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2/2/1988 (29 y, 18 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 14, Overall: 14, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Snider signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on Friday worth $1 million if he makes the big league club, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (1/6/2017)
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Year in Review:
It was a tough year of learning on the job for Snider. He's succeeded everywhere that's he's played... until the Majors in '09. His contact rate was almost 10% below the Major League average because he swung at too many pitchers' pitches, rather than working himself into favorable hitters' counts. Defensively, he's better suited to left than right field, although his arm plays in either spot. His UZR/150 was -1.2 in left and -18.5 in right. If Adam Lind is in the field rather than DHing, though, he'll be in left with Snider in right.
The Year Ahead:
Snider will head into 2010 with the right-field job all but sewn up... even though manager Cito Gaston says the 22-year-old will have to earn a spot on the opening day roster. The former No. 1 draft pick is loaded with talent, but he's going to do a lot of swing-and-missing in '10: his strikeout rate in parts of two seasons is 32.2 K%. Snider has suffered through injuries each of the past two years, but luckily they don't appear to be chronic injuries. However, he needs to put in a full, healthy season in 2010. If everything goes well, Snider should be able to provide 20-25 homers, a .250-.270 average, and quite a few Ks. He’s a great keeper prospect, but you may want to avoid drafting him in traditional formats. (Marc Hulet)
Snider is still just 23 years old and has parts of three MLB seasons under his belt. The former No. 1 draft pick was on a hot streak in 2010 before an injury derailed his season. When he returned, the young outfielder struggled to find his consistency. For the first time in his career, he's assured of a full-time job at the MLB level in 2011. Snider has impressive power potential -- 25-30 homers in a full season -- but he still has some learning to do. He produced a .304 OBP and had a bad habit of chasing pitcher's pitches and is still learning to work the count to take advantage of mistakes. Depending on where Jose Bautista ends up on the diamond, Snider could split time between left and right field. He has produced better defensive numbers in left field. The talented young player could be in line for a breakout 2011 season but he's not guaranteed to open the season in a run-producing spot in the lineup. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Snider is still young and has the potential to break out into a true offensive force. It may not happen in 2011 but he should be a solid AL-only contributor.
Travis Snider: Toronto’s enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a prospect. A wrist injury ended yet another frustrating season in Toronto in 2011 for young Snider. If you’d have told somebody -- perhaps the Blue Jays fan in your life -- that Eric Thames would play almost double the number of games Snider did in the Toronto outfield in 2011, and that Thames might supplant Snider on the Toronto depth chart, that somebody -- especially the Blue Jays fan in your life -- wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are. Snider’s name has been bandied about in trade rumors over the winter, but should he come into spring training a Blue Jay, he’ll be fighting for a job in the Toronto outfield. Snider was awful in 2011, and he struggled more last year than in any of his previous stints with the Blue Jays, in 2010, 2009 and 2008. Yes, he’s played now in four seasons in Toronto. Working against Snider moving forward: his 2011 5.4% walk and 27.7% strikeout rates. Working for Snider: he’s far superior defensively to Eric Thames, and will only be 24 years old in February. Time’s running out, though, for Snider, that’s for sure, but keep your eye on him in spring training. He’s got the talent, should it ever come together, or should Toronto trade him. Blue Jays fans keep hearing good things about a change of scenery. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Snider’s one of those can’t-miss prospects that might, you know, actually miss. After his disaster 2011 was ended by a wrist injury, Snider will come into 2012 fighting for a job in the Toronto outfield. He could be a guy you take a chance on late, or keep an eye on in deeper leagues, but based on his 2011 numbers, he offers little in fantasy value.
Travis Snider is now Pittsburgh’s “What if …”, after the Blue Jays traded him, and his potential, to the Pirates last summer. In 50 games in the National League, Snider struggled, especially hitting for power, as evidenced by his .078 ISO. The story remains the same: Snider’s proved everything he can at Triple-A, but can he do it at the big-league level? He’ll get another chance in right field in Pittsburgh, and he’ll hopefully finally get a full MLB season under his belt. But, again, his approach at the plate must change, since his ability to make contact oscillates as much as his power. And until Snider proves he can hit big-league pitching, he has limited fantasy value. Only 25 in February, Snider, for now, will only break your heart. Ask a Blue Jays fan. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Travis Snider is now the Pirates’ “What if …” While a full season as an everyday player in right field is exactly what he needs, until he proves he can hit major league pitching, he’s got limited fantasy value.
It may feel like a distant memory nowadays, but Snider was once considered among the very best prospects the game had to offer -- peaking at sixth on the Baseball America's Top 100 in 2009. He’s evolved from hyped prospect, to post-hype breakout candidate, to whatever he is today. Snider was Bad Travis again for the Pirates in 2013, hitting .215/.281/.333. He only faced lefties 25 times last season, and yet still managed to strike out in more than half of those at-bats. He still has the talent that once made general managers drool, and may be a mechanical fix away from cashing in those chips, but to date has not shown (at any point) that he can be a capable major league hitter. With Gregory Polanco on the way, Snider's faults might make Jose Tabata the full-timer in right field, aka Mr. Soon To Be Irrelevant. (
The Quick Opinion:
Once an elite prospect, Snider struggled again at the major league level in 2013, and may be running out of time to make good on his considerable promise. He hits like a pitcher against southpaws, and only marginally better against righties.
The former Blue Jays top prospect with the formerly mammoth power potential has been quite the disappointment over his career. Strikeouts had always been a problem and his power has been inconsistent, while never reaching the elite levels projected. But he enjoyed a sort of breakthrough in 2014, as he cut down on his swings and misses and pushed his strikeout rate below 20%. Impressively, he did that while enjoying a power rebound and posting the highest batted ball distance of his career. Unfortunately, he'll now have to battle a current top prospect in Gregory Polanco for playing time in right field. Even if he wins the job initially, Polanco is going to be looming, so it's hard to bank on his first 400 at-bat season. He should be a cheap source of power in NL-Only leagues, but his playing time is going to be a big question mark.(
The Quick Opinion:
Snider enjoyed the best performance of his career and heading into his age 27 season, could be on the verge of a true breakout. But since he'll be battling top prospect Gregory Polanco during the spring for the starting right field job, we might never know if another uptick is coming and could be sustained all season long.
Snider tore through the minor leagues while with the Blue Jays, but he could never quite succeed at the major league level. He always looked like he was right on the cusp. Finally, in 2014, Snider posted a 122 weighted runs created plus with a luck neutral .298 batting average on balls in play. It was his age 26 season, leading many to hope he would build upon his success. Instead he slid back into replacement level. The Pirates couldn't find a regular role for him, but he received plenty of action with the Orioles. In one of the best home run parks for left-handed hitters, Snider hit just three home runs in 236 plate appearances. The 28-year-old may find it difficult to earn a regular role in 2016. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Snider was once a 14th overall draft pick. Time and time again he teased us his upside and Triple-A mashery. Unfortunately, he's struggled to parlay his minors success to the majors.
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