July 21st Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Power surge continues for Kevin Smith

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CAUTION: Sean Reid-Foley start below, frustration with the possibility of ripping your hair out may follow.

 

The system got 3-hit performances from Joshua Palacios, Santiago Espinal, Kevin Smith, Will Robertson, Mc Gregory Contreras, Rafael Lantigua, Vinny Capra, Miguel Hiraldo, and Richard Urena. The system went 5 and 2.

 

Lansing’s Marcus Reyes extended his scoreless innings streak to 17.1IP with a two-inning save, dropping his ERA to 1.94.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (52-48)

 

The Bisons lost 6 to 3

 

HR- Richard Urena (4)

 

Starter- Sean Reid-Foley 5.0IP, 8H, 6R, 1BB, 6K, and 1HRA on 73 pitches

 

L- SRF (3-4, 6.33ERA)

 

Tuesday, July 23rd starting pitcher-TBD

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (43-55)

 

The Fisher Cats won 16 to 1. Smith hit his 6th HR in the last 10 games, driving in 4 runs. The pitching staff held the Fightin Phils to 6 hits, although Perez (4) and Corey Copping (2) issued a few walks.

 

HR- Kevin Smith (14)

 

Starter- Hector Perez 6.0IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K on 85 pitches

 

W- Perez (6-4, 4.76ERA)

 

Monday, July 22nd starting pitcher- TBD

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (60-37)

 

GM1 Dunedin had last night’s game delayed after 5IP. They were winning 1 to 0 thanks to a strong outing by Turner Larkins. Unfortunately, the rusty Maverik Buffo coughed up two runs as the D-Jays fell 2 to 0.

 

HR-none

 

Starter Turner Larkins 5.0IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K on 78 pitches

 

L- Buffo (0-1, 7.71ERA)

 

GM2 After a couple of rocky outing by starter Nick Allgeyer, he turned in a solid effort for a 4 to 3 win. Dunedin stole 5 bases with Chavez Young swiping a pair.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Nick Allgeyer 5.2IP, 6H, 3R, BB, 3K on 86 pitches

 

W- Allgeyer (7-4, 4.19ERA)

 

SV- Mike Ellenbest (2)

 

Monday, July 22nd starting pitcher-TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (47-51)

 

The Nuts won 4 to 2. Lansing stole 6 bases with Otto Lopez accounting for a pair.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Troy Miller 7.0IP, 4H, 2R, 1BB, 7K on 89 pitches

 

W- Miller (4-4, 4.80ERA)

 

SV- Marcus Reyes (1)

 

Monday, July 22nd starting pitcher- Sean Wymer

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (14-23)

 

The C’s won 10 to 1, hitting 3 home runs and 4 C’s batters driving in multiple runs. Top Pitching prospect Adam Kloffenstein put together another strong outing and the bullpen allowed just one hit, don’t look at the 4 walks allowed by former outfielder Josh Almonte.

 

HR- Yorman Rodriguez (3), Mc Gregory Contreras (2), and Brett Wright (1)

 

Starter- Kloffenstein 6.0IP, 4H, 1R, 1BB, 4K on 75 pitches

 

W- Kloffenstein (2-2, 2.64ERA)

 

H- Almonte (2) and Nicolas Medina (1)

 

Monday, July 22nd starting pitcher- William Gaston

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (14-17)

 

Won 7 to 4

 

HR- Miguel Hiraldo (4), Davis Schneider (2), and DJ Daniels (3)

 

Starter- Roither Hernandez 5.2IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 5K

 

W- Hernandez (2-3, 3.24ERA)

 

H- Juan Acosta (1)

 

SV- Yunior Hinojosa (2)

 

GCL Blue Jays (9-12)

No Game

 

DSL Blue Jays (20-22)

No Game

Top Performers:

 

  • Buffalo Richard Urena (3-for-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, K), Tayler Saucedo (1.2IP, 3K)
  • NH Josh Palacios (3-for-4, 3R, 2-2B, 3RBI, BB, K), Santiago Espinal (3-for-6, 2R, RBI, K), Forrest Wall (1-for-4, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, 2K), Chad Spanberger (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Vinny Capra (3-for-5, 3R, 2K), Kevin Smith (3-for-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI, BB), Perez (see above)
  • D-Jays GM1 Cal Stevenson (2-for-3, SB, CS), Turner Larkins (see above)
  • D-Jays GM2 Cal Stevenson (2-for-4, R, SB), Alejandro Kirk (1-for-3, 2B, BB), Samad Taylor (0-for-1, 3BB, SB, CS), Chavez Young (1-for-4, R, RBI, 2SB), Mike Ellenbest (2.1IP, 2H, BB, K)
  • Lansing Otto Lopez (2-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K, 2SB), Hunter Steinmetz (1-for-4, RBI, K, SB), Ryan Gold (2-for-4, 2K), Rafael Lantigua (3-for-4, R, 2B, K, SB), Tanner Kirwer (1-for-3, 2R, BB, SB), Marcus Reyes (2IP, H, K)
  • C’s Yorman Rodriguez (HR, 2RBI), Philip Clarke (2-for-5, R, 2B), Mc Gregory Contreras (3-for-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, K), Will Robertson (3-for-3, 2R, 3RBI, BB), Brett Wright (1-for-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, K), Kloffenstein (see above).
  • Bluefield Miguel Hiradlo (3-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB), Davis Schneider (2-for-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB, K), D.J. Daniels (1-for-4, R, HR, 2RBI, 2K)

Player of the Day

Sunday, July 21st POD goes to Kevin Smith

 

Smith crashed the Blue Jays Top Prospect List in 2018 with an impressive offensive outburst. Up until July, Kevin Smith’s 2019 season had been a disappointment. The 23-yr-old infielder batted just .200 in April and posted sub-.200BA in May and June.

 

At the end of June, Kevin Smith owned a .183 batting average with a .244 OBP and .346SLG. He went on the 7-day IL on July 3rd, returning on the 11th. After having a productive 0-for-2 with a run scored and 2RBI upon his return, we have watched Smith’s batting average climb. Kevin Smith is having a power outburst worth getting excited about, one that could turn his season around.

 

Playing SS and batting 4th, Kevin Smith went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, 4 runs batted in, a walk, and his 14th HR. Smith wasted little time crushing his 14th bomb, jumping on the first pitch his saw in the 1st inning with Joshua Palacios and Forrest Wall on base.

 

He led off the 3rd inning with a single and scored on a Riley Adams groundball to give the Fisher Cats a 5 to 0 lead. With the base juiced in the 8th inning, one-out, and a run already walked in, Kevin Smith drew a 4-pitch walk to drive in New Hampshire’s 10th run.

 

In the 9th inning, Kevin Smith singled to load the bases. Two more runs crossed the plate but Smith was forced out at 2nd on an RBI fielders choice off the bat of Chad Spanberger.

 

The 23-yr-old is batting .306 with 6HR, 13RBI, and 9 runs scored over his last 10 games. He is batting .198 with a .670OPS in 78 games, striking out 100 times (31.5K%) while walking just 22 times (6.6BB%). There is still work to do here but this recent stretch is encouraging.

 

The Bo Bichette and Griffin Conine Show

 

Bo Bichette tripled (2), drove in a run, and struck out in three at-bats. Bo is batting .296 with a .362wOBA and 113wRC+ in 50 AAA games.

 

Griffin Conine went hitless for the straight 4th game, going 0-for-4 with 4K’s. Conine has K’d 9 times his last 13 at-bats. I’m starting to be concerned about his 35.8K%.

 

 

 

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