2016 Blue Jays MiLB week in review: Week 2

Jays From the Couch looks at the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system with a focus on team record, who’s hot, player movement and a quick look upcoming series

The Toronto Blue Jays minor league system has gotten off to a decent start with a winning percentage of 54.29 as of April 16th, 2016. The system has 19 wins, hitting 15 home runs, a MiLB low 98 earned runs, and 7.78 K/9.


Triple-A Buffalo Bisons (4-6, 2.5GB)

The Herd had a pair rain delays in the first 10 days of the season, but managed to get in 10, thanks to pair of double-headers.

Buffalo split their opening series with Pawtucket, scoring a total of 16 runs in 4 games. Scott Diamond and Wade LeBlanc collected their first wins with Drew Hutchison and Pat McCoy taking the losses.

The Herd traveled to Syracuse, losing the series 1-2. Chad Girodo picked up the win in the series opener, as the Bisons won 2-0 on the strength of Chris Leroux, Girodo and David Aardsma pitching performance.

In a two set against Rochester, which featured two strong pitching performances, Buffalo split the series with a 2-1 win and a 2-1 loss.

Buffalo dropped the weekend series opener against Pawtucket, 5-2 and will finish the series tonight with high hopes of splitting.

Upcoming Schedule: The Bisons are on the road for a 4-games in Scranton, and 3 games in Rochester.

Top Bats

Dalton Pompey  .389BA, .421 OBP, and .444SLG.

Pompey collected 7 hits in 18 at-bats with 4 runs, 8 TB, a walk, 2K and a stolen base. Dalton had one extra base hit and made some fine plays in the fields.

Jesus Montero .314BA, .342OBP, and .486SLG

Montero hit a home runs, drove in 6RBI with 5 runs scored. He had 11 hits, 3 doubles, 17TB, 2BB and 8K’s.

Domonic Brown .200BA, .216OBP and .400SLG

Brown is showing some power in the early part the season with 2 home runs, a double in 35 at-bats. He drove in 6 runs and collected 14 total bases with 7 hits in the first 10 games.

Top Pitchers

Scott Diamond earned 2 wins in 2 starts. He pitched 12 innings with no walks, 10K, and allowed 2 runs for a 0.833WHIP and a 1.50ERA.

Wade LeBlanc finished the week with a 1-1 record, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits over 11.1IP. LeBlanc walked 3 and K’ed 8.

David Aardsma got his Buffalo career off to a good start with 3 saves in the first 10 days. He walked one and struck out 2 while facing 10 batters. He owns a 0.00ERA.

Player Movement: SHP Pat Venditte called up to Toronto. Bobby Korecky comes off 7-day DL. Scott Copeland release to play in Korea and Chris Leroux added to  the roster. Casey Lawrence called up from NH.


Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-4, 2.0GB)

The Fisher Cats has a game postponed due to rain and another by snow. They opened their season in Binghamton with a loss, but bounced back with an impressive 8-1 win in the finale to split the seasons 1-1.

New Hampshire continued their season opening road with a 3-game set against Hartford. With a loss in the opener and the rubber match, NH was outscored 6-7 in dropping their first series. Thanks to a solid performance by Shane Dawson and the bullpen in a 4-0 win in game 2 the Fisher Cats avoided the sweep.

The Fisher Cats have a chance to take 4-game series win with a win today against Trenton, having ensured a split with wins in the first two games. So far NH have put up a 6-5 win, a 7-0 win and a 1-7 loss in the home opening series.

Upcoming Schedule: NH will welcome Hartford on Monday for a 4-game sent and they’re off to Reading for a weekend series with an off day on the 21st.

Top Bats

Jorge Flores .353BA, .400OPB, and .353SLG

In 6 game, the 24-yr-old Flores had two 2-hit games with a run scored, a walk and no strike outs at the bottom of the lineup.

Jon Berti .323BA, .432OPB, and .484SLG

The Fisher Cats second baseman had three 2-hit games in the opening 10 games. Jon scored 7 runs, drove in 2 RBI, walked 5 times and struck out 7 times. His best game was on April 12th when he went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored a walk and 3 stolen bases. Berti added another 3 stolen bases over the next 4 games, showing that his legs are healthy again.

K.C. Hobson .296BA, .394OPB, .407SLG

The 1st/DH Hobson has shown an ability to hit the ball with power. Hobson has three 2-hit games and three no-hit games in his first 8 games. K.C. has yet to hit a home run, but already has 3 doubles, 4 RBI while showing good plate awareness with 5BB and 6K.

Top Pitchers 

Jeremy Gabryszwski made 2 starts, going 0-1 with a 2.31ERA. Gabby went 5.2IP in his first Double-A start and allowed one run on 2 hits. In his second start he went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. He averaged 14.6 pitches/IP and continues to rely heavily on fastball command, throwing it 72.3% of the time compared to his change 21.6% of the time.

Shane Dawson made his Double-A debut, pitching 5 inning of 3 hit ball. He didn’t allow a run or walk a batter. The 22-yr-old from Alberta struck out 4 batters and owns a 0.60WHIP.

Brady Dragmire made 3 appearances, throwing 4.2 innings of 1-hit no run relief. He did walk two in his last appearance, but has struck out 4 batters while averaging 12.8 pitches/IP.

