Sunday, August 18, 2013

Minor League Roundup – August 17th

The Good
Moises Sierra – Buffalo (Triple A)
2/5 – 1 HR
Prior to two weeks ago, Mr. Sierra was mired in a disastrous season, which had essentially killed what little prospect status he had left.  At that time, he was a 25 year old posting a .259/.271/.391 line, and since then he’s gone on a complete tear hitting 5 of his 11 home runs, and has increased his overall season OBP by 40 points, and his Slugging % by 35 points.  I’m still rather doubtful about whether he can have any role in the majors, but that’s better than having no belief at all.

Andy Burns – New Hampshire (Double A)
3/5 – 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K,
Burns is on an 8 game hitting streak, in which he’s hitting .351/.400/.622.  Considering prior to that he was hitting just .218/.277/.412 this is an excellent sign for someone who’s just 22 and playing in AA. 

Kenny Wilson – New Hampshire (Double A)
3/4 - 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Wilson was drafted 5 years ago in the 2nd round.  A rare high school draft pick by JP Ricciardi.  Along the way he’s lost almost all the prospect luster he had.  However, this year things have rebounded, and his .302/.379/.391 line shows that there is a glimmer of hope in him yet.  Given that he’s still just 23 years old, we’ll see what becomes of him, but he could be another happy story to emerge from the minor leagues this year.

Matt Boyd – Dunedin (High Single A)
4 IP – 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
As the only college pitcher the Jays selected in this past June’s draft, he was the only one of the bunch who had the ability to move quickly, and he’s shown that’s quite possible.  In his first appearance in Dunedin since getting promoted he picked right up where he left off in Lansing.  The 5 strikeouts he rang up Saturday night were more than any appearance while in Michigan, and he didn’t give up a single hit.  I’m eagerly awaiting a current scouting report to see what kind of projection he has in his arm.

Emilio Guerrero – Lansing (Low Single A)
2/5 – 1 2B, 1 K
Coming off his crazy 6 for 6 game, Guerrero wasn’t quite that amazing (no one could be), but he still picked up 2 hits, and one of them was for extra bases.

Jeremy Gabryszwski– Vancouver (Short Season Single A)
6 IP – 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP
Gabryszwski had gone through the roughest patch of the season in his past 3 starts, having given up 20 hits, 6 walks, to go with 14 runs.  Saturday, he bounced back from that slump posting the strongest start he’s ever posted as a professional.  Just 2 hits, and his trademark control as always.

Franklin Barreto – Bluefield (High Rookie)
2/5 – 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS
3 games into his career at Bluefield, and he’s just doing what he’s done all year, which is hit.  Barreto was already the youngest player in the Gulf Coast League, now after his promotion there’s only 1 player in the entire Appalachian league within 12 months of him.  I love this prospect more than any who’s played for the Jays in longer than I can remember.

Chase De Jong – Bluefield (High Rookie)
4 IP – 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Even in the two starts previous to this where he’d given up 6 runs, and 11 hits De Jong managed to continue to get swings and misses.  Now after a strong start Saturday night he’s struck out 25, and walked just 3.  He joins up with Jairo Labourt, & Alberto Tirado to form the backbone of the playoff bound Bluefield rotation.

Jake Brentz – GCL (Low Rookie)
1 IP – 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 Wild Pitch
Things keep getting better for the sushi-raw Brentz.  His first appearance as a professional was about as poor as things get, 2 balks, 3 walks, and he recorded zero outs.  Since that disaster start, in the next 5 outings he’s only given up 2 hits, and Saturday was the first outing where he hasn’t walked anyone.  The lack of hits, and the 6 strikeouts he’s accrued show that the stuff he has is very legit. 

The Bad
Ryan Goins – Buffalo (Triple A)
0/5 – 1 K

On the negative side, Ryan Goins had a really rough game, going 0/5 against Trenton.  The positive is that Goins is the only Jays prospect that I thought was worthy of saying had a poor performance today.  

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