With the Blue Jays in full flight it seems as if the entire team is already in some sort of mid-season form. The battle for Blue Jay of the Week is heating up everyday as everyone seems to be putting up great Spring Training numbers. With that said we have a new player being named the Blue Jay of the Week so without further ado, I present to you…
This weeks Blue Jay of the Week is…. Yan Gomes! (@Yan_AGomes)
I can only imagine what you think if you don’t follow the daily grind or boxscores of Spring Training baseball. Yan Gomes has travelled through the Blue Jays farm system starting in low A rookie ball in 2009 and working his way to AAA Las Vegas in 2011.
Gomes is trying to become the first Brazilian born player in Major League history and if he continues his current pace and development, it won’t be too long before that dream becomes a reality. Possessing a .271 career batting average in the minor leagues he has been on fire throughout the spring posting a very respectable .471 avg in 17 at-bats.
The Blue Jays organization proves to be loaded at the catcher position with young talented players being lead by JP Arencibia and Travis d’Arnaud. Yan Gomes has travelled a very similar path as JPA, coming to North America as a kid he settled in JPA’s hometown of Miami, Fla. Continuing the career path that has shadowed his young mentor, Gomes attended the University of Tennessee and became a Toronto Blue Jay after first being drafted by the Red Sox in the 2008 Amateur Draft.
A lot of die-hard Blue Jays fans are beginning to wonder when we will see Gomes on the big league level but that is also something we have been wondering about Travis d’Arnaud who is sandwiched between Yan and the top of the catching depth chart.
If anything I believe this is another great sign for Blue Jays fans as the talent proves to run deep into the organization and if the young kids have weeks such as Yan Gomes did, they very well could be the next Blue Jay of the Week!
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