AtN, Week 23: The 2014 Season in Review

Around the Nest, Week 23, 2014: Season in Review

AtN Questions of the Week: What were your biggest surprises? What are you looking forward next season?

There’s time for one final jaunt Around the Nest in 2014, wishing the Vancouver Canadians well as they sail off deep into another dramatic Northwest League postseason, and closing the door to the seasons for the Buffalo Bisons, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Dunedin Blue Jays and Lansing Lugnuts. Join us as we talk favorite games, favorite players and favorite stories with the radio voices of the Jays’ MiLB affiliates.

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Vince Horsman, interview, Lugnuts pitching coach
3. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin

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Join Buffalo’s Ben Wagner and Lansing’s Jesse Goldberg-Strassler in Toronto next week!

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Around the Nest, Week 22

Around the Nest, Week 22, 2014: Is this the end?

AtN Question of the Week: What will you remember most about this season?

The MiLB playoffs are on the horizon, but who’s punching their ticket? Entering Friday, the Vancouver Canadians find themselves in a dead heat, while Lansing (1 GB) and Buffalo (1.5 GM) are pushing forward, bolstered by new additions. Dunedin is already in from its first-half dominance, but how will that translate come the postseason? Plus, it’s time to have a look back on our favorite moments and players from the season. Join the broadcasters of the Blue Jays’ Minor League affiliates and hear the latest word from the system!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
3. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Lucas Scott, Sh-A Vancouver
6. Kevin Fitzgerald, Rookie-level Bluefield

Around the Nest, Week 21

Around the Nest, Week 21, 2014: Let’s Get Rowdy Tellez

AtN Question of the Week: Who are your team leaders?

We’re into the final weeks of August, and even more prospects are in the headlines: Daniel Norris makes his final start (before transitioning to the bullpen) in Buffalo a memorable one, Dalton Pompey jumps to Triple-A, Gustavo Pierre splashes into Double-A New Hampshire, Mitch Nay completes the rhyming trio of surnames with a promotion to A-Advanced Dunedin, Rowdy Tellez impresses in Single-A Lansing, Richard Urena joins Sh-A Vancouver, and Grayson Huffman arrives in Bluefield. Meanwhile, the Bisons are battling for the Wild Card, the Canadians are battling for first place, and Miguel Castro, Roberto Osuna, and Alberto Tirado aren’t ready for the season to be over. Join the radio voices of the Blue Jays’ organization for the latest news around the system!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
3. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Lucas Scott, Sh-A Vancouver
6. Clayton McCullough, interview

Around the Nest, Week 20

Week 20, 2014: Our Magnum Opitz

AtN Question of the Week: What are the best nicknames on your team?

Edwin Encarnacion drops by to help out Kevin Pillar and the Buffalo Bisons; Austin Bibens-Dirkx paces the New Hampshire Fisher Cats; Taylor Cole returns to Dunedin with his dominant strikeout stuff intact; Brad Allen and Brent Powers power the Lansing Lugnuts; Franklin Barreto and Gunnar Heidt are red-hot for the Vancouver Canadians; and the Bluefield Blue Jays are locked in a nose-to-nose tussle with Princeton for the Mercer Cup. Plus, we talk about the best nicknames in the system. Join the radio voices of the Blue Jays’ organization on our latest tour around the system!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Kevin Fitzgerald, Rookie-level Bluefield
2. Lucas Scott, Short-A Vancouver
3. Al Hernandez, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
6. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire

Around the Nest, Week 19

Week 19, 2014: Lone Starlyn Suriel

AtN Question of the Week: Outside of baseball, how are the players passing the time during the season?

These are exciting times for the Blue Jays’ MiLB affiliates: Kevin Pillar has gone on another tear for the streaking Buffalo Bisons, who creep ever closer in the International League wild card race while receiving rising stars Kendall Graveman and Daniel Norris. Meanwhile, Minor League strikeout leader Taylor Cole lands in New Hampshire, which continues to receive outstanding performances from Scott Copeland and Andy Burns. Jeremy Gabryszwski arrives in Dunedin, while Miguel Castro and Starlyn Suriel impress in Lansing. In the Northwest League, pitching dominated the All-Star Game — but Lydell Moseby’s bat dominated the headlines in the Appalachian League. Join the radio voices of the Blue Jays’ organization on our latest tour around the system!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
3. Al Hernandez, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Rob Fai, Short-A Vancouver
6. Kevin Fitzgerald, Rookie-level Bluefield

Around the Nest, Week 18, 2014

Around the Nest, Week 18, 2014: Jeremy Gabryszwski Business

Bluebird Banter Question(s) of the Week: Who were you most glad to see didn’t get traded at the trade deadline?

AtN Question of the Week: Who are your most popular players with 1) their teammates and 2) the fanbase?

