Toronto Blue Jays ink two players to minor league deals
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly inked two players to minor league deals with invites to spring training.
According to Robert Murray of FanSided, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Forrest Wall and first baseman Tyler White to minor league deals with invites to spring training.
Wall has spent the past couple of seasons with the Blue Jays minor league affiliates after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies in the Seunghwan Oh trade at the 2018 trade deadline. The 25-year old spent the 2019 campaign with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Buffalo Bisons where he hit a combined .268/.351/.422 with 11 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 123 games.
The speedy Wall will presumably begin the 2021 campaign at Triple-A as an outfield depth option for the Blue Jays. Wall impressed during his spring training audition in 2020 hitting .304 with three extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 23 at-bats for the big club in Grapefruit League action.
Wall has a Reed Johnson ilk to his game and would still be a better option than Derek Fisher in the Toronto outfield should a rash of injuries occur during the upcoming season.
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In Tyler White, the Jays get a former Astros prospect who possesses big power at the first base position. With the exception of 66 games in 2018, the slugger has never been able to put it all together at the MLB level.
In 2018, White hit .276/.354/.533 with 12 homers in 237 plate appearances with Houston. The 30-year old would eventually get traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019 in exchange for Andre Scrubb.
In 256 MLB games, White is a career .236/.315/.409 hitter with 26 homers and 208 strikeouts under his belt. He will assumingly take over the reins at first base for the Bisons and could be called up in a pinch if the big league roster was hurting.
Both signings are minor league depth options and will be primarily utilized to fill out the Triple-A roster for the 2021 season. However, Wall’s style of play leaves something to be desired and he could surprise if presented with an opportunity.