Injury rehab guys often don't do a whole lot during their games in the minor leagues. After all, they're coming back from an injury and their timing is often off.
There can be exceptions. Manny Ramirez put up video game numbers in Buffalo in five games in 2000 (.455/1.364/2.011). Jose Bautista starts here tonight after homering in his first at-bat Wednesday for Class A Dunedin. And Edwin Encarnacion, Bautista's middle of the lineup slugging partner, made a huge impact for the Herd in his second at-bat with Buffalo in 2014.
On Aug. 12, 2014, Encarnacion belted a second-inning grand slam at Coca-Cola Field to send the Bisons on their way to a 7-5 win over the Norfolk Tides. It was a stormy night with only about 2,000 people in the stands because of a thunderstorm that enveloped downtown a couple hours before the game. But those who came got to see this:
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Here was my column on Encarnacion from that night. As it turned out, of course, the Blue Jays didn't make the playoffs in '14 after their lack of activity at the trade deadline but finally got there last season for the first time in 22 years.
The win included some help from future big leaguers as Buffalo center fielder Kevin Pillar extended his hitting streak to 19 games and pitcher Kendall Graveman threw seven shutout innings for his first Triple-A win. A few months later, Graveman was part of the Josh Donaldson trade and he is now part of the rotation in Oakland.