Join the voices of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Minor League system, from Triple-A to Rookie-ball, in the latest happenings and highlights from the farm! It’s the first day of August and also the first day after the trade deadline. The Blue Jays might not have made a headline-grabbing move, but the Major League club is red hot and the Minor League affiliates remain intact. Kevin Pillar is powering Buffalo, where a healthy Sean Ochinko has made a triumphant return. Kendall Graveman zooms up the ladder, including an impressive Double-A debut, and Taylor Cole is following on his heels. A new starter joins Dunedin, and a rather noteworthy one at that. In Lansing, the Lugnuts are coming off 29 innings of baseball over the week only to find a sweep waiting for them at home. The Canadians are selling out their remaining home games at The Nat while welcoming in draftee Gunnar Heidt and enjoying more success from Miguel Castro. Plus, we check in on the latest Blue Jays to impress in Bluefield.

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin
2. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
3. Kevin Fitzgerald, Adv. Rookie Bluefield
4. Chris King, Baseball Prospectus – GCL
5. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
6. Bob Lipman, Double-A New Hampshire

Around the Nest, Week 17, 2014

Around the Nest, Week 17, 2014: Aaron Sanchez Vicario

Bluebird Banter Question(s) of the Week: What was the best game you’ve ever seen Aaron Sanchez pitch? What’s your favorite Sanchez story?

AtN Question of the Week: What would happen in your ideal August?

Join the voices of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Minor League system, from Triple-A to Rookie-ball, in the latest happenings and highlights from the farm! The big news of the week saw Aaron Sanchez move up from Buffalo with a smashing American League debut, but plenty more has transpired in the Blue Jays’ MiLB system: Daniel Norris is back to his lights-out ways in New Hampshire, joined by a hot-hitting Kevin Nolan; Taylor Cole is racking up the strikeouts in Dunedin; Matt Dermody is tossing up zeroes for the Lugnuts, who won a memorable pair of exciting games in Peoria; seven Canadians were named to the Northwest League South Division All-Star Team; and Bluefield continues to receive strong starts to supplement Dan Jansen’s and Josh Almonte’s hot hitting.

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
2. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
3. Al Hernandez, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Kevin Fitzgerald, Adv. Rookie Bluefield
6. Lucas Scott, Sh-A Vancouver

Around the Nest, Week 16, 2014

Around the Nest, Week 16, 2014: I was, like, Emilioooooo Guerrero

Bluebird Banter Question of the Week: Who is the best defensive player at each level?

AtN Question of the Week: What is the most unexpected/sudden circumstance where you’ve seen a non-prospect turn into a prospect?

Join the voices of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Minor League system, from Triple-A to Rookie-ball, in the latest happenings and highlights from the farm! This week, we discuss the All-Star Break, Aaron Sanchez’s move to the bullpen, John Anderson and Matt Newman’s recent success in Double-A, Kendall Graveman’s dominance in the FSL and the quality of catchers Santiago Nessy and Jorge Saez, Shane Dawson’s evolution in pitching, Dawel Lugo’s hitting breakthrough, Max Pentecost’s arrival in Vancouver, Roemon Fields’s record-breaking success, and Ryan Borucki and Jesus Tinoco’s latest gems.

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire
3. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Lucas Scott, Sh-A Vancouver
6. Kevin Fitzgerald, Adv. Rookie Bluefield

Around the Nest, Week 15, 2014

Around the Nest, Week 15, 2014: …And Now Miguel Castro

Time to go bottoms up in the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system… starting from the Rookie-level in the Gulf Coast League and working our way upward to Double-A. On this week’s show, we talk Max Pentecost, Roberto Osuna, Sean Reid-Foley and more in the GCL; Daniel Lietz and the sizzling Bluefield Blue Jays offense; Tim Locastro, Miguel Castro and Roemon Fields in Vancouver; Matt Dean and Mitch Nay in Lansing; Kendall Graveman and Dwight Smith, Jr., in Dunedin; and Dalton Pompey, Casey Lawrence and a trio of All-Stars in New Hampshire.

Join the voices of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Minor League system, plus special guest Chris King from Baseball Prospectus, in the latest happenings and highlights from the farm!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Chris King, Baseball Prospectus, on the Gulf Coast League
2. Kevin Fitzgerald, Adv. Rookie Bluefield
3. Lucas Scott, Sh-A Vancouver
4. Trey Wilson, Single-A Lansing
5. Tyler Murray, A-Adv. Dunedin
6. Tom Gauthier, Double-A New Hampshire

Question of the Week: What is the most locked-in you’ve ever seen a ballplayer?

Around the Nest, Week 14, 2014

Week 14, 2014: Roemon Fields of Dreams

Happy belated Canada Day and happy U.S. Independence Day! In Triple-A Buffalo, three Bisons are honored as International League All-Stars; in Double-A New Hampshire, Casey Lawrence was nearly perfect and Matt Newman closed a monster month; in A-Advanced Dunedin, the D-Jays send Matt Boyd up and receive knuckleballing Frank Viola III in his place; in Single-A Lansing, Anthony Alford makes an immediate impact; in Short-A Vancouver, Jairo Labourt continues to dominate; and in Rookie-level Bluefield, the Blue Jays begin their journey toward capturing the Mercer Cup. Join the voices of the Jays’ Minor League system for the latest highlights and fireworks, with a 4th of July theme!

Host: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Lineup:

1. Ben Wagner, Triple-A Buffalo
2. Sal Fasano, interview
3. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Trey Wilson, Lansing Lugnuts
4. Kevin Fitzgerald, Rookie-level Bluefield

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