Saint John native Andrew Case is working his way up in the Blue Jays system this season.
Case spent the off-season playing in the Australian Baseball League with the Canberra Calvary. He didn’t put up great numbers Down Under as he had an ERA of 7.13, 1-2 record and 15 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched. The Calvary had five other Jays prospects on their team last season.
After Spring Training, he was assigned to the Jays’ High A affiliate the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Florida State League. Case put up better numbers here (4.42 ERA, 3-1 record, 17 strikeouts and 4 saves in 18.1 innings). This was the highest Case ever pitched in his professional career, as he spent most of the last two seasons with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League’s Lansing Lugnuts (Low A).
Six weeks into his season, Case was called up to the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. To date Case has an ERA of 2.02, 4-0 record, 4 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. In New Hampshire, his pitching coach is Halifax native (& former Blue Jay) Vince Horsman. Horsman was his coach while in Lansing. Growing up, Case would travel in Manchester as a member of the New Brunswick Selects and attend Fisher Cats games. Manchester is a 6 hour, 10 minute drive from Saint John; making it the second closest professional team to the city (Portland Sea Dogs are the closest).
I wish the best of luck to Andrew in the future. Hopefully we’ll see him with the Buffalo Bisons soon and eventually seeing him on the mound at the Rogers Centre in a Blue Jay uniform.