Fortnight on the Farm, Vol. 7

At the All-star break (throughout the full season leagues) is not really “halfway home” – we did that two weeks ago – but because it’s unusually late in the month, you can look at performance in July as a decent sample and maybe jumping off to a larger one, but of course, in a few cases observations are sullied by having changed teams or been injured.

Buffalo Bisons
There’s hardly anything worth reporting about the Bisons pitching staff except that the guys you’ve seen in the majors – Thornton, Gage, Saucedo, Lawrence – are generally doing fine here if they are healthy. Even Thomas Hatch has had a couple of perfectly fine starts since that disaster against Tampa which, to be honest, doesn’t reflect his abilities.
Offensively the big story now, with due respect to more highly ranked prospects, is 1B Spencer Horwitz. In 11 games since his promotion, he has a .869 OPS. Gabby Moreno just got back, no sample to speak of. Samad Taylor came off the IL for one game this month and went right back on it. Otto Lopez and Jordan Groshans remain deeply unproductive.
New Hampshire  Fisher Cats
The rotation is where the names will catch your eye on this team. Yosver Zulueta, whom you’ll recall stumbled in his first AA outing, bounced back in an impressive outing this month, throwing 4 innings of 2 hit, 1 run ball, and striking out 8. He might well …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs reportedly in trade talks as goaltending market heats up

Goalies. Goalies. Goalies. NHL Draft day is in full swing and the Maple Leafs have reportedly been a bit active in discussions so far.
The closer we get to July 13th, the more it looks like Jack Campbell will hit unrestricted free agency, meaning Toronto would likely be on the hunt for a new starting goaltender.
Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas spoke with the media yesterday and discussed a number of topics ranging from Rasmus Sandin, to Campbell, to even Petr Mrazek and his future in Toronto. Dubas bet on the 30-year-old netminder coming back and having a breakout season, making it seem like he was returning to the Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs won’t do absolutely anything to dump Petr Mrazek’s contract
That, though, could just be Dubas protecting his goaltender and not going public with what he actually thinks of the 30-year-old. And as of right now, reports are suggesting that maybe Mrazek isn’t back in the blue and white next season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the mix on Matt Murray and he would agree to a move there. Arizona and Chicago both looking for goalies. #Sens https://t.co/cxPYYxMtKJ
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 7, 2022

According to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, the Maple Leafs are interested in bringing Matt Murray with them when they come home from Montreal. If that’s the case, I don’t think Toronto begins the season with Mrazek and Murray as their tandem. At least, I hope not.
And if you’re wondering what the trade looked like before Murray declined to waive his modified no-trade clause for Buffalo, here it is:

The deal between Ottaw …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation