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Around the Nest Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - 2021 Episode 11: The Nesties Midseason Awards

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On this episode we recognize the top Blue Jays prospects based on their performance halfway through the 2021 minor league season

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Top left: host Tyler Zickel of the Vancouver Canadians (high-A), top right: Bob Lipman of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (double-A), bottom left: Gregg Caserta of the Buffalo Bisons (triple-A), bottom right: Andrew Thriffiley of the Dunedin Blue Jays (low-A)

On this week’s Around The Nest Toronto Blue Jays minor league podcast, we hand out awards—we call them Nesties—to the best Blue Jays prospects of the 2021 season.

The midseason award show is hosted by the Voice of the Vancouver Canadians and the man with a bow tie Tyler Zickel. He is joined by the radio voices of the Trenton-Buffalo Thunder Bisons Gregg Caserta and New Hampshire Fisher Cats Bob Lipman, as well as the Dunedin Blue Jays’ social media guru Andrew Thriffiley.

Our award categories are Most Valuable Player, Top Hitter, Top Defender, Top Starter, Top Reliever, Mr. Underrated, Biggest/Most Unique Game of the Year, Best Single Game Performance of the Year. Each winner is selected by a member of the Around the Nest crew, who see these Jays prospects play every day, so they know what they’re talking about.

You can find Around The Nest on YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.

2021 Midseason Nesties Winners

Award Bisons (AAA) Fisher Cats (AA) Canadians (high-A) D-Jays (low-A)
Award Bisons (AAA) Fisher Cats (AA) Canadians (high-A) D-Jays (low-A)
MVP Kevin Smith Gabriel Moreno Tanner Kirwer Orelvis Martinez
Top Hitter Kevin Smith Otto Lopez Cameron Eden Leo Jimenez
Top Defender Logan Warmoth Austin Martin Ryan Gold Dasan Brown
Top Starter Jacob Waguespack Simeon Woods Richardson Nick Fraze Naswell Paulino
Top Reliever Bryan Baker Kyle Johnston Parker Caracci Gabriel Ponce
Mr. Underrated Connor Overton Vinny Capra Tanner Morris Steward Berroa
Biggest/Most Unique Game of the Year 2021-07-22: Seven-run ninth inning vs Syracuse 2021-07-22: Four-run ninth inning vs Reading 2021-05-18: 18-hit attack vs parkmates Hillsboro 2021-07-16: Five runs in extra innings in win against Clearwater
Best Single Game Performance of the Year 2021-05-06: Alek Manoah's triple-A debut vs Worcester 2021-06-25: Jordan Groshans, 2 HR, 6 RBI vs Bowie 2021-07-15: Ronny Brito, 2 HR, 9 TB 2021-05-28: Addison Barger cycle, 2 HR