As the 2016 minor league season winds down - the DSL Jays, GCL Jays, and Bluefield Blue Jays have all wrapped up their schedules - rain is wreaking havoc. Dunedin only got one game in, with three cancelled, one postponed, and I'd think a strong likelihood of another postponement today. And as that system moves up the coast, it could affect the end of the AA and AAA season too. On the plus side, those cancellations clinched a playoff berth for Dunedin, who will likely be the only affiliate to make the playoffs. Vancouver had two rain delays Wednesday, and a game suspended last night.
If the formatting of the charts below is messed up, I apologize. The tables are imported from Excel, and were sized to fit properly across the page, but the new layout vitiates that. Since it's so late in the year and the rollout is still sporadic, it's simply not worth overhauling things.
- Mike Bolsinger had that always fun combination of giving up a bunch of hard contact, while also missing bats. Chad Girodo had a pretty nice extended relief outing after Scott Diamond got rocked (other than a home run). He should be up in the next couple days, maybe Gibby can figure out how to deploy him properly.
- Jeremy Gabryszwski had one of his stronger outings, working deep and touching 93 on the (likely hot) reading gun. More back to his early season formula of fly balls, a few missed bats, but mostly pitching to contact.
- Shane Dawson did basically the exact same thing, though he had some long ball issues with 3 home runs accounting for all six runs he allowed.
- Conner Greene had a solid start, working 93-96, which was most interesting for its dichotomy. In the first 4 innings, he allowed contact mostly in the air (7/10); over the last 3 innings mostly on the ground (9/12). Likely his last outing until the AFL.
- Officially, this Justin Shafer start never happened, and it will never be included in his career statistics for posterity's sake. But of course, it did happen, and is recorded here. Shafer was working in the 88-91 range, and the lower end of that range is apparently a cutter which seems to be a more recent development that might explain his midseason turnaround.
- Justin Maese had a weird line, a very efficient outing only needing 88 pitches to face 28 batters, just over 3 per. On the plus side, he missed a lot of bats (15, 71% contact) and got his usual quotient of ground balls. The negative is 8 runs and 11 runners over 6 innings, but that includes a bad hop grounder that went down the line for a bases clearing double and a "double" on a routine fly ball lost in the sun. So overall, still a good start.
- T.J. Zeuch had a funny Midwest League debut. He gave up some hits early, only one really hard hit ball, but struck out 6 of 7 to close the 2nd in into the 3rd with a steady diet of breaking balls swung through. Then he gave up three straight singles to start the 4th, two grounders and a blooper, and was removed (all three runners scored). So 7 hits, but not a lot of the bad contact. It's really nice to see the swinging strikes paired with the strong ground ball profile he's showed thus far in pro ball.
- Angel Perdomo had a second straight strong start, working 93-93, touching 95 on the Lansing gun (which can be assumed to be a little hot). He had a lot of success with his slider, but left with mid-count with 2 out in the 6th with an injury. Hopefully nothing, but he's probably done for 2016.
- Ryan Borucki has some trouble finding the zone early, then settled in nicely and set down the last 11 batters he faced. The three hits were all on the ground, as he absolutely dominated contact with the rare high GB/high popup rate combo. Touched 96-97 on the Lansing gun, so probably more like 94 actually.
- Tom Robson touched 94, but it as his offspeed that was very effective last night
- Patrick Murphy is fading a little down the stretch, which perhaps shouldn't be surprising given he hasn't pitched much in really the last 4 years. He was very efficient, only needing 76 pitches to go 6 innings and 28 batters.
- Dalton Rodriguez was 90-92, missed some bats and got a lot of ground balls, and threw barely enough strikes
- Denis Diaz was 88-92, wee little problem throwing strikes (44 balls, 6 called strikes)
- Zach Jackson followed with two innings of relief, velo was back up this time at 93-94
- Andy Ravel was hit pretty hard, especially when he got stretched a little further than usual (ended 2B, 2B, HR)
- Luis Sanchez was working at 92-93 when the rain came, and had a nice start going other than a few fastballs that got away since the ball was wet.