September 3, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Jon Berti

Wondering who some of the Blue Jays minor league players are? You can find out with The 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook and the Blue Jays from Away Premium Content Section! Both are available now!



The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates were 1-3 on the final day of the regular season in the minor leagues.


Buffalo Bisons 0, Syracuse Chiefs 2


In a typically low-scoring game to end the season, the Buffalo Bisons lost 2-0 to the Syracuse Chiefs, ending the season in a whimper of a game that ended in one hour and 55 minutes. Dalton Pompey was 1/3 with a walk while Vladimir Guerrero was 1/4 with a double and Richard Urena hit a single, accounting for all three of the Bisons’ hits.

Shawn Morimando threw six solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits (including a home run) with four strikeouts. Jake Petricka allowed a hit and struck out one in the seventh and Justin Shafer gave up two hits and struck out two in the eighth.

L: Shawn Morimando (2-6)

Roster Notes: Gunnar Heidt was sent back to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.


Player of the Game




New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Hartford Yard Goats 5


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats allowed three home runs, losing their final game of the regular season by a 5-3 score to the Hartford Yard Goats. Josh DeGraaf tossed three innings, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks, striking out six before turning it over to Francisco Rios who allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout in three innings. Jackson McClelland (1 IP, 1 BB), Danny Young (1 IP, 1 H) and Kirby Snead (1 IP, 2 K) each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

Jon Berti was the offensive force he’s been down the stretch, going 3/5 with a home run, two RBI and two stolen bases. Santiago Espinal was 1/1 with a double before coming out of the game for Joshua Palacios (promoted from Dunedin) who went 0/3 in his Double-A debut. Bo Bichette was 1/4 with a triple and a run while Cavan Biggio was 1/4 with an RBI.

L: Josh DeGraaf (7-6)
HR: Jon Berti (8)

Roster Notes: Gunnar Heidt was sent back to New Hampshire from the Buffalo Bisons and Joshua Palacios joined the Fisher Cats with Eduard Pinto and Juan Kelly going on the DL.


Player of the Game

Jon Berti


Lansing Lugnuts 2, Lake County Captains 3


For their final game of the regular season, playing the Lake County Captains, the Lansing Lugnuts only scored twice, on a pair of solo home runs, and lost 3-2. Samad Taylor was 1/5 with the solo home run and Brandon Grudzielanek was 1/4 with his solo blast. Vinny Capra hit a double and Ryan Gold was 1/3 with a double and a walk. Jesus Navarro was 1/3 with a walk, as was Chavez Young who stole his 44th base of the year.

Donnie Sellers allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four and Turner Larkins took the loss, giving up a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in two innings.

L: Turner Larkins (4-6)
HR: Brandon Grudzielanek (5), Samad Taylor (9)


Player of the Game

Brandon Grudzielanek, Samad Taylor and Donnie Sellers


Vancouver Canadians 7, Spokane Indians 4


The Vancouver Canadians finished off their season with a win as they beat the Spokane Indians 7-4. Brandon Polizzi fell short of a Nash Knight, playing second base, all three outfield positions and he pitched, going 1/5 with an RBI an offense. Hunter Steinmetz was 3/5 with two doubles and two runs, and Jesus Severino was 3/5 with a double and two RBI. Sterling Guzman was 2/4 with two runs and a walk and Yorman Rodriguez was 2/4 with an RBI and a run. Mc Gregory Contreras was 1/4 with a double, an RBI and a run.

The Canadians trotted out seven pitchers with Sean Wymer getting three innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits with five strikeouts to start things off. Joey Murray (2 IP, 3 K), Joey Pulido (1 IP, 1 K), and Denis Diaz (2/3 IP, 1 K) followed before Brandon Polizzi got his batter in the sun, retiring him with a pop out to the shortstop. Connor Law followed with a scoreless eighth, allowing a hit and Juan Nunez finished, giving up two unearned runs on a single hit (a home run) while striking out two in the ninth.

W: Joey Murray (1-1)


Player of the Game

Hunter Steinmetz and Jesus Severino


Jay’s Jay of the Day

Jon Berti


If you like us here, like us on Facebook!

The 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook is now available!

Visit the Handbook page for more information! Now is a great time to subscribe to the Blue Jays from Away Premium Content Section!

All photos are copyright Blue Jays from Away (2013-2018) and may not be used without permission.