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Week 18, 2017: 1st Lt. Rowley and Encino Man
August 17, 2017 03:28 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 18

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
0:32 – All about Chris Rowley
3:08 – Daniel Norris cameo
3:31 – Okay, back to Rowley
5:14 – Tim Mayza is a breath of fresh air
6:17 – Danny “Wrecking Ball” Jansen is oozing with confidence
8:05 – 1st impression of Carlos Ramirez: power forward!
9:07 – Ben loves the Buffalo clubhouse

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyler Zickel
10:57 – Why are the Fisher Cats playing strong baseball?
13:06 – Ryan Borucki is New Hampshire’s best pitching prospect
14:34 – Richard Urena’s putting together a nice second half

Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians – Rob Fai
16:56 – All-Stars: Riley Adams, Orlando Pascual, Will Ouellette
17:40 – Orlando Pascual’s nickname, “40-Man”
18:16 – The Canadians have 21 pitchers, and use them
20:36 – Justin Dillon reminds Rob of Tim Hudson
21:36 – The C’s terrific quartet of southpaws
22:38 – Mark Prior likes Colton Laws’s makeup
24:06 – Rob ranks Nate Pearson as No. 1 for Vancouver pitchers
25:41 – David Jacob is tenacious and passes the eye test
27:00 – If there was a battle royale, Riley Adams wins
27:40 – The 2017 Draft was the Blue Jays’ best in the last 5 years

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
28:54 – Ryan Noda gets the start in center field
29:46 – Status report on the Jays
30:53 – Spotlight on Josh Winckowski
32:20 – Jordan Barrett, king of strikeouts
33:18 – A fantastic description of Marcus Reyes’s delivery
34:40 – Brandon Grudzielanek’s name rings a bell
35:47 – A gem from 19-year-old Colombian Alvaro Galindo
37:18 – The flag of the Bahamas is raised for Chavez Young

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Jim Tarabocchia
38:00 – A lot of winning, hitting, D.J. Davis and Connor Panas!
41:28 – The D-Jays control their own destiny
43:48 – HOME DOMINANCE (20 wins, 3 losses in Dunedin)
45:54 – Bo and Vlad Jr. update: mature and personable

Interview
48:32 – Lansing Lugnuts pitcher Jared Carkuff

Week 17, 2017: The Story of the Mercer Cup
August 07, 2017 10:54 AM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 17

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
0:22 – New acquisition Samad Taylor
1:11 – The Mercer Cup!
5:12 – Samad Taylor’s welcome to Bluefield

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Jim Tarabocchia
6:35 – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. has turned things around
7:46 – The D-Jays offense has been a lot of fun
9:02 – Connor Panas has figured it out, offensively and defensively

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
12:00 – on Duke McGuire, the Hall of Famer
15:59 – Teoscar Hernandez was surprised to be traded
17:48 – The Blue Jays are looking for players of high character
19:22 – The Bisons overall are competing daily

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyler Murray
20:54 – New acquisition Thomas Pannone
23:34 – Ryan Borucki is exceeding expectations
24:47 – The Fisher Cats’ past week
26:20 – Danny Jansen’s development
27:32 – Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. is an event

Single-A Lansing Lugnuts – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
30:14 – The story of Nash Knight meeting the host of Nash Nights
32:03 – Osman Gutierrez turns in the best start of the season
34:46 – Justin Maese and Patrick Murphy are back

Interview
36:45 – Griffin Glaude, on his many travels in the system

Week 16, 2017: Coloring Club and Jimy Kelly
August 06, 2017 08:16 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 16

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
0:36 – Six-game road trip, six straight victories
2:03 – Closer look: Randy Pondler
2:42 – Maximo Castillo is a big-time prospect
5:23 – Closer look: Elio Silva
6:52 – One last thing: 2 ½ healthy outfielders

