Jays From the Couch brings you the Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Highlights & Lowlights for infielder, Ryan Goins.
The 2016 season wasn’t quite what Ryan Goins had in mind after bringing his game to a new level in 2015. With rookie Devon Travis being sidelined early due to surgery, the Blue Jays leaned on Goins to supply the team with a quality backup. After 2015 it seemed he could give just enough at the plate where his gold glove style defense would make it palpable. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be the case.
During Toronto’s seven game winning streak in June, Goins, supplied a personal high five game hitting streak. Over this period he hit 316/350/632 with two doubles, three triples and three RBI. It may seem like a very small sample of good to hold onto, but with the struggles he faced in 2016, it was still a contribution that mattered.
During the Canada Day marathon with the eventual American League champion, Cleveland Indians, Goins, got to contribute in a much more peculiar way. With the score knotted at 1-1 in the 18th inning, manager, John Gibbons, decided he had enough with using his already taxed bullpen, and tapped Goins on the shoulder.
With his fastball topping out around 90 mph, he eventually worked himself a scoreless inning. But, not before providing some excitement for the fans. With one out, and the bases loaded, GoGo, dropped a neat little change-up on Chris Gimenez to get a 6-4-3 inning ending double play. It wasn’t a pretty by any means; however, after nearly six hours of baseball, it was a moment many fans will remember with fondness, despite the eventual loss.
The most disappointing part of his 2016 season had to be the backwards step Goins took at the plate. After slashing a decent 250/318/354 for 2015, the output he provided in 2016 was downright disappointing. At minimum it was hoped his 261/332/364 slash line of 2015 against RHP would help provide a solid left-handed platoon option with Darwin Barney, in the absence of Devon Travis. Unfortunately, his 190/237/333 split was well below his 2015 output, as well as his career split of 231/282/338. This inability to handle RHP proved to be his undoing, especially with the Blue Jays offense looking for help.
In the “no good deed goes unpunished” file is the unfortunate 15-day disabled list trip the Texas native took after his professional pitching debut. The utility infielder felt a soreness in his forearm during his appearance, and it resulted in him missing the next month of major league time, as he didn’t return until August 1st. Goins took the injury in stride, and even commented they he didn’t regret making the appearance, but figured it would be best to “Shut it down“, at least for the rest of 2015.
With the off season, and major league roster in flux, it is uncertain what Goins’ future with the team will be going forward. While inclined to say he should remain with the team solely for his defensive ability, it is also plausible the club could view him as redundant. This does not necessarily mean they would make him part of any trade deal, though it is possible. What is more likely is they he would remain with the Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons, only to be used as a depth option should a regular go down. Afterall, there is not much value to be had in the market for an all-glove no-bat type of player. Any value he does have would only be in the eyes of the Blue Jays, until he becomes arbitration eligible after next season.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.