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8/17 Minor League Summary

Jays Organization Player of the Day:
Aaron Mathews

I have expressed my (biased) opinion on Aaron Mathews  before. There aren't many AA guys (for us) to like and while he does look like a 4th outfielder at best I think he'll definitely get a shot to prove himself since he is not very far at all.

Mathews is 25-years old and was taken out of college in 2004 out of Oregon State in the 19th round. He doesn't have much power and his K/BB rate isn't anything special but he does hit decent enough for average to keep moving up each level. He is currently hitting .297 at the AA level though at All-star break report he was hitting like .315 and has been going down hill. He looked like he was getting lucky and is coming back down to earth. Being 25 he is kind of old and may be considered a non-prospect when he reaches the AAA level. He might actually be a useful thrown in if the Jays were trying to make a trade to bolster their lineup. Next year I think he will definitely be in AAA and if he continues to hit around .300 you will see him somewhere on a major league roster.

Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6, Syracuse 1
I think the losing streak for Syracuse has reached 8 games. Josh Banks gave up 12 hits in 6 innings and 6 runs taking the loss.

New Hampshire 8, Binghamton 5
Aaron Mathews who has been struggled recently, had his average dip below .300 but had a great night getting the JotG with David Smith. Mathews was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs, Smith went 2 for 5 as well with a double, home and 2 RBI.

Dunedin 4, Tampa 3
JotG: Brandon Magee gave up just 1 run in 6 innings but he did walk 3 and only struck out 3.

Lansing 7, Fort Wayne 2
Lansing walked 9 times and only struck out 3 times (2 of them by Snider). JotG goes to Matthew Lane going 3 for 3 with a walk.

Auburn 8, Batavia 4
JotG: Ben Zeskind for going 4 for 5. JP Arencibia gets honorable mention going 3 for 5 and raising his average to .262.

GCL Yankees 5, GCL Jays 2