Blue Jays cut six players from big league camp

Blue Jays cut six players from big league camp

Blue Jays cut six players from big league camp
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays made their first round of cuts from their Major League camp on Saturday morning.

Catcher Carlos Perez, catcher Brian Jeroloman, infielder Brian Bocock, outfielder Ricardo Nanita, right-hander Ryan Tepera and right-hander Scott Richmond were all sent to the Minor League camp at the Bobby Mattick Training Center in Dunedin.

The Blue Jays now have 58 players remaining in camp and aren't expected to make another series of cuts until a series of split-squad games are out of the way next week.

"We're at that point in camp where we're trying to get a focal group in here," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We've had a lot of good impressions and a lot of good play by a number of players here, but it's getting to that point where we need to pare down and we've got two positions on the field ... that we really have to hone in on."

One of those two positions can be found in left field where Eric Thames and Travis Snider are in a heated competition for the starting job. Snider made yet another strong impression on Saturday afternoon against the Astros with his third home run in as many games.

Snider now has three home runs and seven RBIs while posting a .294 batting average in six contests. One of the biggest benefits in Snider's current situation is that he has shown an ability to have quality at-bats against lefties as evidenced by his homer on Saturday against Houston's Zach Duke.

"I know it's early in Spring Training, but what he's doing against left-handers is impressive," Farrell said.

"I think what you're seeing is a hitter that is maturing and picking out spots to attack first-pitch fastballs. You see it pretty often, I think, with left-handers anytime they face a left-handed pitcher they're going to try to get that first-pitch fastball and when he's gone after it he hasn't missed it."

The other job that's still up for grabs is the utility-infielder spot. Omar Vizquel is the favorite but the team is also considering Mike McCoy and Luis Valbuena.