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Baby Bird Brief Weekly Report - Week 6

Baby Birds continue around .500 baseball as Tim Locastro & Felix Doubront are named Baby Bird Brief Performers of the Week

Felix Doubront picks up Baby Bird Pitching Perfomer of the Week for Week 6
Felix Doubront picks up Baby Bird Pitching Perfomer of the Week for Week 6
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Weekly Minor League Report - May 25







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Baby Bird Performers of the Week

Offense - Tim Locastro - OPS of 1.623 for the week. Locastro went 7-12 with a double & a HR. He also picked up 4 walks and was hit by pitch and scored 7 runs. Locastro also had 4 stolen bases for the week
Honorable Mention - Danny Jansen - OPS of 1.329. Jansen was 7-15 for the week, with 2 doubles & a HR. He picked up 7 RBI's for the week and scored 6 runs

Pitching - Felix Doubront - Allowed only an unearned run over 10 innings in 2 starts. Allowed 7 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7 for the week
Honorable Mention - Chase De Jong - Finished 1 out short of a complete game, throwing 8.2 and allowing a 2-run HR. De Jong allowed 6 hits and struck out 6 for the week






Ryan Schimpf



Chase De Jong



Anthony Alford



Matt Boyd



Matt Hague



Matt Boyd



Derrick Loveless



Matt Boyd



Matt Dean



Randy Wolf

Stats of the week that may only interest me
Outfield Assists - 5 - David Harris & Derrick Loveless
Caught Stealing % - 34% (10 of 29) - A.J. Jimenez
Hit By Pitch - 14 - Tim Locastro (Double his closest competitor.


Buffalo picked up a 4-3 record last week, winning 2 of 3 at Columbus and splitting a 4-game series at Toledo. Buffalo again picked up a positive run differential, ending the week at +11, scoring 40 runs and allowing 29. This week Buffalo has a 3 game series at home with Indianapolis, followed by a 4-game series with Rochester, beginning with a double header on Friday.

Over the weekend, Buffalo lost 3-2 on Friday, won 12-4 on Saturday and lost 8-5 on Sunday against Toledo. Sunday was the hardest loss, as Buffalo surrendered 8 runs in the 8th inning. On Friday, the 8 & 9 hitters went 5-7 with 2 doubles and 2 triples. The rest of the lineup was 2-26. Daniel Norris had a rough outing as well. Saturday, the bats came alive as they picked up 12 hits and 3 walks. Every starter had a hit except 1. Buffalo cruised on Sunday with the exception of the painful 8th inning.

In Monday's game, all of the scoring occurred in the first 4 innings, as Buffalo couldn't overcome 2 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 4 in the 4th in an 8-4 loss to Indianapolis. Buffalo ended up with 13 hits and a walk, but left 8 LOBsters. Bison hitters struck out 7 times. Indianapolis had 12 hits and 5 walks, striking out 9 times.

  • Randy Wolf had his worst start of the year, allowing 8 runs (6 earned) over 2.2 innings. Wolf gave up 7 hits and 3 walks and only struck out 2.
  • Chad Jenkins threw 2.1 scoreless innings. He gave up 3 hits and struck out 1
  • Jeff Francis threw 3 scoreless innings. Francis allowed 2 hits and a walk, while striking out 3
  • Colt Hynes had a scoreless inning as well, walking 1 and striking out 3

  • Andy Burns had a 4-hit night. He scored a run and also made an error
  • Luke Scott picked up 3 hits, including a double
  • Chris Dickerson had 2 hits and a sac fly
  • Ryan Schimpf had a double and a walk
  • Matt Hague, Munenori Kawasaki & Jonathan Diaz each had a hit

Weekend Performances

  • A.J. Jimenez had 2 hits Friday (1 double, 1 triple) and 2 more hits Saturday. He scored 3 runs over the weekend and also took a walk
  • Jonathan Diaz had a double & a triple on Friday. He also picked up a run replacing Jose Reyes Saturday
  • Jose Reyes had a hit & 2 walks on Friday, and 2 more hits on Saturday before his recall
  • Matt Hague had a walk Friday, 3 doubles & 5 RBI's Saturday and 2 more walks on Sunday
  • Brad Glenn had a hit Friday, a single & a double on Sunday & another single on Sunday. That extended his hit streak to 9 games, which ended Monday
  • Chris Dickerson had 2 hits Saturday & 3 more on Sunday, adding a double
  • Andy Burns had a hit Saturday and a double and a HR on Sunday

