Friday 2 August 2013

Vancouver Canadians Cards Fresh from Nat Bailey Stadium.

Back from a week in British Columbia with a day of minor league baseball squeezed into the vacation. While picking up a hat in the Vancouver Canadians team store at Nat Bailey Stadium I noticed team sets for sale so I grabbed one. The first two things I noticed were how nice the cards looked for a Low-A team, and how thick the team bag was. The team set checks in at 41 cards, with 34 being players and the rest being staff from the manager to the video coordinator. The starting pitcher in the game I saw was surprisingly not in the set as he was demoted from Lansing and was making his first start for Vancouver. I know little of the Blue Jays farm system and none of the player were in their top 20 prospects so the cards shown will be somewhat random. The Canadians lost 7-1 to the Hillsboro Hops, who are a Arizona affiliate, and Andy Fermin drove in the only run with a 1st inning triple so his card gets top billing here.

Shaun Valeriote has a card in 2012 Bowman Draft so his name might be familiar to some, Jim Czajkowski pitched in 5 games for the Rockies in 1994 and might be my first pitching coach card, Dickie Thon, Jr. is the son of former major leaguer Dickie Thon and Justin Atkinson is a local kid from Surrey.

1 comment:

  1. The Jays don't seem to send their top prospects to the Northwest League. Most of the time they seem to keep them on the Gulf Coast Jays and Bluefield Jays, and if they impress enough there, they'll go to Lansing.