As September call-ups loom, has Socrates Brito earned himself another look in the Toronto Blue Jays outfield following his strong play in Triple-A?
Socrates Brito had a horrible Blue Jays audition through 17 games after he was acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Rodrigo Orozco on April 02nd. Brito hit a pitiful .077/.163/.128 while mustering only three hits to go along with 17 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances.
Brito had a propensity for chasing off-speed pitches out of the zone which opposition pitchers exploited to the fullest. It seemed like Brito would go weeks at a time without seeing a fastball as he continued to flail uncontrollably on a steady off-speed diet.
The 26-year old was promptly designated for assignment and then demoted and has not had a sniff of the majors since. Following his demotion, Brito is hitting .279/.323/.491 with 103 hits including 14 homers and ten stolen bases in 91 games for the herd.
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The outfielder is career .179 hitter with five home runs and three stolen bases in 99 games with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays.
Brito has presumably been the good soldier and done everything the team has asked of him in Buffalo. He has shown resiliency while bouncing back and has the numbers to at least be in the conversation for another opportunity with the big club.
It is not as if Derek Fisher or Billy McKinney are tearing the cover off the ball and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is still sidelined with an injury. The Jays can afford to add a couple more outfielders once the rosters expand in the coming days as the season winds down.
Whether or not Brito is a longterm fixture in the outfield, he has done everything in his power to warrant another shot north of the border with the big club. What he chooses to do with that opportunity still remains to be seen.