August 17, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Andy Burns

In eight games, the Blue Jays’ affiliates were 4-4 with wins in Buffalo, Dunedin, Vancouver and the DSL.



Buffalo Bisons 9, Durham Bulls (TB) 2


The Buffalo Bisons won their second consecutive game against the Durham Bulls, winning 9-2 thanks to a couple of home runs from Andy Burns.

Burns was 3/3 with two home runs and a walk, driving in three runs and scoring four times. Santiago Espinal went 2/4 with two RBI and a run while Richard Urena had another multi-hit game, going 2/4 with an RBI and a run. Jonathan Davis was 1/4 with a double and a walk, driving in a run and scoring a run. Jordan Patterson was 1/3 with two RBI and Michael De La Cruz was 0/1 with a sac bunt and two walks.

Brock Stewart started for the Bisons, giving up two runs on six hits (including a home run) with three walks and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Matt Dermody inherited a runner and stranded him, giving up a hit with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Bryan Baker struck out one and allowed a hit in the eighth and Ty Tice finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

W: Brock Stewart (1-0)
HR: Andy Burns 2 (16)

Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Roster Notes: Patrick Cantwell and Anthony Alford were placed on the 7-day injured list. Andres Sotillo and Andres Sotillo was promoted from New Hampshire.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 2


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had some strong pitching, holding the Portland Sea Dogs to just one hit but they still lost 2-1.

Hector Perez threw two innings, allowing both runs (only one was earned) on four walks and a wild pitch but he also struck out three. William Ouellette allowed the Sea Dogs their only hit, tossing three innings and Willy Ortiz returned to throw two innings, walking two and striking out two. Danny Young finished the game, striking out one in two innings.

The Fisher Cats had just five hits with Cullen Large (1/4), Nash Knight (1/4, R), Joshua Palacios (1/3, BB), Alberto Mineo (1/2, BB, SAC) and Logan Warmoth (1/3, CS, PO) getting a hit each. Kevin Smith was 0/4 but drove in the club’s only run.

L: Hector Perez (7-5)

Player of the Game: None

Roster Notes: Nate Pearson was placed on the temporarily inactive list while Willy Ortiz was activated off the 7-day IL. Andres Sotillo was promoted to Buffalo.


Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 6


The Dunedin Blue Jays and Tampa Yankees completed their suspended game with the Blue Jays falling 6-1.

Josh Winckowski had the start on Friday, tossing four innings and giving up four runs on five hits (including two home runs) with two walks and four strikeouts. Ryan Tepera made a rehab outing, striking out one in the fifth inning and Maverik Buffo allowed two runs on four hits (including a home run) with a walk and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Connor Law inherited two runners and stranded them both, allowing just a walk in 1 1/3 innings to finish the game.

The Blue Jays had just three hits with Reggie Pruitt going 1/4 with a double while Chavez Young was 1/2 with two walks and a stolen base. Ryan Noda was 1/4 with an RBI.

L: Josh Winckowski (3-5)

Player of the Game: Chavez Young

Roster Notes: Ryan Tepera was sent to Dunedin for a rehab assignment.


Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 3


In their regularly scheduled game for Saturday, the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Tampa Tarpons 5-3.

Graham Spraker allowed all three Tampa runs on six hits (including a home run) with two walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Jackson Rees did a terrific job, stranding two runners in the fifth and pitching 2 1/3 innings to keep the Jays in it and get the win, walking two and striking out two.

Alejandro Kirk went 1/3 with a home run, driving in two runs and taking a walk. Ryan Noda also went deep, going 1/2 with a solo shot and a walk. Norberto Obeso was 2/3 and Samad Taylor was 1/3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Chavez Young was 2/3 with two runs and Demi Orimoloye was 1/3 with an outfield assist.

W: Jackson Rees (3-1)
HR: Ryan Noda (12), Alejandro Kirk (3)

Player of the Game: Alejandro Kirk and Ryan Noda


Lansing Lugnuts 0, Dayton Dragons (CIN) 6


After their 19-run effort on Friday, the Lugnuts scored zero runs on Saturday, falling 6-0 to the Dayton Dragons.

Otto Lopez had two of the club’s five hits, going 2/4 while Rafael Lantigua was 1/4 with a stolen base and was caught stealing and Jake Brodt and John Aiello were both 1/3.

Cobi Johnson surrendered four runs on five hits (including a home run) with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings before Andy McGuire allowed a run on two hits and two walks in 1 1/3. Josh Hiatt finished the game with two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, hitting two batters and striking out three.

L: Cobi Johnson (2-7)

Player of the Game: None


Vancouver Canadians 3, Boise Hawks (COL) 2


The Vancouver Canadians went 12 innings with the Boise Hawks, notched at two since the top of the sixth and it was a wild pitch that scored Mc Gregory Contreras following Luis De Los Santos’s bunt to win the game in a 3-2 win for the Canadians.

The Canadians had just six hits including doubles from Will Robertson (1/5, RBI) and Adrian Ramos (1/3, BB, RBI) while Jesus Lopez (1/3, SB), Philip Clarke (1/4, R, BB), Ronny Brito (1/5) and Luis De Los Santos (1/4, RBI, R) each had a single.

Jared DiCesare pitched four one-hit innings, striking out two and Gabriel Ponce allowed two unearned runs on two hits with four strikeouts in three innings of work. Mike Pascoe allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout in two innings and Luke Gillingham got the win, allowing a hit and a walk with four strikeouts in the final three innings.

W: Luke Gillingham (1-1)

Player of the Game: Jared DiCesare and Luke Gillingham


Bluefield Blue Jays 4, Greeneville Reds (CIN) 9


The Bluefield Blue Jays lost another game to the Greeneville Reds, falling 9-4.

Eric Rivera had two of the club’s six hits, going 2/5 with a double and a run. Spencer Horwitz was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Justin Ammons was 1/4 with a run. Ryan Sloniger was 1/4 with an RBI, as was Davis Schneider.

Naswell Paulino allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings and Juan Acosta allowed another two runs on four hits with three strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings. Meliton Reyes gave up three runs on six hits (including a home run) and a walk with a strikeout over two innings and Luis Alvarez allowed two runs on two hits (including a home run) in the ninth.

L: Meliton Reyes (0-1)

Player of the Game: None


GCL Blue Jays, GCL Yankees East


Game postponed by rain.


DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Orioles1 2


The DSL Blue Jays rebounded from a tough loss to the DSL Orioles1 on Friday, beating them 9-2 on Saturday.

Gary David had three hits, going 3/4 with an RBI and two runs while Adrian Montero drove in three, going 3/4 with a double and a walk, scoring three runs and Daniel Oliva was 3/5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Amell Brazoban hit his second home run of the season, going 1/5 with the solo shot while Gabriel Martinez was 1/3 with a walk and an outfield assist. Leonel Callez was 1/4 with a run and a stolen base and Marcos De La Rosa was 1/4 with a run.

Fernando Chacon allowed just one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over five innings to get a win and Francis Mercedes allowed just a run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings before Alcindo Pontes allowed a hit, letting one of his two inherited runners to score but finished the game with 2/3 of an inning.

W: Fernando Chacon (4-5)
HR: Amell Brazoban (2)

Player of the Game: Gary David, Daniel Oliva and Adrian Montero


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