Jays' Emaus Learning From Tough 2009





DUNEDIN, Fla. — Brad Emaus moved up to Double-A without missing a beat —at first.

After hitting .302/.380/.463 at high Class A Dunedin in 2008, Emaus made his Eastern League debut last April 8 with three doubles and four RBIs.
He played all season in Double-A and had what he terms "kind of an up-and-down year"  at .253/.336/.376.

"It started good," Emaus said at major-league spring training camp. "Kind of  had a pretty good skid there in the middle of the year. I just tried to recuperate from that. Once you get so low, there's only so much you can do to make up for it the rest of the year. It was kind of a learning year and hopefully this year will go a lot better."

He found some solace with his .317/.391/.417 performance in the Arizona Fall League, which was a confidence-booster. "It was, it gives you a little confidence," he said. "That's the name of this game I think is just having confidence at the plate, knowing you can do it. Played good out there and tried to carry it into the spring."

He also admits that after his good start he might have been thinking too far ahead.

"A lot of it was mental," he said. "I was coming off a good spring. I had a good first two months there  and I just kind of started looking at numbers more than anything  and it got in my head a little bit. I kind of got caught up where I was last year, I wanted to make it up to Triple-A so bad."

He now files the experience as part of the learning process.

"I've never ready had to go through that kind of struggle before and it was good for me," he said. "I feel good about it. I know now just to play and not worry about the things you can't  control. It was tough going through it, it was an eye-opening experience, you can't let it get to you."

JAYS CHATTER

• The organization will have a new video system this season with a video assistant in each of its minor league teams with one covering both Dunedin and the Gulf Coast League team. Coaches will be able to visit a private Web site to see video on each player.

• Righthander Casey Fien, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Sox on March 4. The Red Sox had claimed him from the Tigers on March 1. He  spent most of 2009 with Triple-A Toledo, going 2-1, 3.41 with 14 saves in 42 appearances.