It’s always exciting to see a young Minor Leaguer get promoted to the big leagues for the first time, and seeing them eventually getting their first hit, and their first home run. For Yan Gomes (pronounces like “gnomes” but with a G), he got his first hit on just his second at-bat and his first home run in just his second game!

In the minor leagues, he was batting .359 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .391 on-base percentage. Gomes, 24, is a versatile player for manager John Farrell, as he can play first base, 3rd base, as well as catcher, his natural position. Farrell is most likely to use him at first and DH. This versatility may ultimately allow him to stay in the big league for the long haul.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca:

As a six-year-old kid in Sao Paolo, Brazil, soccer was understandably the main sport on Yan Gomes’ mind.  Other sports weren’t really on his radar, especially not baseball. Then one day, “my dad ran into someone who was doing baseball and they talked, my dad said he’s got a young kid and the guy said to bring me out. It’s been history since then.” Gomes immediately fell in love with the game, stuck with it after his family moved to the United States when he was 12 and started out on an improbable path toward becoming the first Brazilian-born player to appear in a big-league contest.

The only worry is that Gomes has only three minor-league seasons behind him, so the Jays know Gomes needs regular playing time and not be a bench player where he’s only playing once or twice a week. The question is whether Farrell can get him in the line up regularly.

Either way, welcome to the Majors and the Toronto Blue Jays, Yan Gomes. I am looking forward to seeing you play and blossom into a great player!

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Vladimir Guerrero, a future Hall of Fame slugger, has been signed by Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos yesterday. If you know Vlad the Impaler, this is very exciting stuff for Jays fans!! This is his second stint in Canada, as he played for the Montreal Expos for seven seasons. He’s been an MVP, an All-Star, and his stats show he will eventually be in the Hall of Fame.  His career batting average is .318, which is unbelievable!! Just last year, even though he batted a very respectable .290, no one wanted him this spring, which I find very strange.

Anthopoulos cautioned there’s no guarantee the 37-year-old will join the major league team. Guerrero will be sent to the team’s extended spring training, where the Jays will assess his condition. If they like what they see, he’ll play in some minor league games before he’s added to the 25-man major league roster. Jays outfielder, Jose Bautista believes there’s no doubt that Guerrero will make the team.

Manager John Farrell says, “when a guy with his pedigree and his track record comes available and finally comes to an agreement with us, we’ll give that every opportunity to see what it can produce for us.”

The 2012 season is getting to be very interesting for the Jays!

2012 Jays have a record of 18-15 in the AL East at the time of this posting.

UPDATE (June 12, 2012): The Jays have parted ways with Guerrero, granting the slugger’s request to be released from his minor league contract. Guerrero gave an ultimatum that he either be promoted to the Major League or release him. The Jays did not think he was ready yet, so they honoured his request.

…well that was fast…

Guerrero in Tempe, Arizona vs Cubs, 2005

This spring in the Grapefruit League, the 2012 edition Toronto Blue Jays finished with a record of 23-7,  best in the league (7-0 vs AL East teams!!). If this is any sign of things to come in the regular season, it will be a very exciting one to watch, if you’re a Jays fan!

ESPN says “Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays is going to be a monster, a 20 (HR)/20 (SB) season. I mean, is 30/30 in a year or two that far off? He’s a future Ryan Braun.” Now that’s a huge compliment!

Sophomore rookie Eric Thames, who beat out Travis Snider for the starting job in left field, believes Toronto can contend for a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1993.

“I feel like this team is going to be unstoppable,” Thames said. “Everyone is swinging a hot bat right now, we’re all excited, ready to go. I think we’re going to sneak up on a lot of teams this year.”

Yankee GM Brian Cashman said “This is not a long-term project anymore. “They are knocking on the door. It is undeniable that they are going to win and win for a while. They are reaping the benefits of great scouting, patience and doing things right.”

The Blue Jays open the regular season on the road this Thursday at 3:05 pm ET against the Cleveland Indians. Blue Jays ace of the staff Ricky Romero will begin his second season as the Blue Jays’ No. 1 starter. Their home opener is on Monday April 9 at 7:07 pm ET, against the Boston Red Sox.

I have high hopes this year, especially with an extra wildcard spot added to the playoffs starting this year, the Jays may indeed contend!