Minor League Report: Hop on board the Riley Tirotta hype train

Ryley Delaney
21 days ago
The Toronto Blue Jays may have lost on Wednesday, but their affiliates had a good day!
All four “A” level affiliates were in action, as the two rookie league teams had an off-day. Only one team lost, meaning the Jays’ affiliate had a 3-1 record for the day.
Let’s take a look at what went down on Wednesday in the latest Minor League Report!

Buffalo suffered the only loss

It was a rough day for the Buffalo Bisons, as they fell 8-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to move below .500 for the first time since April 5.
Despite Orelvis Martinez being called up to the big leagues, the team continues to mash home runs. Will Robertson and Riley Tirotta each hit their second home run in as many days. After a terrific start, Robertson’s bat went cold, but is seemingly picking up again. This was his ninth home run of the season
On the other hand, Tirotta has been white hot this season, hitting at least one home run in the three levels he’s appeared in. This was his fifth home run in 69 plate appearances for the Buffalo Bisons, and it’s starting to look like he may rank on Blue Jays top prospect lists in the near future.
Aside from those homers, the bats couldn’t muster any other extra-base hit. Steward Berroa and Cam Eden each had two singles, while Rafael Lantigua, Damiano Palemgiani, and Robertson all had one single.
Aaron Sanchez’s second tenure in the Blue Jays organization hasn’t gone great. On Wednesday, he gave up seven runs, four earned, in an inning and two thirds of work, moving his season ERA to 11. Nick Fraze pitched the majority of the innings, walking and striking out two and allowing an earned run in three innings of work.
Luis Quiñones struck out four and walked two in his 2.1 innings pitched. Eric Pardinho made his Triple-A debut and continued his streak of not allowing an earned run, as it has hit 18 games now. He walked a batter in the inning he pitched.

New Hampshire outlast Reading

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Reading Fightin Phils 4-3 to bring their season record to 30-35.
Miguel Hiraldo hit the only extra-base hit, his seventh double of the season. He also had a multi-hit game, as did Rainer Nuñez and Josh Kasevich. Moreover, Ryan McCarty, Alex De Jesus, Garrett Spain and Zach Britton each had a single.
Adam Macko twirled a quality start, finishing with a line of 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K with a home run given up to move his season ERA to 3.76. Andrew Bechtold struck out two in his inning of work, while T.J. Brock struck out two and walked a batter in his inning of work. Jimmy Burnette picked up the save in a clean inning.

Vancouver won their third game in a row

There wasn’t a no-hitter thrown by the Vancouver Canadians on Wednesday, but they did win 4-3 on the back of 11 hits. Their season record now sits at 30-32.
 Jace Bohrofen hit his sixth home run of the season, along with his first professional triple. Dylan Rock, Je’Von Ward, and Jean Arnaez all hit a double. The last two had a multi-hit game, as did Peyton Williams who had two singles. Jamari Baylor, Robert Brooks, and Marcos De La Rosa all had a single as well.
Pat Gallagher had a much better start than his last time out, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Reliever Conor Larkin continues to pitch strong this season, striking out four in his two innings of work. Both Josh Mollerus and Alex Amalfi struck out a batter in an inning of work.

Juaron Watts-Brown twirled a gem in Dunedin’s win

The Dunedin Blue Jays also won Wednesday, defeating the Daytona Tortugas 3-2 to move their season record to 33-32.
Juaron Watts-Brown should be called up any time now, as he had a quality start. The 2023 draftee finished with a line of 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K to move his season ERA to 3.23. Irv Carter continued to pitch well out of the pen, striking out two in two innings of work to bring his season ERA to 3.69. Kai Peterson picked up the save, walking and striking out two in an inning pitched.
There were no extra-base hits in this game, in fact, they had just five singles. Yeuni Munoz had two of them, while Manuel Beltre, Robert Robertis, and Adrian Meza had the other three.

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