The Toronto Blue Jays used two rookies at 2nd base in 2015. Devon Travis and Ryan Goins won fans’ hearts with their play on the field and at the plate. Is there another Travis or Goins in the system?
Ever since Aaron Hill went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, the Toronto Blue Jays have struggled to find stability at 2nd base. Enter Devon Travis.
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Travis was acquired during the 2015 offseason when former GM Alex Anthopoulos sent CF Anthony Gose to the Detroit Tigers. Prior to 2015, Devon had zero at-bats above Double-A, but that didn’t stop him from winning the starting 2nd base job in Spring Training. Unfortunately, injuries derailed a hot start which saw him hit .304 in 62 games.
Ryan Goins took over for the injured Travis, giving the Blue Jays Gold Glove defense while showing more with his bat than fans expected. Goins showed improvement in small ball, plate discipline, and even showed some pop with 5 home runs (.104 ISO).
Goins will assume the starting 2nd base duties in 2016, as Travis will start the year on the DL after off-season surgery on his shoulder. Darwin Barney will offer John Gibbons a reliable glove off the bench to fill in at 2nd and SS.
If Devon Travis suffers a set back or one of the regulars succumbs to injury, does the farm system have depth to help?
Who will the Blue Jays call to step in?