Since Alex Anthopoulos took over as Blue Jays general manager in October 2009, Toronto has built one of baseball's elite farm systems.
With all the talent in the organization, it's possible to have days like yesterday, when several Blue Jays prospects stood out in the minors.
Righthander Drew Hutchison, 21, threw five shutout innings in his Double-A debut, holding Double-A Trenton to two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Hutchison's pure stuff grades out mostly around average, but he's athletic, throws strikes and has an advanced idea of how to pitch.
Lower in the system, 18-year-old righthander Noah Syndergaard made his first start for low Class A Lansing and struck out six with one walk, four hits and one run allowed in five innings against Bowling Green. Syndergaard's fastball has been a dominant pitch for him this year, sitting around 93-94 mph and running a couple ticks higher at times with good life.
Meanwhile, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and center fielder Anthony Gose were helping Hutchison in New Hampshire, with d'Arnaud going 2-for-5 with a home run (his 19th of the season) while Gose went 3-for-5 with a triple and stole a base, his 61st of the season and second-most in the minors behind only Reds shortstop Billy Hamilton.
Matt den Dekker, cf, Mets: Double-A Binghamton's 24-year-old center fielder hit two home runs yesterday, giving him 11 in 61 games with the B-Mets. Den Dekker has hit .248/.329/.473 since his promotion to Double-A in June with nine home runs in his last 32 games.
Angelo Songco, 1b, Dodgers: Whether Songco's power will play outside of the high Class A California League remains to be seen, but he's enjoying Rancho Cucamonga for now. Songco, 22, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple yesterday, bringing his season line to .311/.363/.565 through 119 games.
Domingo Santana, rf, Astros: Acquired in the Hunter Pence deal, Santana has hit .344/.432/.688 in eight games for low Class A Lexington, including a 2-for-4 showing last night with a double and his third home run in a Legends uniform.
Jonathan Pettibone, rhp, Phillies: Pettibone went seven innings and allowed one run, no walks, three hits and struck out six, the 11th time in his 25 starts that he's allowed one earned run or fewer. The start lowered Pettibone's ERA to 3.00.
Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Padres: Despite struggling in his brief big league trial period, Rizzo has continues to rake at Triple-A Tucson, going 2-for-5 yesterday with his 24th home run in 83 Pacific Coast League games. He's up to .340/.414/.670 against PCL pitching even with a fairly pedestrian stretch in August.
Casey Crosby, lhp, Tigers: Crosby pitched the best game of his season for Double-A Erie on Friday (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO), only to follow it up with one of his worst ones yesterday (5 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 3 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO). Crosby still gives scouts reasons to like him with a fastball he'll run into the mid-90s, but he's still far from a finished product.
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