Sunday, May 3, 2009

Snider not just a one trick pony

21 year old rookie Travis Snider is a stud prospect getting his feet wet at the major league level. He is hailed for having prodigious power that will make him a big threat in the middle of the Blue Jays order for years to come. However, Toronto is not just getting a one dimensional player, because his defense is very good also.

No better example of his range and deceptive speed came Saturday against the Orioles. Snider made a fabulous throw to gun down a runner at 3rd base, slid to make an exceptional grab on a blooper that seemed destined to fall for a base hit, and topped it all off with a terrific leaping catch to rob extra bases. The former first round pick is an upgrade in left over the previous incumbent Adam Lind, so the Jays will be able to save more runs this year having the stocky Snider patrolling left field.

Though he is scuffling right now at the plate, Travis will come around in time to be a phenomenal hitter. The added bonus is his speed and his glove, which is oftentimes overlooked. That might not be the case for much longer.

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