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McDade Flashes The Leather For Jays

Larry Millson -Premium Content

First baseman Mike McDade was determined not to let his second-half hitting funk last season affect his fielding. McDade prides himself on his defense. During his hitting drought at Double-A New Hampshire last season—which he refuses to blame on a knee injury sustained in July—he talked about having an on/off switch. When he was done hitting, he'd turn the offensive button off.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Thames Keeps Rolling For Jays

Larry Millson -Premium Content

When outfielder Travis Snider was demoted in late April to work on his swing mechanics, the Blue Jays had a choice to make.<br/>They considered several players at Triple-A Las Vegas to take Snider's place, ultimately deciding on first baseman David Cooper.<br/>But outfielder Eric Thames probably won't be far behind. All three players made an impression in major league spring training, with Thames among the team leaders in at-bats. He had a breakout season by hitting .288/.370/.526 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs at Double-A New Hampshire in 2010.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays