July 30th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Pearson flying high

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The system went 4 and 4. Andy Burns led the system with 3 hits. Kevin Smith hit another July dinger. Yorman Rodriguez and Gabriel Moreno also went deep. Lansing’s starter won despite not registering a single K and Big Nate chucked 6 scoreless in a ND.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (56-52)

 

The Herd lost 10 to 8.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Andrew Sopko 5.0IP, 7H, 6R, 3BB, 2K, and 1HRA on 97 pitches

 

L- Jason Adams (0-3, 3.60ERA)

 

Wednesday, July 31st starting pitcher- TBD

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-60)

 

The Cats won 2 to 1. New Hampshire got another outstanding start from Big Nate, who continues to look for win #1 at the AA level.

 

HR- Kevin Smith (16)

 

Starter- Nate Pearson

 

W- Nittoli (2-2, 4.70ERA)/BSV (2)

 

H- Jake Fishman (5)

 

SV- Corey Copping (1)

 

Wednesday, July 31st starting pitcher- Justin Dillon

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-42)

 

The D-Jays lost 11 to 6, squandering a 5 to 1 lead after the 2nd inning.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Turner Larkins 3.0IP, 7H, 5R, 1BB, 3K, and 1HRA on 69 pitches

 

L- Mike Ellenbest (1-4, 2.37ERA)

 

Wednesday, July 31st starting pitcher- Graham Spraker

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (50-55)

 

The Lugnuts got a much needed ‘solid’ start from one it’s starters, winning 5 to 1. Lansing surrendered 30 runs over their previous two games.

 

HR- Gabriel Moreno (9)

 

Starter- Troy Watson 6.0IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 0K on 93 pitches

 

W- Watson (5-2, 3.72ERA)

 

SV- Randy Pondler (1)

 

Wednesday, July 31st starting pitcher- Cobi Johnson

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (17-28)

 

The C’s lost 5 to 1

 

HR- Yorman Rodriguez (4)

 

Starter-Juan Diaz 4.1IP, 9H, 4R, 3BB, 2K on 84 pitches

 

L- Diaz (1-4, 4.35ERA)

 

Wednesday, July 31st starting pitcher- Nick Fraze

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (19-19)

Won 5 to 1

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Jol Concepcion 4.0IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K on 83 pitches

 

W- Luis Alvarez (2-1, 1.98ERA)

 

GCL Blue Jays (12-15)

Lost 2 to 1

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Rafael Monsion 5.0IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 5K

 

L- Williams Moreno (2-2, 3.55ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (24-26)

Won 5 to 3

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Jonatan Bernal 4.0IP, 2H, 1R, 0BB, 6K, and 1HRA

 

W- Ronald Govea (1-0, 0.00ERA)

 

SV- Jose Quintana (2)

 

Top Performers:

 

Player of the Day

Tuesday, July 30th POD goes to Nate Pearson

 

Making his 6th Double-A start, the 22-yr-old top pitching prospect was still searching for win #1. He owned a 0-3 record with a 2.93ERA. Nate thew 51 of his 91 pitches for strikes, getting one groundball out and 11 flyball outs.

 

The Akron RubberDucks were retired in order in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings. Nate started the 4th inning with a pair of flyball outs before allowing Akrons first baserunner with a walk. He got the next batter to fly out to end the inning. The RubberDucks loaded the bases in the 5th with a single, single, K, walk. Big Nate got the next two batters to fly out preventing the RubberDucks from getting on the board.

 

In his final inning, Nate Pearson struck out the leadoff man on 3 pitches. He walked Trenton Brooks on 4 pitches but end his outing with a GB out and his 11th FB out.

 

The start lowered his ERA with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to 2.54 while dropping his WHIP to 0.89. He has 14 walks (2.48BB/9) and 50 strikeouts (10.13K/9). He is getting more groundball outs (43.0GB%) than flyball outs (37.6FB%) for a 1.14GB/FB, not that you’d assume that with his 1/11 ratio from this start.

 

With the ND in this start, Pearson holds 0-3 record and 2.93ERA. His FIP is 2.56 and he holds a 2.78xFIP while maintaining a low .250BABIP in 46.0IP with New Hampshire.

 

The Kevin Smith and Griffin Conine Show

 

Kevin Smith bet out Logan Warmoth (.207BA with 6R, 5RBI, 5/8 BB/K, and 2SB), Riley Adams (.207BA with 5R, RBI, 8/12 BB/K), and Forest Wall (.289BA, 12R, HR, 5RBi, 5/18 BB/K, and 1SB) because he’s been hotter over the last 10 games. The free-swinging infielder had another good game hitting his 8th home run in July and 16th of the campaign. Kevin Smith went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a 5th inning solo HR, a walk, a strikeout, and a caught stealing.

 

The 23-yr-old is batting just .218 with 23 walks, and 110 strikeouts in 87 AA games but his is batting .432 with 6 runs, 3HR, 9RBI, 2/10 BB/K, and 2SB over his last 10 games. He has raised his BA from .181 on July 11th (return from IL) to .218 by batting .353 in July (19GB).

 

Griffin Conine was not in RF for the Lansing Lugnuts, getting a breather. The former 2nd rounder owns a .275BA and 38RBI in 49GP.

 

 

 

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