2014 Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day 2014: 5 Reasons to Be Excited

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Mar 29, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) pitches in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

2) Home Grown Talent– Depending on how the starting rotation fairs this season, we could be looking at the potential of seeing one (or both) of Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman making their MLB debut. This is the first time in a long time that fans can get excited about players drafted and developed by the Blue Jays. By all accounts, these young studs are the real deal and are chomping at the bit to break through the doors of the big league club house. Each of them has work to do to polish their game, but if they can, fans should expect big things from them. Stroman had a bit of a rough spring in comparison to the hype and excitement that ushered his way into Florida. It looks as though he’ll start in the AAA Buffalo Bisons rotation. Sanchez was a pleasant surprise this spring giving everyone a taste of what he can do. The Blue Jays made the right decision in not following the idea of “taking the best team North” with Sanchez. Likely, he could pitch for the big league club, but he lacks the experience. It is best to let him develop for a bit longer at AA New Hampshire. If he can maintain his sheen, he’ll be forcing the Jays into having to bring him up anyway. With Stroman and Sanchez on the cusp of being given a shot at the big league club, fans will have plenty of reason to follow Blue Jays’ pitching this season.

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