What a time to be alive! The Toronto Blue Jays pitchers and catchers have reported to Dunedin to begin Spring Training. In a year where many Blue Jays fans are still dealing with the loss of Edwin Encarnacion, there is still plenty to be excited about. The rotation is back, the bullpen and bench are revamped, and the 2017 edition of the Blue Jays are among the favorites among many to be a wild card team again.
There are other departures to look at and see how the losses affect the team, but General Manager Ross Atkins and President Mark Shapiro have done a good job replacing the losses of Encarnacion, Brett Cecil, Joaquin Benoit, and R.A. Dickey. There are plenty of new faces going into the season and these additions each are exciting in their own right.
With spring training about to go into high gear, the staff at Jays Journal has put together a piece inspired by Toronto media personality Jeff Blair. Each staff writer has submitted their list of 5 players and wrote a paragraph on one player of their choosing they wish to highlight, whether the player is ranked #1 on their list of #5.