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Vancouver Canadians news and notes

The C’s put a bit of a damper on Salem-Keizer’s 4th of July party by burning the Volcanoes (see what i did there) 8-2.  Kellen Sweeney took the C of the day, reaching base 3 times, including his first long ball of the season.  Kellen was one of my prospects to watch at the start of the season.  He has struggled mightily in Vancouver though, as shown by his .270 wOBA.  Hopefully last night’s game wasn’t a one off.  3rd base may be locked up at the major league level for the forseeable, but is always nice to have prospects in the pipeline, and the Jays haven’t been productive as of late with higher round 3b draft picks.  Matt Newman, was definitely  not one of my prospects to watch, if anything, he would have been on the ‘could get released’ list.  He hasn’t shown much this season, his repeat year with the C’s, but last night’s performance won’t hurt, with a hit and 3 bb’s.

On the pitching side of things, converted infielder Matt Johnson threw another perfect inning in relief.  This time he only k’d 1, obviously, his demise has begun.  This will be an interesting story, and am curious to see what he was touching on the radar gun.  Given his age, if he maintains any sort of success, he may move up quicker than expected.  The Jays have a reputation of letting their pitching prospects start for as long as possible, so genuine relief options progress a bit faster.  Case in point, Sam Dyson was promoted to the Jays from AA New Hampshire yesterday.  Sam is the first of the 2010 draft class to make his mlb debut.  This is also his first season of pro ball, so a rather extreme example, but hey, with the Blue Jays bullpen woes this season, Johnson may have a chance.  Speaking of the Jays 2010 draft class, I don’t think it’s a great stretch to say Dyson will be the first of many to play at the mlb level, either with the Jays or elsewhere.  At the start of this season, all the money would have been on Deck McGuire being the first to get there, but considering his regression at New Hampshire this season, for fun, let’s pick another name to follow Sam.  I don’t think they’ll rush the Lansing Big 3, so I’m going to say Sean Nolin is the next 2010 draftee that graces the Rogers Center.  He’s currently on the DL, but can see him being moved to New Hampshire when healthy again.

And in a final bit of promotion news.  Ex C and fan favourite Jonathan Berti was called up to Dunedin yesterday and is having himself quite a debut in the Florida State League




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