Another Blue Jays prospect has gotten a call-up for spring training.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Mitch Bannon, 24-year-old outfield Cam Eden has earned an invitation to spring training as a non-roster player.
#BlueJays announce they’ve invited CF Cam Eden to MLB Spring Training. He’s seen as one of the best defenders in the org and has elite speed, but struggled at the plate after a promotion to AA last year.
— Mitch Bannon (@MitchBannon) February 14, 2023
Eden played the majority of his 2022 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, slashing .215/.292/.376 with 10 homers in 306 plate appearances. However, he had a rather high 35.3 K%, much higher than his 22.9 K% last season in High-A.
Including his brief tenure in High-A Vancouver and Dunedin Blue Jays in 2022, his overall slash line stood at .233/.310/.408 with 12 homers with a 32.8 K% and a 7.9 BB%.
Cam Eden (@CamGo_Ham) wants to go home. His 10th homer of the season makes it 11-7 for New Hampshire.
Absolute nuke.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/iADI2BxbsA
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) September 9, 2022
Where Eden excels is with his elite speed. On the base paths, he stole 36 of 41 bases in 2022. In fact, that was the third most stolen bases in the entire organization. He also uses that speed in centre field, as he makes tough catches look easy.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 draft, Eden ranked as Fangraphs 34th best Blue Jays prospect heading into 2022.
The right-handed batting outfielder has an interesting blend of speed and pop, and has proven to have a low strikeout rate in years prior. It’s likely that Eden will start the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but a repeat of Double-A isn’t out of the question.
It will be interesting to watch his spring training!
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation