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Baby Bird Brief - Weekly Report

The Baby Jays had a rough week, going 13-18 during week 8, but Francisco Rodriguez & Murphy Smith both had big weeks and were named BBB Performers of the Week.

Matt Hague continues to lead the Baby Jays in OPS through week 8
Matt Hague continues to lead the Baby Jays in OPS through week 8
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Baby Bird Performers of the Week

Offense - Francisco Rodriguez - OPS of 1.419 for the week. Rodriguez picked up 3 HR's & a triple among his 7 hits last week for the DSL Blue Jays. Rodriguez had 6 walks and 8 K's for the week
Honorable Mention - Tim Locastro - OPS of 1.239. Locastro showed off his new power stroke last week, picking up 2 HR's and going 11-23 with 6 runs scored and 4 RBI's. Locastro also didn't get hit last week

Pitching - Murphy Smith - Smith had a great week for Dunedin, with 2 strong starts. Smith pitched 14 innings, including a complete game shutout. Last week, Smith didn't allow a run and struck out 18. Smith allowed 5 hits and 3 walks across the 2 games
Honorable Mention - Conner Greene - Had his best start as a Lugnut, going 6.1 innings, allowing 0 runs on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out a career high 9 batters. Hopefully his stay on the DL is short






Richard Urena



Chase De Jong



Matt Hague



Matt Boyd



Tim Locastro



Matt Boyd



Anthony Alford



Matt Boyd



Matt Dean



Chase De Jong

Stats of the week that may only interest me
Outfield Assists - 6 - Matt Newman
Caught Stealing % - 33% (11 of 33) - A.J. Jimenez
Hit By Pitch - 16 - Tim Locastro


Buffalo had a 3-4 week where they had a positive run differential. It's nice that the clubs are trying to follow the same path as the big league club. Buffalo scored 33 runs and allowed 25 runs, which saw Buffalo lose some close games and win some blowouts.

Buffalo returns home for a week long home stand, starting with 3 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre followed by 4 with Charlotte.

Looking back at Saturday & Sunday, Buffalo split the games, winning 11-6 on Saturday and losing 8-4 Sunday. Saturday, Buffalo's offense pounded out 17 hits as every starter picked up at least a hit. The Herd also took 8 walks for the day. The pitching allowed 12 hits and 3 walks, but was able to minimize the number of runs. Sunday, Buffalo fell behind early, allowing 3 in the 1st and the 3rd and another 2 in the 4th. Buffalo started to get some offense in the late innings, but it was too little, too late. Buffalo had 11 hits and 3 walks, while Louisville had 10 hits and 2 walks.


  • Randy Wolf picked a bad time for a rough patch. He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 3.2 innings. Wolf has seen his ERA rise from 0.94 to 2.56 over his last 3 starts.
  • Todd Redmond allowed a run on 3 hits in 2.1 innings. Redmond struck out 2
  • Gregory Infante picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings

  • Ramon Santiago, Brad Glenn & Caleb Gindl all had 3 hits. Santiago & Glenn each had a double among their 3. Glenn also walked, while Santiago picked up a stolen base. Gindl also had an outfield assist
  • Andy Burns & Jonathan Diaz both had 2 hits. Burns included a double and a walk, while Diaz walked twice, stole a base and scored 2 runs
  • Chris Dickerson & Sean Ochinko both had doubles
  • Matt Hague & Luke Scott added a single each. Hague also walked twice


  • Andrew Albers had a rough start as well, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings.
  • Jeff Francis allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings as well
  • Rob Rasmussen & Bobby Korecky both had shutout innings

  • Matt Hague & Daric Barton both had singles and solo HR's. Hague's was his 4th and Barton's 1st since joining Buffalo
  • Andy Burns & Caleb Gindl both had 2 hit games
  • Brad Glenn, Alex Hassan & Josh Thole each had a hit

New Hampshire
New Hampshire had a rough week, as the offense seemed to dry up last week. The Fisher Cats could only score 9 runs last week, finishing with a -27 differential. The only win of the week was a 1-0 victory from Matt Boyd, but 10-1 & 12-1 losses hurt the club.

New Hampshire has Monday off and then they travel to Akron for 3 followed by 3 at Altoona, in the midst of a 9-game road trip. Over the weekend, the Fisher Cats lost 7-3 and 4-1 to Richmond. Saturday, NH had tied the game up, before the bullpen allowed 1 in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to seal the game. Sunday saw the Fisher Cats up 1-0 through 6, but allowed 3 in the 7th to fall behind. Each NH starter with the exception of Ronald Torreyes (he of the .098 average) struck out on Sunday, as the Fisher Cats struck out 14 times


  • Joel Pineiro started and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk over 7.1 innings. Pineiro walked 1 and struck out 1
  • Greg Burke gave up a run after he hit a batter and recorded an out
  • Luis Perez allowed 3 in the 9th, on 3 hits

