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July 16, 2013 5:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 15

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Zach Mortimer

While most eyes were on the Home Run Derby, these prospects stole the minor-league show.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Sean Nolin, LHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. My thoughts on Nolin are pretty clear: I believe he is a surefire starter and I think he slots in perfectly as a good number-four. Nolin has been on his game recently, and if the opportunity were to arise, I’m sure the Blue Jays would consider putting him back on the major-league mound; 19.2 IP, 11 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 23 K in last 3 starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Adam Walker, OF, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. Now that Buxton has left Cedar Rapids, ABW is the big show in town. Power has always been his calling card, and he is showing the ability to make consistent solid contact. Defensively, he has transitioned from playing primarily first base in college to the outfield as a professional. The reports I’ve received lead me to believe that he has plenty of arm to stay in right, and he is working on taking the correct routes to the ball; .351/.419/.838 with 3 2B and 5 HR in last 37 at-bats.

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May 24, 2013 4:40 am

The Call-Up: Sean Nolin

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

Desperate for a starter, the Jays call up their no. 2 pitching prospect from Double-A.

The Situation: After an active offseason that included the acquisition of starting pitchers Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, and Josh Johnson, the Blue Jays are now prepared to send their 10th starting pitcher of the season to the mound. In addition to Johnson’s injuries, J.A. Happ has been dealing with injuries of his own and Ricky Romero has been struggling through the first two months of the season. As if that weren’t enough, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison are still several months away from returning to the mound and the club was forced to send Ramon Ortiz to the hill this week. All of that leads to the call-up of left-hander Sean Nolin, the team’s no. 2-rated pitching prospect.

Background: A sixth-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2010, Nolin has had little trouble motoring through the minor leagues. After a 6.05 ERA in six New York-Penn League starts during his professional debut, Nolin has improved at every stop. With Low-A Lansing in 2011 he posted a 3.49 ERA in 108-1/3 innings, allowing just 102 hits and 31 walks while fanning 113 batters. He followed up that strong performance with a dazzling 2.19 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for High-A Dunedin in 2012 before being promoted to Double-A New Hampshire. In just three starts with New Hampshire, Nolin notched a 1.20 ERA and better than a strikeout per inning. After some missed time early this season due to a pulled groin, Nolin has continued his Double-A dominance with a 1.17 ERA in three more starts.

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The Jays sent off a prospect package to Miami that would have left other systems barren, but Toronto's remains loaded with high-upside arms.

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