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Around The Nest - Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - Week 16

Meet the New Guys!

Chad Spanberger taking a swing with the Asheville Tourists.
Courtesy of Tony Farlow / Asheville Tourists

The Toronto Blue Jays’ prospects ranks have gone up this past week as the Jays traded away Seunghwan Oh and J.A. Happ in exchange for minor leaguers Chad Spanberger, Forrest Wall, and Billy McKinney (in addition to Brandon Drury). To learn more about the new guys from people who have seen them play, we have invited Asheville Tourists broadcaster Doug Maurer, Hartford Yard Goats broadcaster Jeff Dooley, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Adam Marco to join this week’s Around The Nest.

Around The Nest is a weekly podcast that looks at the Blue Jays’ minor league system from rookie-level Bluefield all the way up to triple-A Buffalo. Hosted by the Voice of the Lansing Lugnuts Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, radio broadcasters from each affiliate call into the show to talk about their teams and their prospects. We aim to give our listeners deep insight into Jays prospects from the broadcasters who see them play every day.

The live broadcast begins at 4 pm ET on Friday at this link. You can also follow the same link after the show ends to download an archived copy of the episode for later listening.

Here is today’s show description from Jesse:

The Blue Jays added Brandon Drury, Billy McKinney, Forrest Wall and Chad Spanberger this week, subtracting J.A. Happ and Seunghwan Oh. We check in with the voices of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Hartford and Asheville for their observations of the Jays’ newcomers, plus Vladdy Jr. is back to his old slugging habits, the Lansing starting rotation is on fire, the D-Jays continue to lead the FSL North Division, the Canadians start up the second half and have you seen Cal Stevenson’s numbers recently? Looks like we picked the right week to go Jay-talking!

As always, Bluebird Banter readers are encouraged to ask their questions about the minor leagues in the comments below. Do note that it is generally impossible for the broadcasters to answer questions about injury status, as that is treated as confidential information by the club.