Toronto Blue Jays Demote Travis Snider To Triple-A

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 29, 2011

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Travis Snider #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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So much for Travis Snider having a breakout season.

I, like many others, thought this was the year that Toronto Blue Jays’ OF Travis Snider was going to have his breakout season. Whoops.

The Blue Jays demoted Snider to Triple-A on Thursday. He was batting .181/.277/.265 with one HR on the season.

Is it me, or does this remind anyone else of the Cameron Maybin situation in Florida?

Both are outfielders who were brought up as teenagers, both were once top prospects, both might have been called up to the majors before they were ready and both were never given the chance to develop at the major league level. The Marlins quickly ran out of patience with Maybin and shipped him off to San Diego. It will be interesting to see if the Blue Jays run out of patience with Snider.

In these situations, I always think back to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. He hit .182 in April and many were calling for his head in Boston. The Red Sox organization stuck it out with Pedroia and the rest is history. Pedroia might have been a unique case, but it just shows that if you stick with someone you believe in, he could eventually prove you right.

Obviously the Blue Jays know their players better than I do, but if they believed in Snider enough to make him their starter out of spring training, why not give him the whole season to prove himself? I am not sure how the Blue Jays are finding out anything more that they didn’t know about Snider by sending him to Triple-A.

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