Brad Glenn Impressing At Triple A
In most minor-league systems, there are two types of player: “prospect” and “organization filler”. Your typical prospect would be a draft pick selected in the top ten rounds, namely a Mike Trout, or a David Price. An “organization filler” however, is a guy selected in the latter rounds of the draft, whose prime purpose is to provide live competition to the prospects rising through the ranks.
Every so often though one of those latter round draft picks makes it all the way to the major leagues. The best example is of course Mark Buehrle, who was selected in the 38th round by the Chicago White Sox.
The magic rise through the minor leagues to the majors may be about to happen once more, this time courtesy of Brad Glenn. Glenn was selected in the 23rd round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 out of the University of Arizona, and was given little to no chance of making it to the show.
Currently tearing it up at Triple A Buffalo with a .381 average, Glenn is on the verge of proving all of his doubters wrong.
Standing at 6’2 and 220 pounds, the 27 year old has always hit for power. In 551 career minor league games, the Georgia native has slugged 101 home runs, 248 extra-base hits and 365 RBIs.
Despite a mediocre average of just .259 as a professional, Glenn has thrust himself into consideration for a promotion to the big leagues. His impressive numbers at Triple A are rounded off with 4 home runs, 22 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .421.
Glenn has imperceptibly transformed himself from a late round draft pick to make up the numbers into one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects.
With the recent hamstring injury to Jose Bautista, likely to keep the All-Star out for a up to a week, Kevin Pillar once again got the call up north of the border and is expected to platoon in the outfield with Anthony Gose. Pillar has been a yo-yo between Triple A and the majors and figures to have that backup role secured alongside Gose.
The Blue Jays will be losing some defensive prowess with Glenn in the outfield, the only likely position being the DH, currently occupied by a combination of Adam Lind and whoever else is healthy. With Lind’s persistent injury troubles, Glenn would instill the line up with some immediate pop.
If it weren’t for the facts that the Blue Jays have a stacked outfield pipeline and that they are currently in first place in the AL East, Brad Glenn may well have been in the majors already.