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Pitching Prospect Rundown, July 19-23: Jon Harris debuts in Dunedin

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Jon Harris was finally promoted to Dunedin after countless solid starts in Lansing in which he managed contact very well against low-A pitchers, but outside of a handful of starts did not dominate by missing bats. He made his debut Saturday night, and at least it went better than his low-A debut in April, as he struggled though his stuff was there.

In the first couple innings, he worked a couple walks, struggling to find the zone while working around 93 with his fastball, mixing in his curve around 78 and slider around 86. He issued a leadoff walk in the third, before striking out the next three swinging, his one really successful inning. Unfortunately, his outing fell apart over the next two innings, as he allowed 8 hits (all singles), which were strung together for 5 runs. Overall, the quality of contact wasn't that bad, but again he didn't miss bats.

GIven the Blue Jays  bullpen struggles, some notes on relievers in the upper levels:

  • The recently recalled Ryan Tepera had two outings, one really efficient two inning outing, one meltdown after getting the first two outs (velo 95-96)
  • Danny Barnes continues to get the job done in AAA, striking out 5 in two outings of an inning each. The pure stuff is nothing special, his fastball topping out in the low 90s, but the results speak for themselves
  • Matt Demody is off to a nice start in Buffalo after zooming throuh New Hampshire. Still don't understand him starting the year repeating Dunedin.
  • Tim Mayza and John Stilson continue to alternate effective and ineffective outings in New Hampshire

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Buffalo/New Hampshire
IP TBF R H BB* K BB% K% GB% PU% TP Stk Whf Ahd Bhnd Call% Cntct%
MLB Average 8% 20% 45% 6% 50% 39% 33% 79%
D. Hutchison 6 24 1 4 2 4 8% 17% 44% 6% 108 69 8 58% 42% 29% 84%
T. Cole 6 25 5 7 3 7 12% 28% 47% 13% 99 61 14 44% 44% 30% 69%
J. Gabryswzski 0.1 6 4 5 0 0 0% 0% 33% 0% 35 16 3 17% 83% 14% 77%
C. Greene 6 26 2 6 3 5 12% 19% 11% 17% 101 55 9 27% 62% 28% 76%
S. Dawson 5 25 1 6 5 2 20% 8% 18% 24% 80 41 2 28% 60% 22% 93%

Notes:
- Drew Hutchison had a successful outing rebounding from a issue with a blister in his previous shortened start. More solid than spectacular, but hit a season high for pitches.
- Taylor Cole has mixed results, as he got a good number of whiffs and strikeouts, but also got squared up quite a bit which lead to runs when they were strung together. Fastball touched 93.
- Jeremy Gabryswzski has another rough outing, couldn't find the zone even when he was ahea dof a few hitters and was knocked out in the first. Had a clean inning of relief a few days later.
- Connor Greene's outing was really, really weird. Normally he's been a ground ball machine this year, but almost everything was in the air. The mediocre peripherals were noral. 
- Shane Dawson worked around a pile of baserunners effective. First couple inning were really good, lost the zone in the later innings and the walks piled up

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Dunedin
IP TBF R H BB* K BB% K% GB% PU% TP Stk Whf Ahd Bhnd Call% Cntct%
MLB Average 8% 20% 45% 6% 50% 39% 33% 79%
S. Reid-Foley 6 21 0 1 2 10 10% 48% 67% 0% 90 57 15 33% 62% 33% 63%
J. Shafer 5.2 27 5 7 2 2 7% 7% 52% 4% 96 57 4 30% 56% 25% 90%
C. Fisk 8 28 1 5 0 7 0% 25% 32% 5% 95 72 9 50% 32% 55% 79%
F. Rios 4.1 23 7 9 2 1 9% 4% 55% 5% 82 49 4 43% 43% 28% 88%
J. Harris 5 26 5 9 4 3 15% 12% 47% 11% 91 56 6 50% 42% 34% 84%

