The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled infielder and Former Fisher Cats shortstop Ryan Goins to the major leagues. Goins, added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster in the offseason, will join the team in New York for today's afternoon game against the New York Yankees. The 2012 Fisher Cats MVP will become the 67th former Fisher Cat to debut in the big leagues, the fifth this season.
Goins spent the entire 2013 season on the infield for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, leading the team with 111 games played. The 25-year-old hit .257 with the Bisons, compiling 22 doubles, a triple, and six home runs. He drove in 46 runs while scoring another 42.
He spent all of 2012 with the Fisher Cats having a breakthrough season as the club's everyday shortstop. He earned MVP honors by leading the team in batting average (.289), doubles (33), triples (4), and runs scored (66). Playing a team-best 136 games, he tied the franchise record with 158 hits in a single season.
He becomes the fifth former Fisher Cat to make his major league debut this season. He will be the third to do it with the Blue Jays this season after pitcher Sean Nolin debuted on May 24 and outfielder Kevin Pillar appeared in a Blue Jays uniform last Wednesday. Jonathan Diaz (Boston Red Sox) and Jake Marisnick (Miami Marlins) also made their major league debuts earlier this season. He is now the 67th in the team's ten seasons in Manchester to advance to the majors for the first time after playing for the Fisher Cats.
The Fisher Cats return home for the final four home games on Monday, August 26 against the Future Red Sox, the Portland Sea Dogs. The series features two giveaways and the final two fireworks shows of the season. Tickets are available by visiting www.nhfishercats.com, stopping by the box office at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, or by calling (603) 641-2005.
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