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Thursday, 30 May 2013 16:36

Do Red Sox have hidden gem in Pawtucket with Brandon Snyder?

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Every year there are Major League Baseball teams that sign a bunch of veteran players to minor league deals and stick them away in Triple-A since there is no room on their current 24-man roster.

This year, the Boston Red Sox signed former Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers utility player Brandon Snyder to a minor league deal on April 2 and since then, have gotten quality production for a player that spent most of the 2012 in the major leagues. Snyder has spent the entire season with Triple-A Pawtucket and is hitting .295 with eight homeruns and 31 RBIs in 46 games. He has played several different positions including first base, third base and some outfield for the Pawsox.

Despite all the success he has had for Pawtucket, it has hard to see him being called up to Boston unless there is another injury to an infielder. The good thing is that the Red Sox had a similar situation in 2011, when current Pawsox player Drew Sutton was called up and provided some insurance for Boston in limited playing time hitting .315 in 31 games. It goes to show that having veteran experience in the minor leagues could serve well if reinforcements are needed during the season.

Snyder has shown the ability to hit left-handed pitching well this year batting .298 against them and .318 last season with Rangers in 44 at bats.

There could be other teams that look to acquire Snyder this summer if he continues to remain with the Pawsox since he has versatility and hits left handed hitting well. He could fill out a team’s bench very nicely but could also be an asset for Red Sox as well if called upon.


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