Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Right-Fielder Grichuk Ready for Fresh Start This Season with Blue Jays

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Right-Fielder Grichuk Ready for Fresh Start This Season with Blue Jays

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Grichuk ready for season after slowed spring

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DUNEDIN, Fla. - There were already high expectations for Randal Grichuk when the Los Angeles Angels selected him 24th overall in the 2009 baseball draft.

Then came their next pick -- Mike Trout at No. 25.

Grichuk's link to Trout, a generational talent who reached the big leagues as a 19-year-old in 2011, persisted through Grichuk's early years in the minors. But the new Blue Jays right-fielder didn't pay much attention to the chatter.

"When I was first getting started it was always a question I'd get asked about, but honestly for me, I never really gave it too much thought," Grichuk said in a recent interview at spring training. "There were 24 guys drafted before him and I just happened to be the one drafted at No. 24.

"But it's definitely one of those cool things that hopefully will be a trivia question on 'Jeopardy' or something."

The Blue Jays, in the market for a starting right-fielder to replace Jose Bautista, acquired Grichuk this off-season in a trade with the Cardinals that sent reliever Dominic Leone and pitching prospect Conner Greene to St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Texan, who was expected to be the odd man out in a crowded Cardinals outfield, tweeted three Canadian flag emojis when news of the trade broke in January. Having spent three days in Toronto nearly four years ago when St. Louis last visited Rogers Centre -- he hit his first major league homer there against Mark Buehrle in 2014 --Grichuk was delighted by the prospect of a fresh start in a new city.

He will kick off his first season with the club Thursday as the Jays open the 2018 campaign at home against the Yankees.

"Anytime you can go somewhere else and have a better opportunity than where you were at, I feel like for a young player that's what they want to do," Grichuk said. "And luckily it was coming here where camp was run great, the guys are great and the staff is awesome. So it couldn't be a better fit. …

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