After discussing the Blue Jays’ crop of hitting prospects on Wednesday, we’ll tackle pitchers in today’s edition of Greetings From Dunedin.

Four of the organization’s most promising young arms continued to pitch in tandem at Class A Lansing, though one of the quartet was allowed to stretch his outing to a fourth inning last night. Further up the ladder, Toronto’s top picks in the 2009 and 2010 drafts continued to struggle—and not miss very many bats—at Double-A, and a 2010 supplemental first-rounder exited his most recent start after being hit on the hand with a line drive.

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PLAYER

LVL

W-L

ERA

WHIP

G-GS

SV

IP

H

HR

SO-BB

BABIP

D. Barnes

A+

1-0

2.25

2.17

13-0

9

12.0

17

0

10-9

.405

C. Beck

AAA

1-0

1.54

1.03

10-0

2

11.7

6

1

5-6

.147

A. Carpenter

AAA

0-0

3.86

1.43

9-0

0

14.0

17

3

13-3

.359

J. Carreno

MLB

0-1

5.14

1.43

2-1

0

7.0

6

2

5-4

.222

J. Carreno

AAA

2-2

6.20

1.52

4-4

0

20.3

27

2

17-4

.373

E. Crawford

MLB

0-0

4.50

1.75

5-0

0

4.0

4

2

2-3

.182

E. Crawford

AA

0-0

0.00

1.25

3-0

0

4.0

3

0

3-2

 