Notes:
- Another great start for SRF, primary dominating with his fastball which sat 93-96 (14 of 15 whiffs on the fastball). Mixed on a few breaking balls, but didn't really need it. A good number of ground balls, but squared up a few times in the later innings.
- Justin Shafer worked in his normal 92-93
- Conor Fisk had a shutout in a 1-0 loss, just pounding the zone with his fastball around 90. Only time I can recall a pitcher having more called strikes than balls thi year
- Francisco Rios has a messy line, but some of that was getting nickel and dimed on balls finding holes (though that happens when a pitcher allows a lot of contact). Very few missed bats, fastball 91-93 (at least early)

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Lansing
IP TBF R H BB* K BB% K% GB% PU% TP Stk Whf Ahd Bhnd Call% Cntct%
MLB Average 8% 20% 45% 6% 50% 39% 33% 79%
A. Perdomo 5 22 3 5 1 5 5% 23% 23% 15% 91 59 7 55% 36% 35% 83%
R. Borucki 5 20 3 6 2 4 10% 20% 54% 15% 74 53 8 60% 40% 49% 75%
T. Robson 3 10 0 1 1 3 10% 30% 83% 17% 36 24 3 50% 40% 43% 79%
T. Saucedo 5 25 4 5 6 5 24% 20% 43% 14% 85 48 5 40% 40% 31% 83%
J. Maese 5 25 1 10 1 2 4% 8% 43% 0% 80 52 8 20% 52% 18% 83%

Notes:

- Angel Perdomo had a really messy first inning, but settled in afterwards pretty well, not allowing any hits other than a bunt single. Fastball touched 92-94
- Ryan Borucki had another quality outing, sitting 93-94 on the Lansing gun (likely 2-3 MPH hot), and touching 96-98 early (so likely more like 94-95) while piling up whiffs on his changeup
- Tom Robson had another excellent outing, working 93-97 with his fastball (again, subtract a some off the top end)
- Justin Maese worked around a bunch of runners, as he continues to adapt to better hitters. 9 of the 10 hits were singles, though he wasn't successful keeping the ball on the ground as he needs to, and got squared up a bit. Fastball touched 93.

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Vancouver
IP TBF R H BB* K BB% K% GB% PU% TP Stk Whf Ahd Bhnd Call% Cntct%
MLB Average 8% 20% 45% 6% 50% 39% 33% 79%
L. Sanchez 4 20 0 2 7 2 35% 10% 36% 0% 77 38 6 35% 55% 20% 77%
M. Ellenbest 3 15 2 2 3 5 20% 33% 57% 0% 54 34 9 47% 33% 29% 61%
Z. Jackson 1 3 0 0 0 3 0% 100% 13 9 4 100% 0% 43% 33%
A. Ravel 2 11 1 3 2 1 18% 9% 25% 13% 41 23 5 27% 64% 14% 72%
T.J. Zeuch 3 12 0 2 1 3 8% 25% 29% 0% 39 27 8 50% 17% 25% 65%
J. McClelland 3.2 12 0 3 1 2 8% 17% 33% 0% 47 29 4 25% 75% 33% 80%
N. Hartman 2.2 16 4 5 4 1 25% 6% 45% 0% 70 37 2 44% 44% 28% 91%
D. Rodriguez 1.2 15 9 6 3 1 20% 7% 40% 0% 48 27 4 40% 47% 19% 82%
M. Smoral 1.1 9 1 2 2 2 22% 22% 80% 0% 31 15 3 22% 56% 20% 73%

Notes:
- Luis Sanchez has one of the weirder outings this year. He couldn't find the strike zone at all in the early going, issued 7 free passes and 9 runner over 4 innings, yet stranded them all. Fastball 90 early, 86-88 later
- Zach Jackson's curveball was dynamite, as he struck out the side with, at least two swinging over it
- T.J. Zeuch apparently touched the mid 90s on the Vancouver gun, though these are shorter outings than he's used to, but good to see him missing bats as a first rounder should
- 2016 9th rounder Nick Hartman had a couple really rough outings, in which he simply couldn't find the strike zone and hasn't missed bats
- Jackson McClelland had two relief outings, one very good, the other so-so.