August 5th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Castillo spins a gem for Dunedin

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The system 2 and 4. The top two tiers were off today and Lansing played a doubleheader. Hugo Cardona made an appearance for the D-Jays from the GCL Blue Jays squad. Maximo Castillo is making a case for some inning with New Hampshire.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (58-55)

 

No Game

 

Tuesday, August 6th starting pitcher- TBD

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (49-63)

 

No Game

 

Tuesday, August 6th starting pitcher- Justin Dillon

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (65-45)

 

The D-Jays won 6 to 2, thanks to a 4-run 2nd inning and 2-run 3rd inning. Five D-Jays collected 2-hit games.

 

HR- Kacy Clemens (7)

 

Starter- Maximo Castillo 7.0IP, 5H, 1R, 0BB, 6K, and 1HRA on 86 pitches

 

W-Castillo (8-5, 2.85ERA)

 

Tuesday, August 6th starting pitcher- Graham Spraker

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (53-59)

 

GM1 Lost 3 to 1. The Lugnuts were held to 8 hits but no extra-base knocks with 6 strikeouts and no walks.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Troy Watson 6.0IP, 6H, 3R, 2BB, 4K, and 1HRA on 91 pitches

 

L- Watson (5-3, 3.80ERA)

 

GM2 Won 6 to 3. Lansing batters collected 7 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 9 times. Reggie Pruitt stole bases 39 and 40 on the year.

 

HR- Ryan Gold (5)

 

Starter Cobi Johnson 5.0IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 7K

 

BSV- Fitz Stadler (1)

 

W- Cre Finfrock (1-1, 3.34ERA)

 

Tuesday, August 6th starting pitcher- Troy Miller

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (19-32)

 

No Game

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (22-23)

Lost 4 to 3

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Jol Concepcion 2.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K  on 31 pitches

 

L- Aldo Ovando(1-4, 8.38ERA)

 

GCL Blue Jays (14-18)

Lost 8 to 1. The Blue Jays were no-hit but scored in the 3rd inning when Jose Rivas walked to lead off the inning and advanced to 2nd on a balk and 3rd base on a groundball. Rivas scored on Jose Zepeda sac fly.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Winder Garcia 4.0IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 3K

 

L- Eliezer Bello (0-2, 6.14ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (26-29)

Lost 5 to 4

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Jonatan Bernal 5.0IP, 7H, 4R, 0BB, 2K, and 1HRA

 

Top Performers:

 

 

Player of the Day

Monday, August 5th POD goes to Kacy Clemens

 

I once felt that Clemens strong play around the bag and his power potential was good enough to play in the majors one day. It appears I misjudged his ability. Kacy Clemens has seen his development stall since graduating from Lansing. In 2018 as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts, Kacy Clemens batted .301 with 25/22 BB/K and 7HR in 27 games. He received a promotion up to Dunedin, A-Advanced, and hasn’t looked comfortable since.

 

Clemens DH’d for the D-Jays and batted 5th. Clemens singled in the 2nd inning and scored off a Kevin Vicuna double to give the D-Jays a 2-0 advantage. He hit his 7th home run in the 3rd inning, scoring Demi Orimoloye for a 6 to 1 lead. Clemens drew a one-out walk in the 5th inning but was left standing at 2nd base. He walked and was stranded at 2nd base again in the 7th inning to end his day.

 

In 65 games with Dunedin, Clemens continues to struggle against FSL pitching with a .175 batting average. He’s collected just 6 doubles, a triple, and 7 HR while batting in 27. Clemens has walked 26 times but struck out 78 times while posting an ugly .568OPS. At 25-yrs-old, not sure how much is left here.

 

The Kevin Smith and Griffin Conine Show

 

Kevin Smith …..no game

 

Griffin Conine played game 1 but not game 2. He manned RF and batted 4th. He went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. The 22-yr-old has hits in each of his previous 7 games, including 4HR. Conine is batting .282 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, and 17HR while posting a .949OPS in 55 games.

 

 

 

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