According to Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed first baseman Mike McDade to a minor league contract.
#BlueJays have signed 1B Mike McDade to a Minor League deal.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 15, 2014
McDade, 24, is a former sixth round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays from the 2007 draft. After spending six seasons in the Jays’ farm system he was designated for assignment in November 2012. He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians but by the following May he was designated for assignment again.
This time it was the Chicago White Sox who picked him and and he spent most of 2013 with the Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, but didn’t put up great numbers. His minor league career triple slash is .263/.322/.413 and his isolated power checks in at .135.
In 2010, McDade hit a career-high 21 home runs with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays. He then spent the next two season in Double-A New Hampshire, hitting 16 and 15 home runs respectively, but continued to strikeout too often and not walk enough.
This spring McDade is hitting .400 with no home runs in four games with the White Sox. He will be expected to provide minor league depth and will be hard pressed to see any major league action in 2014.