By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network
Maybe someone has had better weeks, but has anyone had a better season?
He has been at all three levels and pitched well.
After starting the season at class-A Florida State League he moved to the Double-A Eastern League and then was promoted to the triple-A International League.
And with three scoreless innings this week he -- Andrew Case (St. John, NB) -- was the Canadian Baseball Network minor league Canadian player of the week for Week XXI.
The Prairie Baseball Academy alum didn’t move from spring training ... staying in Dunedin and going 3-1 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 games. He picked up four saves while walking three and fanning 17 in 18 1/3 innings.
Then, he was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and then the Buffalo Bison, where he appeared in four games with a 5.87 ERA walking three and striking out three in 7 2/3 innings. His final outing was against triple-A Louisville Bats 10 games ago where he allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Returning to New Hampshire he has worked 9 2/3 innings in nine games allowing three earned runs (2.89). With the Fisher Cats this scoreless week leaves him at 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 30 games. He has walked nine and struck out 22 in 37 2/3 innings, while picking up eight saves.
On the season at his three different levels in the Toronto Blue Jays organization he is 7-1 with 12 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 48 games. On the season he has walked 15 and struck out 42 in 63 2/3 innings.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Player Team AB R H HR RBI Avg.
Jared Young - A Eugene 10 2 5 - 1 .500
Daniel Pinero - A West Michigan 21 6 10 - 2 .476
Andrew Yerzy - Rkie Missoula 24 3 10 2 3 .417
Michael Saunders - AAA Buffalo 15 2 6 - 1 .400
Ben Pelletier - Rkie GCL Phillies 15 2 6 - - .400
Louis Boyd - A Clinton 18 3 7 - - .389
Cole Bauml - A West Michigan 19 3 7 - - .368
Vladimir Guerrero - A Dunedin 22 6 8 1 6 .364
Jim Adduci - AAA Toledo 26 7 9 - 1 .346
Connor Panas - A Dunedin 18 7 6 2 4 .333
Malik Collymore - A Daytona 15 2 5 1 2 .333
Jake Lumley - Rkie AZL Athletics 19 2 6 - 4 .316
Mike Blanke - IND Vallejo 16 4 7 1 5 .438
Sebastien Boucher - IND Ottawa 24 4 8 - 1 .333
Carter McEachern - IND Trois Rivieres 28 6 9 1 4 .321
Larry Balkwill - IND Windy City 23 5 7 3 6 .304
David Glaude - IND Trois Rivieres 29 7 8 - 4 .276
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BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES
ANDREW CASE LHP - AA NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS
APP IP H HR ER BB K W-L Sv WHIP WK ERA
2 3.0 3 - - - 4 - 1 1.00 0.00
Andrew Case has had an excellent season thus far, playing in the Blue Jays system at three different levels, including Single A Dunedin, Double A New Hampshire and a brief stint at Triple A with the Buffalo Bisons. Currently the closer at New Hampshire he made two appearances this week, the first on Aug. 24th in a 4-3 12-inning loss to the Hartford Yard Goats. He threw two scoreless innings gave up two base hits and while striking out three Hartford batters, but was not involved in the decision. On Aug 26th in a 2-0 win over Hartford he pitched one scoreless inning, gave up one base hit while striking out one hitter to record his eighth save of the year. His record with the Fisher Cats in the Eastern League in thirty appearances improved to 4-0 with eighth save and an outstanding ERA of 1.67. His overall record for the 2017 season including his stints at Dunedin and Buffalo in a total of 48 relief appearances, now stands at 7-1 with 12 saves and a 2.99 ERA. These numbers would indicate quite clearly that Andrew Case at only 24 years of age, certainly has a bright future in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
SHANE DAWSON LHP - AA NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS
APP IP H HR ER BB K W-L Sv WHIP WK ERA
2 4.0 4 1 - 1 4 1-0 - 1.25 0.00
In his second season a the Double A level with New Hampshire Shane Dawson has experienced some inconsistency in his performance when compared to the success he enjoyed with the Fisher Cats in 2016. Currently working out of the bullpen, he made two appearances this week, the first was on Aug. 23rd in a 3-2 win over Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He pitched three scoreless innings gave up four base hits while striking out three Binghamton batters to earn the win. He followed that up on Aug. 28th in a 6-3 loss to Reading Fightin’ Phils, tossing one strong scoreless inning, surrendering zero base hits while striking out one Reading hitter, but was no involved in the decision. The two outings improved his Eastern League record with New Hampshire in 26 appearances to, 4-9 with a 5.97 ERA.
