May 14, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Otto Lopez; Photo by Kristin Basnett

The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates had a strong day on Friday, winning three out of four games.


Buffalo Bisons 5, Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 2


The Buffalo Bisons (7-3) got yet another strong pitching performance, this time from Jacob Waguespack, as they went on to beat the Rochester Red Wings and former Bison Sean Nolin by a score of 5-2.

Waguespack struck out seven batters in 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits (one HR) and two walks and throwing 92 pitches (65 strikes). Kirby Snead finished the seventh, stranding an inherited runner and striking out both batters he faced. Dany Jimenez allowed two hits and a walk but struck out two in the eighth to prevent any runs from scoring and Bryan Baker picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one.

Shortstop Christian Colon hit a three-run home run on his birthday, going 1/3 with a walk. Forrest Wall was 1/4 with a triple and a run while Bryevic Valera was also 1/4 with a run and an RBI. Cullen Large was on base three times, going 1/2 with two walks and a run while Tyler White was 1/3 with a walk. Richard Urena had the club’s other hit, going 1/4.

W: Jacob Waguespack (1-1)
S: Bryan Baker (1)
HR: Christian Colon

Player of the Game: Christian Colon and Jacob Waguespack

Roster Notes: The Blue Jays signed Carl Edwards Jr. and assigned him to Buffalo.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Somerset Patriots (NYY) 3


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-6) bounced back for a win, sealing the deal with a four-run sixth inning to get Maximo Castillo his first Double-A win.

Playing center field, Otto Lopez had himself a day, going 4/4 with three runs and two doubles for the Fisher Cats in helping them win. Gabriel Moreno was back in the lineup and went 2/4 with an RBI and a run while Jordan Groshans was 2/4 with two RBI and a double. Vinny Capra was 1/3 with two RBI and a double, picking up an outfield assist while Brock Lundquist was 1/2 with an outfield assist before coming out of the game, to be replaced by Reggie Pruitt, who was 1/2 with an RBI and a run. Austin Martin was 1/4 with a run but also made a throwing error at shortstop.

Castillo was on the mound and he threw five strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Brody Rodning allowed just an unearned run on one walk and a hit batter with four strikeouts over three innings and Fitz Stadler gave up a solo home run in the ninth, striking out two.

W: Maximo Castillo (1-1)

Player of the Game: Otto Lopez


Vancouver Canadians 8, Spokane Indians (COL) 2


The Vancouver Canadians (6-4) held the Spokane Indians to just two runs, scoring eight in an 8-2 victory.

On the mound, Nick Fraze was solid, earning his second win, going six innings and giving up just two runs on four hits (one HR) without walking anyone and striking out six. Parker Caracci followed with two scoreless innings, allowing just two walks and striking out one while Hagen Danner pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one.

Alberta native Tanner Kirwer was 3/4 for a big day, hitting his third home run of the young season and driving in four runs, scoring three times and stealing two bases. Luis De Los Santos kept swinging a hot bat, going 2/4 with an RBI and a run while Phil Clarke was 2/4 with a double and a run. Ryan Gold was 1/4 with a double and a run while Tanner Morris was 2/3 with an RBI and was hit by a pitch.

W: Nick Fraze (2-0)
HR: Tanner Kirwer (3)

Player of the Game: Tanner Kirwer

Roster Notes: Eric Rivera was promoted to Vancouver from Dunedin.


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8


The Dunedin Blue Jays (2-8) scored eight runs but run prevention continues to be a problem for the D-Jays as they fell 8-4 to the Bradenton Marauders.

The ball was jumping off the bats of some of the club’s young prospects as Miguel Hiraldo had a big day at the plate, going 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in a run and scoring once. Orelvis Martinez also hit his second home run of the season, going 1/5 with a solo shot. Addison Barger was 1/4 with an RBI while Sebastian Espino was 1/4 with a run. Jhon Solarte struck out five times while Espino whiffed three times as the Blue Jays struck out 16 times in the game.

Youngster Winder Garcia was on the mound, giving up three runs on four hits (two HRs) with one walk and three strikeouts over four innings for the loss. Adrian Hernandez allowed another four runs on two hits and four walks despite striking out nine batters in 3 1/3 innings and Julian Valdez allowed a run on a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one.

L: Winder Garcia (0-1)
HR: Miguel Hiraldo (1), Orelvis Martinez (2)

Player of the Game: Miguel Hiraldo

Roster Notes: Eric Rivera was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians and Steward Berroa was added to the roster from extended spring training.


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