New Toronto Blue Jay Mike McCoy

matthias kosterContributor INovember 30, 2009

On November 9th the Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Mike McCoy off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies. He was subsequently added him to Jays 40 man roster. 

Mike McCoy is a journeyman, 28 year old former prospect. He began his career St. Louis and was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for the beginning of the 2008 season. He was once again traded, this time to the Colorado Rockies. In 2009 McCoy posted a career best .805 OPS, largely built upon a stellar .405 OBP (80 BB vs 70 K). He also stole 40 bases in only 46 attempts.


The closet league for hitters to the mlb is the International League. Back in 2008 McCoy posted a .726 OPS in the IL. This is better gauge of what he can do vs his 2009 PCL season.


McCoy can play anywhere on the diamond if need be besides behind the plate and 1st. He can handle SS, 3B and 2B and all three outfield positions.


Some have over-rated his usefulness based upon his 2009 stats. What McCoy does bring to the club is Marco Scutaro esq position flexibility and a good batting eye. Look for McCoy to play all of the diamond as a reserve in 2010. Along the way he should put up a .700ish OPS. Not too shabby for a scrap heap free agent pickup.