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Blue Jays: Potential for players to take home some personal hardware

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs out a solo home run in the third inning of their MLB game against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on September 17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs out a solo home run in the third inning of their MLB game against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on September 17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 17: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes the field at the start of their MLB game against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on September 17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Bo Bichette

While he is currently tied for the lead in errors and will not be in the Gold Glove conversation this season, Bo Bichette has had a pretty solid season at the plate and should garner some attention for a Silver Slugger award this season.

He currently sits fourth amongst AL shortstops in terms of average (.290), fourth in OBP (.337), and fourth in slugging (.463) but does hold a narrow lead over Carlos Correa in home runs (26) and ten RBI over the Astros shortstop with 98.

He may not be leading the AL in terms of his slash line but his raw power and ability to drive in runs may sway voters to look away from those stats. He does have tough competition from Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who sits within the top two of all three offensive categories.

Bichette is also the Blue Jays nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, an accolade that is given to a player who shows character both on and off the field whether it be through charity involvement, philanthropic contributions, or extraordinary character. Each team across the league nominates one player and no Blue Jays representative has ever won the award before since it’s debut back in the early 1970’s.

Honourable Mentions

I would be probably yelled at by the readers for not bringing up the solid season Alek Manoah is having in the Blue Jays rotation.

The former first-round pick back in 2019 has been excellent this year, starting 18 games and pitching to a 3.36 ERA with 109 strikeouts through 99.0 innings of work while pitching very well against tough teams like the New York Yankees during his rookie campaign.

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He has certainly charged up the rankings list to find himself in contention for the Rookie of the Year award but he is in tough against a very good crop of AL rookies such as Adolis Garcia, Luis Garcia, Randy Arozarena, and Ryan Mountcastle.

The odds may be against him for the ROY award but rest assured, his season is one both he and the Blue Jays fanbase should be very proud of.

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