M. Daly

AA

0-2

4.50

1.71

9-0

0

14.0

14

0

9-10

.298

A. DeSclafani

A

2-1

3.32

1.37

6-3

0

19.0

22

1

13-4

.350

D. Farquhar

AA

0-0

1.98

0.88

10-0

0

13.7

8

1

13-4

.200

D. Hutchison

MLB

1-0

6.61

1.65

3-3

0

16.3

21

2

11-6

.339

D. Hutchison

AA

2-1

2.16

1.14

3-3

0

16.7

16

1

6-3

.333

C. Jenkins

AA

2-2

5.53

1.41

5-5

0

27.7

31

5

12-8

.280

A. Loup

AA

0-0

0.00

1.05

12-0

1

12.3

10

0

8-3

.263

T. Magnuson

A+

0-0

0.00

0.50

1-0

0

2.0

1

0

2-0

.200

D. McGuire

AA

1-4

7.18

1.59

5-5

0

26.3

36

6

18-6

.341

J. Nicolino

A

0-0

0.00

0.93

5-3

0

15.0

12

0

12-2

.353

S. Nolin

A+

3-0

2.60

1.05

5-5

0

27.7

21

2

28-8

.268

D. Rollins

A

2-0

1.16

1.07

5-5

0

23.3

17

0

26-8

.315

A. Sanchez

A

3-0

0.00

0.87

5-2

0

15.0

5

0

16-8

.182

J. Stilson

A+

0-0

2.18

1.31

6-6

0

20.7

18

1

17-9

.288

N. Syndergaard

A

2-0

1.53

1.36

6-3

0

17.7

16

2

25-8

.333

R. Uviedo

AA

1-0

1.59

0.71

10-0

5

11.3

4

2

8-4

.080

A. Wojciechowski

A+

1-0

3.09

1.16

5-5

0

23.3

22

0

15-5

.293

Joel Carreno

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/18

@SLC

L

3.0

8

5

3

0

0

1

1.80

17

62

39

4/23

COL

L

6.0

12

8

8

2

1

3

1.55

30

88

54

4/28

TAC

W

6.1

6

5

3

0

1

5

1.47

27

89

57

Anthony DeSclafani

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/21

@BUR

3.0

7

3

3

1

2

1

1.56

17

4/26

KNC

W

3.0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.00

9

5/2

@GL

L

4.0

7

4

3

0

1

1

1.79

18

Drew Hutchison

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/21

@KC

W

5.1

8

5

5

2

3

4

1.50

26

99

55

4/26

@BAL

5.0

6

2

2

0

1

2

1.09

22

88

52

5/1

TEX

6.0

7

6

5

0

2

5

1.06

28

100

61

Chad Jenkins

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/24

@BIN

W

6.0

6

0

0

0

2

3

1.04

24

81

51

4/29

TRN

6.0

6

3

3

1

3

2

1.16

25

86

56

Deck McGuire

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/18

BIN

W

6.2

1

0

0

0

3

3

1.13

24

99

57

4/25

@BIN

L

3.0

9

7

7

1

1

2

1.22

19

73

43

4/30

REA

L

6.2

8

3

3

0

0

2

1.15

28

92

61

Justin Nicolino

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/19

@BUR

3.0

1

0

0

0

0

3

2.40

10

4/24

@PEO

3.0

5

0

0

0

0

2

1.88

13

4/29

CLI

3.0

2

0

0

0

1

4

1.70

11

Sean Nolin

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/23

@TAM

5.2

6

3

3

1

1

5

0.95

24

4/28

TAM

W

6.1

2

1

1

0

2

5

0.93

22

David Rollins

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/22

@PEO

5.0

3

0

0

0

2

4

0.71

18

4/27

KNC

W

5.0

3

1

1

0

1

6

0.61

18

Aaron Sanchez

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/19

@BUR

W

3.0

1

0

0

0

1

3

1.33

10

4/24

@PEO

3.0

1

0

0

0

3

7

1.29

13

4/29

CLI

W

3.0

1

0

0

0

0

3

2.14

10

John Stilson

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/22

@TAM

2.0

1

1

0

0

2

1

3.17

9

4/27

@LAK

5.0

5

2

2

0

3

5

3.25

23

5/2

LAK

3.0

3

1

1

1

1

2

2.23

14

Noah Syndergaard

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/21

@BUR

W

2.2

3

3

3

1

4

3

2.60

14

4/26

KNC

3.0

1

0

0

0

0

3

2.00

10

5/2

@GL

3.0

5

3

0

1

1

5

2.11

15

Asher Wojciechowski

DATE

OPP

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

GO/AO

TBF

PIT

STR

4/19

BRV

6.0

6

1

1

0

1

1

1.00

23

4/24

@TAM

W

5.1

4

1

0

0

2

6

1.00

22

4/29

TAM

2.0

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.04

6

The Blue Jays recalled Joel Carreno from Las Vegas when Evan Crawford was sent down on May 2. Though he made his first major-league start earlier this year, Carreno will be pitching out of the bullpen this time and serving as insurance for Drew Hutchison. Carreno hadn’t been particularly effective since his demotion to Las Vegas, racking up a 6.20 ERA through four starts, though he did have an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.25. When it comes to pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, and particularly those who call Cashman Field home, peripherals are usually more important than won-lost records and ERA.

Last night, Anthony DeSclafani became the first of Lansing’s four tandem starters to exceed three innings of work, overcoming a rough first inning to face 18 batters over four frames. After three hits, a wild pitch, and an error (of his own) led to three runs, DeSclafani settled down to retire 11 of the next 13 Loons hitters. He’s been more effective coming out of the bullpen: in three relief appearances, DeSclafani carries an 8:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio and hasn’t allowed a run. As a starter, he’s given up 17 hits and seven earned runs while striking out five over 10 innings.

Drew Hutchison assumed the fifth spot in the major-league rotation when he made his debut on April 21, earning the win despite allowing five runs in five and one-third innings at Kansas City. Hutchison fared better against Baltimore five days later, but a five-run second inning in his home debut against Texas prevented Hutchison from earning his second win. Despite giving up six runs on May 1, there are some positive takeaways from that start: Hutchison struck out five Rangers over six innings after whiffing six combined batters in his first two starts. Also, outside of the second inning, he only faced four batters over the minimum.

New Hampshire right-hander Chad Jenkins had an 8.04 ERA after three starts, but fared better in his second outings against Binghamton and Trenton, allowing three runs over 12 innings and bringing his ERA down to 5.53. After giving up three home runs at home against New Britain on April 12, Jenkins has surrendered just one long ball in three starts since. Jenkins has never been what you would call a “strikeout pitcher,” averaging just over 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings as a pro, but he’s been getting even fewer swings and misses than usual this year, carrying a 3.9 SO/9 through five starts, with game totals of 2, 5, 0, 3, 2.