  • Dalton Pompey hit a HR in his first game with New Hampshire
  • Melky Mesa & Shane Optiz both had 2 hits. Mesa added a double
  • Jorge Flores had a double
  • Ryan Schimpf & K.C. Hobson both had a hit. Schimpf had a walk and a K, while Hobson had 2 walks and 2 strike outs
  • Kevin Nolan picked up 3 walks


  • John Anderson was strong for 6 innings, but his final line showed him getting the loss on 3 runs allowed on 4 hits and 2 walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out 3. The damage was a walk and a double, followed by a HR in the 7th, after getting 2 outs. NH's manager & pitching coach were both tossed right after the HR, so it may have been questionable
  • Scott Barnes allowed a run on a solo HR in 1.1 innings
  • Blake McFarland had a shutout inning

  • Cole Garner picked up 3 hits, including a double
  • Melky Mesa had another 2 hit game, adding 2 K's
  • Dwight Smith had a double, but struck out 3 times
  • Dalton Pompey had a hit and struck out twice
  • Kevin Nolan singled

Dunedin had a 3-3 week, scoring 21 runs and allowing 14, for a +7 run differential. Dunedin got some strong pitching over the past week, including two fantastic starts from Murphy Smith. Looking ahead Dunedin starts a 4-game set at home on Monday with Charlotte, followed by 3 at home against Lakeland.

Dunedin saw Chad Girodo, Wil Browning, Jimmy Cordero & Alberto Tirado assigned to the FSL All-star game, as the bulk of the FSL North bullpen will consist of D-Jays. No hitters were chosen at this point.

On Saturday, Dunedin split a doubleheader at Brevard County after a rain out Friday night. Dunedin lost the opener 3-2 and then won the afternoon game 5-0. Dunedin also got Sunday off to travel home. In Game 1 Dunedin scored in the top of 7 to move ahead, but allowed the tying run in the bottom half, followed by the winning run in the bottom of 8 to lose 3-2. Dunedin held Brevard County to 4 hits and 5 walks, but couldn't pick up the win. Brevard County walked off game 1 with a HR to lead off the 8th. The D-Jays had 8 hits and a walk, striking out 8 times. It appears that Brevard County has a magical reliever, as Preston Gainey inherited 4 runners, and none scored, though there still only appeared to be 3 bases.

In Game 2 Dunedin held Brevard County to 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 11 Manatees. The only walk was quickly erased with a pick off. Dunedin picked up 7 hits and a walk, striking out only once in the night cap

Game 1 Saturday

  • Jeff Hoffman started and threw 4 shutout innings. Hoffman allowed 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2
  • Alberto Tirado allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 2.1 innings. Tirado allowed a hit and 2 walks, striking out 1
  • Justin Shafer struggled, allowing an inherited runner to score to tie the game in the 7th and then gave up a leadoff HR to start the 8th.

  • L.B. Dantzler had 2 hits, including his 2nd HR of the year in the 7th to put the D-Jays ahead
  • Matt Dean had a double and a walk
  • Mitch Nay had a hit
  • Dickie Joe Thon, Dawel Lugo, Derrick Loveless & Ian Parmley each had a hit and a K

Game 2 Saturday

  • Murphy Smith went the distance in a 3-hit shutout. Smith recorded 11 strikeouts and picked a runner off after walking him

  • Christian Lopes had 2 hits including a double
  • Martin Medina had 2 hits in his Dunedin debut as catcher
  • Roemon Fields, L.B. Dantzler & Derrick Loveless each had a hit

Lansing had a 3-3 week, as they saw their lead in the Eastern division fall down to 1 game. Lansing still has a 2.5 game lead for a wild card spot, and their magic number currently sits at 12 for the first half. Lansing had a -4 run differential last week as they scored 27 runs and allowed 31, although 20 of those came in 2 losses.

Lansing had a number of all-stars picked for the Midwest League all-star game. Joining the East Division team are Ryan McBroom, Anthony Alford, Rowdy Tellez, Shane Dawson,

This week, Lansing finishes up a series with Peoria Monday afternoon, taking a day off on Tuesday to travel and then starting a 3-game set at Quad Cities and then 3 more at Cedar Rapids. Over the weekend, Lansing beat Peoria 6-2 on Saturday and fell 10-5 on Sunday. Saturday saw Lansing pick up 7 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 8 times. The Lugnut pitchers allowed 6 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Lansing's powerful middle infield provided 2 HR's in the 7th inning. Sunday saw Peoria pick up 16 hits and 3 walks against 9 strike outs. Lansing had 11 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5 times


  • Chase De Jong started and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk over 7 innings. De Jong struck out 7 as well, getting 3 ground outs and 5 fly outs to go with it
  • Jose Fernandez had 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and getting 3 ground outs and 3 fly outs