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
9:00 – Ben waxes eloquent on prospects
11:05 – Spotlight on Rob Refsnyder
12:24 – The Bisons’ roster shifts and takes shape
14:29 – Coca-Cola Field gets fun, and full

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Daniel Venn
15:39 – An introduction to Daniel
15:59 – Bo and Vlad feel like the oldest guys on the team
18:02 – The Dunedin Coloring and Painting Club
18:56 – Top artists: Michael De La Cruz and Ryan “Picasso” Cook
19:32 – Duke the Rally Crow needs to practice flying - the BP cage!
21:26 – The amazing story of Jimy Kelly, the youngest pro player
27:06 – Connor Panas: bats on life support, and a breakthrough
30:22 – Josh DeGraaf surges forward in the rotation

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyler Zickel
34:13 – Spotlight on Carlos Ramirez
35:19 – Tim Lopes and Emilio Guerrero are excelling
38:18 – Ryan Borucki’s New Hampshire arrival
40:55 – The secret of the Fisher Cats’ great Twitter work
41:27 – Closer look: Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.

Single-A Lansing Lugnuts – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
42:50 – Edward Olivares, Joshua Palacios, J.B. Woodman, Jared Carkuff, Yennsy Diaz, Javier Hernandez

Around the Nest, Week 15, 2017: Tool Time
July 23, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 15: Top Tools Edition!

Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians – Rob Fai
1:03 – Power: Kacy Clemens, Matt Morgan
1:50 – Speed: Reggie Pruitt
2:23 – Defense: Reggie Pruitt, Kevin Vicuna
3:06 – Arm: Riley Adams
3:36 – Pitcher Velo: Juan Nunez
3:59 – Secondary Stuff: Zach Logue
4:35 – The current word with the Canadians
6:35 – Bona fide Major Leaguers with Vancouver
Riley Adams is a second-degree black belt w/ presence

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
8:00 – Power: Ryan Noda
8:25 – Speed: Chavez Young
8:53 – Arm: McGregory Contreras, Antony Fuentes
9:34 – Defense: Ryan Noda, Kevin Smith, Jesus Severino
10:21 – Pitcher Velo: Kelyn Jose
10:56 – Secondary Stuff: Graham Spraker
11:44 – What stands out this past week? Ryan Noda’s walk-off

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Jim Tarabocchia
13:40 – Duke the Rally Crow’s status and origin
14:58 – Dunedin’s clubhouse has a great core / strong leadership
16:30 – Power: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
17:15 – Speed: D.J. Davis
19:23 – Arm: Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
20:10 – Defense: Max Pentecost
21:08 – Secondary Stuff: Adonys Cardona
21:44 – Pitcher Velo: Ryan Borucki, Jackson McClelland

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Bob Lipman
23:13 – The news on Ryan Borucki
23:39 – The news on Anthony Alford, who just turned 21
24:13 – Power: Ryan McBroom (moment of silence), Gunnar Heidt
24:44 – Speed: Jonathan Davis
25:28 – Arm: Richard Urena
25:44 – Defense: Jonathan Davis
26:12 – Pitcher Velo: Conner Greene, Sean Reid-Foley
26:28 – Secondary Stuff: Dusty Isaacs
26:54 – What stands out this week? Jon Harris

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
28:42 – Power: Raffy Lopez
30:51 – Speed: Jon Berti, Roemon Field
31:42 – Arm: Gregorio Petit
32:20 – Defense: Jason Leblebijian
33:02 – Pitcher Velo: John Stilson, Chris Smith, Tim Mayza
33:54 – Secondary Stuff: Tim Mayza
34:26 – What stands out this week? Tim Mayza, Cesar Valdez

Single-A Lansing Lugnuts – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
35:42 – Power: Mitch Nay, Edward Olivares
36:06 – Speed: Edward Olivares
36:16 – Arm: Edward Olivares
36:40 – Defense: Luis Silva, Ridge Smith
38:14 – Pitcher Velo: Osman Gutierrez, Yennsy Diaz
38:35 – Secondary Stuff: Yennsy Diaz
41:06 – Rodrigo Orozco’s superb week
43:14 – The Lugnuts’ relief corps sets down 20 in a row

