|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||8/13/1991|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 205 lbs|
|Drafted||2009 - Rd 1|
Grichuk went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.
Slotted in as the DH and hitting leadoff, Grichuk took Preston Guilmet deep to kick off the bottom of the first inning. The 27-year-old slugger could see semi-regular action at the top of the order this season, at least when Billy McKinney isn't in the lineup, and he's at least looked the part this spring with a .313/.450/.750 slash line through seven games that includes two homers and a 4:2 BB:K.
Manager Charlie Montoyo suggested Saturday that Grichuk will likely serve as the Blue Jays' leadoff man on days Billy McKinney isn't included in the lineup, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
A power-over-contact hitter with limited speed and shaky on-base skills, Grichuk makes for a curious choice atop the order, even on a part-time basis. Montoyo might have been swayed by Grichuk's improved plate approach thus far in the spring, as the outfielder entered Saturday's action with four walks against only two strikeouts in six games. The spring statistics shouldn't override Grichuk's career-long body of work, but he'll at least benefit from more run-scoring chances as long as Montoyo commits to giving him occasional leadoff assignments.