Ceciliani, who is last among all outfielders on the team's depth chart, is a candidate to be designated for assignment before the end of spring, SB Nation reports.
Ceciliani hasn't panned out as the Jays had hoped when they acquired him from the Mets last February. Even after an impressive push for a starting role last spring (15-for-36 with four homers and 10 RBI), the outfielder was sent to the minors to open the season. After slashing .345/.398/.581 at Triple-A Las Vegas (Mets) in 2015, Ceciliani disappointed with a .266/.323/.441 at Triple-A Buffalo in 2016. The Jays' outfield is even deeper now than it was a year ago, and the writing appears to be on the wall for the former fourth-round pick. However, a move may not be the worst thing for Ceciliani, as he's shown enough over his eight years to get a starting job for a team in need.
Monday marked the first time Ceciliani has stepped between the lines since Sept. 9. After striking out in his only at-bat of the month, the outfielder didn't appear in the team's next 15 games, the longest such stretch in Ceciliani's short MLB career. Simply put, the 26-year-old is only on the team because of roster expansion and he's not expected to contribute during the final weeks.
Not that Ceciliani was expected to be too involved, but one at-bat -- which resulted in a strikeout -- is depressing, even for a September call-up. The team has a boatload of more talented outfielders and speedster Dalton Pompey is handling the rare pinch-running opportunities, leaving Ceciliani no room to get involved.
Ceciliani has recorded 26 at-bats over 11 games with the big club this year, picking up just three hits and striking out 13 times. He posted better numbers with Buffalo, but still left much to be desired as he owned a .266 batting average and .323 on-base percentage at Triple-A.
Ceciliani was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Toronto play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports.
Given Toronto's injury woes in the outfield, Ceciliani's demotion to Triple-A on Friday comes as a bit of a surprise. That said, Ceciliani had struggled mightily at the dish since his Aug. 8 call-up, collecting just three hits in 23 at-bats. Ezequiel Carrera and Melvin Upton Jr. figure to start in left and center for the Blue Jays now that Ceciliani is down at Triple-A.
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