Name to Know
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the 19-year-old third baseman for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week. Through nine games, he's hitting .369 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. He's the No. 3 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. New Hampshire started the season 7-2.
3: Number of call-ups to Toronto this season from the Bisons, including LHP Tim Mayza, RHP Joe Biagini and OF Teoscar Hernandez.
6: Bisons games postponed in the first 11 scheduled this season.
9: Number of home runs the Bisons have in five games.
The cold April has posed some challenges for Bisons head groundskeeper Chad Laurie, in his eighth season at Coca-Cola Field: "I wouldn't say it's the worst spring, because we've had springs where it snows significantly in April. The cold is a challenge for me because the grass stays dormant and is not growing so we lost a lot of color. The other thing is when it's frozen all the time, to get it to dry out is a challenge. It just kind of is what it is."
Three questions with …
Catcher Danny Jansen is in his second season at Triple-A and ranks No. 5 among Blue Jays prospects.
Q: Who was your biggest baseball influence?
A: It's always been my dad and my brother. My brother has been playing baseball as long as I can remember. My dad was always our coach. He was a truck driver. He worked nights just to get to days to be our coach.
Q: What do you do away from baseball?
A: I like to play some video games, just relax, watch movies. I do play the piano every once in a while. If I find one, I'll play it.
Q: What have you learned about Buffalo?
A: Opening Day, it's cold and windy and there so many fans here. They love the game, they love their sports and it's awesome.
What he said
"It was really special. He was like, I don't know how good of a throw it will be. Just don't let it get by you. I said I'll do my best."
— Bisons pitcher Chris Rowley, a West Point grad, on catching the Opening Day first pitch from 103-year old Sydney Cole, who was a World War II Army pilot.