Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Travis Snider update

The Blue Jays prized prospect Travis Snider was sent down to AAA Las Vegas two weeks ago to fix the long and loopy swing he developed in his first full campaign at the major league level. After a scintillating spring training, and a strong first 9 games to start April, in which he had 3 home runs and 9 RBI, he scuffled mightily at the plate.

The club was hesitant to continue having Snider with the team, given the slate of interleague games they play in June, and because he wasn't playing every day, sitting against left handed pitching. The thinking was that the 21 year old Snider would benefit from regular action with Las Vegas, gain that confidence back, and learn to trust his swing again.

The early results haven't been all that promising with Las Vegas. In a small sampling of just 8 games, the powerful lefty has been anything but that, batting a pedestrian .258, with zero home runs and 2 RBI. His other Achilles heel, the strike out, hasn't exactly improved just yet, with him striking out in just under 30% of his at bats (10 in 31 plate appearances)

There's no reason to push the panic button yet because the kid will be something special. The Jays haven't indicated how long it'll take him for Snider to return to the Blue Birds, but it's entirely possible that if he continues to struggle, it might be a while.

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