Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 29, 2008

Travis Snider to Make MLB Debut Tonight


Sweet swing that hits 500 ft. HR's

The future is now for the Blue Jays’ 2006 1st round selection.  Shortly after designating Matt Stairs for assignment, Toronto promoted the 20 year old Travis Snider for the 4th time this season.  Snider pushed the envelope by hammering AAA pitching to the tune of a .344 BA with 2 HR 17 RBI in 64 AB’s.

Snider is expected to play RF, LF and DH for Toronto until the end of the season.  From what it sounds like from Cito Gaston, Snider will be given plenty of AB’s as the Jays are completely out of post-season contention.

I like Snider’s abilities to make a splash right away.  I get the feeling that he will get to see a lot of fastballs initially, which he mashes with great fervor.  As pitchers adjust their game plan against him and throw him more off-speed pitches, Snider will likely struggle (154 K’s so far this season) and need to make adjustments.  Don’t be surprised to see his ’06 cards receive a nice bump early on, especially if he blasts a few long HR’s.

Here’s another great article chronicling the massive power potential of Travis Snider.  Having watched him play as a prep in Everett, WA, I can tell you that the power he generates is jaw dropping.

Good luck tonight Travis!


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