2016 Canadian draft list
Letters of Intent
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
Three Blue Jays’ prospects got into the game and contributed with the bat in Friday’s 11-4, 13-inning win over Brisbane. Anthony Alford went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two walks and an RBI, stealing two bases without getting caught. Christian Lopes went 3-for-5 with his first home run in the ABL, driving in two runs and drawing a walk.
Lopes also had a sacrifice fly and, playing shortstop (where he hasn’t played more than three games since his first season in 2012), made an error. Murphy hit his home run in typical, Murphy-esque fashion: in the 13th inning, to cap a seven-run inning and put the Cavalry on top for good.
Canberra swept Saturday’s double header with Lopes going 1-for-4 with another home run in the first game. L.B. Dantzler also hit a home run, his second of the ABL season, also going 1-for-4, in the 6-1 victory over Brisbane. Murphy was 0/3, catching Tim Atherton who had an outstanding outing.
In the second half of the double header, the Cavalry won 8-2 thanks to a 3/5 game from Murphy who hit a double, drove in four runs and scored twice. Murphy pushed his batting average for the ABL season to .352 while Lopes remained hot, going 2-for-5 and finishing the day with a .337 batting average. Alford was hitles with a walk and a run while Dantzler played first and third base, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.
Overall, Alford is hitting .222/.344/.346 with a pair of home runs (including an “in-the-parker”) and five stolen bases.
Dantzler’s overall numbers are .256/.314/.400 with a pair of home runs, seven doubles and 16 RBI over 24 games. In his third Australian campaign,
Murphy is hitting .352/.408/.538 with five doubles and four home runs over 23 games while Lopes, 22, is hitting .337/.384/.461 with five doubles and a pair of home runs and has walked (eight times) more than he’s struck out (seven times).