  • Daniel Norris went 4 innings on Friday, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 3. Norris threw 88 pitches, but only 46 strikes
  • Miguel Castro started Saturday and went 5 innings. He allowed 4 hits (including a HR) and a walk. Castro also struck out 6. He threw 73 pitches, but only 46 strikes
  • Jeff Francis got shelled on Saturday, allowing 3 runs in an inning. He gave up 3 hits and a walk.
  • Felix Doubront threw 6 scoreless innings on Sunday. He gave up 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3.
  • Colt Hynes & Bobby Korecky allowed 8 runs in a third of an inning on 4 hits and 3 walks to blow the lead Sunday

New Hampshire
New Hampshire had a bit of a bounce back week, going 4-2, taking 2 on the road at Reading before taking two of the first three at home against Altoona. For the week, the Fisher Cats ended up at -1 for run differential, with 23 runs for and 24 against. The last game of the week saw New Hampshire lose by 8, so it was a better week before that point.

Over the weekend, New Hampshire won 6-3 Friday night, 4-1 Saturday and then lost 11-3 on Sunday. Friday night, New Hampshire had a balanced attack, and was able to keep Altoona to a 4-15 mark with runners in scoring position, or the game could have been different. Saturday, the top of the order went 5-8 and drove in 3 runs and that was enough for a strong Matt Boyd start to win. Sunday saw Altoona get 4 runs in the 3rd and again in the 4th to pull away. 3 New Hampshire errors didn't help the cause

On Monday, New Hampshire fell behind early and kept giving up runs, as they lost 9-4 to Altoona. New Hampshire ended up with 13 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3 times. The FisherCats went 3-16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. Altoona had 18 hits, including 3 HR's, and 2 walks. Altoona picked up 7 strike outs. Altoona also went 2-5 on stolen bases on the night.

  • Taylor Cole went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 11 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 2 in a rough outing. Cole had a pickoff as well
  • Scott Barnes followed with 2 innings where he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, including 2 HR's. He also recorded 3 K's. Barnes picked a runner off 1st
  • Danny Barnes allowed a run on 2 hits in an inning. He struck out 1
  • Greg Burke pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out 1

  • Shane Optiz had a big game, picking up 2 singles & 2 doubles. He's currently hit safely in 7 straight
  • K.C. Hobson had 2 doubles and scored a run. He also walked and struck out
  • Jorge Flores had 2 hits and a sac bunt
  • Daric Barton made his 2015 debut and had a homerun and a walk
  • Dwight Smith & Christian Lopes each added a hit

Weekend Performances

  • Dwight Smith had a double Friday, 2 singles & a double on Saturday driving in 3 runs for the weekend
  • New addition Ronald Torreyes has had a rough start since joining New Hampshire. Torreyes had a double and a walk in 12 plate appearances over the weekend (1-10)
  • K.C. Hobson had a HR on Friday night, a double on Sunday and went 0-for in between. He added 2 K's for the weekend
  • Ian Parmley hit safely in all 3 games, with 2 hits and 2 runs on Friday, a hit and a run on Saturday and a double on Sunday
  • Matt Newman had a hit Friday, a solo HR on Saturday (his 5th) and a single and a triple on Sunday
  • Shane Optiz had a hit and a run Friday, a double and a run on Saturday and 2 hits and a run scored on Sunday

  • John Anderson went 5 innings on Friday, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk. He also struck out 9 which is a huge number
  • Matt Boyd started Saturday and went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk. He gave up 1 run on a solo HR. He also struck out 8
  • Casey Lawrence got hit pretty hard Sunday. He allowed 9 runs (6 earned) on 12 hits and a walk. He was able to record a strike out, but was hurt by some errors
  • Jack Murphy made his mound debut, allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 walks, while recording a strike out. Currently he would be 3rd on the Blue Jays hitters to take the mound list behind Steve Tolleson and Ryan Schimpf

Dunedin had another 3-4 week last week, ending up with a -18 run differential. Dunedin scored 25 runs and allowed 43 for the week. Dunedin started by taking 2 of 3 from Tampa, and everyone loves beating the Yankees, before losing 3 of 4 to St. Lucie, which was slightly less bad because it's the other New York club. For the upcoming week, Dunedin plays 4 games at Jupiter, starting Tuesday before finishing up with a 3-game series at home against Tampa.

