Down on the Farm: Dunedin

By on July 20, 2014
MACIER IZTURIS (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

MACIER IZTURIS (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

DUNEDIN, FLA.– Above, Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis (torn lateral collateral ligament left knee) takes a break from workouts and watches a GCL game at the team’s Mattick Complex.  Izturis was injuried when he tripped on the dugout steps prior to a game against Baltimore on April 13, 2014.  At the time Izturis was hitting .286 with one RBI over 11-games.  “Better” was Izturis response what ask about his knee, but when ask when he would return he just said, “Next year.”  The 33-year old broke into the majors in 2004 with the Montreal Expos where he hit .206 over 32-games with one homer and 10-RBI.

Toronto natives OF Marcus Knecht and Strength Coach Jason Dowse are spending their summer with the Toronto Blue Jays Upper-A affiliate in Dunedin.  The two were part of the team's run during the first half of the Florida State League season that saw the team post one of  the best records in all of minor league baseball.  That record clinched the league's first half Northern Division Title. (Eddie Michels Photo)

Toronto natives OF Marcus Knecht and Strength Coach Jason Dowse are spending their summer with the Toronto Blue Jays Upper-A affiliate in Dunedin. The two were part of the team’s run during the first half of the Florida State League season that saw the team post one of the best records in all of minor league baseball. That record clinched the league’s first half Northern Division Title. (Eddie Michels Photo)

Dunedin Blue Jays hurler Kendall Graveman broke double digits in the win column Thursday night during the 5-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads.      Graveman an eight round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013 scattered nine hits over seven innings allowing just one run and striking out two.      Combined with a 2-0 record at Class-A Lansing earlier in the season Gravemen's 8-3 record gives him a 10-3 posting for the 2014 season. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Dunedin Blue Jays hurler Kendall Graveman broke double digits in the win column Thursday night during the 5-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Graveman an eight round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013 scattered nine hits over seven innings allowing just one run and striking out two.
Combined with a 2-0 record at Class-A Lansing earlier in the season Gravemen’s 8-3 record gives him a 10-3 posting for the 2014 season.
(Eddie Michels/Photo)

Ajax, Ont. native Sean Ratcliffe is still struggling a bit after an eight week pitching layoff due to a shoulder problem.  In his fourth appearance with the GCL Jays Ratcliffe went just 2/3 of an inning allowing one run, unearned on two hits while walking one and striking out one. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Ajax, Ont. native Sean Ratcliffe is still struggling a bit after an eight week pitching layoff due to a shoulder problem. In his fourth appearance with the GCL Jays Ratcliffe went just 2/3 of an inning allowing one run, unearned on two hits while walking one and striking out one. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Toronto Blue Jays third round pick in this years draft LHP Nick Wells dropped his first pro game on Saturday July 19, 2014.  Facing the Yankees GCL squad Wells lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing six runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Toronto Blue Jays third round pick in this years draft LHP Nick Wells dropped his first pro game on Saturday July 19, 2014. Facing the Yankees GCL squad Wells lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing six runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Jupiter Hammerheads second baseman Avery Romero slides into Dunedin Blue Jays short stop Emillo Guerrero's tag on Saturday night to end the second inning at Florida Auto Exchange Park.  Dunedin won the game that lasted 3:14, 12-7 (Eddie Michels/Photo)

Jupiter Hammerheads second baseman Avery Romero slides into Dunedin Blue Jays short stop Emillo Guerrero’s tag on Saturday night to end the second inning at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Dunedin won the game that lasted 3:14, 12-7 (Eddie Michels/Photo)

-Sean Nolin's (groin) second rehab start went okay over 2 2/3 innings for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays against the Jupiter Hammerheads Saturday night.  Nolin who is on rehab assignment from Triple-A Buffalo allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out five. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

-Sean Nolin’s (groin) second rehab start went okay over 2 2/3 innings for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays against the Jupiter Hammerheads Saturday night. Nolin who is on rehab assignment from Triple-A Buffalo allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out five. (Eddie Michels/Photo)

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