39 days ago, Curtis Thigpen took one step backwards in his career when he was designated for assignment to the Las Vegas 51's. Today, after a walkoff homerun against the Cincinnati Reds, Curtis Thigpen could be on his way to becoming the Blue Jays backup catcher this season.
At this point, I would give Curtis Thigpen the slight edge over Michael Barrett for the backup catching job. It looks like J.P. Arencibia will need a little more time in the minors, with a current .083 batting average. Thigpen has already hit 2 jacks, with with 2 RBI's and a .222 batting average, compared to Barrett's 0 HR, 0 RBI and a .063 batting average.
Considering that Curtis started 10 games last year with the Jays, hitting .176 with 1 HR and 1 RBI, it's safe to say that he's on the right path to backup Rod Barajas. Going into spring training, the backup catching job was Barrett's to lose. With Curtis Thigpen suddenly wielding a hot bat, Barrett will have to step up his game if he wants to break camp north of the border.