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Around the Nest 2021 Week 2: Attack of the C’s

Weekly Blue Jays minor league podcast hosted by Tyler Zickel

The Vancouver Canadians visiting Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 2, 2018.
The Vancouver Canadians visiting Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 2, 2018.
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This week, the Vancouver Canadians’ Tyler Zickel was joined by Gregg Caserta of the triple-A Buffalo Bisons / Trenton Thunder and Tyler Murray of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Episode Topics

Gregg Caserta on the Buffalo Bisons / Trenton Thunder (Triple-A)

  • Best start since 2017.
  • .273 BA is tops in AAA East, .360 OBP is 4th
  • 2.35 ERA (1st) and .202 OPP BA (2nd)
  • Players playing all around the diamond
  • Breyvic Valera joins Blue Jays taxi squad
  • Richard Ureña’s beard update
  • Christian Colón: Old, but not THAT old
  • All roads lead back to the Blue Jays for Casey Lawrence
  • Addition of CJ Edwards
  • Manoah comes up short with just 10 Ks. What’s wrong with him?
  • 2021 Pork Roll Counter

Tyler Murray on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A)

  • Get these Sea Dogs off our backs! ‘Cats break out to end losing skid vs. Portland
  • Is that Vlad-…. No it’s Johan Mieses
  • Otto Lopez’s major beef with AA NE pitching, but coming down to earth?
  • Little Jason LJ Talley goes BIG with 2 HR, 6 RBI
  • Lisa Simpson causes some friction with Double-A Northeast umpires
  • Prospecting for gold: Jordan Groshans (hamstring issues), Austin Martin (injured finger on slide), Simeon Woods Richardson, Gabriel Moreno (back at DH)
  • Jon Harris: is he the new Jon Berti of New Hampshire?

Tyler Zickel on the Vancouver Canadians (High-A)

  • 8-game winning streak, longest in 16 years
  • Tanner Kirwer, Cameron Eden, Spencer Horwitz
  • Kloff gonna Kloff
  • Zick’s broadcast booth in Hillsboro
  • C’s all over the league leaderboard
  • .251 BA/123 Hits ranked 4th in Hi-A, 89 BB/.376 OBP is 1st, Top 10 in runs/OPS/
  • 2.80 ERA 2nd in Hi-A, 4th-lowest OPP BA (.189), Top 10 in WHIP

Tyler Zickel on the Dunedin Blue Jays (Low-A)

  • 3-2 in their last five
  • C Zach Britton’s line: .293/.482/.537/1.019
  • #5 prospect Orelvis Martinez raised is average 25 points, 2nd with 9 RBI
  • RHP Roither Hernandez: 9.1 IP in 5G, 0.96 ERA, 14 K/3 BB, .200 OPP BA/0.96 WHIP
  • RHP Willy Gaston: 10.2 IP in 4G, 1.69 ERA, 13 K/5 BB, .233 OPP BA


  • Organizational Standings
  • Looking forward to the upcoming week