Interview
46:13 – Lansing Lugnuts pitching prospect Yennsy Diaz

Around the Nest, Week 14, 2017: Go D-Jays, That's My D-Jays
July 18, 2017 02:46 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 14

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
1:16 – Jason Leblebijian’s Triple-A All-Star Game experience
3:42 – This is the time of the year for Buffalo’s best crowds
4:44 – Ben’s wonderful hiatus in Burlington, Vermont
5:21 – Ben’s list of things to look forward to in July
25:16 – The International League’s best food

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyler Murray
8:07 – The arrival of Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.
8:51 – The Fisher Cats’ best game of the year? The All-Star Game!
11:38 – Tyler’s list of things to look forward to in July

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Jim Tarabocchia
13:46 – Bo and Vlad land in Dunedin
15:17 – Bo may be the best shortstop in the league right now
16:20 – Anthony Alford is so unbelievably nice
17:28 – Better start: Conor Fisk or Ryan Borucki?
18:44 – Jackson McClelland stands out from the bullpen
19:42 – Jim’s surprised that Ryan Cook hasn’t been called up

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
21:16 – Yorman Rodriguez has caught fire
21:49 – The Jays are having fun while playing winning baseball
23:13 – Matt tells a great Antony Fuentes story
24:18 – Sterling Guzman’s injury
26:26 – Spotlight on pitchers Ty Tice and Graham Spraker

Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians – Rob Fai
27:46 – Around the Chest, Rob’s report from Vancouver
Kacy Clemens, Logan Warmoth, Riley Adams, Reggie Pruitt,
plus a chance to make franchise history

Single-A Lansing Lugnuts – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
33:36 – A long-winded answer about first basemen in the org.
37:12 – Edward Olivares, MWL Player of the Week
38:04 – Mitch Nay is helping shoulder the load
38:42 – Others have helped step up to help a team in transition

Interview
39:39 – Blue Jays catching coordinator Ken Huckaby

Around the Nest, Week 13, 2017: Field of Blue
July 11, 2017 02:53 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 13

Single-A Lansing Lugnuts – Matt Schumacker
0:53 – Bichette/Guerrero moving up
1:47 – Bo’s humility sticks out to Matt
3:00 – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., MiLB’s No. 2 prospect
4:20 – Where do the Lugnuts go from here w/o Bo and Vlad?
5:36 – Best Midwest League food options

A-Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays – Jim Tarabocchia
6:36 – Jim’s reaction to the reports that Bo and Vlad are coming
7:55 – About the D-Jays’ Mascot Mania Championship jersey
9:28 – The D-Jays’ starting rotation
12:15 – Jim’s a Nutter Butter guy

Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians – Rob Fai
13:07 – “You’re supposed to be fatter than regular society”
14:03 – Robert Osuna memories… including a séance
17:25 – Rob meets Roger Clemens
19:15 – Riley Adams’s ceiling is so much higher
20:48 – The Canadians are playing really good baseball

AAA Buffalo Bisons – Ben Wagner
22:18 – The Can-Am Dog is exactly how it sounds
24:07 – More difficult losses
27:11 – The separation between Triple-A and the Majors
29:15 – Ben really liked what he saw from Tim Mayza
25:16 – The International League’s best food
32:39 – The biggest crowd in all of Minor League Baseball,
plus a tribute to Chris Rowley!

