Snider update

The left field position is reserved for Travis Snider – likely for years to come. Thus, the players who have filled the role this year – David Dellucci, Russ Adams, Joe Inglett, Jose Bautista – are, well, merely placeholders until young Travis is ready to take over the big-league job on a full-time basis.

The Jays thought that was the case out of spring training. Of course, Snider struggled out of the gate, batting .242/.292/.394 in 32 games (99 at-bats) before being sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas where he missed some time with a sore back.

Snider returned in July though, and has been getting regular at-bats for the last four weeks. Though he’s hitting just .243 for the month, Snider has belted seven home runs en route to a .557 slugging percentage and 16 RBIs.

The 21-year-old has hit safely in five of his last six contests, batting .320 (8-for-25) with three homers and eight RBIs during that stretch. On Monday, before the Blue Jays took the field in Seattle for the start of a three-game set against the Mariners, Snider went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 4-0 Las Vegas win over the Tacoma Rainiers in Washington. 

Perhaps it won’t be long before the youngster returns to man left field for the Jays, who have simply been keeping it warm in his absence.

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One Response to “Snider update”

  1. Jay B Says:

    i’ll bet he isn’t up until a couple of weeks into august…i think anything before that and he’d be a super 2 at the end of next season, so i hope they do the smart thing and leave him down until then…we’ll see though…

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