August 13th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Buchholz, Murray, Martinez, and De La Cruz

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The system went 6 and 2. Clay Buchholz pitched for the GCL Blue Jays as he continues to make his way back from the IL. Orelvis Martinez continues to hit well in the final month of the season with two more hits. Vancouver two hit their opponent, even better the pitching staff didn’t allow a run or a walk. Ryan Noda collected 4RBI for the D-Jays. Joey Murray K’d 8 batters for the Fisher Cats in GM2 while Thomas Hatch threw a complete game (6IP) in GM1. Buffalo took some notes from the big club mashing the baseball for 11 runs, including 4HR.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (61-59)

 

Bisons won 11 to 3. Welcome back Jordan Romano. Romano finished the game with a shutout inning, allowing two hits, striking out one. Alford swiped two bases, #19 and #20 which is nice to see.

 

HR- Socrates Brito (13), Richard Urena (5),  Jordan Patterson (15), and Andy Burns (14) GRAND SLAM

 

Starter- Conor Fisk 6.0IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, 7K on 94 pitches (17K in his last two starts)

 

W- Fisk (5-6, 4.90ERA)

 

Wednesday, August 14th starting pitcher- T.J. Zeuch

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (52-68)

 

GM1 Lost 2 to 0. NH collected a Cullen Large double, a Vinny Capra single, and a Josh Palacios walk.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Thomas Hatch 6.0IP, 6H, 2R, 0BB, 5K, 1HR on 86 pitches

 

L- Hatch (0-3, 4.70ERA)

 

GM2 NH won 3 to 1. Large (1RBI) and Chad Spanberger (2RBI) did damage in the 1st inning for the Fisher Cats. Large has started slow since joining the Fisher Cats on August 6th but collected 3 hits in 5 at-bats (two games) on Tuesday.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Joey Murray 5.0IP, 2H, 1R, 4BB, 8K, and 1HRA on 90 pitches

 

W- Murray (1-2, 3.96ERA)

 

SV- Jake Fishman (3)

 

Wednesday, August 14th starting pitcher- Yennsy Diaz

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (69-48)

 

Won 8 to 3. Nick Podkul hit his 1st FSL HR. Ryan Noda hit a 2-run HR and collected two sac fly RBI’s. The D-Jays collected 12 hits and 6 walks, going 4-for-9 with RISP. Maverik Buffo and Kyle Weatherly combined to pitch 4 shutout inning in relief, with zero BB and five K’s.

 

HR- Nick Podkul (1) and Ryan Noda (11)

 

Starter- Kyle Johnson 5.0IP, 3H, 3R, 7BB, 3K, and 1HRA on 85 pitches

 

W- Johnston (1-2, 8.76ERA)

 

H- Maverik Buffo (2)

 

Wednesday, August 14th starting pitcher- Maximo Castillo

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (58-61)

 

No Game

 

Wednesday, August 14th starting pitcher- Fitz Stadler

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (22-35)

 

C’s won 9 to 0. Lopez (Kendrys Morales return) hit his 1st HR with the C’s and 2019. Luis Quinones pitched 4 no-hit innings, striking out 8 batters. Tanner Morris, the only Vancouver batter with 2 hits, hit a double, scored 2 runs, walked twice, stole a base, and collected 2RBI.

 

HR- Jesus Lopez (1)

 

Starter- Nick Fraze 3.0IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K on 28 pitches

 

W- Luis Quinones (1-1, 0.86ERA)

 

Wednesday, August 14th starting pitcher- Alek Manoah

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (26-27)

Won 7 to 5

 

HR- PK Morris (7)

 

Starter- Gaudy Ramirez 1.0IP, 3H, 2R, 0BB, 0K, and 1HRA on 15 pitches

 

Bulk Innings- Felipe Castaneda 5.0IP, 4H, 1R, 4BB, 4K, and 1HRA on 85 pitches

 

W- Castaneda (3-2, 3.86ERA)

 

H- Luis Alvarez (2)

 

GCL Blue Jays (19-19)

