June 16 Minor League Report/June 17 Preview

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson


The big club had a day off and so did two of the minor league teams, leaving it a very light night for Blue Jays fans.



Buffalo Bisons 4, Columbus Clippers 8


Deck McGuire got roughed up, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks for the Bisons and Raul Valdes wasn’t much better relieving him, allowing another two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Luis Ayala cleaned things up with two scoreless innings. The offense, meaning Dan Johnson, did their best to catch up but he could only do so much, hitting two home runs and driving in three. Kevin Pillar had a 2/4 game and Adron Chambers had another two hits for the club. Colby Rasmus was 0/4 with three strikeouts in a rehab game.

Roster Notes: C Hector Gimenez was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire to Buffalo and C Mike Nickeas was placed on the DL.

Player of the Game: Dan Johnson


New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Scheduled Off Day


Roster Notes: We now have confirmation on MiLB.com that LHP Daniel Norris, C Derrick Chung and 1B K.C. Hobson were promoted to New Hampshire from Dunedin. Andy Fermin was sent down to Dunedin from New Hampshire. C Hector Gimenez was promoted to Buffalo.


Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Brevard County Manatees 1


The D-Jays managed to out-hit the Manatees 7-4 but the one run that Brevard County scored was the only thing that mattered as the Florida State League swung back into action. Newly promoted Santiago Nessy went 0/3 with a strikeout but threw out the only runner who tried to steal. Marcus Knecht had two hits including a double and Nick Baligod had another two. L.B. Dantzler, also just promoted from Lansing went 1/4. On the mound, Kendall Graveman had a strong game, going 6 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and three walks and giving up the only run of the game, striking out five. Justin Jackson threw the last 1 2/3 innings.

Roster Notes: C Derrick Chung, LHP Daniel Norris and 1B K.C. Hobson were promoted to N.H., and they received C Santiago Nessy and 1B L.B. Dantzler from Lansing and IF Andy Fermin from N.H.


Kendall Graveman
Kendall Graveman

Player of the Game: Kendall Graveman and Marcus Knecht


Lansing Lugnuts: On All-Star Break


Roster Notes: 1B L.B. Dantzler and C Santiago Nessy were promoted to Dunedin. Daniel Klein was promoted from Vancouver to Lansing.


Vancouver Canadians 9, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10


After getting out to a convincing 8-1 lead after six innings, the Vancouver Canadians fell apart, allowing eight runs to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes over the seventh and eighth innings, scoring one of their own in the eighth and ultimately losing 10-9 in 12 innings. Roemon Fields, an undrafted free agent signed towards the end of last year is showing that he doesn’t belong in short-season ball by going 3/5, taking two walks, stealing a base (his fourth) and scoring three runs. Jonathan Davis only had one hit but it was a triple and the speedy outfielder drove in four runs. Franklin Barreto continues to bash Salem-Keizer pitching with another four hits and two stolen bases, pushing his batting average to .611 through four games. David Harris and 30th round pick, catcher Kevin Garcia also had two hits (and three runs) in his professional debut.

Zakery Wasilewski started for Vancouver and gave the club five solid innings of one-run, four-hit, three walk ball with five strikeouts. Mark Biggs allowed the comeback, coming out for his second inning of work and allowing the first five batters to get on base. All five eventually scored, leaving him charged with five runs, all earned. Kamakani Usui ended up taking the loss in the 12th after getting two solid innings from Andrew Case who only walked two and struck out four.


Franklin Barreto
Franklin Barreto

Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto


DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Brewers 1


With only their fourth win (and 10 losses), the DSL Blue Jays haven’t been very good this year and the Jays managed to get that win despite making four errors in the field. Enmanuel Moreta, a 19-year-old first baseman had two of the tem’s five hits while Jesus Severino was on base three times with three walks. Jonathan Torres started for the Blue Jays and threw four innings of two-hit, two walk, one-unearned-run ball with seven strikeouts. Luis Gomez earned the win by finishing with five innings of his own, allowing two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Jonathan Torres and Luis Gomez



June 17 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (32-35)


The sliding Bisons send Sean Nolin (2-3, 2.30 ERA) to the mound in Columbus against Kyle Davies. Davies has a 4.26 ERA and 3-4 record over 50 2/3 innings in Triple-A this year, posting a great strikeout-to-walk-ratio of 31-7. Catch the game on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-40)


The Fisher Cats are home to the Altoona Curve for a series that starts at 7:05 PM ET on MiLB TV and features a pitching match up of Adrian Sampson (4-3, 2.07 ERA) and P.J. Walters (1-0, 2.89 ERA).


Dunedin Blue Jays (46-21)


At 6:35 PM, the D-Jays are taking on the Brevard County Manatees with Ben White (3-3, 4.22 ERA) against Hobbs Johnson (6-6, 2.62 ERA).


Lansing Lugnuts (32-37)


On All-Star Break


Vancouver Canadians (3-1)


The Vancouver Canadians haven’t announced their starter for their series finale against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at 9:35 PM ET. but they’ll face Jason Forjet, a 24-year-old right-handed florida native who posted a 4-3 record with a 4.52 record in High-A San Jose last year. The Vancouver starter is TBA but my guess (if it’s not someone not on the roster) is Starlyn Suriel, who only threw one inning in the season opener.


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