Around The Nest is the weekly Toronto Blue Jays minor league podcast, featuring host Tyler Zickel of the Vancouver Canadians (high-A), joined this week by Gregg Caserta of the Buffalo Bisons / Trenton Thunder (triple-A), Bob Lipman of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (double-A), and Andrew Thriffiley of the Dunedin Blue Jays (low-A).
In this episode we go around to each level of the Blue Jays’ minor leagues to talk about performances from prospects and recap what has happened this past week.
- Gregg Caserta talks about the Bisons lineup’s mediocrity and the great pitching, Cullen Large’s bounce back, and Jacob Waguespack’s major league future. We also hear about Gregg’s callup to the major leagues when he was called up to broadcast two Mets games last week (and how he told his parents).
- Bob Lipman joins the podcast for the first time in 2021 to talk about the Fisher Cats finally recording a save, being the last affiliated minor league team to do so. He also talks about the solid top half of the order with Otto Lopez, Gabriel Moreno, Austin Martin, Jordan Groshans, and Samad Taylor.
- For the first time in weeks, Tyler Zickel is at a park outside of Hillsboro, Oregon as the Canadians are in Spokane. Adam Kloffenstein has had three consecutive rough starts but is making adjustments, Paxton Schultz has been a surprisingly consistent arm for Vancouver, Albertan Tanner Kirwer emerges as a leader on top of the lineup. Zickel hints that the Canadians may just be able to return north of the border before the end of this summer.
- Andrew Thriffiley, reporting from the Dunedin Blue Jays’ clubhouse in Lakeland, praises the pitching for lifting the team from its funk: Trent Palmer has made his pro debut and has not yet given up a hit, Jol Concepcion gave a six-inning relief outing, and Sem Robberse is striking out guys. Orelvis Martinez has been a consistent bat and might not be at Dunedin for long.
- We cap off the episode by talking about the best and worst minor league food spreads!