Blue Jays’ top prospect headed for Las Vegas
Travis Snider, the Blue Jays’ No. 1 Prospect according to Baseball America, was optioned to the 51s on Thursday night to fill a hole in their roster, giving Las Vegas a new star player as the team makes a push for respectability.
Snider, left, started off hot but cooled down considerably lately, as mlb.com’s Jordan Bastian describes in this article:
“During Spring Training, Snider hit .381 with four home runs and 10 RBIs
in 22 games, claiming a spot on the Opening Day roster in the process.
His success carried over into April, too. In his first 14 games, Snider
hit .310 with a .383 on-base percentage, a .643 slugging percentage,
three home runs, five doubles and 10 RBIs.
In the 17 games since that stretch, Snider hit just .185 (10-for-54)
with a .214 on-base percentage and a .204 slugging percentage. Over
that period, he had no home runs, just one double and two RBIs. Snider
hasn’t homered since launching two against the Twins on April 13, and
he had just one RBI in his past 11 games.”
Snider joins the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect J.P. Arencibia in Las Vegas and should hit with him and sluggers Randy Ruiz and Brett Harper in the middle of the order, giving the team a threatening offense. He was playing leftfield with the big club, which means defensive standout Aaron Mathews is likely headed to the bench. Toronto Blue Jays beat writer Richard Griffin, from the Toronto Star, says to expect Snider to stick around until late June.
The move puts the 51s back at a full roster; they played last night with only 24 active players due to a variety of moves. The roster has changed a great deal since 51s Today took its birthday break, so here’s a breakdown:
On the pitching staff, Ricky Romero, who started the season hot in the majors and is rehabbing from an injury, joins Bill Murphy on assignment from the big club and Casey Janssen has been promoted from AA. They replace Wade Miller (DL) and a trio of pitchers demoted to AA New Hampshire: Adrian Martin, Davis Romero and Sean Stidfole.
On the offensive side, Scott Campbell and Russ Adams are on the DL, replaced by AA infielder Jonathan Diaz and 3B Kevin Howard, who was acquired in a trade with the Padres.
Toronto needs a player to replace Snider, and word in the locker room last night was that it will be INF Joe Inglett, who was just activated from the disabled list for Thursday night’s game. That could mean more changes to the roster coming soon.
Update: Check this blog post for a link to an interview with the Blue Jays assistant GM, who talks about the Snider move, Fabio Castro’s hot streak and Casey Janssen, tonight’s 51s starter.