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  1. #2461
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    Yeah, Rowdy is have a rough time right now. 1 for 16 over his last 4 games. After his 2 for 3 with a BB performance Alford is now hitting .514/.605/.657 with 8 BB's and only 7 K's over his first 10 games. Kid is absolutely en fuego. If Carrera or Pearce don't get hot soon we may have to promote Alford to see what he can give us in LF... Pearce is really struggling, like worse than we all thought Smoak would struggle. We need him and Travis to remember how to hit, or we need to send Travis back to AAA and delegate Pearce to the bench for a while. They are killing our offense and not giving us anything special to save runs either.

    SRF still has the training wheels on, but at least he had his first good outing of the season throwing 3 scoreless innings with 3 K's. He still walked 3 batters though so it still seems like he is struggling with his release point. He has 6 BB's through 6.1 IP and only walked 38 over 115 innings last year.

    Bichette went 2 for 3 last night and is now hitting .419/.526/.613. Bradley Jones hit 2 more bombs on Monday night and is now hitting .386/.429/.727 with 2 doubles a triple and 4 bombs. I wonder how long they need to rake before they get bumped up to Dunedin. If it happens soon they may even be able to play their way to NH if they beat up the FSL like they are the Midwest League so far. Dunedin's lineup is pretty bleak in terms of prospects, so there shouldn't be anyone blocking any Bichette, Vlad or Jones from advancing if they keep performing like this.

  2. #2462
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    Not really interested in starting Alford's Arb. clock this season.

    Late April/May of 2018 would be the earliest I would call him up.

  3. #2463
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    EL notes: Alford on a mission with Fisher Cats
    Blue Jays No. 3 prospect inspired by conversation with Raines

    While feeling a greater level of comfort in his third big league camp this spring, a Hall of Fame conversation sparked in Anthony Alford a new, higher level of expectation.

    Now, as the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect begins to come into his own in his first season at Double-A, he pulls no punches as to what he feels he is capable of in the game, and he's ready to put in the work.

    "I sat down and talked with Tim Raines for about an hour and a half midway through Spring Training," said Alford. "Being blessed to be able to talk to a Hall of Famer and just pick his brain about the stuff he struggled with and the things that helped him along in his career, it made my level of expectation higher. It gives me something more to strive for."
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  4. #2464
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    The longest big money contract we have ends in 2021 with Tulo, and even that contract can be bought out for 4M after 2020 if the Jays want. There is no need to worry about starting his arbitration clock. He will still be very cheap for 5 or 6 more years. Late April/May is likely the earliest we will see him because I just don't see us rushing him to the majors after only having a limited number of AB's and professional innings under his belt.

    If he keeps up this tear though he may take over the role of being our top prospect again. He now has 6 SB's through his first 10 games (including one in each of his last 5 games) so he is starting to put that speed to good use. If he starts hitting HR's too like he did in the second half last season he is going to fly back up many lists ......like he did after his 2015 season.

  5. #2465
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    Good news: Lourdes Gurriel made his minor league debut today, playing SS. He hit 1-2 with a 2B.

    Bad news: He was injured running to first base in his 2nd AB.
    Last edited by Toxeryll; 04-19-2017 at 09:03 PM.

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  7. #2467
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    Dear mercy....now that's some serious cheese. No wonder his K rate is rising. He was throwing 98 in ST, so I am not surprised he can touch triple digits when he is loose. That's the type of velocity that scouts over...

  8. #2468
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    Is it too early to start looking at the Top 10 projected picks in the 2018 draft? Probably... (for a variety of reasons). But the urge to pay more attention to "the future" is certainly stronger than its been for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebloemer View Post
    Is it too early to start looking at the Top 10 projected picks in the 2018 draft? Probably... (for a variety of reasons). But the urge to pay more attention to "the future" is certainly stronger than its been for a few years.
    One name.....Seth Beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Powders View Post
    One name.....Seth Beer
    That's 2 names.

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    It's two words but one name...

    Two names would be
    Seth Beer
    Brady Singer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Powders View Post
    It's two words but one name...

    Two names would be
    Seth Beer
    Brady Singer
    That's 2 names and 2 nouns.

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    Luggies down 8-0 early have come back to lead 10-8 bottom 7, sacks drunk and Woodman 3-4 at the plate. Love A ball....lol

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    Bah... swung at a 2-0 pitch off the plate and popped it up to end the inning. Goes to show you, when your 3-4 you think you can hit everything even when the situation has the pitcher sweating buckets at not throwing strikes.

    Oh well.

  15. #2475
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    I know a lot of people wanted Dalton Pompey to play LF, but he just got put on the 60 day DL.

    If we become sellers, we may now have some other options in the OF..



    DSJ: He is now slashing .333/.403/.537 in AAA with 3 HR's and 2 2B's. He also has 7 BB's and only 9 K's in 15 games and 3 SB's.

    Alford: He is now slashing .469/.544/.653 in AA with 2 HR's and 3B's. He also has 8 BB's and only 8 K's in 13 games and 7 SB's.





    If we somehow need another infielder soon, we could possibly see Jason Leblibijian. He plays all over the infield. He has been steadily improving year by year up through the system, and in his first crack at AAA he is now slashing .391/.481/.717 with 4 HR's and 3 2B's in 15 games.

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