Ryan Goins is just getting going for Jays

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins celebrates after scoring a run at spring training....

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins celebrates after scoring a run at spring training. (VERONICA HENRI/Toronto Sun)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Ryan Goins’ glove has gotten him into position as the frontrunner to be the Blue Jays opening day second baseman. How far beyond opening day that takes him probably depends to a certain degree on his bat.

“He’s got to play the little guy’s game,” manager John Gibbons said. “Advancing runners, laying down bunts, moving people along. He doesn’t need to carry the offence by any means. He needs to chip in and do the little things and he’s fully capable of that.”

As a minor-leaguer, Goins has averaged in the .270s with a .330 on-base percentage. If his offensive output in the majors could correlate to those numbers, he’ll have a good, long career.

Kevin Seitzer, the Jays new hitting coach, is tutoring Goins and he believes his potential with the bat extends well beyond those numbers.

“He’s all ears,” says Seitzer, who has lowered Goins hands to shorten his swing and has changed his swing path so the bat stays in the strike zone longer.


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