Checking In On Travis Snider

In about one week I will be releasing a full minor league and prospect monthly recap to get Blue Jays fans caught up on the latest in the world of prospects.  Stay tuned to what will become a regular monthly feature here at AL Eastbound & Down, an in-depth look at all of our minor league teams and top prospects monthly performances.

Today I wanted to take a quick glance at a guy who doesn’t make the daily prospect report because he doesn’t technically qualify as a “prospect” anymore, Travis Snider.  Snider had a solid spring in the hotly contested left field battle with Eric Thames but ultimately the job was earned by Thames, who also had a very good camp.

“Lunchbox” was sent to the land of buffet’s and let’s be honest there are worse Triple-A affiliates to go to then Las Vegas but I am sure Snider was obviously very disappointed with the demotion.  He certainly hasn’t let his disappointment carry into his early season performance as Snider as crushed the ball so far.

2012 AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  H   2B   HR   BB    K  
T.Snider 70 .414 .481 .729 29 10 4 9 10

 The Pacific Coast league is a notorious hitter’s paradise and the home field for the Las Vegas 51s definitely inflates offense so take any numbers from this league with a grain of salt.  Saying that it is great to see such solid numbers and this has to do wonders for a kid whose confidence is not always high.

Although it is early Snider is absolutely crushing right handed pitching – slashing 433/485/800 (all four homeruns have come against righties).  He is also hitting just as well away from Las Vegas, which is another positive sign.

Travis Snider was at one time rated our top prospect according to Baseball America who labelled him as a middle of the order presence.  He obviously hasn’t come close to impressing at the major league level and there are several prospects beginning to pass him on the depth chart but he is still only 24 years old with a top notch prospect pedigree.

If and when he gets an opportunity to contribute to the big club he needs to take full advantage and show he is not just a 4-A talent.

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