Over the weekend, Dunedin lost all 3 games. Friday, they lost a 3-1 game, as the D-Jays could only muster 3 hits. Saturday saw the wheels come off late, in a 14-2 loss. The game was 3-2 through 5, before St. Lucie found their offense with 11 runs in the last 4 innings. Sunday saw a slow start from Dunedin, as they were down 7-0 after 5, before chipping away at the lead before coming up short.

On Monday, Dunedin was off and travelling to take on Jupiter

Weekend Performances

  • Dickie Joe Thon hit in all 3 games, picking up a double Friday, a single & a walk on Saturday and a hit on Sunday
  • Derrick Loveless had a walk and a K on Friday, a hit and a walk on Saturday and 3 hits, a walk and a K on Sunday
  • Boomer Collins picked up a hit and scored a run Saturday and had a single and a double on Sunday
  • Alex Hassan made his Dunedin debut on Sunday, and picked up a hit and a run scored
  • Roemon Fields had two singles and drove in a run on Saturday
  • The big part of the order (L.B. Dantzler, Matt Dean, Mitch Nay) went 2-12 on Friday with 3 K's, 0-11 on Saturday with 6 K's and 2-8 on Sunday, with 2 K's (Dantzler had the day off)
  • Maicer Izturis went 0-4 with 2 walks in the games Friday & Saturday

  • Jairo Labourt went 5 solid innings on Friday. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Labourt also picked up 6 K's
  • Alberto Tirado threw 2 scoreless innings Friday. He gave up a hit and 3 walks, and struck out 3
  • Luis Santos started Saturday and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out 2 batters
  • Brady Dragmire has been hit hard recently, making me wonder if he's hurt or just having a rough patch. On Saturday he got 2 outs, but allowed 6 earned on 3 hits and 3 walks. Over his last 3 outings he's allowed 4, 3 & 6 earned runs in 2.2 innings (including an outing where he didn't record an out)
  • Justin Shafer started Sunday and I was wrong on his outing being good. He went 3 innings, allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. He didn't miss a lot of bats as he failed to record a K
  • Jeremy Gabryszwski pitched 3 innings with 1 run allowed on 5 hits and 2 walks. He seems to be bouncing between long relief and starting right now, but is getting hit

Lansing went 5-2 last week, putting up all kinds of offense. Lansing was a +31 in run differential last week on 60 runs for and 29 runs allowed. Lansing started the week sweeping 4-games from South Bend and then went 1-2 with Fort Wayne. Coming up this week, Lansing finished with Fort Wayne on Monday before heading out on the road for 3 at Bowling Green and a 4 game set at Dayton.

For the weekend, Lansing lost a close game Friday night, 5-4, won handily on Saturday 10-1 and lost 12-7 on Sunday. Lansing made a game of it on Friday, going into the 9th down 5-0, but couldn't get all the way back. Saturday, Lansing got solid pitching and a 5-run 5th were more than enough to get to victory. Sunday the Lugs gave up multi-run innings in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th. Lansing did tie the game at 5's after the 3rd, but couldn't keep Fort Wayne's bats down.

On Monday, Lansing fell behind at the start by 3 runs, but were up 4-3 after 1. They added runs in the 5th & 6th innings as they cruised to a 11-5 win over Fort Wayne. Lansing had 11 runs on 8 hits and 9 walks, while striking out 6 times. Fort Wayne picked up 5 runs on 11 hits and 5 walks. They struck out 8 times.

