The Toronto Blue Jays have dealt with an unimaginable number of injuries thus far this season. At this moment alone, the Jays have 14 injured players and 12 on the disabled list. As a result, we have seen a number of unexpected call-ups and a Blue Jays‘ lineup resembling the opening day Las Vegas 51s roster more so than the opening day Blue Jays roster. With all of the unfamiliar faces on the Jays’ roster, everyone’s play is under the microscope. With this increased vigilance comes the potential of further roster moves. The only near-major-league-ready name that still remains in the minor leagues belongs to first-baseman Mike McDade.
When David Cooper was recalled by the Blue Jays, Mike McDade got the call to replace him in AAA Las Vegas. As a switch-hitting, defensively sound first-baseman, McDade has hit .275/.354/.437 for AA New Hampshire, and has hit in each game that he’s played for Las Vegas with the exception of his debut appearance. He had hit above .300 for much of the season before enduring an extensive slump through June and July, but returning to his hometown of Las Vegas in a hitter’s environment could reinvigorate the big first-baseman and earn him a call-up to the Blue Jays.
Though Mike McDade is not considered a key prospect for the Jays, neither are Yan Gomes or David Cooper, both of whom are playing above McDade for the Blue Jays. Although Gomes likely has a spot secured on the team, at least until J.P. Arencibia returns from his injury, due to his ability to catch, David Cooper‘s spot could be vulnerable until Adam Lind makes his return. If Cooper struggles, the Jays could look to the switch-hitting and more defensively sound McDade.
Of course, this possibility would be nullified should Adam Lind make a return in the near future. Given that Lind is still rehabilitating in Dunedin and does not have a schedule for his return, it could be a long time before we see him back with the Jays.
Nevertheless, if the Blue Jays continue to fall out of contention and the injury situation does not resolve itself, the Blue Jays could decide to call up first-baseman Mike McDade under a few more conditions. First, either Yan Gomes or David Cooper plays their way out of a spot on the big league roster, and second, McDade plays well enough for Las Vegas to warrant his call-up to the majors.
Mike McDade is not a big-name, marquee prospect to get particularly excited over, but he could see time in the big leagues this season. Of course, such a move would be out of experimentation rather than necessity, and we should tamper any expectations as such.
Charles Davis is a baseball writer for RantSports.com with a specific focus on the Toronto Blue Jays, their farm system, and prospects league-wide. Read his articles here and follow him on Twitter @CPDavis90.