Starting off his college career at University of Mississippi, Michael Snyder transferred to Florida Southern where he was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2012 first-year player draft. His family is a baseball family, and his father, Brian, played for 12 years in the professional ranks. Twin brother, Matthew, is in the Yankees High A organization, and older brother, Blake, was picked 13th overall in the 2005 draft by the Baltimore Orioles and is now with the Red Sox. Before a stress fracture cost him 52 games this season, he had played in 207 of a possible 210 games.
Talk about your injury and do you know what happened?
My third metatarsal in my ankle cracked. The doctors said it was something that happened over time. We were playing a doubleheader in Tulsa, and it was sore the first game. The second game, we taped it up to take off the pressure. In the third inning, a fly ball was hit to the pitcher, and I couldn’t move. I knew something was wrong then.
How was it going through rehab?
I went to Arizona and worked hard to come back. One thing it made me realize was to keep preparing by staying physically in shape.
Why did you leave Ole Miss?
I went with my twin brother, Matthew, but it just wasn’t a good fit for me in different ways.
You played third base in college. When was did you transition to first base?
In instructional league, they wanted me to learn how to play first base. Honestly, I’m a bigger guy (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), and my body fits first base. It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to make the transition. I’ve worked hard at it, and it’s been a great fit. I’m really extremely pleased with last year and proud I only missed three games.
Of his 12 years in the professional league, your dad was a left-handed pitcher for two years in the Big Leagues. Any advice from him?
Whether it’s about the game or a different situation, I can talk to him because he has been through it all. Lots of guys don’t have that advantage, and he is always a person I can call. He doesn’t sugarcoat and tells me how things are most of the time.
Any certain thing you do on game days?
Right at the last minute, I text my Mom. It’s the same thing but is between us.
What do you do in the off-season?
I hunt and fish and hang out with my family, brothers, sister and nieces and nephews and buddies. I hunt deer, duck, geese and dove. I like to fish for bass and some snook and red fish. I caught a 36-in snook once but have never been off-shore. I’m hoping to go see R.J. Alvaraz (just traded Travs’ pitcher) in Florida and do that.
Besides the Big Leagues, what are your goals?
I want to get my degree (in criminology) and hand it to my parents. I also would like to coach college baseball. Going to an SEC school and then transferring to a Div. II school, which was the best thing that happened to me, I thing I can take those things to the college level.