CONOR LILLIS-WHITE LHP - AA MOBILE BAY BEARS
APP IP H HR ER BB K W-L Sv WHIP WK ERA
1 3.0 1 - - - 3 1-0 - 0.30 0.00
Only one appearance this week for Conor Lillis-White and it came on Aug. 26th in a 4-3 twelve inning win over the Montgomery Biscuits. He pitched three scoreless innings gave up only one base hit while striking out three Montgomery batters, to earn his third win with Mobile in the Double A Southern League. His record with the Bears in 26 appearances, now stands at 3-4, with two saves and a 4.03 ERA. Unfortunately, after this appearance he was placed on the short term Disabled list.
PLAYER MOVES & TRANSACTIONS
RHP Nick Pivetta (Vicoria, BC) - Optioned by the Philadelphia Phillies to Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 23rd, did not appear in a game at Lehigh Valley and was recalled by Phillies to the Major League roster on August 27th.
OF Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) - Moved by the Cincinnati Reds to Single A Daytona Tortugas from Single A Dayton Dragons.
C Morgan Lofstrom (Kelowna, BC) - Moved by the Cincinnati Reds to Single A Dayton Dragons from Rookie Class Billings Mustangs.
LHP Connor Lillis-White (Toronto, Ont.) - Placed on the Disabled List by Los Angeles Angels at Double A Mobile Bay Bears.
C Chris Shaw (Winnipeg, Man.) - Placed on the Inactive List by Baltimore Orioles at Single A Delmarva Shorebirds.
RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC) - Traded by Texas Airhogs IND American Association to the Kansas City T-Bones IND American Association.
RHP Bobby St. Pierre (Windsor, Ont.) - Signed as a Free Agent by Ottawa Champions IND Can Am League.
C Jean-Luc Blaquiere (Legardeur, Que.) - Free Agent signs with the Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League, did not appear in a game and was placed on the Disabled List.
RHP Jean-Francois Dionne (Trois Rivieres, Que.) - Free Agent re-signs with Trois Rivieres Aigles IND Can Am League.
2017 Canadian Baseball Network Players of the Week
Week I _ INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) El Paso (Padres).
Week II _ RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) Lehigh Valley (Phillies).
Week III _ INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) El Paso (Padres).
Week IV _ 1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and RHP Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) Lake Elisnore (Padres).
Week V _ OF Jacob Robson (Windsor, Ont.) West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers).
Week VI _ OF Gareth Morgan (North York, Ont.) Clinton Lumberkings (Mariners).
Week VII _ 3B Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays).
Week VIII _ 1B Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) Dayton Dragons (Reds).
Week VIV _ LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs)
Week X _ INF Danny Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers)
Week XI _ RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) Mississippi Braves (Braves).
Week XII _ OF Miles Gordon (Oakville, Ont.) Rookie-class Billings (Reds)
Week XIII _ RP Dylan Rheault (Garson, Ont.) class-A San Jose (Giants).
Week XIV _ OF Jacob Robson (Windsor, Ont.) Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers).
Week XV _ RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) Mississippi Braves (Braves).
Week XVI _ 3B-C Abraham Toro-Hernandez (Longueuil, Que.) Tri-City ValleyCats (Astros.)
Week XVII _ CF Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Cards) and LF Brett Siddalll (Windsor, Ont.) class-A Stockton Ports (A’s).
Week XVIII _ LHP Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) triple-A Gwinnett (Braves.)
Week XIX _ INF Danny Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) class-A West Michigan (Tigers) and Andrew Yerzy (North York, Ont,) Rookie-class Missoula (Diamondbacks).
Week XX _ RHP Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) class-A Dunedin (Blue Jays).
Week XXI _ Andrew Case (Saint John, NB) double-A New Hampshire (Blue Jays).