Case gets pointers from down home

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 * RP Andrew Case (St. John, NB), a Blue Jays farmhand, has been getting pitching advice from RHP Jason Dickson (Chatham, NB). Photo: Eddie Michels. ….

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Alexander K Lee
Toronto Observer

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Toronto Blue Jays prospect Andrew Case got a priceless piece of advice from fellow New Brunswick native Jason Dickson (Chatham, NB).

Case looks to join Matt Stairs (Fredricton, NB), Rheal Cormier (Moncton, NB) and Dickson three of the most recent of the 20 players to make the major leagues out of New Brunswick.

Dickson has been particularly helpful for the 22-year-old pitcher.

“I have a good story about Dickson,” Case said. “He was telling me about his first major league experience with the Angels. His first major league pitch, Derek Jeter hit a home run off of him. He said ‘Try not to let that happen to you.’”

Case has done a good job of keeping the ball in the park so far.

In his first season with the single-A Vancouver Canadians, Case gave up only three home runs in 44 innings and finished with a 2.45 earned-run average.

Going into his first full spring training, the St. John native remains as affable as ever.

“You’re obviously trying to make the team,” Case said. “You have to play against your buddies but I just go out and smile a lot. Just enjoy it. I mean, I could be back home in the snow. It’s unbelievable. It’s just embracing the moment.”

It has been less than two years since Case’s star making performance at the Rogers Centre during the Tournament 12, a competition created to showcase the best Canadian amateurs. The Blue Jays were quick to offer him a contract after a sensational performance in the semi finals.

“I could write a book on my story,” Case said. “Scouts were there that have already seen me previously playing in college. I went out in the semifinal and threw a no-hitter and I said ‘Well, hopefully something happens.’

“Three days later I get the phone call.”

Case is looking to start off in single-A Lansing and then move on to advanced-A Dunedin before the season is done. If that sounds ambitious, consider who Case models his game after.

“To be honest, his name is Timmy Lincecum because he goes out and he’s the smallest guy on the field,” Case said. “He’s always got a smile on his face, he competes every pitch, and he’s out there having fun and enjoying it. So I want to be him.”

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