Jays From the Couch Interview with Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching prospect, Conner Greene. Courtesy of the Buffalo Bisons’ Prospect Showcase.
This past weekend the Toronto Blue Jays organization put together a wonderful treat for their fans in Buffalo, NY. In a joint effort with the Buffalo Bisons the event on January 24th, was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
The Prospect Showcase gave fans from Northern New York, and some from Southern Ontario a chance to meet, get photos and autographs with some of the organization’s top prospects. Some of whom may spend a portion of the 2017 season playing for the Bisons at beautiful Coca-Cola Field.
Luckily, we here at Jays From the Couch were granted access to the event, and able to secure some excellent interviews with a few players, as well as the Bisons’ General Manager, Michael Buczkowski. Please check in later this week for the details of his talk with our Catherine Stem.
Our focus for this article, another great interview by Ms. Stem, is Blue Jays prospect Conner Greene. AUDIO AT END OF POST! Greene, a native of Santa Monica, California, was the organization’s 7th round draft pick back in 2013. During his three seasons with the Blue Jays the 6’4″ right-hander has seen his stock rise with each promotion within the organization.
With Greene finishing each of the last two seasons with Double-A New Hampshire, it is not unreasonable to determine he could start the 2017 season with the Fisher Cats. Should his progression remain steady a trip to Triple-A Buffalo, and perhaps a Toronto September call-up could be warranted. But, for now it’s best to focus on what he needs to accomplish to be successful at his current level.
JFTC – Where do you see yourself starting this year?
JFTC – Has your training changed at all this offseason to get ready for this season? Have you tweaked anything different?
JFTC – He did some amazing things in his offseason last year right?
JFTC – If you start in Buffalo this season, how daunting is it that it’s only an hour and forty up to the big show.
The fact that the Blue Jays are known as Canada’s team, and is supported country-wide, is not lost on the young pitcher. He seemed to be very aware of how large the fanbase can be.
JFTC – What did you think about the whole usage of the bullpen in the postseason this year? Was it a game changer or are [organizations] going to keep doing what they normally do?
Despite answering questions on his ability to pitch his way to Toronto, the easy going prospect wasn’t too shy to joke about swinging the lumber, should be the team require it of him.
JFTC – Do you think it could be a philosophy [Baseball teams] could start working on?
Personally, the biggest takeaway from this interview was his current workout partner being Aaron Sanchez. If there is any one person within the organization who would perfectly understand what is required to help Greene reach his physical goals as a pitcher, it would be Sanchez. Here’s to hoping Greene can find the same type of success with this new routine.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE:
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.