Sunday, November 1, 2015
Heritage got this one right
Over the years, we've all seen the rookie stars cards feature multiple players that just end up fizzling out. Guys that don't even play for the teams that they're pictured in, or guys that end up playing a year or two with a few ABs, leaving nothing to speak of.
But this card of Kevin Pillar/Ryan Goins I am very hopeful for. I started calling Pillar "the human highlight reel" (yes, I know it's been used for many players in the past) because of the many great catches that he made this season. The 12HR, 25 steals and .278 average in his first everyday season reminds me of Lloyd Moseby during his time with the Jays in the 80's.
While Goins may not be the offensive dynamo at shortstop that Troy Tulowitzki is, he hit .250 while providing solid defense at 2B and SS during the season. For my money, he will be a solid backup for Tulowitzki and should play the utility infielder role with Devon Travis coming back.
Two solid pieces of the Jays lineup (hopefully) for years to come.
Thanks for reading, Robert