Taylor tallies two home runs, five RBIs

June 22nd, 2022

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Taylor delivers game-winning blast in five-RBI effort (June 21)
Samad Taylor
unlocked his power. The Blue Jays' No. 16 prospect belted a go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth inning of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons' 8-7 win over the St. Paul Saints -- his second home run of the night.

Taylor finished the game at 2-for-4 with five RBIs. The decisive shot in the eighth was a no-doubter. With two on and two out, the 23-year-old pulled an 0-1 pitch to left field, admiring his work before rounding the bases.

His first multihomer game of the year broke a 33-game span without going yard. Taylor is now hitting .262 with a .765 OPS, seven home runs and a team-leading 43 RBIs. -- Julia Kreuz

Martinez homers, drives in two (June 11)
The bright lights are supposed to bring out the best in a player. Orelvis Martinez continues to prove that statement as fact.

The No. 2 Blue Jays prospect drilled a home run and plated a pair in Double-A New Hampshire's 7-5 win over Binghamton, as seen on the latest installment of MiLB on MLB.TV. In fact, it was the second time Martinez went yard during a game on the marquee slate, after teeing off against Somerset back on May 3.

Martinez's latest blast was a no-doubter over the wall in left field to put the Fisher Cats up in the first inning. In the third, he brought home another run with a single.

Following the multi-hit day, the infielder's batting average sits at .216, but his power display -- now 15 home runs in 48 games -- places him among the Eastern League leaders with a .511 slugging percentage. -- Jacob Resnick

Tiedemann continues dominance with Canadians (June 10)
Once again, Ricky Tiedemann was simply lights out. The fourth-ranked Blue Jays prospect worked around three hits and a walk to strike out nine over five scoreless frames to pace High-A Vancouver's 4-1 win over Tri-City.

The left-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second by picking up a pair of strikeouts to escape the frame unscathed and finished his outing on a strong note -- whiffing the side in order in the fifth. He threw 59 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

Tiedemann has not allowed an earned run over his past three starts and is sporting a 1.27 ERA, a 0.72 WHIP and a .123 average against with 77 punchouts in 49 2/3 total innings over two levels of the Minors this season. -- Rob Terranova

Moreno getting call to The Show (June 8)
KANSAS CITY -- It’s the beginning of a new era behind the plate for Toronto. Gabriel Moreno, the club’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 4 prospect in Major League Baseball, will join the club ahead of the series opener in Detroit, sources told MLB.com.

The club is still evaluating whether it will add Moreno to the roster for Game 1, but the 22-year-old will be activated during the series in Detroit. Moreno received the news following his doubleheader with Triple-A Buffalo.

The 22-year-old represents the Blue Jays’ catcher of the future with All-Star potential, a remarkable story of player development after he was signed out of Venezuela for $25,000 in 2016. Full story »

Could a Moreno promotion be imminent? (June 7)
KANSAS CITY -- Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen has a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand, tests revealed, another harsh setback in what’s shown flickers of being a breakout season.

Jansen took a pitch off his left hand in the eighth inning of an 8-0 win over the Royals, and while he finished the game behind the plate, the bad news came soon after. The fracture is on the hand itself, just below the pinky finger on the bone that runs from the finger to the wrist.

Jansen had already missed a significant chunk of the season with a left oblique injury, but he has otherwise blossomed as a power hitter, launching seven home runs in just 19 games. Still, with Zack Collins rushing from Triple-A Buffalo to meet the Blue Jays in Kansas City, it’s not time for Gabriel Moreno, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect and fourth overall by MLB Pipeline, to make his MLB debut.

Well, at least not yet. Full story »

Tiedemann impresses since jumping to High-A (June 4)
Ricky Tiedemann is off to an incredible start to his professional career.

Toronto's No. 4 prospect pitched yet another gem in Vancouver's 12-1 victory over Spokane.

The left-hander tossed five innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits while striking out six. The one run that scored for the Indians was after the first batter of the game reached on a fielding error and ended up scoring on a sac fly.

