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Toronto Blue Jays catching prospect Gabriel Moreno put on another offensive show on Friday at the Double-A level. The 21-year-old catcher went 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, and a home run. The outburst raised his average on the year to .398 through 23 games. Moreno has always had a feel for hitting but the power development has been a welcome sight. With five homers so far, he's on pace to easily surpass his career-high mark of 12 in 82 games set back in 2019. Overall, the Venezuela native's OPS sits at 1.119 which is all the more impressive when you consider he skipped over High-A ball. Along with the injured Alejandro Kirk, Moreno gives Toronto two impressive, young offensive catchers.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ross Stripling struck out six batters while allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox in Friday's no-decision. The right-hander was solid for most of his outing by allowing just a solo homer as he entered the sixth, but he went on to give up three hits and a run before Tyler Chatwood allowed two of his runners to come around to score as well. Stripling had put together three-straight stellar outings going into this one, and he was one strike away from making it a fourth tonight. He'd be a good target to stream if he wasn't facing the Yankees next week, but he lines up against the Marlins and Orioles after that which makes him a player to monitor on your watchlist.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien picked up a pair of singles as his club fell to the Red Sox 6-5 on Friday night. He also chipped in with a walk and a run scored, finishing the day going 2-for-4. Semien's .293 BA and .361 OBP has made him a terrific table-setter for the big bats that follow him in the Jays order this season as he currently sits in the top-10 with 41 runs. His only knock against him is that he's only stolen two bases since April 28 after swiping six bags through his first 23 games. Still, managers should be ecstatic about his fantasy output this season, but it will be interesting to see how the lineup shakes out when George Springer returns to the lineup later this month.
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Cavan Biggio (neck) has been activated from the injured list and is in the starting lineup on Friday night. Biggio has been sidelined since late May with a cervical sprain, but even before the injury he had not been performing well at the plate this season, as he is slashing .205/.315/.315 over 39 games. He'll look to get things turned around at the plate Friday night against the Red Sox, as he will get the start at third and bat eighth against Garrett Richards.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu fell to 5-4 on the season as his club was defeated by the White Sox 5-2 on Thursday. The veteran southpaw surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk with three punchouts through six frames in the 95-pitch outing. Ryu had only one bad inning, which came in the first, where he yielded all three runs on two doubles and a two-run homer off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. He settled down after that, but the offense was unable to make a comeback to prevent him from taking a loss. Ryu will take a 3.34 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into his next scheduled start versus the Yankees next week.