  • Sean Reid-Foley started and had his longest outing. SRF went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 7 as well. The first inning he allowed all 3 runs on all 4 hits and a walk, while also throwing 2 wild pitches. After that he settled in and went 4 more innings with 3 walks and 5 K's. SRF also had 5 ground outs to 1 fly ball
  • Chase Mallard threw the final 4 innings and picked up a save. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk. Mallard recorded 1 K

  • Richard Urena continued his hot run, picking up 3 hits and scoring 4 runs. He had a single, a double and his 7th HR of the year, to tie him for the Baby Jays lead. He has hit safely in 4 straight, and 9 of 10, including 8 hits in his last 3 games
  • Rowdy Tellez picked up 2 doubles and drove in 4 runs
  • Anthony Alford went hitless, and all he had was 4 walks and 4 runs scored on the night. He did strike out the other time, but an 80% walk-rate isn't too shabby
  • Ryan McBroom had 3 walks and 2 K's in his 5 plate appearances
  • D.J. Davis, Gunnar Heidt & Justin Atkinson all added singles. Davis picked up a walk and a sac fly as well

Weekend Performances

  • Tim Locastro had a good weekend, picking up 3 hits and a walk Friday, his 2nd HR of the year on Saturday and another hit and 2 walks on Sunday
  • Ryan McBroom had hits in all 3 games, with 2 doubles Friday and a single on Saturday & Sunday
  • Rowdy Tellez had 2 hits Friday & Saturday and hitting his 6th HR of the year on Sunday
  • Richard Urena had a hit Friday, a single, a double & his 6th HR on Saturday and 2 more hits on Sunday. For the series with Fort Wayne he had 9 hits including 2 HR's & 2 doubles
  • Anthony Alford had 2 hits and 2 walks on Saturday and 1 hit and 2 walks on Sunday
  • D.J. Davis had a hit in each game, and also added 4 walks for the weekend with only 1 K
  • Danny Jansen picked up his 2nd HR of the year on Saturday

  • Jesus Tinoco started Friday and went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Tinoco allowed a HR and struck out 3 batters. Tinoco had 6 ground outs and 7 fly outs
  • Shane Dawson went 6.2 innings on Saturday. He allowed 1 run on 5 hits and Dawson struck out 6. Dawson had 4 fly outs and 4 ground outs
  • Conner Greene started Sunday and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits and a walk over 3 innings. He struck out 4 batters
  • Starlyn Suriel followed with 6 runs allowed (3 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. Suriel struck out 3

Look Ahead
- Buffalo takes on Indianapolis (PIT). Andrew Albers gets the start
NH - New Hampshire takes on Reading (PHI) at home. Joel Pineiro gets his 2nd start
DUN - Dunedin goes against Jupiter (MIA). Jeff Hoffman starts tonight
LAN - Lansing plays at Bowling Green (TB). Chase De Jong looks to build on his last start


Scott Copeland - Recalled by Toronto
Todd Redmond - Selected from Buffalo
Luis Perez - Assigned to Buffalo from New Hampshire
Jeff Francis - Sent outright to Buffalo from Toronto
Austen Bibens-Dirkx - Assigned to Buffalo from New Hampshire
Kevin Nolan - Assigned to Buffalo from New Hampshire
Caleb Gindl - Placed on the 7-day DL
Luis Perez - Placed on the Temporarily Inactive list
Munenori Kawasaki - Activated from the 7-day DL
Jose Reyes - Sent on rehab assignment
Munenori  Kawasaki - Selected from Buffalo
Luis Perez - Activated from the Temporarily Inactive list
Jeff Francis - Activated
Austen Bibens-Dirkx - Placed on the 7-day DL

Chris Schaffer - Activated from 7-day DL
Wil Browning - Assigned to New Hampshire from Dunedin
Jon Berti - Placed on 7-day DL

Maicer Izturis - Sent on Rehab assignment
Jon Wandling - Assigned to Dunedin from Vancouver
Alonzo Gonzalez - Placed on 7-day DL
Carlos Ramirez - Assigned to Dunedin from Lansing
Jeff Hoffman - Assigned to Dunedin from Extended Spring Training
Jon Wandling - Assigned to Extended Spring Training
Alex Hassan - Assigned to Dunedin
Brady Dragmire - Assigned to Extended Spring Training

Michael Kraft - Assigned to Lansing from Extended Spring Training