The Buffalo Bisons will Change your Swing

Much has been made of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his revelation since returning from Triple-A Buffalo. Tony Wolfe of Fangraphs noted Gurriel Jr.’s newfound ability to crush sliders, and Tim Jackson of Pitcher List, broke down the slight change in Gurriel Jr.’s swing and how he’s drastically improved his exit velocity.

On top of the mechanical change Gurriel Jr. has also altered his batted ball profile.

LD%
GB%
FB%
Pull
Centre
Oppo
Launch Angle
Mar 28-April 14
14.3%
42.9%
42.9%
32.1%
28.6%
39.3%
15.3
May 24-Present
20.0%
36.5%
43.5%
41.7%
37.4%
20.9%
13.8
He has slightly lowered his launch angle but the big change is in where he is hitting the ball. He is pulling the ball significantly more and putting it on the ground less. These are both good things, especially in a hitter’s park like Rogers Centre. Seeing this it’s no surprise that he has hit 16 home runs since his recall, with 10 being hit out to left field.
Gurriel Jr.’s change and success lead me to look at other players who have spent time in Buffalo this season. It hasn’t been to the same degree but Teoscar Hernández made a change to his batting stance while in Buffalo.

Nice catch. His hands are lower, bat is …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. can lock-up left-field if he can show consistency at the MLB-level

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made his return to the Blue Jays lineup in the opener of their three-game series against the Padres. But unlike before, the 25-year-old will now be positioned in left-field with the opportunity of earning everyday playing-time.
The Blue Jays are currently lacking in depth of quality outfielders that are ready to be called-up to have a major impact on the Blue Jays. Other than Teoscar Hernandez and Anthony Alford, who both have had their struggles this season, the Blue Jays just don’t have any other outfielders who are viable options for this season or the next.
Which has now paved the way for Gurriel Jr. to transition into an everyday left-fielder for the Blue Jays. But, the Cuban-native will have to earn that role. Gurriel Jr.’s time earlier this season was anything but successful. Through the 14 games played with the Blue Jays this season, Gurriel Jr. hit just four doubles and a lonely home run, along with slashing a line of .186/.255/.349/.604 and striking-out 13 different times.

LOURDES HAVE MERCY, #PińaPower is back!@yunitogurriel | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/sPrbDqVvAr
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 25, 2019

Along with Gurriel Jr.’s laughable defensive miscues, his inability to reduce …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Sogard to be called up, Gurriel Jr. optioned to Buffalo

After the recent struggles of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to start the season, he will be spending some time with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
The corresponding move will be infielder Eric Sogard getting the call and will most likely make his Jays debut in the upcoming week.

#BlueJays planning to bring up Eric Sogard in place of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who will be heading to triple-A Buffalo.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 14, 2019

Gurriel Jr., who has started the season 7-for-39 and a 3:12 walk-to-strikeout ratio, hasn’t had the best of luck when it came to any offensive production. Defensively, he has made some egregious errors — including getting pulled by Montoyo in Sunday’s game against the Rays after making a throwing error at second.
This trip down to the Bisons could do some good for him, get his confidence back and will hopefully be back performing much better. Last year, the 25-year-old was split between the Jays and Bisons fairly evenly, slashing .281/.309/.446 in 249 at-bats in the majors and .301/.330/.466 in 206 at-bats in Triple-A.
Sogard, 32, was optioned to Buffalo before the season began, as Richard Urena won-out the final position spot on the Blue Jays. In 30 at-bats with the Bisons this year, the infielder …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation