Blue Jays Minor League Depth – First Base
Apr 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton (10) hits a RBI single in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Minor League Reserves
–Daric Barton– Looking to stick
Barton is a solid defender that is hoping that his bat will come around to help him win a job in Toronto. After bouncing back and forth from the Oakland A’s to their AAA team the Jays signed him to a minor league deal. His defense is defiantly a plus over some of the other options. That will continue to keep him in the conversation as depth. He has shown he can hit minor league pitching averaging around .270 with minimal power. Looking at the rest of his stats he will have to beef up his .158 batting average that he had in 64 plate appearances with the A’s to stick in Toronto. I would guess that he hangs out in Buffalo the majority of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays
–Matt Hague– Bucs cast off
Picked up on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates Hague has proven that he is a solid minor league player. As he approaches the age of 30, I think it is time to see what he is made of. Last season in the minors he batted .284 with 15 home runs and 76 RBI. Those are some pretty solid numbers, numbers which he had repeated in previous seasons at the minor league level. In the very small sample sizes he has had in the majors those numbers did not appear to translate to the Majors. He will likely start the season with the Bison’s but could provide depth if someone gets injured at first or third base.