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!