Blue Jays’ MiLB Interviews with Bo, Vlad and Perdomo

The voice of the Blue Jays’ MiLB affiliate, Lansing Lugnuts, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, conducted a series of season ending interviews with Lugnuts prospects.

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler has just completed his eighth season as the voice of the Lugnuts, and his twelfth in professional baseball. Goldberg-Strassler also serves as the director of media relations for the Lugnuts organization.

Not only does he do the play-by-play for each game, he also provides fans with a backstage pass to the players within the organization in his season ending interviews. We here at JFtC have put together several of his interviews to help our readers get some insight into the players and coaches of the Blue Jays’ A level affiliate.

 

Pitcher, Angel Perdomo

Hometown: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Perdomo pitched his first season out of short-season or rookie ball when he was placed in Lansing for 2016. The Dominican native also represented the Blue Jays organization in the Futures Game during the MLB All-Star break, and sits as the #15 prospect for Toronto according to MLB Pipeline.

The 6’6″ lefty put together a record of 5-7, 3.19 ERA, 1.220 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 in his first full season while showing more polish. He reached career highs in innings pitched in professional baseball with 127.0 in 2016.

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SS, Bo Bichette

Hometown: St. Peterburg, Florida

High School: Lakewood High School

Bichette was selected by Toronto in the 2nd round of the MLB June entry draft in 2016, and currently sits as Toronto’s #12 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. With his showing this season at rookie ball, it seems he has a real opportunity to advance.

During his first 91 plate appearances with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays in rookie ball, the 18-year-old slashed and impressive 427/451/732 with 15 XBH.

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3B/DH, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Born: Montreal, Quebec

Guerrero Jr. spent his first season of professional baseball with the short-season Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League, and is currently listed as the #7 prospect with Toronto according MLB Pipeline.

The 17-year-old jumped right in and went to work letting his natural hitting abilities show. Over his first 276 professional plate appearances he slashed an impressive 271/359/449 with 23 XBH. Even more impressive was his 33 BB / 35 K on the season. He may be a free swinger like his father of the same name, but he does have an idea of what he is doing at the plate.

Guerrero and Bichette were both invited to Lansing to take part in the annual Lugnuts/Michigan St game, including the home run derby beforehand.

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We hope you are enjoying the interviews series and encourage you to check back with JFtC over the next few days for more. Thank you for joining us.

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