Eric Sogard has been one of the Toronto Blue Jays lone bright spots in a season filled with disappointment and nobody saw it coming.
At the end of December, the Toronto Blue Jays inked Eric Sogard to a minor league pact to provide organizational depth for a team in the midst of a rebuild. At the time of the signing, nobody anticpated Sogard to have a breakout campaign especially after not making the team out of spring training.
The Jays opted to go with Richard Urena over Sogard when the team broke camp to head north. The 33-year old would be recalled in mid-April making his debut on April 16th and has never looked back.
Since his promotion, Sogard is hitting .305/.372/.510 with 61 hits including a career-high nine homers in 229 plate appearances. Aside from the offence, Sogard is often spotted mentoring the younger players in the dugout while providing veteran leadership on the field.
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Sogard also leads the team with six stolen bases and has a team-leading two triples thus far this season. Not bad for a guy who hit .134 in 55 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
The veteran utility player will in all likelihood be dangled at the trade deadline, however, he is the type of player who could be an asset to this young Jays core. Sogard plays the game the right way and never takes an inning off, his leadership attributes could go a long way on a young Jays roster next season.
In saying that, it makes perfect sense for the Jays brain trust to sell high if the right offer comes their way.
Regardless of what transpires, Sogard continues to put up career numbers while being the straw that stirs the Blue Jays offensive drink at the top of the order. He has truly been one of the feel-good stories of 2019.