Many hitters start slow out of the gate, but that is not true for everyone. Here is a list of the 10 best individual Spring Training performances for Blue Jays hitters since 2006.
Traditionally, spring training is a time where players dust off the cobwebs and attempt to get back into game shape. In most cases, teams already have a good sense of who will make the team before the March tune-up games even begin. However there is always pressure to perform, as teams will always want the best player on the field, no matter what his pedigree or past says.
For example, the Blue Jays are heading into spring training in 2017 with a few positions that are completely up for grabs. Will veterans Melvin Upton Jr. and Ezequiel Carrera hold down their spots on the team? Or will the young Canadian Dalton Pompey earn a spot? Whoever performs the best in March could most likely have a spot on the team, making spring training production a lot more important then some think.
Due to this pressure, some players crack or are simply not quite physically ready for the toll of playing day in, and day out. Others, however, embrace the spotlight. When their job is on the line, they come to play and make sure nobody outplays them, or steals their spot. In this article we look back over the past ten years, highlighting the Blue Jays players who took advantage of their invitation to spring training, and took nothing for granted.