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Blue Jays call up Travis Snider after 10-player trade

Jul 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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All it took for Travis Snider to get another chance in Toronto was a 10-player trade.

Following their big swap with the Astros this morning the Blue Jays have recalled Snider from Triple-A, where he hit .335 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, and a 1.021 OPS in 56 games.

It’s worth noting that Las Vegas is an extremely hitter-friendly environment, so Snider’s numbers there aren’t as impressive as they first appear, but he’s consistently had huge production in the minors and despite not yet establishing himself in the big leagues the former first-round pick is still just 24 years old.

Snider failed to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a strong spring training, as the Blue Jays chose to go with Eric Thames as their primary left fielder. That didn’t work very well, as Thames hit poorly in 46 games before being demoted to Triple-A himself. Since then Toronto has filled the position with Rajai Davis, but the combination of Jose Bautista‘s wrist injury and Ben Francisco being traded to Houston clears the way for Snider to see regular action.

Snider hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he also hasn’t been a total disaster. He’s hit .248 with 28 homers, 54 doubles, and a .730 OPS in 232 games as a big leaguer, which is actually decent for someone so young. His big strikeout totals and regression last season led to his heading back to Triple-A, but the Blue Jays are absolutely making the right move in giving him an opportunity to help replace Bautista’s power and Snider still has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order fixture.

  1. darthicarus - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I would like to think there was an easier way to get Snider on the big league roster than shuffling around 10 pieces of crap, but then again I’m not a MLB GM.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Faith in Snider is kinda low right now, given his extended stretches of terribleness.

  2. cur68 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Kid’s got thump in that bat but he has poor plate D. Every once in a while he shows that he can lay off bad pitches and wait out the pitcher, then he sends one into the 2nd deck. If learns to keep both hands on the bat, wait for his pitch and short-hack it into the seats, he’ll be a force. Good luck Travis Snider. The Beaver Men need you to be That Guy. That Guy Who Turned Things Around. Likely? Yeah, not so much. Possible? Sure hope so.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Thump in his bat??? Thru 232 MLB career games he has a Slg% of .423!!! And you dare question the kind of fan i am?? Try getting a clue first buddy before calling me out. Typical bluejay fan who should stick with hockey

      • cur68 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:37 AM

        Oooooo, I touched a nerve! Ha-ha! Well, I can see you’re all over those Yankee threads as usual, eh ‘harry? One thing about life inside the zoo; you got lots of poo-supplies to choose from. Been to baseballref, eh? Good boy! Now try a site for the word ‘recidivism’.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Snider had wrist problems in Vegas this year and spent time on the DL. He is healthy and is hitting well.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      For your sake he better have had wrist problems his entire MLB career cause this guy has proven a few things at the MLB level. 1. he can barely hit his weight (NOT) 2. Very limited power 3. he LOVES to strikeout a LOT. Yea that should help the jays out of last place!! LOL

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You know, for all the (justified) crushing Bochy and Sabean get for not giving Belt any extended run, have the Jays ever really given Snider a full shot at establishing himself? I don’t remember if there were injuries involved in the previous three years, but it looks like two months is the longest stretch of time he’s consistently appeared in games with the Jays.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      They’ve given him a couple of extended looks. The reasons two months is the longest stretch of time he’s started in the bigs is because he’s been terrible during those stretches.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        The point is two months is hardly enough time to make those kinds of judgments, especially with hitters who have torn up the minors the way Belt and Snider have. Did the Jays have playoff aspirations Snider would have crushed by being allowed to just stay with the team ’09-’11? Beating up on PCL pitching in Las Vegas really does nothing for his development.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Maybe his plate discipline issues stem from his eyes (not to mention all of ours) being strained by the horrible pubescent mustache.

    • jaysjunkie - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      LMAO! Nice one. Some guys should just NOT have facial hair.

  6. drewsylvania - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Hope he succeeds, but right now he’s Chris Davis 2.0.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      No, he’s really not. Davis was older, worse, and playing for a team that couldn’t afford to let him work it out in the bigs.

  7. hammyofdoom - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    In looking up Chris Davis’s stats because of what Drew said I realized ESPN now was oWAR as a stat right next to OPS.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Yeah, they just rolled it out this week.

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