Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training: 5 Bold Predictions

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Feb 27, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Players line the baselines before the Philadelphia Phillies play the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training exhibition game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

A year removed from sky-high expectations and staggering disappointment, the Toronto Blue Jays face a tremendous uphill battle in 2014. That’s bound to happen when you play in a division that is home to the 2013 World Series Champions, a perennial wild card contender, the game’s deepest pockets, and an upstart franchise looking to correct years of losing.

Unlike those team however, the Blue jays did next to nothing to improve their squad over the winter. While the goals of improving at catcher, second base, and most importantly in the rotation were well known, Toronto decided to stay the course with internal options (outside of the Dioner Navarro acquisition). Whether that was a sign of confidence in what the front office had hoped for from the 2013 squad actually coming to fruition a year later, we’ll have to wait and see.

However, you can see in this year’s squad something that was missing a year ago: hunger. They feel the need to prove the naysayers wrong, that this team was that was supposed to be great can rise above defeat(s) and challenge baseball’s toughest division. From Jose Reyes to Jose Bautista to Brandon Morrow, the drive to succeed is resonating.

But will hunger and drive be enough for this team to find success on the field? I’m not so sure, but it will be fun to watch.

With that in mind, I took a look at this year’s squad and made five bold predictions for what we can expect to see from this team when the dust settles from Spring Training. What happens during the regular season will remain to be seen, but these will be the things that help decide that.

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  • Eric

    Agree with all of the predictions except hutchison. I think if we don’t trade or sign a starter, we pitch either drabek or stroman as #5. Got work on this thoo!

    • David Stewart

      Hmm, Stroman will go to AAA for seasoning and so will Drabek. He still needs to work on his control. Fear not, they will come up in time.

  • Len Nunes

    Kratz looked Arencibia like his in work with Dickey yesterday

    • Andrew van Laar

      He passed one ball not three :P

      • JP

        Don’t agree with 1 or 2……Hutchison will start in Buffalo imo…I think there is zero chance that Drew will be signed here…..3, 4, 5 I agree.

        Now I have a question if anyone knows or can discover the answer: is John Stilson injured or participating in ST? Have not heard anything about him since sent home from AFL except that he is a non roster ST invitee.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Good article Kyle :) I like your predictions and I think they have a chance of happening save for the Drew signing. I don’t think that will work. I honestly think AA despises Boras and that Drew never having played 2B could be a liabilty defensively plus there are injury concerns. With the offense we have I think AA doesn’t mind having a defensive whiz like Goins playing almost everyday and bring a .220 or .230 batting average in if he plays defense like he did last year.

  • RyanMueller

    I really like the ‘slave to options’ comment. So true. It makes sense to attempt to hold on to as many assets as possible. Fans put too much weight on spring training stats and as such get beer googles on when a playet with options plays really well.

  • Jack Stevenson

    Hutch: yes, Drew:no, Sierra:yes, Kraatz:yes . Nolin looked really good today, explosive like Sandy Koufax was.

  • Jack Stevenson

    Hutch, Sierra ,Kraatz yes. Drew, no. Need a longer term solution for 2nd. Nolin looked good today , explosive like Sandy Koufax was.

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