Adv. Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays – Matt Popelka
35:59 – Meet the Voice of Bluefield
36:45 – Ryan Noda is unbelievable / unreal
38:04 – Ryan Gold has also been impressive
39:12 – 4th-rounder Kevin Smith his getting comfortable
40:00 – It’s a blast to watch Bluefield play
41:16 – There’s no standout, No. 1 pitcher for the Blue Jays
41:50 – The start of Mercer Cup play

Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Tyler Zickel
42:43 – The Fisher Cats took the ol’ red-eye ride
43:27 – Highs and lows in July
45:04 – Harris isn’t getting into early trouble
45:52 – Reid-Foley is fierce, with a laser focus
47:44 – Tim Lopes and Andrew Guillotte are leading the offense
49:10 – Delectable delights of the Eastern League

50:40 – Lansing had the largest crowd beneath Triple-A
51:13 – A story about Morgan Campbell’s Toronto Star scoop, and why you shouldn’t be saying “Poor Jesse” about the promotions

Interview
52:57 – Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Rodrigo Orozco

Week 12, 2017: Lebleb and the Fisher Cat Quintet
July 06, 2017 09:36 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 12

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
1:04 – Tyler Zickel
1:33 – NH’s All-Stars: Conner Green, Dusty Isaacs, Ryan McBroom, Gunnar Heidt, Danny Jansen
2:42 – Closer look: Danny Jansen
3:34 – Surprise: Gunnar Heidt’s selection
4:44 – All-Star snub: Jonathan Davis
5:52 – New Hampshire’s plans for the All-Star Game
7:50 – Shout-outs to Chris Rowley, Tim Lopes, Andrew Case

AAA Buffalo Bisons
9:16 – Ben Wagner
9:30 – Ben’s fine, Chris Rowley has dealt with tough luck
11:44 – Jason Leblebijian is an International League All-Star
12:51 – The return of Captain Canada
14:24 – Buffalo’s surprising producers
15:39 – Shane Opitz, the Bisons’ June Player of the Month
16:10 – Luis Santos, the Bisons’ June Pitcher of the Month
17:00 – Ben’s expectations for Hall of Fame Day

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
18:55 – Jim Tarabocchia
19:02 – The D-Jays captured a solid win amid a tough stretch
20:13 – Observations of Dalton Pompey and Aaron Sanchez
21:41 – Lane Thomas (since traded), impacting the leadoff spot
24:00 – Cavan Biggio always seems to hit the ball hard
25:16 – Ryan Borucki had the most memorable start of the week
26:02 – Juan Kelly, the D-Jays’ June Player of the Month
26:44 – Angel Perdomo, the D-Jays’ June Pitcher of the Month

SS-A Vancouver Canadians
28:54 – Rob Fai, live on tape

A Lansing Lugnuts
33:35 – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
33:35 – Answering Bluebird Banter questions!
35:35 – Did Kevin Pillar make great catches in Lansing?
38:25 – Most Unexpected: Edward Olivares
39:50 – Bo and Vlad going to the Futures Game

Interview
42:55 – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Week 11, 2017: Say Nay!
June 24, 2017 03:38 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 11

1:30 – Geno Encina’s MWL All-Star Game experience
2:10 – Bo Bichette’s MWL All-Star Game experience

AAA Buffalo Bisons
3:03 – Ben Wagner, scapegoat
3:58 – Rowdy Tellez’s return, with a homer
5:20 – Personal player landmarks
6:31 – Irish Festival Night
7:48 – Atomic Wing Bobble Head giveaway
8:45 – Ian Parmley’s emergence

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
10:49 – Bob Lipman
11:30 – Harold Ramirez looks to be really healthy
12:40 – Tim Mayza’s strikeout stretch
14:21 – Night in, night out: inconsistent starting pitching
15:24 – Bob’s thoughts on the poutine jerseys: different looking

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
16:55 – Jim Tarabocchia
17:09 – Turning the page to the second half
18:29 – All-Star report from Lakeland
19:08 – Cavan Biggio’s FSL All-Star experience
19:56 – Observations of Lourdes Gurriel

A Lansing Lugnuts
23:08 – Matt Schumacker debuts
23:33 –Bo Bichette’s consistency
24:18 – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s plate discipline
25:14 – Yennsy Diaz could be incredible
26:09 – Edward Olivares, under the radar

