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Fisher Cats announce staff

MANCHESTER — The Toronto Blue Jays have announced the full 2020 coaching staff for their Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

After leading the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays to a first-place finish (80-55) in 2019, manager Cesar Martin, pitching coach Jim Czajkowski and hitting coach Matt Young will all make the move to New Hampshire this year.

Dunedin won division titles in the first and second half of last season, and led the Florida State League with a .339 on-base percentage, 165 stolen bases, 220 doubles and 4.5 runs per game. On the mound, the D-Jays ranked third in ERA (3.29), second in shutouts (19), and second in fewest walks allowed (369).

Martin, 40, was voted 2019 Florida State League Manager of the Year for his work at the Advanced-A level. Following the 2019 season, Martin was named manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he worked with Fisher Cats infielders Cullen Large Logan Warmoth  and Kevin Smith.

Like 2018 Fisher Cats manager and current Blue Jays major league coach John Schneider, Martin has steadily risen through the Blue Jays organization over the last few years. He managed the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts for two seasons, and earned a promotion to Dunedin after an 80-60 campaign in 2018.

Czajkowski, 56, returns to New Hampshire for the first time since 2014, when he helped develop current major league pitchers like Aaron Sanchez Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris . The 2014 Fisher Cats ranked third in the Eastern League in team ERA (3.73).

Born in Parma, Ohio, Czajkowski has spent the last six seasons as pitching coach for the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians (2015, 2017-18) and Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays (2016, 2019).

After a 12-year professional career that included five MLB games with the Colorado Rockies in 1994, Czajkowski became the pitching coach of the Rookie-Level Danville Braves in 2000. He remained in the Braves system until 2011, when he joined the Blue Jays organization as the Vancouver Canadians pitching coach (2011-2013).

Matt Young, 37, has excelled in the early stages of his career as a hitting coach. In addition to leading the Florida State League’s top offense in 2019, he helped the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts to an increase of 35 runs, 14 homers and 51 walks between 2017 and 2018.

The Temple, Texas native reached the major leagues with two different organizations during his playing career, appearing in 20 games with the Braves in 2011 and five with the Tigers in 2012.

Former Fisher Cats catcher Chris Schaeffer  will join the staff as a position player coach. Schaeffer, 32, spent parts of four seasons in the Blue Jays farm system, including two games with New Hampshire in 2013.

Athletic Trainer Caleb Daniel returns for a second season at Delta Dental Stadium, while Gorham native Brian Pike heads back to the Granite State for his 10th season as Fisher Cats strength & conditioning coach, following two seasons with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Harry Roberson joins the staff as a player development coach, and Kat Mangieri will serve as team dietitian.

The Fisher Cats open the 2020 season with a six-game road trip, starting in Reading against the Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) on April 9. The home opener will be April 16 at Delta Dental Stadium at 6:35 p.m. against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies).

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