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Canadians Wear Out the Aquasox

The Canadians took the rubber match of their three game set with Everett Wednesday night. The seven runs scored by the C’s took the total over the final two games of the series to eighteen. This despite leaving thirteen on base both nights. Thirty hits over two games sounds amazing, but Vancouver hits a ton of singles. I still believe someone is going to have to step up and start hitting for extra bases if the C’s are going to go on any sort of roll.

Coming in to the series, the Northwest League leading Everett Aquasox had only lost three games total. So for the C’s to take two of three from the Mariners affiliate is no small accomplishment. The Sox play quality ball and are loaded with prospects. Something C’s fans can only dream about.

Most of the M’s upper tier prospects are in the higher levels (again, another thing that Jays fans can only dream about) so can’t say there are any ‘top’ prospects in Everett, but from the 2013 draft, their roster includes the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th rounders. Ironically, the only top five pick not to be in Vancouver is Langley Blaze product Tyler O’Neill. Although, the way Tyler has started his pro career in the Arizona League (small sample size alert) he may very well not be far away.

Speaking of the 2013 draft, more signees continue to arrive in Vancouver, bag in hand, metal bat retired, eager to get their pro career off and running. The last two days saw 20th rounder Chaz Frank and 29th rounder Garrett Pickens land at YVR.

Frank is a speedy outfielder out of the University of North Carolina. As a senior, the left-handed hitting product of Lexington led

the team in stolen bases and slugged under .400. So not hard to get a feel for what kind of player he is. A slasher with speed. Ian Parmley basically. That skillset really only plays in center, and with the prospects the Jays have in that position in the lower minor leagues, Chaz will need to stand out in a hurry or could find himself short of ABs quite quickly.

A 6’1″ 185 pound reliever, Garret Pickens had a fantastic season as a senior at Delta State University. In 19.1 innings pitched he struck out 19, walking 6. Two red flags for Garret were the fact he had a medical red-shirt season in 2012 and Delta State are a division two school. The competition would not be the highest. He did make three appearances for Bluefield giving up four hits and three walks over four and a third pitched for a 1.615 WHIP. Not a large sample size, true, but am guessing Pickens’ promotion was based more on his age than results thus far.

To make some room, three of the C’s opening day roster were released. Ronnie Melendez, Jorge Vega-Rosado, and Markus Brisker are all seeking new employment.

You have to feel for Melendez. He broke his hand in his first at bat of the season last year, missing the entirety of 2012 as a result. The Jays started him off this year in Lansing to get him some time in the box before shifting him to Vancouver when the short season began. In seventy-eight plate appearances between the two, Ronnie only managed eight hits. He also scored eight runs and stole eight bags, so when he got on, he was dangerous. Just had a problem getting on. So ya, I feel for him, but am not surprised.

Jorge Vega-Rosado is a similar story. A 2011 28th round pick, JVR was given the better part of three seasons to see what he

JVR leads the charge (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

JVR leads the charge (image courtesy of Charlie Caskey)

could do. After some initial success in the Gulf Coast League in 2011, his numbers started a downward spiral, first in Bluefield in 2012, and finally here in Vancouver.

Toronto drafts and signs a ton of players, and as we are seeing this year, those that are fresh faces will move in and those that have been in the system and not producing will be moved out. If I’m still writing this blog in a few years, there’s a very real chance I’m typing a similar blurb about the 2013 draftees we are seeing at the Nat now.

A converted outfielder, I’m a bit surprised that Brisker didn’t get more time to prove himself as a pitcher. That being said, I had heard whispers of indiscipline. The chances of the conversion actually working are long, with the amount of pitchers in the system the Jays can afford to wash their hands of any character issues.

Alarms will have gone off early this morning as the C’s make their way down to Hillsborough for their first set with the Northwest League’s newest franchise The Hops. The question has been asked:

And answered:

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