In spring of 2016, Darrell Ceciliani caught the eyes of Blue Jays fans after putting up some excellent numbers. However, much like Wayne Lydon in 2006, Ceciliani didn’t make the team out of spring training due to a crowded outfield.
Although the fact remains that he didn’t make the team, he did everything in his power to do so. In 36 at-bats, Ceciliani hit four homeruns while driving in ten RBIs. Not only were the power numbers there for the left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder, but the contact statistics were quite solid as well.
Ceciliani slashed an impressive .417/.500/.833, hitting three doubles to go along with his four homeruns. Much like Hill in 2008, Ceciliani was able to get on base half of the times he stepped up to the plate.
It is unfortunate for Ceciliani that he did not make the team straight out of spring training. He was eventually called up and sent back down twice that season, but was unable to make the most of his situation, hitting only .111 with one RBI.
His regular season numbers may have stunk, but his great spring training is one Blue Jays fans will never forget.