Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Minor League Roundup – August 19th

By:Gideon Turk(Yes, I'm back)
Ewan Ross contributed to this post.
Minor League Roundup – August 19th
The Good
Andy Burns – New Hampshire (Double A)
2/4 – 1 SB, 1 Error
Burns continues to just rake.  He has now extended his hitting streak to 10 games, in which he’s hitting .341/.386/.585.  Going back even further than that to grab a bigger sample size, in the past month of games he’s hit .276/.321/.504.  Burns got off to a very cold start after getting called up to AA, but boy does he look like he has some promise hitting this well at just 22 years old.

Chad Jenkins – New Hampshire (Double A)
4 IP – 3 H, 2 R (0 Earned), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 Wild Pitch
In Chad's 3rd New Hampshire rehab start, he continued to have success, keeping his ERA at 0.00. A huge factor for that is his ability to keep runners off base, specifically walking batters, which he has done only once in his 10 IP for the Fisher Cats(compared to 8 strikeouts). Jenkins will likely get another 2 or 3 starts in the minors, and then be back up with the Jays as a September call up(or will be part of a Bisons playoff run).

Emilio Guerrero – Lansing (Low Single A)
1/3 – 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 Error
Guerrero continues to scorch at the young age of 20 in a full season league.  He’s now extended his hitting streak to 14 games, in which he’s been absolutely unconscious hitting .429/.431/.661.  If I wanted to be nit-picky I’d note that he hasn’t been walking, with just 1 walk in that span (and it was intentional), but when you’re hitting over .425 that seems unnecessary.

Tom Robson – Vancouver (Short Season Single A)
5 IP – 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Robson continued his fantastic season last night, when he faced over 19 batters for the 7th straight appearance. He now has a 3:1 K:BB ratio in Vancouver, and if he keeps up this success, he'll find himself in a nice looking Lansing rotation to start 2014.

Matt Dean – Bluefield (High Rookie)
2/3 – 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB
 Matthew had yet another outstanding game for the Rookie Blue Jays yesterday, showing his power with the double and homer, while throwing in a walk as well just for good measure. The Rasmus like K-rate is worrisome, but he extended his non-multiple K game streak to 15 last night(9 games during that span without a K), so maybe he has turned a corner in that regard. He is putting himself on the prospect map, and should be an interesting name to watch in the future.

Mitch Nay – Bluefield (High Rookie)
1/3 – 1 2B, 1 BB
Nay performed well once again, extending his hit streak to a modest 4 games, and anchoring the offence along with Dean, as they do night in and night out. His eye continues to look good with the low K% and high BB%, and another walk out of him yesterday makes it 22 in just 54 games for Bluefield this summer.

Zak Wasilewski – Bluefield (High Rookie)
4.1 IP – 7 H, 4 R (2 Earned), 0 BB, 6 K – 5 Groundouts, 1 Flyout
Wasilewski's line might not look great, but the 6 strikeouts and no walks more than makeup for the 7 hits allowed in 4.1 innings. He has not allowed more than 2 earned runs in a game since his 1st of the season in June, quietly putting up a nice season.

Dan Jansen – GCL (Low Rookie)
1/3 – 1 2B, 2 BB
With his 2 walks last night, Jansen has brought his OBP up to .400 for the season. In his first year as a professional, he has been fine, and for a 16th rounder, any success he has is an overachievement 

Matt Smoral – GCL (Low Rookie)
3 IP – 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 Wild Pitch – 6 Groundouts, 0 Flyouts
Smoral's control again was lost last night, as it has been for the entire season(higher BB% than K%), but the 6 ground balls were nice to see, along with no flyouts. Smoral has the potential to be great, and keep in mind that he is just 19 years old, pitching in his first pro season. 

The Bad
Ryan Goins – Buffalo (Triple A)
Goins struggled last night, but at least he made contact during all 3 of his PA's. I can't imagine Mike McCoy was too happy with the lack of protection behind him in the line up last night :)

Moises Sierra – Buffalo (Triple A)
0/3 – 1 BB, 2 K
Sierra's 2 strikeouts and no hits last night really show how much the 4th outfielder ceiling player is doing this year. He is striking out way too often, and if last night is any indication, maybe his hot streak was just that, and didn't really have any effect on him at all. But you know, #SSS.

Kenny Wilson – New Hampshire (Double A)
0/4 – 1 K
The speedy Wilson's hit streak came to an end last night, when he didn't couldn't get anything going with the bat, and wound up going o fer with a K. He is having a decent season though, and at just 23 years old in AA, not all hope is lost.

Christian Lopes – Lansing (Low Single A)
0/4 – 2 K
Lopes's shine is wearing off quickly, and the 20 year old  middle infielder has shown that above rookie ball, he just can't hit. Adjustments need to be made for Lopes, or else he will find himself off of the prospect radar.

The Other
Kyle Drabek – Buffalo (Triple A)
4 IP – 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Kyle Drabek starts his night retiring 6 straight. Velo topping 95 & 94mph, 24 pitches. #bisons #bluejays
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) August 19, 2013

Drabek appeared in his second game for the Bisons yesterday on his way back to the majors, and was very good once again. He was limited to 65 pitches, but made good use of them, going 4 innings and only allowing 3 hits and a walk. The strikeouts could be better, but just the fact that he is on a mound after two Tommy John surgeries is fantastic, and any success he has is just awesome. Oh, and he was hitting 95 MPH!

AJ Jimenez – Buffalo (Triple A)
1/3 – 1 2B, 2 SB Allowed

AJJ had a nice night at the plate, but behind it was a different story. Overall he is fine behind the dish, and at least he doesn't airmail his throws into centre field every time like a certain catcher the Blue Jays employ. Lets hope Jimenez' defense stays good, last night was a blip, and his bat is enough to dispose of JPA in the off-season.

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