Blue Jays: Five Surprise Players in Spring Training

Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) talks as he watches pitchers and catchers warm up before the first work out at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) talks as he watches pitchers and catchers warm up before the first work out at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) talks as he watches pitchers and catchers warm up before the first workout at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) talks as he watches pitchers and catchers warm up before the first workout at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The Grapefruit League season has rounded into the home stretch and meaningful baseball is in the not so distant future. Here is a look at five Toronto Blue Jays players who have turned some heads with their preseason play this spring.

The Toronto Blue Jays as a team have not exceeded expectations in the win column this spring as they sit perched only ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the Grapefruit League standings with an uninspiring 7-14 record.  Their .333 win percentage is also the worst of any American League team thus far in preseason play.

However, if you have been a baseball enthusiast for any amount of time you have learned through trials and tribulations not to put too much emphasis on the spring win count. This year in particular as a handful of players left camp to represent their respective countries at the World Baseball Classic.

The Blue Jays were also without slugger Josh Donaldson until earlier this week and Devon Travis who is still rehabbing from an injury. While players like Troy Tulowitzki had their workloads dramatically reduced as they were eased into spring action.

Regardless, whether or not it’s for keeps, it is always interesting to see what players have come from under the radar and impressed and who may unexpectedly challenge for a roster spot. Take it for what it’s worth but here is five Blue Jays who have undoubtedly caught the eye of their skipper John Gibbons this spring in Dunedin.

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