This is the fifth outing for the 19-year-old where he hasn't given up an earned run this season. Tiedemann was also proficient in an area that has been the nitpicking weak point of his inaugural season, walking batters. His most recent performance marked the third game this season where he hasn't allowed a walk.

The third-round (91st overall) Draft pick in 2021 has kept hitters at bay even after being promoted to High-A on May 14, holding them below a .200 batting average all season while holding an ERA of 0.61 since joining the Canadians. -- Ethan Sands

Santos is turning heads at Single-A (June 3)
Dahian Santos stands atop the strikeout mountain for the Florida State League. 

Toronto's No. 28 prospect has been masterful in his second professional season. 

The 19-year-old continued his impressive start in Dunedin's 5-4 loss to Clearwater. 

The right-hander hurled four scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and two walks, fanning seven in the process. This performance marked his fifth scoreless outing of the season, only having one game where he struck out less than five batters and four games through nine appearances where he's given up a run. 

Santos' league-leading 65 strikeouts have been over 33 2/3 innings pitched while sporting a 1.34 ERA, and he entered the game against the Threshers having 58% of his at-bats ending in a strikeout. -- Ethan Sands

Santos, Martinez sweep Florida State League honours (June 3)
The Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays have produced some incredible individual performances this season, which continued on June 3, when right-hander Dahian Santos and outfielder Gabriel Martinez were named Florida State League Pitcher and Player of the Month for May.

Santos, ranked the club’s No. 28 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been one of the most productive players in the entire organization this season. The 19-year-old owns a 1.52 ERA with a whopping 58 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings. Dunedin has been a pitching factory this season, including April’s winner, Ricky Tiedemann, who’s since earned a promotion to High-A Vancouver and a spot on MLB Pipeline’s overall list at No. 100.

Martinez, who is making a serious push for the Blue Jays’ Top 30 list, looks like an early candidate for the organization’s breakout prospect of 2022. The 19-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .297 with nine home runs and an .883 OPS for the Dunedin Blue Jays, including a .367 average in May with 36 hits in 25 games. Toronto has been starved for outfield talent in its prospect pipeline, so Martinez’s surge is very welcome news. -- Keegan Matheson

Tiedemann tosses five scoreless innings (May 27)
New level? No problem for Ricky Tiedemann.

The No. 6 prospect continued his dominance with five innings of one-hit ball in his second start for High-A Vancouver, fanning four and walking none. The southpaw retired the first eight batters in order before surrendering a two-out single in the third. He set down seven of the last eight batters while working efficiently, tossing 41 of his 56 pitches for strikes. The 19-year-old owns a 1.59 ERA across two levels with 62 K’s in 39 2/3 innings.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

Moreno belts first homer, powers Bisons' win (May 21)
Gabriel Moreno
was sure to put an exclamation point on his return. The No. 5 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline launched his first Triple-A home run, two days after taking a pitch to the elbow that held him out of the Buffalo Bisons' lineup for two days.

Moreno pulled a pitch up in the zone from Syracuse reliever Andrew Mitchell for a solo shot in the fifth inning. Moreno later tied the game in the 10th inning with dramatic a two-run single that extended the contest. He finished 4-for-5 with a double, two singles and a walk in addition to his homer, good for three RBIs in the Bisons' 12-11 extra-innings win.

The talented catcher also stood out on the other side of the ball, nabbing Mets runner Nick Meyer at third base for the first out of the 11th. Otto Lopez, ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, brought home the winning run in the bottom of that frame.

The 22-year-old Moreno was hit in the left elbow in his first at-bat of the doubleheader between Buffalo and Syracuse on May 19. He stayed in the game to run the bases and catch the top of the second, but he was replaced by Stevie Berman behind the plate ahead of the third. The Blue Jays announced on May 20 that imaging in Moreno's arm showed no damage and he was cleared to return.

Moreno is hitting .347 with 22 RBIs on the season. -- Julia Kreuz