TORONTO -- Sunday will mark just the fourth time Yan Gomes has played a Major League game, but he's already caught the attention of Blue Jays manager John Farrell.
Gomes recorded a hit in his first career game and then homered the following day. It may be enough to keep the 24-year-old at the big league level, even when third basemen Brett Lawrie returns from his suspension Monday.
"He hasn't backed away from any challenges," Farrell said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of third base in his past, and even when we played him at third base at Spring Training he was adequate, more than adequate there in the early read of it, that's why there really was no hesitation to bring him up with Brett's situation.
"I think, ultimately, upon Brett's return, we'll have internal discussions for a player of his stage in his career, if we can find him enough at-bats, there's a potential, with his versatility to remain in the mix."
Gomes, the first Brazilian-born Major League player, has continued to show the Blue Jays what he did in Spring Training. The fact he can also play first base and add depth to the position is something Farrell said will work in his favor when the team decides whether to keep him up or send him back down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
"A quiet confidence, a guy who's got strength in his game, whether that's arm strength, strength in the bat," Farrell said, adding that he has a "cannon of an arm."
The main thing is getting Gomes at-bats. Farrell wants to make sure that if he stays up that he is getting consistent playing time because of his age and the fact he's still developing.