SS-A Vancouver Canadians
27:56 – Rob Fai, turning the show into Around the Chest
28:41 – The Canadians are showing resiliency
29:37 – Kacy Clemens looks you in the eye
30:31 – Brock Lundquist is going to be a cult hero
31:38 – Rob likes Lance Jones a lot
32:26 – Reggie Pruitt’s tools are oozing
33:36 – Dany Jimenez has tiger blood in him
34:33 – A different side of Roger Clemens

Interview
36:00 – Kacy Clemens

Interview
44:41 – Mitch Nay

Week 10, 2017: Bo-lieve
June 21, 2017 10:12 AM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 10

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
0:40 – Jim Tarabocchia
0:49 – The story of the week: cooling off Palm Beach
2:25 – Key hits from Cavan Biggio, getting comfortable
4:07 – A closer look at Cavan Biggio – smooth and toolsy
5:33 – Keep an eye on: Ryan Borucki, Lourdes Gurriel

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
9:17 – Tyler Zickel
9:37 – The story of the week: Davis’s doubleheader doubles
11:14 – VOTE FOR FISHER CATS: Rowley/McBroom/Davis
12:10 – A closer look at Jonathan Davis, strength and character
13:12 – Franco-American Heritage Night: Poutine Fest!

AAA Buffalo Bisons
14:40 – Ben Wagner
14:40 – Ben’s favorite poutine: The Affiliate
15:40 – Jason Jacome and Mark Ryal, the new Buffalo HoFers
18:23 – VOTE FOR BISONS: Leblebijian/Parmley/Campos
21:20 – Christian Lopes’s incredible homestand
22:26 – Cesar Valdez’s 10-K gem

SS-A Vancouver Canadians
23:55 – Rob Fai’s Time is NOW
24:38 – Good first impression from the C’s
25:11 – The difference between this year and last year
26:03 – Juan Nunez reminds Rob of Francisco Rios
27:27 – Jose Espada’s slider is unfair to right-handed batters
28:36 – MGR Rich Miller’s player to watch: Norberto Obeso
29:30 – Yorman Rodriguez looks very, very strong
29:54 – Rob Fai is inimitable… and learns what inimitable means
30:39 – Rob is thrilled by the Blue Jays’ 2017 draft
32:23 – Rob earns his exorbitant paycheck, talking field/homestand

A Lansing Lugnuts
35:55 – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
36:42 – A sample Bo Bichette at-bat
41:20 – Edward Olivares notes
41:34 – Summing up, connecting to 2017 draft
42:03 – Mitch Nay’s return

Week 9, 2017: All-Star Registry
June 14, 2017 11:09 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 9

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
1:07 – Jim Tarabocchia
1:17 – Dunedin’s All-Stars:
Max Pentecost, Andrew Guillotte, Danny Jansen
2:28 – Something Jim knows that we don’t know about Max
3:41 – The D-Jays aren’t done yet
5:45 – Juan Kelly is turning it around
6:42 – Josh Almonte is doing a nice job
7:31 – Tom Robson is comfortable in the pen

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
9:37 – Voice of the People, Tyler Murray
10:32 – The Fisher Cats are playing better baseball – why?
11:42 – The one and only Andrew Case
12:35 – Richard Urena is heating up
13:46 – Sean Reid-Foley is making adjustments
15:01 – New Hampshire’s improving bullpen
17:34 – Why are MiLB All-Star Games called All-Star Classics?

A Lansing Lugnuts
18:54 – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler answers questions!
20:20 – More skilled at getting hit, Nick Sinay or Tim Locastro?
21:42 – Is Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. getting pitched around?
24:51 – Playoff update – can the Lugnuts make the postseason?
26:00 – Under the radar: the Lugs’ bullpen
27:57 – All-Star Lugnuts

Interview
28:41 – MWL All-Star Geno Encina, Lugnuts reliever

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