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John Gibbons still believes in Travis Snider

Mar 16, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Travis Snider, rated as the #6 overall prospect entering the 2009 season, failed to live up to lofty expectations with the Blue Jays. They cut their losses, trading him to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July for reliever Brad Lincoln. Jays manager John Gibbons, though, is still a believer. Via Rob Biertempfel:

“There’s no question the talent’s there,” Gibbons said. “Sometimes it takes a little time.”

It reminds Gibbons of another player familiar to Pirates and Blue Jays fans: Jose Bautista.

“Bautista’s a perfect example,” Gibbons said. “He was bouncing around, and it took him a while to get it going. Sometimes what happens is they give up on you too soon. But if you’re in the perfect spot and they’ve got time to give you a legitimate shot, that’s when guys usually get it going.”

Snider, now 25 years old has a career .724 OPS in 1,062 career big league at-bats. Though he didn’t enjoy offensive success in his two months with the Pirates last year (.652 OPS), he did make this catch.

  1. coryfor3 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    So Bautista is just a late bloomer eh?

  2. steelers88 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Um… Okay HA HA HA HA!

  3. Old Gator - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Well I believe in Buddha, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.

    • wlschneider09 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      The greatest trick that Selig ever pulled was convincing the world that instant replay doesn’t exist.

  4. hushbrother - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I watched a lot of Pirates games last year and I don’t think I saw Snider have a single decent at bat. He had all kinds of trouble driving the ball and making solid contact. If he can turn his career around I’ll be surprised and impressed.

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