Down on the Blue Jays Farm: Ryan is Gold for Lansing


It was another Organization Sweep night in the Blue Jays farm system.

At Lansing, C Ryan Gold had a career night, going 4-5 and hitting for the cycle, the highlight of which was a 6th inning Grand Slam, as the Lugnuts hammered visiting Dayton 12-4.  Otto Lopez went 3-4 for Lansing, and Reggie Pruitt added a 3-5 night.  Starter Sean Wymer survived a shaky three run first inning, tossing five scoreless innings after that to record his first Midwest League W.

At New Hampshire, the hometown Fisher Cats outlasted Hartford 5-3.  Starter Yennsy Diaz pitched 6 scoreless innings before being victimized by three unearned runs in the 7th.  C Alberto Mineo continued his hot start with a 2-4 night; Vinny Capra and Brandon Grudzielanek added a pair of hits as well.

With Buffalo off,  Dunedin completed the org sweep with a 6-2 win at home over Lakeland.  Ryan Noda was perfect 4-4 night at the plate, and red-hot Cullen Large added a pair of hits and Riley Adams homered to lead the way for the D-Jays.  Starter Turner Larkins pitched 5 innings for the W; relievers Brad Wilson and Dany Jimenez tossed four innings of shutout relief to preserve the victory.


New Brunswick native and new father Andrew Case announced his retirement this past week.

The reliever was back in AA for a third time, and likely was frustrated with his stalled progress.  Case Saved 17 games at two levels in 2017, and appeared headed for bigger and better things, but took a step backward in his development last year.  A non-drafted free agent, Case was signed in October 2013 after pitching a no-hitter at Robbie Alomar’s T-12 tournament – a showcase of Canadian baseball talent – a few weeks earlier.

When a player decides to call it a career, there is a domino effect of corresponding moves.  Taking Case’s place on the Fisher Cats roster is Jonathan Cheshire.  Connor Law moves up from Lansing to take Cheshire’s place in Dunedin, while Sean Rackoski (who began the season on Lansing’s roster) moves from Vancouver’s roster back to the Lugnuts.

We wish Caser all the best in his next career.

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