May 31st Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Smith’s 6th HR lifts Fisher Cats to victory

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The Blue Jays minor league system 2-for-4. It’s funny, this is normally the last line I finish when completing these recap. I completely gapped on writing it in before hitting publish.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (21-29)

 

The Bisons fell 5 to 4 in extra innings to the Rochester Red Wings.

 

HR- Patrick Kivlehan 2(6) and Richard Urena (2)

 

Starter- Shawn Morminando 7.1IP, 4H, 3R, 3BB, 4K, and 1HRA on 103 pitches

 

BSV- Kirby Snead (1)

 

L- Buddy Boshers (0-1, 3.38ERA)

 

Saturday, June 1st starting pitcher- Conor Fisk

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (24-28)

 

The Fisher Cats won 5 to 4, knocking out 13 hits against the Curve.

 

HR-Kevin Smith (6)

 

Starter- Yennsy Diaz 4.2IP, 5H, 4R, 4BB, 6K, and 1HRA on 83 pitches

 

W- Tayler Saucedo  (2-0, 0.44ERA)

 

H- Danny Young (2)

 

SV- Ty Tice (3)

 

Saturday, June 1st starting pitcher- Hector Perez

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (33-20)

 

The D-Jays win 3 to 1 over the Threshers

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Joey Murray 6.0IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 8K, and 1HA on 88 pitches

 

W- Murray (2-0, 1.78ERA)

 

H- Connor Law (4)

 

SV- Dany Jimenez (4)

 

Saturday, June 1st starting pitcher- Graham Spraker

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (24-29)

 

The Lugs beat Bowling Green 5 to 2.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Troy Miller 5.0IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 4K, and 1HRA on 83 pitches

 

W- Miller (1-3, 5.40ERA)

 

H- Marcus Reyes (2)

 

SV- Jackson Rees (2)

 

Saturday, June 1st starting pitcher- Sean Wymer

 

Top Performers:

  • Buffalo’s Teoscar Hernandez (2-for-4, R, K), Patrick Kivlehan (2-for-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, K), Urena (1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 2K)
  • NH’s Riley Adams (2-for-5, 2B), Nash Knight (2-for-5, 2RBI, K), Christain Williams (2-for-4, R, 2B, K), Tayler Saucedo (2.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K)
  • Dunedin’s Cullen Large (3-for-4, 2R, 2-2B), Murray (see above), Connor Law (2IP, 2H, K)
  • Lansing’s Otto Lopez (2-for-4, 2R, K), Jake Brodt (2-for-4, 2-2B, 2RBI, K), Marcus Reyes (2.1IP, H, K), and Jackson Rees (1.2IP, 2K)

Player of the Day

Friday, May 31sth POD goes to Kevin Smith

 

Kevin Smith finished off a horrible month of May on a positive note, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run, two RBI, a stolen base, and a strikeout. Smith was expected to be a major piece of the Fisher Cats’ offense in 2019. He started out splitting his time between 3rd (9GP) and 4th (9GP) in the batting order but has slowly fallen further and further down.

 

On Friday, Kevin Smith played SS and batted 8th. The 22-yr-old SS singled, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd in the 2nd inning but did not score. He singled in the 4th inning, scoring Christian Williams in from 2nd base. Smith scored on Forrest Wall‘s double to left field.

 

Smith struck out leading off the 6th inning. With the game tied 4-4 in the 8th inning, Kevin Smith jumped on a 0-1 pitch, depositing over the wall in LF for his 6th dinger and the game’s winning run.

 

Overall, Kevin Smith is batting just .183 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 13 walks, 57 strikeouts, and 5SB in 46GP.

 

On-Base Streak

Outfield prospect, Anthony Alford batted out of the leadoff spot and played RF for Buffalo. The 24-yr-old top prospect saw his hit streak end at 7-games and his on-base streak end at 16 games. AA went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

 

The former 3rd round selection has seen his batting average climb to .221 by batting .276 in May and .310 over the last 10 games.

 

Forrest Wall will now take Alford’s place in this section. Wall extended his hit streak to 12-games with his outstanding 3-for-5 game. All three hits were doubles and he scored twice but also struck out twice. The former 2012 1st rounder is batting .512 over the last 10 games and watched his batting average rise from .254 to .309.

 

Wall has 15 doubles, 2 triples, 3HR, 18 RBI, 27/38 BB/K and 8 stolen bases to go along with his .878OPS.

 

The Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk Show

 

Santiago Espinal did not play for the Bisons. I’m going to bump Espinal from this section in favor of Griffin Conine since he has posted video game number since returning from suspension.

 

Griffin Conine got the day off from the field, appearing in the 3rd spot in the order as the Lugnuts DH. He had another monster game with a single, double, and triple in four plate appearances. He scored a run while driving in two. In three games, the 21-yr-old is batting a healthy .615 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 HR.

 

Alejandro Kirk was back in the lineup after receiving Thursday off. Kirk appeared behind the plate and batted cleanup for the D-Jays.  The 20-yr-old catcher collected two singles, a double and 2 runs batted in, increasing his batting average .393 from .365. He has 10 doubles, 14 RBI, 8BB, 7K, and an outstanding 1.048OPS in 17GP in the FSL.

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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