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The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, finished the 2013 campaign with 74-70 record and third place finish in the North Division. After a promising 20-10 start to begin the season, the Bisons fell off and ended right above .500.
Buffalo was led by International League All-Stars Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez in 2013. Negrych has moved on to play for fellow North Division rival, Lehigh Valley, while Gomez signed an International contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Without two former all-stars in the fold, the Bisons will have a lot of work to do to compete for a North Division crown.
Pitching: Sean Nolin will anchor the staff. The 6-foot, 5-inch, Nolin had an impressive showing in 2013, making 17 starts for Double-A New Hampshire, three for Triple-A Buffalo and one for Toronto. His spot start at the big league level didn’t pan out, as he was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in 1.0 IP. However, he rebounded well, going 8-3 with a 3.01 ERA in Double- A and 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA with Buffalo. Nolin has four pitches that he uses on both sides of the plate. He works his 2-seam fastball along with his curve, slider and changeup, to keep batters off balance.
He may be joined by teammate Marcus Stroman. The first round pick out of Duke University in 2012, has emerged as the No. 2 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization according to Baseball America. Stroman dazzled at the Double-A level, going 9-5 with a 3.30 ERA. He struck out 129 batters in 122.0 IP. Stroman’s ability to pound the plate is his strongest asset, as he has walked 36 hitters in 131 minor league innings. Featuring a mid-90’s fastball with late sink and a hard slider, Stroman gives the opposition fits.
Infield: The Bisons lost two all-stars in Negrych and Gomez, so they will have to rely on Triple-A veterans like Steve Tolleson, Chris Getz, Dan Johnson, Andy Laroche, Mike McDade and Erik Kratz. Tolleson had a solid season for Charlotte in 2013, hitting .288 (113-for-382) with 28 doubles, eight homers and 53 RBIs. Johnson, “The Great Pumpkin,” has played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues, tallying a .236 batting average, 53 homers and 194 RBIs in his career. He will have to work his way back to major league roster by starting the season with Buffalo. I
Outfield: The Bisons will have three jackrabbits in the outfield in Anthony Gose, Kenny Wilson and Kevin Pillar. Gose split the season between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto in 2013, hitting a combined .244 (132-for-540) with 26 stolen bases. While, Gose was bouncing from Triple-A to the Majors, Pillar was making his unprecedented climb to the MLB. The former 32nd rounder out of Dominguez Hills University (Ca.) signed for $1,000 in 2011 and has become an asset for the Blue Jays’ organization. In three minor league seasons, he has accumulated a .321 (398-for-1240) batting average with 84 doubles, 15 triples, 22 homers, 185 RBIs and 82 stolen bases. He made his Major League debut in 2013, playing in 36 games for the Blue Jays. Wilson doesn’t have the accolades of Gose and Pillar, but he might be the best athlete of the three. In five seasons, he has swiped 194 bases and is a career .229 hitter.
Schedule: The Bisons will meet up with the G-Braves on May 5-8 at Coolray Field, while the G-Braves travel to New York on May 13-16.
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Right-hander Cody Martin will make his debut for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves tonight, June 18, against the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY at 7:05 PM. He will take the roster spot of Tyler Pastornicky, who was recently called up by the Atlanta Braves, replacing the injured Evan Gattis.
Martin was a seventh round draft pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of Gonzaga University. During his four-year career with the Bulldogs, he went 16-13 with 3.76 ERA. He recorded 271 strikeouts in 253.2 collegiate innings. His senior season, he dominated the collegiate circuit, posting a 2-1 record and leading NCAA Division 1 baseball with a 0.86 ERA.
After signing with the Braves, the Dos Palos, CA native was assigned to short season Danville. In eight relief appearances, he tossed nine scoreless frames and recorded three saves. He was moved to Low-A Rome during the middle of July. In 14 games with the R-Braves, he went 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA, while recording six saves. His success in the bullpen and command of four pitches, allowed the organization to try him as a starter in 2012. He responded by going 12-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 107.1 innings for High-A Lynchburg. The 12 victories tied for second amongst Braves’ farmhands, while he recorded 123 punch outs for the HillCats.
Cody, the son of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Chuck Martin (1984-1985), has a four pitch repertoire. He relies heavily on a low-90’s fastball with late run and mid 80’s slider. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, which he uses to keep hitters off balance.
He will have his hands full, facing the No.2 offense in all the International League.
The No. 4 prospect in the New York Mets system is right-hander Jeurys Familia. The Buffalo Bisons starting pitcher is priming himself for a long professional career in the big leagues. In 2012, the righty has recorded 29 strikeouts through 26.2 innings of work alongside surrendering just two home runs. However, Familia’s control has been an issue early this year as he has yielded 25 walks and 15 earned runs en route to his 5.06 ERA. However, he is showing signs of coming out of his early season funk, as most pitchers begin to do at this point in the season.
2012 Stats: 2-1, 5.06 ERA, 6 Games Started, 26.2 Innings Pitched, 29 K’s, 26 Hits, 16 Runs, 15 Earned Runs, 2 Home Runs, 25 BB, 1.91 WHIP
Gwinnett faced the No. 2 prospect in the Mets system in Matt Harvey on Tuesday and will have their hands full once again with Familia. The righty was named the New York Mets Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 and also represented the organization at the 2010 Futures Game. He spent most of 2010 in Single-A, then moved up to Double-A in 2011 before getting the call to Triple-A in 2012.
The flamethrower hits 99 mph on the radar gun with regularity and is consistently between 92-96 mph. He has natural cutting action down in the zone according to Baseball America. When the right-hander is on his game, he is very difficult to square up with the barrel of the bat.
Familia is listed at 6-foot, 2-inches tall and 185 pounds out of the Dominican Republic. He is 21 years old and only getting better with his growing maturity. At the rate he is going right now, the hard-throwing righty will be in the Major League’s by next season. As for right now, he is just worrying about getting his command under control for his Triple-A team. Anytime you have a pitcher who throws in the mid to high 90′s, with multiple pitches and command…you’re witnessing something pretty special and Familia is just that.
By: Tony Piraro