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REED JOHNSON RELEASED

The Toronto Blue Jays had to make a decision on their remaining outfield spot between Shannon Stewart and Reed Johnson and today they decided to keep Shannon Stewart and release Reed Johnson.

The release of Johnson allows the Blue Jays to pay only $500,000 of his salary that would have been over 3-million if he remained with the Jays.  Johnson had a very good spring and seemed to be healthy after nagging back injuries last season.  But, with Shannon Stewart also playing well and signed to only one year deal and youngsters Adam Lind and Travis Snider a year of two away, Johnson became expendable.

NON ROSTER INVITEES ANNOUNCED

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have invited 19 players to Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida that begins on February 16th.

Returning organizational players include Jesse Carlson (New Hampshire ’07), Jeremy Cummings (Syracuse ’07), Jamie Vermilyea (Syracuse ’07), Sal Fasano (Syracuse ’07), J.P. Arencibia (Auburn ’07), Brian Jeroloman (Lansing ’07), Chip Cannon (New Hampshire ’07), Hector Luna (Syracuse ’07), Wayne Lydon (Syracuse ’07), Ryan Patterson (New Hampshire ’07) and Travis Snider (Lansing ’07).

Players signed by the Blue Jays as minor league free agents include pitchers Shawn Camp, Lance Carter, Kane Davis, Mike Gosling, Ryan Ketchner, John Parrish, infielder Pedro Lopez and outfielder Matt Watson,

In addtion three Chiefs from last years squad have also been invited to big league camps. John-Ford Griffin (Dodgers), Ryan Roberts (Rangers), and Howie Clark (Twins).

Other former Chiefs in camps include Chad Hermansen (Angels), Tomas Perez and Jose Cruz (Astros), Scott Cassidy (Brewers), Josh Phelps, John Wasdin, and Hugo Castellanos (Cardinals), Mike Smith and Luis Figueroa (Cubs), Adam Melhuse (Rangers), Kevin Cash (Red Sox), Ken Huckaby (Royals) and Aquillino Lopez (Tigers).

AROUND THE FARM: SNIDER

In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Travis Snider of the Lansing Lugnuts.

Snider The 5’11″ outfielder has spent all of the season with the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League.  Entering play today he is hitting .305 with 23 doubles, 7 HR and 56 RBI in 75 games.  He is tied for 3rd in the  Midwest League with 35 extra-base hits and ranks 5th in the league with a .495 Slugging Percentage.

A left-handed batter, Snider is hitting an impressive .337 with 4 HR and 23 RBI against south-paws.  On July 7th he went 5-5 with 3 RBI and became the first Lugnut since Chip Cannon in 2005 to hit for the cycle.

Snider was the Blue Jays first round pick in last  year’s draft, selected with the 14th overall pick.  He was the first high school player drafted in the first round by the Blue Jays under J.P Riccardi’s tenure, in fact the previously highest selected high school player by J.P. was Brain Grant with the 206th overall pick in 2002. 

The 5’11″ outfielder hit .325 with 11 HR and 41 RBI over 54 games in his first professional season for Pulaski.  He was named the Appalachian League Player of the Year, a Baseball America Rookie All-Star and Topps Short-Season Rookie All-Star.

The Mill Creek, Washington resident led Jackson High School to a 27-0 record his senior year and were ranked the #2 team in the country by Baseball America.  Snider was named the Class 4A player of the year by the Washington State Coaches Association and Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year   

He is known throughout the State of Washington for a HR he hit his Junior year in the District Playoffs known as the “Broadway Shot”, where he launched a 500 feet HR out of Everett Memorial Stadium.

If Travis continues to progress as he has in his first two professional seasons his legacy is certain to grow far beyond the State of Washington.

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