Thursday, August 29, 2013

Minor League Roundup – August 28th

The Good
Kenny Wilson – New Hampshire (Double A)
2/5 – 1 2B,
Wilson had another strong game on Wednesday, its been announced that he’s heading to the Arizona Fall League in September, because the Jays need to figure out if they need to protect Wilson from the Rule 5 draft this upcoming season.  It’s a borderline play, because he looked like a complete bust coming into the year, but has really emerged with a  respectable performance in Double A at just 23 years old.

Dalton Pompey – Lansing (Low Single A)
3/5 – 1 HR, 2 2B,
Coming off a 2 home run game yesterday, Pompey followed it up with another multi-extra base hit game, with yet another home run.  He tied his career high in home runs with 5, and also has crushed his career high with 37 steals.  The Canadian is an exciting guy to watch.

Matt Dean – Bluefield (High Rookie)
2/4 – 1 3B, 1 SB, 1 K
In Matt Dean’s first 24 games of the season he hit a pitiful .238/.312/.333, with just 1 HR.  In the following 35 games he’s hit .402/.433/.623, and has redeemed the Jays faith in him for giving him a massively overslot contract in 2011. 

Rowdy Tellez – GCL (Low Rookie)
2/3 – 2 BB
Rowdy Tellez has just the three best game of his career the past three days.  Monday he hit his first home run, Tuesday he was 3/3 with a triple, and Wednesday he had 2 walks and 2 hits.  Considering he came into Monday hitting .185/.276/.250, this is just the spark you want to see.

Jacob Brentz – GCL (Low Rookie)
1 IP – 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
The sushi-raw Brentz had the first clean inning of his career.  For a player who is converting to pitching full time, you have to take your time in his development, so even an achievement as small as this is a huge positive.

The Bad
Clinton Hollon – Bluefield (High Rookie)
1 IP – 2 H, 3 R (2 Earned), 1 BB, 0 K
The Jays 2nd round pick hasn’t pitched quite as well since getting promoted to the Bluefield roster.  Still, even with these negative results, unless we hear news of Hollon’s elbow flaring up, I’m not going to worry too much.

The Other
Santiago Nessy – Lansing (Low Single A)
1/5 -

Despite just going 1 for 5, the notable part of Wednesday’s game is that Nessy was back on the field in Lansing after sitting out 3 games.  While I’d been worried that this hiatus was due to his lingering concussion issues, it turns out it was because he hadn’t run out a ground ball over the weekend.  That lack of effort is certainly not a good thing, however considering that I’d feared the issue was concussion related, I’ll view this as a positive.

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