This week we are catching up with former Waterloo Bucks infielder Ryan Goins.  The Toronto Blue Jays drafted the Round Rock, Texas native in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft. In his first year as a pro, Goins played for three teams in the Blue Jays organization.

Goins\"\" started his professional career playing for the Blue Jays’ Gulf Coast League team, seeing action in just three games before being moved up to the New York-Penn League to play for the Auburn Doubledays.  At Auburn, Goins played in 24 games, hitting .297 with eight RBI and a .349 on-base percentage.  Before the end of the season, Goins was again advanced in Toronto’s organization, this time to the Advanced A Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League.  In 19 games with Lansing, Goins hit .198 with four doubles, nine RBI, and 16 hits.  In his first year as a pro, Goins played in 46 games, finishing with a .246 average, 17 RBI, and a .304 slugging percentage.  Goins drove in six runs in his last seven games and finished with a .310 on-base percentage versus left-handed pitchers while with the Lugnuts.

This past season season Goins started the season in Lansing, during his time there he played in 77 games.  During his time there he collected a batting average of .308 while hitting 2 doubles, 3 home runs and driving in 35 runs.  After Lansing Goins was called up to Dunedin, during his time there he played in a total of 47 games.  In that time he collected an average of .205 while hitting 9 doubles and driving in 18 RBIs.

Goins was a member of the Waterloo Bucks in 2008 where he hit .318 with 12 doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, and finished with a .439 slugging percentage in 38 games.  His batting average and doubles mark led the team.

 Ryan is starting the 2011 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays and hopes to rise through the minor league system.

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