Strong Jays Value Signing – Willie Collazo

Willie Collazo

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Yesterday the Jays invited four minor leaguer players to 2010 spring training. They are OF Jorge Padilla, OF Chris Lubanski, SS Jesus Merchan and P Willie Collazo. While failed first-rounder Lubanski is getting all the play, I’m really interested in what Collazo can bring to the organization.

Willie Collazo was originally a 10th round pick back in 2001. He’s bounced around a far bit since then, playing in the following organizations: Atlanta, Anaheim, New York Mets & Florida Marlins.

This lefty has been used primarily as a starter and aside from a 5.2 IP cup of coffee in 2007, he’s a career minor leaguer. Willie posted some pedestrian overall stats over the past few years but what I find interesting (and encouraging) are his lefty splits. (All three of these seasons took place in the hitter friendly PCL (AAA))

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Colour me impressed. He’s keeping batting averages low and more importantly the ball in the park. I fully expect Collazo to have a shot at a lefty specialist role at some point during the 2010 season. Another value signing by the Jays. Nice work AA.

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