Player Movement: Luis Santos called up from Dunedin.


Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays (6-4, 0GB)

Dunedin has gotten off to a good start with 6 wins in 10 games, tied with Clearwater and Tampa for 1st place.

They split their opening 4-games series with Clearwater, winning the first 2 and dropping the next two. They were outscored 19-21 in the series.

The D-Jays would split their next series on the road against St.Lucie with a win in the opener (4-3) and in the rubber match (3-0).

They opened a weekend 4-game series with Palm Beach at home with 2 wins and have won 3 in row.

The D-Jays are 3-1 in 1-run games to start the year.

Upcoming Schedule: After wrapping up the 4-game set with Palm Beach on Monday, Dunedin with head to Tampa for 3 and to Lakeland for a 3.

Top Batters

Jonathan Davis .250BA, .386OBP, and .472SLG

The 23-yr-old Davis has shown good plate awareness, power and speed in the first 10 day of the season. He’s had three 2-hit games. He’s hit 2 home runs, driven in 7RBI and scored 9 runs. He drove in 3 runs against Clearwater on the 9th, he walked 3 times and stole two bases against Palm Beach on the 15th.

Richard Urena .342/.375/.447

The top SS prospect in the system has come out the gate swinging with three 2-hit games, a home run and 3RBI in the first 3 games. He has 2 walks (that’s huge for him) and 6 strike outs. Urena went 3-for-6 with a RBI and walk on the 16th.

Ryan McBroom .293/.341/.439

McBroom has picked up where he left off in Lansing last year with a 10-game hit streak to start his Dunedin career. He has 3 doubles, 12 hits, 4 runs and 3RBI. Ryan has struck out 10 times and has 3 walks.

Top Pitchers

Brad Allen made 3 appearances, walking 3 and striking 9 in 8.1IP. He also picked up two wins and owns a 0.00ERA and 0.96WHIP.

Conner Greene made 2 starts, going 5 innings each time. He allowed 2 runs in his first start and followed that up with a one run outing. He has 3 walks and 4 strike out, and is averaging 16.4 pitches/IP. With 11 hits allowed in 10IP, Conner owns a 1.40WHIP and 2.70ERA

Chris Rowley has looked good to start his Advanced-A debut with 7.1 scoreless innings over 4 appearances. He has 4K’s and hasn’t walked a batter. He picked up his first win since 2013 on Saturday with 3 innings of no-hit relief. Rowley has average 12.0 pitches/IP and owns a 0.55WHIP and 0.00ERA.

Player Movement Ryan Metzler sent to Extended Spring Training and Emilio Guerrero is activated from the 7-day DL. Kyle Westwood assigned to Dunedin and Justin Shafer heads to the 7-day DL. Juliandry Higuera takes Luis Santos roster spot. Anthony Alford heads to the 7-day DL with a knee injury.


Lo-A Lansing Lugnuts (5-2, 0.5GB)

The Lugnuts were unable to play 4 of their first 5 games due to mother nature, but have 6 consecutive games winning 5.

They lost their only game to the Great Lakes Loons, 4-5.

Lansing swept their home opener against Dayton outscoring the Dragons 22-12 and got wins from Conor Fisk, Sean Reid-Foley and Josh DeGraaf.

After the sweep Lansing went on the road to start a 4-game weekend series in Bowling Green. After dropping the opener 4-8, they’ve won back-to-back games in which they’ve scored 7 runs.

Upcoming Schedule: Lansing opens a 7 game home stand with a 3-game series against Fort Wayne on Monday, followed by a 4-games series against Lake County over the weekend.

Top Batters

Andrew Guillotte .458/.552/.583

Andrew has started the year off with a bang. He’s hit safely in 6 games, had 4 multi-hit games, had 4 multi-RBI games and two 2-SB games. In 24 at-bats Andrew Guillotte has 7 runs, 3doubles, 11RBI, 5BB, 3K and 4SB.

Juan Kelly .421/.500/.684

Kelly made some good plays in the field and has swung the bat well with 3 doubles, a triple, an RBI, 3BB, and 5K. Kelly has hit safely in all 5 games with three 2-hit games.

Gunnar Heidt .321/406/679

Gunnar has quickly put his rough 2015 behind him with a strong start to ’16. In 7 games Gunnar has two 2-hit games with two multi-RBI games. He has 9 hits, two doubles, a triple, 2HR, 7RBI, 4BB, 7Ks and 4 SB. His best game came on the 13th when he went 3-for-5 with run and 3-RBI.

Top Pitchers

Ryan Cook made a relief appearance and a start, throwing 8 innings. Cook has allowed one run on 3 hits while walking one and striking out 10. He’s averaged 13.6 pitches/IP and owns a 0.50WHIP and 1.13ERA

Starlyn Suriel has 2 appearances and 4.0IP under his belt. He allowed one hit, no runs, and owns a 0.25WHIP. Suriel hasn’t walked any and has 6K’s.

Francisco Rios made 2 starts, without registering a win or loss in either. He threw 3 in his first start and 4.2 in his second allowing 3 runs over 7.2IP. He has walked 2 and struck out 13, with 9 coming in his last start.

Player Movement: none


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