Jays Organizational Player of the Day:
Ricky Romero is our top pitching prospect and was the first pitcher taken in the 2005 draft. Overall he has had some challenges and has been struggling this year but has been back on track in his last few starts.
Romero is left handed and projects to be a solid #2 still despite his troubles in AA. From some scouting reports he pitches around 93 MPH. He stands at 6'1 and 200 pounds. His stuff is good but apparently this year he has been trying to be too fine with his pitches thus walking a ton of batters. However at the age of 22, Romero has a lot of time to get the kinks worked out. I'd like to see him remain the rest of the year in AA and possibly see him in AAA or even on the major league roster to start next season if all goes well.
He just lowered his ERA to 4.27, has 54Ks in 59 innings and looks to have finally gotten over that AA wall with his first victory of the season. Hopefully I can revisit Ricky Romero at the end of the season with good things to say!
Rochester 7, Syracuse 4
Gustavo Chacin had an okay outing throwing 64 pitches (40 strikes) in 4 innings while giving up 1 run. The JotG goes to Chad Mottola who was 2 for 4 with one homerun in the loss.
New Hampshire 6, Harrisburg 1
Ricky Romero was awesome in earning his first victory of the season. He pitched 7.1 shutout innings giving up just 3 hits while striking out 8. he easily gets the JotG. Three players deserving honorable mention are David Smith, Ryan Patterson and John Schneider. Each had a multi-hit game with a home run. Smith was 3 for 3 with a walk and homerun and is now on a 6-game hitting streak.
Lansing 6, Cedar Rapids 4
The pen was solid for the Lugnuts pitching 5 innings and just allowing 1 run. Three players had multi-hit nights including Travis Snider. I'll give the JotG to Travis Snider and Matt Lane for getting 2RBIs apiece.
State College 8, Auburn 4
I'll give Adam Calderone the JotG for having a home run and 2 RBI on a night where the DDays mustered only 5 hits.
GCL Jays/Tigers Postponed!