June 11 Minor League Report/June 12 Preview

Jon Berti
Jon Berti


Another loss for the Jays but Stroman was pretty solid yet again. That’s great to see. The biggest news of the day is coming from Shi Davidi who has broken the story that the Blue Jays are promoting Aaron Sanchez to Buffalo. Michael Wray at Jays Journal wonders if Daniel Norris is going to move up to take his spot.



Buffalo Bisons: Scheduled Off Day


Roster Notes: There have been a few moves in the last few days. OF Darin Mastroianni was recalled and Bobby Korecky was called up to Toronto, pitched once, and sent back down. For Korecky’s call up, Kevin Pillar was sent back to Buffalo to get some at bats. The Sanchez move likely won’t be officially registered with the International League until Sanchez is scheduled to pitch as is normally done with starting pitchers. It also appears that the Blue Jays have released reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith as he tweeted out yesterday.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Bowie Baysox 3


In a late rally, scoring all of their runs in the eighth inning, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Bowie Baysox 4-3. P.J. Walters was solid yet again on the mound, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts while Dustin Antolin was exceptional in his two innings of relief, only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five. Randy Boone had a tidy, 12-pitch ninth inning for the save. Melky Mesa continues to rake for the Fisher Cats, going 3/5 with a run while it was Jon Berti, the speedster doing the damage with his bat, going 1/4 with a three-run home run. Kevin Nolan, sinking to the ninth spot in the lineup and getting less playing time than last year thanks to the emergence of Jorge Flores, had a 2/4 game with a double.

Roster Notes: RHP Shawn Hill was traded to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.

Player of the Game: Jon Berti and Melky Mesa


Dunedin Blue Jays: Postponed by Rain


Roster Notes: 3B Kellen Sweeney was released by the Blue Jays.


Lansing Lugnuts 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3


Chase De Jong had another start with mixed results as he was tagged for seven hits (including a home run) and three runs (two were earned) over 4 2/3 innings. The bright side is that he didn’t walk anyone and struck out five batters. Phil Kish (2 1/3 innings, 1 H, 2 K), Alonzo Gonzalez (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Griffin Murphy (S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) finished off the game. The offense strung together enough offense on nine hits to get the job done with Matt Dean going 2/5 with a double, Dickie Joe Thon going 2/3 with a walk and two runs, and Jason Leblebijian going 1/4 with a double and two RBI. D.J. Davis continues to do just enough to show that he’s not completely ovewhelmed, going 1/4 with a double and a walk and (reportedly) several excellent catches in the outfield but he also was picked off.


Dickie Joe Thon

Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon and Matt Dean


DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Tigers 8


Thanks to three defensive errors, only three of the Tigers’ eight runs were earned. Other than that, the pitching really didn’t distinguish itself on Wednesday. Bryan Lizardo had a couple of singles, two walks and an RBI while Francisco Rodriguez went 2/5 with two RBI.

Player of the Game: Bryan Lizardo



June 12 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (31-31)


While MiLB.com doesn’t have today’s start for the Buffalo Bisons listed, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that it’s Sean Nolin on the hill tonight for the Herd. Nolin is making his second start since returning from a groin injury and he’ll face Robbie Ray for the Toledo Mud Hens. Ray was acquired by the Tigers from the Washington Nationals this offseason and has been outstanding in Triple-A with a 2.45 ERA. This game is at 7:00 PM on MiLB TV.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (27-37)


Richard Bleier is getting a start for the Fisher Cats today against the Bowie Baysox who send Tyler Wilson (6-5, 4.33 ERA) to the hill. This one’s at 6:35 PM ET.


Dunedin Blue Jays (44-20)


The D-Jays play a double header against the Daytona Cubs with the chance to clinch the first-half. I’m a bit confused about the mechanics. The Blue Jays have a four-game lead on the Lakeland Flying Tigers (40-24) with today’s double-headers for both teams being the last games before the All-Star break. There must be a couple of games in the first half remaining after the break because why else would the Jays have not clinched already? Apparently, their magic number is two, so a split of the double header combined with a Flying Tigers split would give the Jays the division. Or, the Jays could just win both halves and be done with it by themselves.

In Game 1 at 5PM, Matt Boyd (4-1, 0.43 ERA) heads to the hill against Tayler Scott (3-4, 4.43 ERA) while in Game 2, Daniel Norris (5-0, 1.32 ERA) faces an undetermined starter.


Lansing Lugnuts (31-34)


At 7:05 PM, the Lugnuts send Matt Dermody to the mound against Ronald Herrera of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.


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