They used to call him “Keebs” but I always thought Simon was a pretty good comp too.
A.134/.241/.165 with the Brewers in the early part of last year earned him the rest of the summer in Colorado Springs and his eventual release. The Jays brought him to camp as an NRI and he was called up a few days ago. His 6-for-12 with 2 2B and 1 BB in 3 games, 1 at 3B and 2 at 2B, already puts The (Near) Face of Baseball as the #8 mugshot in B-R’s Top 12 by WAR of the largely anonymous Jays.
The Jays have a couple lefties in the bullpen but their starters are all righthanded:
Friday night: Aaron Brooks vs. Marcus Stroman
Saturday afternoon: Mike Fiers vs. Matt Shoemaker
Sunday afternoon: Brett Anderson vs. Aaron Sanchez
Ex-A’s report: in addition to Sogard; there’s just one more:
Billy McKinney: The A’s first-round choice in the 2013 draft went to the Cubs, along with their first-round choice in the 2012 draft, in the Samardzija/Hammel deal in 2014. After a lot of time in AA and AAA in the Cubs and Yankees systems he got a long look in the Jays outfield at the end of last season and has been their primary right fielder to open this season. He’s off to a bit of a slow start at the plate though, at .207/.281/.328.