The closer of the 2017 Northwest League champion Vancouver Canadians took advantage of an opportunity to impress the Toronto Blue Jays brass Monday.
William Ouellette made his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons and earned the victory with three innings of one-hit relief as the Herd doubled up Pawtucket 10-5. The only blemish on Ouellette’s line was a solo home run to Bryce Brentz on the first pitch he threw. The righthander would settle down by retiring the next nine hitters in a row, striking out Gorkys Hernandez after the home run. Ouellette would gain revenge on Brentz by getting him to ground out to end the game, one of six groundouts induced by the former Cal State-San Bernadino product.
After a tough 2018 with Dunedin that involved a pair of stints on the disabled list, Ouellette recorded a 3.09 earned run average over six appearances with the D-Jays to begin 2019. Most impressively, he struck out 15 batters without a walk over 11-2/3 innings and limited Florida State League hitters to a .217 batting average. The son of former major leaguer Phil Ouellette may have earned himself an extended stay with Buffalo with his impressive outing.
Meantime, 2016 C’s second baseman Cavan Biggio snapped a mini-slump with his fourth home run of the year.
Biggio is batting .348 with an OPS of 1.036 to place him among the top 10 in the International League.
Also impressing with the bat are a pair of 2014 C’s outfielders Jonathan Davis and Roemon Fields. Both of them had three hits apiece to also give them batting averages of .348. Only Fields qualifies right now in the IL batting race as Davis has just 30 at-bats, compared to 69 for Fields. Davis just returned from the injured list after spraining his ankle.
Continuing with the 2014 C’s, Tim Locastro returned to Triple-A with a vengeance. Despite batting .364 in his first 11 at-bats and stealing two bases with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Locastro was sent back to Reno April 20. He came up Aces as he slugged three home runs against Fresno April 25. That kicked off a stretch of four multi-hit games in a row for the Ithaca, New York native who made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He’s batting .378 over nine games with Reno.
Congratulations to 2015 C’s first baseman/outfielder Connor Panas for belting his first Triple-A home run with the El Paso Chihuahuas. The Toronto native has played just three game for San Diego’s affiliate but he has recorded back-to-back two-hit games to give him a .444 batting average in nine at-bats. The Padres acquired Panas from Toronto for lefthander Clayton Richard.
Panas’ 2015 C’s teammate Rodrigo Orozco made his Double-A debut in the Padres system a good one with a home run for the Amarillo Sod Poodles. That has propelled the 2015-2016 Canadian to a .381 batting average and 1.041 OPS in his first 11 games in the San Diego system. The 2018 co-Florida State League batting champ was traded by Toronto earlier this month for fellow outfielder Socrates Brito.
Also with the 2015 C’s, lefthander Tayler Saucedo has been promoted to the Buffalo Bisons. Saucedo put up a 0.66 ERA and struck out 13 batters in 13-2/3 innings. Even though he has walked nine hitters, the Eastern League batted just .204 against him and he has a groundout/airout ratio of 2.00. The 6-foot-5 hurler was a 21st round pick of the Blue Jays in 2015 from Tennessee Wesleyan.
All the best to 2014-2015 C’s righthander Andrew Case after being placed on the Voluntarily Retired List. The Saint John, New Brunswick native made it as far as Triple-A Buffalo in 2017 and 2018. Case enjoyed a tremendous 2017 with New Hampshire by posting a 4-0 record and a 1.58 ERA but was unable to discover that form with the Fisher Cats in 2018 and 2019. He gave up four runs over 6-2/3 innings with New Hampshire before deciding to retire.