Forecasting the 2015 Buffalo Bisons Infield
Sep 24, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Munenori Kawasaki (66) slides home to score from a fly ball by second baseman Ryan Goins (17) (not in picture) in the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Munenori Kawaski- Fan favorite
Muni will continue to provide Toronto and Buffalo with a high energy bench option. The 33 year-old native of Kagoshima Japan knows his role and does it well. He battles and grinds out ever at-bat and never takes an out off. Despite being a fan favourite in Toronto, it is best for the Jays if Muni spends the entire season in Buffalo.
Jonathan Diaz- Starting shortstop
Diaz will provide the Herd will outstanding D once again in 2015. With more infield depth than last year, Diaz will have an uphill battle if he is to make it to Toronto this season.
Ryan Goins- Starting at 2nd
What a difference a year makes. Going into the 2014 Spring Training the second base job was his to lose. After making the team out of spring training, Ryan lasted 22 games before being sent to Buffalo. Ryan would split time between SS (51GP) and 2B (49GP) while producing a 4.69RF and 3.94RF respectively. Manager Gary Allenson will expect the same from Goins in 2015.
Ryan Schimpf- The Wildcard (read more)
Don’t let his batting average sway you. He hit more home runs than any other prospect in the Jays system. Ryan played winter ball in Mexico and hit .242 with 3HR, so I expect him to get off to a strong start. If he could hit for a higher average in 2015, he could find his way onto the lips of Toronto Blue Jays fans.
Ramon Santiago- 16 year Vet
Santiago’s experience could win him a job on the Blue Jays bench. If he ends up in Buffalo, he’ll need to compete with guys above for at-bats.