Like with Jenkins, it’s tough to know what to make of Deck McGuire’s first month of work. His strikeout rate is okay, not great, his walk rate is good, his strikeout-to-walk rate is good, but he’s allowed nearly 15 baserunners per nine innings (not good). His five-start strikeout totals: 6, 5, 3, 2, and 2. He pitched reasonably well on Monday, allowing three runs in six and two-thirds innings, but he also induced only a pair of strikeouts.

Justin Nicolino is still searching for his first win of the season, despite having thrown 15 scoreless innings over five “starts.” He’s scheduled to work out of the bullpen tomorrow, relieving tandem partner Aaron Sanchez. His numbers look great, but it’s hard to properly assess his work. When a pitcher knows he knows he only has to work three innings, he doesn’t have to worry about pacing himself or facing the lineup two or three times. To his credit, Nicolino has done everything right to this point, but expect to see him eventually allow an earned run as he’s stretched out over the coming weeks.

Dunedin’s Sean Nolin hasn’t approached the 11 strikeouts he posted at Brevard County on April 12, but he’s still been one of the D-Jays’ most consistent starters. He faced three batters over the minimum in his last outing, a win at home against Tampa, going a season-best six and one-third innings and giving up only two hits.

At 1.16, David Rollins’ ERA currently ranks among the Midwest League’s five best. Rollins also cracks the top 11 in WHIP (10th) and strikeouts (11th). The 22-year-old Rollins is old for the league, but there don’t appear to be any open rotation turns in Dunedin for the moment. Despite his age, Rollins was drafted out of a two-year school (San Jacinto JC) in Texas, so it’s unlikely Toronto would be willing to promote him over Dunedin to Double-A as they might for a pitcher from a Division-I program.

Like tandem partner Justin Nicolino, Aaron Sanchez threw 15 scoreless innings in April. Sanchez’s last outing, on April 29, was the first in which he’d thrown his three innings without issuing a walk.

Inefficiency has caused John Stilson to average under 3.5 innings per start; in his last four outings, it’s taken 64 batters for last year’s third-round pick to record 41 outs, or 1.56 batters per out. He’s managed to escape much trouble, however, and his 2.18 ERA ranks among the ten best in the Florida State League.

Noah Syndergaard relieved Anthony DeSclafani in last night’s Lugnuts loss at Great Lakes, throwing three innings and striking out seven, but allowing his second home run of the year, a two-run shot by Joe Winker, in the seventh inning. On the night, Syndergaard gave up three runs, though a two-out error by right fielder Kevin Pillar means none of those runs were earned.

Dunedin’s Asher Wojciechowski had reeled off three-consecutive strong starts before leaving after two innings on April 29. Wojciechowski took a hard line drive off of the heel of his glove hand, but stayed in the game to strike out the final two batters in the second. Long reliever Egan Smith started the third and earned the win with five hitless innings of work. It isn’t clear whether the injury will require a trip to the disabled list for Wojciechowski, but the Blue Jays haven’t announced whether he’ll make his scheduled start on Saturday at St. Lucie.

Comments (7)

  1. The Lansing pitchers are operating under the schedule 3 innings for the first 8 starts,4 innings for the next 8 starts, then 5 innings the rest of the way. The reason is that they had to be shut down last year before the playoffs,this year the organization wants them to get playoff experience and be available.

    • BTW forgot to add.
      If they only need 30 pitches to get through 3 innings ( like nicolino did) they continue to throw the balance to a total of 50 pitches, on the side

      • Do you know why they just wouldn’t set a pitch count limit of 50 and take them out of the game at that point? it seems strange to set an innings limit to save their arms and then pitch them on the side after an efficient outing.

        • Dunno.
          But I would imagine that they didn’t expect these guys to be that dominate and from time to time get into trouble and allow themeselves to pitch out of it and in doing so their counts would increase.
          But they’ve been doing so well that the coaches had to change plans just to get them to the 50 minimum.
          The innings limit is so they can pitch if Lansing makes it to the playoffs,Supposedly they had to shut guys down last year before they made the playoffs.

  2. As if Nicolino’s numbers weren’t impressive enough, he’s posted them while sporting a high (.353) BABIP against.

  3. I just want my syndergaard jersey already!
    I see him being at worst daniel bard

  4. some breaking news on Mariano Rivera – might have hurt his knee before tonight’s game – watch for it

    and Jayson Nix is playing LF for the Stankees tonight

    oh the humanity!!!!!

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