Down on the Blue Jays Farm 5/12

AAA

Buffalo 12 Rochester 0

Alek Manoah was brilliant once again in his second start as the Bisons/Thunder led the Blue Jays farm system to their first #OrgSweep of the season.

Manoah tossed five shutout innings before allowing a lead off double in the sixth. A six-run Buffalo sixth inning likely kept him from coming back out for the 7th. On the night, Manoah walked a pair and struck out five. He was in command all night, throwing 49 of his 76 pitches for strikes, and flashing a plus-plus slider that the Rochester hitters were overmatched on.

Logan Warmoth and Christian Colón led the way for Buffalo with a homer and three hits each. James Dykstra, Jackson McClelland, and Bryan Baker each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

AA

New Hampshire 6 Somerset 2

Brock Lundquist hit a grand slam to lead the Fisher Cats to their second straight W.

Elvis Luciano threw five strong innings to get New Hampshire off to a good start. Luciano surrendered an earned run on three hits, striking out five. Mike Ellenbest had his third scoreless outing in a row, tossing two shutout innings to finish the game. C Gabriel Moreno had three singles in five plate appearances, raising his average to .500 on the young season.

Low A

Dunedin 4 Bradenton 3

The D-Jays received excellent bullpen work, and scratched out runs in the middle innings to edge the Marauders.

Curveball specialist Lazaro Estrada threw 2.2 shutout innings before turning things over to Roither Hernandez, who added another 2.2 IP of scoreless ball of his own to shut the door on Bradenton. Orelvis Martinez, P.K. Morris, Mackie Mueller, Sebastian Espino, and Eric Rivera had two hits each to lead Dunedin.

High A

Vancouver 2 Spokane 0

The C’s completed the #OrgSweep by shutting out Spokane. Staked to an early lead with runs in the 2nd and 3rd, starter Troy Miller threw five shutout innings to get the W.

Vancouver native Brayden Bouchey appeared in a game for the first time since 2018 and tossed a scoreless inning, while North Vancouver’s Will McAffer threw two shutout frames to close out the game and pick up the Save.

Astros to house minor leaguers

Credit where it’s due….the Astros have decided to provide furnished apartments to all of its minor league players this season, taking away a major headache for their farmhands, according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic.

Covid restrictions had left all organizations scrambling for player accommodations as the season approached. In the past, players were very creative in how they shared limited space, with as many as half a dozen players sharing a one room apartment.

MiLB players did receive a small pay boost (eg, AAA players from $500 to $700/month for the five-month season), but it’s still far from a living wage. The Blue Jays for their part, had raised the salaries of their minor leaguers by 50% before the 2019 season, and this year, with host family arrangements out of the question and the length of their stay in Hillsboro uncertain, they arranged for short term leases for Vancouver players in the Oregon city.

It’s a start – this certainly represents an upgrade in living standards for minor league players.

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