Blue Jays Minor League Depth – Third Base

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Mar 9, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) hits ground balls in the infield before the start of the spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Long Shots

Alexis Maldonado– Keep on playing

After attending college at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA he joined the Jays organization.  Playing solid defense and hitting at a good level last season for the Vancouver affiliate may have earned him a chance to start the season with Dunedin.  In 46 games he posted a .303 batting average with 14 RBI and 5 steals.  He also handled the hot corner well with a .927 fielding percentage.  He will be turning 24 this June but has a ways to go before having a chance at the big league level.

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Lane Thomas– Young blood

Last years 5th round pick had a nice debut in the rookie leagues.  Playing in the Gulf Coast league and Appalachian leagues he made his way into 52 games.  There he batted .281 with 19 RBI and 9 steals.  Thomas is still very young but it encouraging to see such a young player have 12 doubles, 4 triples and a home run in 52 games.  Thomas played 25 games at 3rd base where he had 12 errors in 76 chances.  That is a little lower fielding percentage then I would want to see at the hot corner (.842 FLD%).  It will be interesting to see if he sticks at 3rd or move to the OF where he also played 20 games.

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