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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

Week 8, 2017: Ballpark Figures
June 14, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 8

AAA Buffalo Bisons
0:50 – Ben Wagner
0:50 – In anticipation of Star Wars Night!
2:57 – Best of the Ballparks: Coca-Cola Field
5:06 – Jason “Leb-leb” Leblebijian gets himself right
6:18 – Mike Ohlman has not missed a beat
7:15 – Roemon Fields is hitting, and hitting
8:22 – Buffalo’s May Player of the Month: Roemon Fields
8:52 – Buffalo’s May Pitcher of the Month: Jeff Beliveau

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
9:51 – Tyler Zickel, celebrating National Donut Day
10:42 – Best of the Ballparks: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
11:32 – The Fisher Cats are in their best stretch of the season
12:51 – New Hampshire’s May Player of the Month: Andrew Guillotte
13:43 – NH’s May Pitchers of the Month: Chris Rowley, Andrew Case
14:56 – Andrew Case’s curling background
15:37 – The Zick takes Hershey Park

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
16:27 – Jim Tarabocchia
16:48 – Best of the Ballparks: Florida Auto-Exchange Stadium
18:20 – Dunedin’s May Pitcher of the Month: Ryan Borucki
19:28 – Dunedin’s May Player of the Month: Max Pentecost
20:26 – Dalton Pompey opens up
21:50 – Jordan Romano has been phenomenal
23:51 – Angel Perdomo is improving

A Lansing Lugnuts
26:44 – Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
28:49 – Best of the Ballparks: Cooley Law School Stadium
29:47 – Lansing’s May Player of the Month: Bo Bichette
30:47 – Lansing’s May Pitcher of the Month: Zach Jackson
31:30 – Nick Sinay’s successfully painful month

Interview
31:53 –Nick Sinay on his great talent for HBPs

Week 7, 2017: Conor Fisk, alias The Kingpin
May 30, 2017 10:26 PM PDT
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Around the Nest, Week 7

AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
0:35 – Bob Lipman
1:00 – Consistent offense and timely hitting
1:46 – New faces (Guillotte, Jansen) fitting in
3:10 – Thoughts on Dwight Smith’s / Anthony Alford’s debuts
4:21 – Bob on Austin Bibens-Dirkx
7:16 – Bob on extra innings in the Minors
9:25 – an eye toward the starting pitching

AAA Buffalo Bisons
11:00 – Ben Wagner, from the best backdrop in pro sports
11:30 – life on the road in Charlotte
12:37 – Ben on Austin Bibens-Dirkx
14:24 – Ian Parmley
16:16 – Rowdy’s double-clutch homer
17:30 – Ben on extra innings, and against doubleheaders

A-Adv. Dunedin Blue Jays
19:55 – Jim Tarabocchia
20:11 – Jim on extra innings in the Minors
22:05 – Tulo and Donaldson in Dunedin
23:14 – Conor Fisk, valuable boring pitcher
26:24 – fight for the FSL North Division
28:57 – next man up in Dunedin

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