Which Blue Jays outfielder will step up to replace injured Michael Saunders?
Sep 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Ezequiel Carrera (61) attempts to catch a fly ball in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Name: Ezequiel Carrera
Age: 27 years old
Signed as a minor league free agent on December 3rd, Ezequiel Carrera has fourth outfielder written all over him. However, the Blue Jays have done a decent job of touting him throughout the winter, even mentioning him as possibly competing with Dalton Pompey for the center field job (even if it was a foregone conclusion that Pompey is going to get the role).
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Carrera has spent four seasons at the big league level, notching time with three organizations (Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Detroit). Over 478 career plate appearances at the Major League level, Carrera owns a decent .253/.305/.340 slash-line and just a pair of home runs. At the minor league level, that batting line is much more impressive though, as the light-hitting outfielder has slashed .285/.365/.380 in 4722 plate appearance in the minors.
However, his bat is not his calling card. Carrera lives by his speed, having nabbed 25 bases in the majors and an outstanding 336 in the minors. That said, it must be noted that while he can steal a base or two or three, he only has a 75% success rate, meaning Carrera is going to cost you his fair share of outs on the basepaths as well.
Given his lack of power and his potential game-changing speed, it’s best to think of Ezequiel Carrera as another Anthony Gose.