue

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (30-20)

 

The D-Jays scored 3 runs in the 1st and 6th innings, sandwiching in a pair of 2-run innings in the 3rd and 4th for a 10 to 5 win over the Tarpons.

 

HR- Ryan Noda (5) and Kevin Vicuna (1)

 

Starter- Maximo Castillo 6.0IP, 6H, 2R, 0BB, 2K and 73 pitches

 

W- Castillo (3-4, 2.73ERA)

 

Wednesday, May 29th starting pitcher- Nick Allgeyer

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (21-29)

 

The Lugs were roughed up the Dayton Dragons, 8 to 1. The Dragons scored all the runs they’d need in the 1st, pushing across 2 runs. They added another 5 runs in the 5th and an insurance run in the 7th inning. Lansing’s pitchers allowed 4HR.

 

HR- Gabriel Moreno (3)

 

Starter- Cobi Johnson 4.1IP, 7H, 6R, 3BB, 5K, and 3HRA on 80 pitches

 

L- Johnson (1-4, 4.85ERA)

 

Wednesday, May 29th starting pitcher- Josh Winckowski

 

Top Performers:

  • NH’s Forrest Wall (2-for-2, R, 2BB, CS), Alberto Mineo (1-for-4, R, HR, 3RBI, K), and Vinny Nittoli (2IP, H, R, 4K)
  • Dunedin’s Cal Stevenson (2-for-4, 3R, BB, SB), Logan Warmoth (2-for-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, SB), Noda (1-for-3, R, HR, 3RBI, K), Vicuna (1-for-4, R, HR, 2RBI, 2K)
  • Lansing’s Gabriel Moreno (2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K)

Player of the Day

Tuesday, May 28th POD goes to Maximo Castillo

 

The 20-yr-old starting pitcher won his third game and 2nd in a row with another strong start on Tuesday. Castillo threw 54 of his 73 pitches for strikes while getting 7 groundball outs and 6 flyball outs.

 

Castillo struggled in the 1st inning, surrendering back-to-back doubles and allowed Tampa on the board. He retired the next seven batters before a two-out single in the 3rd inning. Castillo retired the side in order in the 4th and struck out the first two batters of the 5th inning before allowing back-to-back-to-back singles, allowing the Tarpons 2nd run of the game.

 

Maximo Castillo recovered from a shaky 5th inning with a 1-2-3 6th. He gave way to Dany Jimenez to start the 7th inning.

 

In 10 starts for the Dunedin Blue Jays, Castillo owns a 7.14K/9 and 1.74BB/9, striking out39 batters over 52.2IP. He a 2.73ERA, 2.96FIP, and 3.47xFIP while holding a .292BABIP. Opponents are batting .239 off him and he is maintaining a healthy 1.09WHIP.

 

On-Base Streak

Outfield prospect, Anthony Alford waited until the 5th inning, his 3rd at-bat, to extend his on-base streak to 15 games. Alford’s single scored Andy Burns for the Herd’s 2nd run. He now has a 5-game hit streak and is batting .325 over the past 10 games. In the past 10 games, the 24-yr-old outfielder has walked 6 times and struck out 10 times. AA is batting .220 with a .668OPS.

 

The Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk Show

 

Santiago Espinal played 2nd base and batted cleanup for the Fisher Cats. He picked up a single in four at-bats. The 24-yr-old infielder continues to scuffle as May comes to a close. In 24 games this May, Espinal is batting .250 but is batting just .195 over the last 10 games which caused his BA dip from .283 down to .264.

 

Alejandro Kirk caught for the D-Jays and batted cleanup. He would’ve been the POD had he not owns real estate at the end of the article. Big Al went 3-for-3 with a run, two doubles, 4 runs batted in, and a walk. The 20-yr-old catcher is batting .367 with 9 doubles and 12 RBI in 15 FSL games.

 

 

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