Who Is Brandon Snyder and Why are We Talking About Him?

Brandon Snyder

Will Middlebrooks will reportedly get to play again every day, but not in the majors.

Will Middlebrooks has been demoted to Triple A Pawtucket for poor performance.  Lately, I’ve been seeing it and have wondered when the time was going to come. Well, the time is now and he is being replaced by Brandon Snyder.  Or is he? Brandon Snyder, or Jose Iglesias? In any case, who the heck is Brandon Snyder?  All these names; all these players I get so confused most of the time. I can’t keep up. Anyway, after Middlebrooks spent time on the bench when he injured his lower back he just wasn’t the same in his return.  Jose Iglesias stepped up to the plate (no pun intended) and despite his youth his performance has been nothing more than perfect. It was obvious what to do after Middlebrooks spent six consecutive games on the bench and Iglesias fired balls to the outfield.  Something had to give and Middlebrooks had to go.  Brandon Snyder, on the other hand, was recently added to the 40 man roster not intentionally to replace the 24 year old third baseman, but in place of David Ross who was put on the 60 day DL for consecutive concussions. So, where does Snyder fit in in all of this?  Is he a catcher or a third baseman or just a strong hitter?

Middlebrooks has a lot to improve, Iglesias is a star and Ross is currently injured.  Along comes Brandon Snyder. The son of Brian Snyder, a major leaguer, Brandon is a 26 year old rookie.  The Orioles pursued him in 2005 but he remained in the minors, struggling at the plate from then until 2010 when the Orioles resigned him. It was a short lived stint for Snyder for he only played 16 games that season.  He returned to the minors until 2012 when the Texas Rangers signed for him to play corner infield and outfield positions.  In Texas, Snyder played a total of 40 games.  Again, being sent back down to the minors for improvement he remained until now, 2013.  Recently placed on the 40 man roster for the Red Sox Snyder will supersede Middlebrooks at first and third base.

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