Aaron Sanchez (8-5, 2.49ERA, 97K), Noah Snydergaard (8-5, 2.49ERA, 122K) and Justin Nicolino (10-4, 2.46ERA, 119K) all pitched for the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League in 2012. Each of them have a chance to see time with the Blue Jays in 2013, but if the young trio is allowed to make a natural progression into the big leagues they will be donning Herd uniforms for at least part of the season.
Another name to watch out for is outfielder Jake Marisnick, who is the Blue Jays second ranked prospect by MLB.com. With a strong contingency already in the Jays outfield led by 'Joey Bats' (Jose Bautista), speedster Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus and third ranked prospect Anthony Gose, who is currently up with the big club, Marisnick should start the season in Buffalo.
The Mets organization will move its minor league affiliation to Las Vegas where the Blue Jays are vacating the Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League.
This will be the fifth major league affiliation for the Bisons since becoming a Triple-A franchise in 1985. From 1985-1987 the Chicago White Sox used Buffalo to develop their young talent, then after one season with the Cleveland Indians in 1987, the Bisons started a 7-year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates before they rejoined the Indians for 14-seasons from 1995-2008.
"Aligning with the Blue Jays not only gives the Bisons a great regional partner, but also aligns us with one of the top minor league systems in all of baseball," said Bob Rich Jr., President/Owner of the Bisons.
The Bisons open their 31st season of existence on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.