Although Lane leads the club in HR’s (5) and RBI’s (12), the Blue Jays will have a tough time trying to find a spot for him on the team. Looking back at last year’s spring training numbers, the Jays’ top hitter was Vernon Wells who had 1 HR and 6 RBI’s.
Right now the big question is which of Joe Inglett, Jose Bautista, and Kevin Millar will make the squad. Most experts figure Jason Lane to be a long shot, but I think he should be right there with Millista and Inglett, and be up for equal consideration just like everyone else.
It really is a shame if Jason Lane doesn’t make the team. Just because he doesn’t provide any “clubhouse antics” or “often quoted catchphrases”, doesn’t mean he should be overlooked. Lane has power, and he certainly has talent. But here Mike Wilner's counterpoint about Jason Lane from Thursday night's Jays Talk:
"1000 plate appearances over the last 3 years is going to carry a lot more weight than 50 in March".Touche. But I'm just saying that Jason Lane has hit 5 times as many home runs and almost just as many RBI's in spring training as John McDonald hit all season in 2008. It could just be the balmy Florida weather, but Jason Lane has played phenomenally for the Blue Jays so far. But would his success continue with Toronto during the regular season? That I’m not so sure of - but if he never gets a chance, then we’ll never know.