Won 4 to 1.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Clay Buchholz 3.0IP, 1H, 1R, 0BB, 4K, and 1HRA

 

W- Rafael Monsion (3-0, 1.71ERA)

 

H- Jiorgeny Casimiri (4)

 

SV-  Juanfer Castro (1)

 

DSL Blue Jays (29-33)

Lost 9 to 1

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Bejardi Meza 5.0IP, 3H, 1R, 3BB, 3K

 

L- Jose Quintana (0-5, 4.61ERA)

 

Top Performers:

 

  • Buffalo Anthony Alford (1-for-4, 2R, BB, K, 2SB), Brito (1-for-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 2K), Urena (1-for-4, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, K, SB), Jonathan Davis (1-for-3, 2R, BB, K), Jordan Patterson (1-for-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB), Andy Burns (1-for-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI, BB, K)
  • NH GM1 Hatch (see above)
  • NH GM2 Cullen Large (2-for-3, RBI), Chad Spanberger (1-for-3, 2B, 2RBI, K), Murray (see above), and Jake Fishman (2.0IP, H, BB, K)
  • D-Jays Reggie Pruitt (2-for-4, 2R, RBI, BB, K, SB), Chavez Young (2-for-5, 2RI, K), Noda (HR, R, 4RBI), Kevin Vicuna (2-for-5, K), Nick Podkul (2-for-3, 3R, HR, RBI, BB), and Buffo (3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K)
  • C’s Tanner Morris (2-for-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB), Lopez (HR, 2RBI, K), Fraze (see above), and Quinones (4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 8K)
  • Bluefield Eric Rivera (2-for-5, R), Miguel Hiraldo (3-for-5, 2R, 2B), PK Morris (1-for-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB)
  • GCL OrelvisMartinez (2-for-4, R, 2-2B), and Monsion (4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 3K)

 

Player of the Day

Tuesday, August 13th POD goes to the Michael De La Cruz

 

You won’t see this 26-yr-old’s name on any Top Prospect list; however, the Herd’s backup catcher is enjoying a very productive season. Signed in 2012, De La Cruz is playing his 7th season in the Blue Jays organization. He spent 2018 with the Buffalo Bisons, mostly on the DL, playing 14 games. De La Cruz is a defensive catcher but has shown he isn’t an easy out with a .251BA, .339OBP, and .703OPS across 344 minor league games.

 

The career backup catcher (the most games played in a 78 in 2017 between Lansing, D-Jays, and NH) has responded very well since moving into an everyday role with Reese McGuire being promoted. To be fair, De La Cruz has produced all season, batting .343 in June (11GP), .263 in July (11GP), and .286 (8GP).

 

Batting 8th, Michael De La Cruz struck out to end the Bisons’ 5-run 1st inning. In the 3rd inning, De La Cruz hit his 10th double to LF to advance Andy Burns to 3rd. He was stranded. He would collect double #11 in his the 5th inning but won’t score again.

 

Maybe not the most productive prospect in the org on Tuesday but I want to give the career backup some love. He is batting .281 with a .367OBP and .828 in 41GP, all at AAA. He has scored 16 runs and hit 11 doubles, 4HR while walking 18 times and striking out 25 times.

 

Who knows, maybe De La Cruz could be a late bloomer. He’s got a few more weeks to show what he’s got.

 

The Kevin Smith and Griffin Conine Show

 

Kevin Smith and the Fisher Cats played a double-header on Tuesday. Smith played both ends of the double-dip going 0-for-3 with a pair of K’s in GM1 and 1-for-4 with a K and a stolen base (10) in GM2. He is batting .211 and has 19 doubles, 43 runs scored, and 17HR in 100 games. Smith is cold again with a .212 batting average over his 10 games.

 

Griffin Conine and the Lugnuts enjoyed an off day. The 22-yr-old is heating up after a slow July, batting .359 with 4HR and 10RBI over his last 10 games. He is batting .291 with, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 19HR, 51RBI, and a .965OPS in 61 games.

 

 

 

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