Blue Jays commit to Ryan Goins at second

Blue Jays' Ryan Goins had another rough day at the plate against the Phillies, going 0-for-3 in...

Blue Jays' Ryan Goins had another rough day at the plate against the Phillies, going 0-for-3 in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - All leather and no bat.

It’s a term often used for a smooth fielding, poor hitting middle infielder.

Ryan Goins is determined not to have that tag.

Goins, the Jays second baseman — and Thursday it was confirmed by manager John Gibbons — is not expected to hit a whole lot but that isn’t the goal of the 26-year-old native of Round Rock, Tex.

The Jays are far from building their offence around him as there are plenty of potent bats in the lineup ahead of him.

Goins made his big league debut last season on Aug. 23, called up to replace the injured Maicer Izturis. A shortstop most of his pro career, Goins looked as if he had played second base all of his life.

Defensively he was aces in the 34 games he played and in that short time impressed manager John Gibbons.

“I saw what he did in September,” Gibbons said in the morning. “He made a huge difference on our team. So I don’t have any doubts.”


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