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Batting Practice: Bubba Hollins heads to Batavia, Roemon Fields keeps stealing bases and more

Hollins to Batavia

Orchard Park native Bubba Hollins was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs this week. The son of Dave Hollins, a 12-year MLB veteran and member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, he was originally drafted out of Orchard Park High School by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. He went on to play at St. Petersburg Community College and then went to St. Bonaventure.

Hollins started 2018 with the Miami Marlins Class A Advanced affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads, where he hit .167 with a double and a home run in 21 games in the Florida State League.

Staying put in Bluefield

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to secure their farm system as the organization signed a two-year extension with the Bluefield Blue Jays. The agreement runs through 2020. Bluefield plays in the Rookie Appalachian League. The short-season league began play in June. Bluefield is currently 19-8 and in first place in the Appalachian League East Division. It’s the third extension between the Blue Jays and the West Virginia-based club.

The Blue Jays have contracts through 2020 with Buffalo, New Hampshire (Double-A) and Lansing (Single-A) while their deal with Vancouver (Class A short season) runs through 2022. They own the Class A team in Dunedin.

In the system

Right-handed starting pitcher Patrick Murphy is having a hot streak for Dunedin in the Florida State League. In his past nine starts, Murphy has an earned run average of 1.46. Overall, he is 7-4 in 19 starts for the Blue Jays. The 23-year-old was a third-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2013. He has made one Double-A start, pitching for New Hampshire on May 27 when he gave up two runs on four hits in six innings.

By the numbers

22 – Number of stolen bases Roemon Fields has this season

67 – Career stolen bases for Fields, tied for second on the Bisons Modern Era list

97 – Bisons all-time Modern Era stolen base record set by Dave Roberts

He said it:

“I think that’s the culture the Blue Jays are trying to make – a brotherhood, sticking up for each other, playing to win, being a good teammate but also being a gamer,” said Bisons center fielder Jonathan Davis on the ease of transition from Double-A New Hampshire to Buffalo.

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