Brad Snyderis another left-handed hitting corner outfielder that was signed to a minor league deal by Ed Wade just days before the Astros ownership change. Once a highly touted prospect, Snyder will turn 30 in May and has made only 37 big league plate appearances.
Snyder was an All-American at Ball State and was a first round pick of the Indians in 2003. Snyder progressed slowly through the Indians farm system and was eventually waived in 2008. The Cubs claimed Snyder and he finally made his big league debut, in September of 2010, as a pinch-hitter against the Astros.
Snyder’s minor league numbers aren’t bad (.280/.355/.485) but much of that work has been done against younger competition. I would say Snyder’s chances of sticking with the team are slim to none. There are simply too many similar players in camp and playing time will be a challenge. The presence of Travis Buck, Jack Cust, Jake Goebbert, and Joe Thurston has already prompted skipper Brad Mills to promise Brian Bogusevic playing time in centerfield. Oddly enough, the Astros already have two left-handed hitters competing for time there in Jordan Schafer and J.B. Shuck. Mills will have plenty of outfielders to choose from, and I don’t think Snyder is on his short list.