McDade Becoming A Consistent Force

Manchester Fisher Cats First Baseman Mike McDade has all the components to be an effective force at the major league level. With his offensive power and defensive ability, McDade is already a force to be reckoned with at the Double–A level.

With 37 combined home runs over his previous two seasons entering this year, Michael McDade has always flashed his power potential. The bigger development during that time, however, has been on the other side of the ball.

"I take pride on my defense, it's more important to me than my offense so I try to keep up with it as much as I can," McDade said.

McDade isn't the only one that has confidence in his play on the field. Manager Sal Fasano also believes this is McDade's strongest tool as a player.

"I think Mike is something special defensively, he's a great first baseman. If he corrects some of the small mental errors that he sometimes makes, there's no doubt in my mind that he could be a potential Gold Glove winner at the major league level," Fasano said.

McDade is also known for being a force at the plate as well. He leads the Fisher Cats in hits, doubles, runs scored, runs batted in and is tied with fellow teammate, Moises Sierra, with 11 home runs. Coming into this year McDade was known for being a good hitter, but has started exceeding even those expectations this year. He has passed his doubles total from last year and is on pace to pass his runs batted in total as well as his home run total.

"I think this season has gone good so far," McDade opined. "I'm going up to the plate getting and seeing good pitches to hit. The goal is to not waste pitches because I felt that was something I needed to work on from last year."

During Spring Training, he tried also tried to work on his swing and timing the pitcher a little bit better.

"Just working on my swing. I tried to improve on it and it took a little while but as the season has gone on, it seems like I [have] improved. I also tried to work on commanding the zone so it isn't as easy for pitchers to throw strikes," he added.

"He's been consistent all year," Fasano said, "and it's great to have someone like him in the middle of your lineup to produce runs and move guys over."

Apparently the cleanup spot doesn't threaten McDade much, as he thrives under pressure.

"It depends on how I am producing, but I just go up there and see if I could put a good swing on something," McDade said.

Recently McDade has hit a bit of a snag at the plate, only going 8 for 36 in his last ten games. However, in that time four of the hits where home runs and one was a timely one.

He ended up putting the Fisher Cats over the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday June 26th. Despite going 1 for 5 that night, he hit a homer to deep right field, completely passing the right field wall. This home run put the Fisher Cats up 6-5 in the seventh inning after being down 5-4 and New Hampshire ultimately won 9-5.

"I think it's all about consistency. I know I have been struggling a little as of late, but I have had a couple timely hits as you saw [Saturday night]," McDade said.

"A guy who can hit, can hit. It's all about doing it for four or 500 at bats and make sure you're consistent with it. He needs to be able to change how he hits at the Triple-A level because the pitching is different and especially at the major league level because they know how to get guys out," Fasano said.

There's no question that McDade has amazing potential but it's a matter of if he can become consistent enough to make it to the big leagues. With his power and defense there should be a clear path for him to be in a Blue Jays uniform within the next two to three years.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nWith 37 combined home runs over his previous two seasons entering this year, Michael McDade has always flashed his power potential. The bigger development during that time, however, has been on the other side of the ball.
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\r\n\"I take pride on my defense, it's more important to me than my offense so I try to keep up with it as much as I can,\" McDade said.
\r\n
\r\nMcDade isn't the only one that has confidence in his play on the field. Manager Sal Fasano also believes this is McDade's strongest tool as a player.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think Mike is something special defensively, he's a great first baseman. If he corrects some of the small mental errors that he sometimes makes, there's no doubt in my mind that he could be a potential Gold Glove winner at the major league level,\" Fasano said.
\r\n
\r\nMcDade is also known for being a force at the plate as well. He leads the Fisher Cats in hits, doubles, runs scored, runs batted in and is tied with fellow teammate, Moises Sierra, with 11 home runs. Coming into this year McDade was known for being a good hitter, but has started exceeding even those expectations this year. He has passed his doubles total from last year and is on pace to pass his runs batted in total as well as his home run total.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think this season has gone good so far,\" McDade opined. \"I'm going up to the plate getting and seeing good pitches to hit. The goal is to not waste pitches because I felt that was something I needed to work on from last year.\"
\r\n
\r\nDuring Spring Training, he tried also tried to work on his swing and timing the pitcher a little bit better.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just working on my swing. I tried to improve on it and it took a little while but as the season has gone on, it seems like I [have] improved. I also tried to work on commanding the zone so it isn't as easy for pitchers to throw strikes,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been consistent all year,\" Fasano said, \"and it's great to have someone like him in the middle of your lineup to produce runs and move guys over.\"
\r\n
\r\nApparently the cleanup spot doesn't threaten McDade much, as he thrives under pressure.
\r\n
\r\n\"It depends on how I am producing, but I just go up there and see if I could put a good swing on something,\" McDade said.
\r\n
\r\nRecently McDade has hit a bit of a snag at the plate, only going 8 for 36 in his last ten games. However, in that time four of the hits where home runs and one was a timely one.
\r\n
\r\nHe ended up putting the Fisher Cats over the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday June 26th. Despite going 1 for 5 that night, he hit a homer to deep right field, completely passing the right field wall. This home run put the Fisher Cats up 6-5 in the seventh inning after being down 5-4 and New Hampshire ultimately won 9-5.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it's all about consistency. I know I have been struggling a little as of late, but I have had a couple timely hits as you saw [Saturday night],\" McDade said.
\r\n
\r\n\"A guy who can hit, can hit. It's all about doing it for four or 500 at bats and make sure you're consistent with it. He needs to be able to change how he hits at the Triple-A level because the pitching is different and especially at the major league level because they know how to get guys out,\" Fasano said.
\r\n
\r\nThere's no question that McDade has amazing potential but it's a matter of if he can become consistent enough to make it to the big leagues. With his power and defense there should be a clear path for him to be in a Blue Jays uniform within the next two to three years.
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