  • Richard Urena had a huge game, going 4-4 with 2 doubles and his Baby Jays leading 8th HR of the year. Urena drove in 3 runs as well
  • Tim Locastro had the big blow, picking up a 3-run HR in the 7th, his 4th of the year. Locastro also had a walk and scored twice
  • Ryan McBroom & Mike Reeves each had a hit. McBroom also added a walk
  • Anthony Alford, Rowdy Tellez & Chris Carlson all had walks. Alford & Carlson each scored a run


  • Jesus Tinoco started and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and a walk over 5 innings. Tinoco recorded 7 K's as well.
  • Starlyn Suriel had a scoreless inning, allowing 2 hits
  • Colton Turner allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks over 2 innings
  • Andrew Case allowed a run on a solo HR in his inning. Case also struck out 2

  • Jason Leblebijian had 3 hits Sunday, including his 1st HR with Lansing
  • Anthony Alford had 2 hits and 2 strike outs
  • Richard Urena & Michael De La Cruz each had a double. Urena walked once and De La Cruz walked twice
  • Rowdy Tellez, Ryan McBroom, Tim Locastro & Josh Almonte each had a hit. McBroom & Almonte both had outfield assists as well

Dominican Summer League
The DSL Blue Jays had a 3-3 week as it was a very up and down week. The Jays scored 31 runs for the week, allowing 34 as they had 2 6-run victories and a 7-run & an 8-run loss last week. For the upcoming week, we will see the DSL Blue Jays take on the Padres, the Orioles 1 team, the Reds & the White Sox

Saturday, saw the DSL Jays pick up a 10-4 win, where they pounded out 13 hits and 3 walks. The Jays struck out 7 times as well. The Padres had 10 hits and 2 walks, striking out 11 times

  • Guadalupe Chavez ('97 RHP) had a good start, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk over 4 innings. Chavez also struck out 5
  • Elio Silva ('95 LHP) followed up with 3.2 innings of relief, allowing a run on 2 hits and striking out 4
  • Guillermo De La Cruz ('97 LHP) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in an inning. He did record 2 K's

  • Francisco Rodriguez ('94 RHH OF) picked up 2 HR's and a walk on the day. He also struck out twice. Rodriguez now has 3 HR's on the year
  • Cristian Peguero (‘95 RHH OF) & Sterling Guzman ('98 RHH SS) both had 3 hits, including a triple each.
  • Antony Fuentes ('95 RHH OF) had 2 singles
  • Kevin Vicuna ('98 LHH SS) had a triple and a walk
  • Jesus Navarro ('98 RHH SS) had a hit and a walk. Navarro also was caught stealing
  • Manuel Herazo ('95 SHH C) had a hit and was caught stealing

Look Ahead
- Buffalo welcomes Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY) to town. Daniel Norris starts
NH - New Hampshire has a night off
DUN - Dunedin welcomes Charlotte (TB). Jairo Labourt gets the ball
LAN - Lansing has a morning date with Peoria (STL). Shane Dawson started
DSL - Takes on the DSL Padres

Performer of the Month
April - Hitting - Chris Colabello
(1.019 OPS, 24-71 (.338), 5 HR,16 RBI, 10 BB)
April - Pitching - Matt Boyd
(20.2 IP, 4 runs, 8 walks, 30 K's)

May - Hitting - Tim Locastro (0.986 OPS, 32-88, 10 walks, 9 HBP, 11 K's, 17-21 in SB)
May - Pitching - Matt Boyd (37.2 IP, 6 runs, 7 walks, 30 K's


Todd Redmond - Activated
Austin Bibens-Dirkx - Placed on 7-day DL
Scott Copeland - Recalled to Toronto
Phil Coke - Assigned to Buffalo
Scott Copeland - Optioned from Toronto
Josh Thole - Optioned from Toronto
Luis Perez - Placed on the Temporarily Inactive List
A.J. Jimenez - Placed on the 7-day DL
Caleb Gindl - Activated from the 7-day DL

New Hampshire
Ryan Schimpf - Assigned to New Hampshire from Buffalo
Dalton Pompey - Assigned to New Hampshire from Buffalo
Luis Perez - Assigned to New Hampshire from Buffalo
Matt Newman - Placed on 7-day DL
Cory Burns - Placed on 7-day DL

Ian Parmley - Assigned to Dunedin from New Hampshire
Chris Schaeffer - Assigned to Dunedin from New Hampshire
J.D. Davis - Activated from 7-day DL
Martin Medina - Assigned to Dunedin. Most recently played AA in the White Sox organization
Chris Schaeffer - Placed on 7-day DL

Mike Reeves - Assigned to Lansing from Dunedin
Mark Biggs - Placed on 7-day DL
Jason Leblebijian - Assigned to Lansing from Dunedin
Justin Atkinson - Placed on 7-day DL
Conner Greene - Placed on 7-day DL