Are you kidding me? Adam Lind goes down, utility guy Yan Gomes is on his way to the Show.
What more is there to say about Adam Lind’s struggles? The Blue Jays tried nothing and they’re now all out of ideas, man. A move to the bottom of the order which results in a two hit day moved Lind back to the cleanup spot but he simply has not hit. For two years.
The growing disparity between good Lind months (few) and bad Lind months (many) since his Silver Slugger-winning 2009 season finally provokes a move from the Blue Jays braintrust. Edwin Encarnacion saw increased action at first base this week (well, he played first last night while Lind DH`d), suggesting he was in line for a lot more playing time as this move became more and more apparent.
Calling Gomes up is a peculiar move. The Brazilian-born Gomes (who will become the first ever from that nation to play in a big league game when Gomes makes his debut) is not on the 40-man roster at this time but yesterday’s outrighting of Tryston MaMagnuson creates a valuable spot.
This is all very…strange. Similar to the Brett Cecil demotion, this comes seemingly out of nowhere. The Jays don’t appear interested in using kid gloves with certain players. No need to pussyfoot around with the first baseman hitting at the bottom of the order. He isn’t producing and they FINALLY made a definitive move.
What will this mean for Lind? Adam Lind hasn’t played at the AAA level since 2008m, when the affiliate was in bloody Syracuse. At that time, the 24-year old Lind posted a strong .929 OPS with six home runs in 50 games. It was a simpler, non-Vegas inflated time.
Might Lind replicate Edwin Encarnacion’s brief Vegas vacation from two years back? EE, you may have forgotten, was DFA’d and sent down to Vegas in the middle of 2010 and went absolutely apeshit on PCL pitching, posting a 1.267 OPS in seven games before coming back to the big leagues where he hit 12 home runs and put up a .800 OPS over the remaining 200 or so at bats of that year.
Adam Lind is probably too good a hitter for AAA. But here he is. Past results mean very little when it becomes clear a player cannot compete at the highest level. If a mechanical adjustment or some time with beloved guru Chad Mottola gets him right, so be it. If this is it for Adam Lind with the Blue Jays franchise…well let’s not go crazy quite yet.
Yan Gomes in Vegas: .359/.391/.565. And a .420 BABIP. Gotta love that PCL.
— Navin Vaswani (@vaswani_) May 17, 2012
Yan Gomes? Yan Gomes. Whatever. Gomes can play third when Brett Lawrie takes his inevitable four day vacation. Lind to the minors in 2012, using his final (?) minor league option. Even if it was deserved it is certainly unexpected. What a world, man.
Late addition: A little something to add to the intrigue…
Adam Lind was about 45 days away from accumulating enough MLB service time to refuse optional assignments to the minors.
— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) May 17, 2012