Meet Travis Snider….

Heading towards the season all the hype is about Orioles rookie catcher, Matt Wieters. Well there is another rookie on a team of birds that might steal Wieters’ thunder during the season. His name is Travis Snider of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The next AL ROY?

The next AL ROY?

Snider was the youngest player in the majors last season when the Blue Jays called him up on August 29th. In 73 ab’s he hit .301 with 2 hr’s and 13 rbi’s. Pretty impressive for a 20 year old and he has showed no signs of slowing down this spring (.371/3/8 in 35 ab’s). Snider only had 73 ab’s last year so he still qualifies as a rookie and since he is projected to be the Blue Jays Opening Day LF, Snider should be in contention for the Rookie of the Year award all season.

Here are some other facts about Travis Snider…

Age

21

College

None – drafted out of High School

Drafted

14th in the 1st round of the 2006 draft out of Washington State HS

Minor League Stats

Single A: .279/4/7 in 61 ab’s

Double A: .262/17/67 in 362 ab’s

Triple AAA: .344/2/17 in 64 ab’s

Keith Law Ranking and Analysis

Ranking: #5 out of 100 best prospects in baseball

Analysis: “Snider was rushed to the majors this year, but to some degree it’s his own fault, as he never stumbled after any of his previous promotions and continued to hit in the majors despite a big drop in his contact rate. Snider is a fair athlete who should have defensive value — especially from his arm — but the bulk of his value will be in his bat. His setup and swing are very simple, and his path to the ball is short, so he should be able to hit for a good average even if he’s striking out 140 times a year, and he’s already showing good power and projects as plus down the road. He looks a little stiff, but is an average runner and more than adequate in right field, with a 60 arm. Putting him directly into Toronto’s lineup this year is probably too aggressive — he was the youngest position player to get a major league at bat in 2008 — but he should be a big league regular by Opening Day 2010 and an impact player two or three years after that.”

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One Response to “Meet Travis Snider….”

  1. Odie Says:

    You shouldve drafted him..25th pick and a keeper on my squad next year!

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