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Minor league notes: Biagini strong; Teoscar pulls a Jansen; Murphy lays down the law

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

For the third straight day, a Blue Jay prospect came within one hit of a cycle. For the second straight night, a Buffalo player came up in the 9th inning needing just a double, and instead hit a second dinger. Tuesday night it was Teoscar Hernandez replicating Danny Jansen's feat from Monday night with a 4/5 night and 12 total bases (the one out was a line drive snagged by the pitcher).

This came on the heels of a couple tough games, in which he struck out three times apiece. Hernandez got off to a very slow start with Buffalo post-trade, hitting .088/.225/.147 over his first 40 plate appearance. Since then he's mashed .353/.371/.794 as he plays out the string before rosters expand in just over a week.


Not to be overshadowed, Joe Biagini turned in an excellent start, going 7 innings, striking out 5 while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with no free passes. In the early going, Biagini dominated with weak contact on the ground. His only trouble came in the 4th, despite only throwing eight pitches to five hitters. He got two outs on two pitches, a ground ball single followed by a double play. Then he allowed a hard double followed by a fly ball into a strong wind that carried out.

Biagini touched as high as 95 MPH with his fastball, sitting mostly 93-94, holding that into the 5th and 6th innings. Adding that to what he did last week, it's a good sign for his viability as a starter. He didn't miss many bats (five whiffs on 41 swings), but worked ahead.

In a couple days, Biagini will have spent 20 days on optional assignment, meaning the Jays will have secured the extra year of control. Having thrown 86 pitches he's largely if not fully stretched back out, and really could be back up at any point now.


The other impressive outing last night belongs to Patrick Murphy for Lansing. A solo home run in the 2nd inning was the only mark against him, as he went 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks against 7 strikeouts. He didn't have his super premium velocity, but his curveball was effective and combination worked. He kept over half of balls in play on the ground, with a couple of popups further adding to the weak contact category.