While the Blue Jays farm system took a hit with the loss of Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson at the trade deadline this past campaign, the organization still has some prospects with Major League potential in the likes of Gabriel Moreno, Orelvis Martinez, and Jordan Groshans.
One prospect who is starting to impress after an incredible 2021 campaign is first baseman and outfielder Spencer Horwitz.
Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Horwitz only played for half a season after being selected before COVID shut down the 2020 campaign. In his rookie year, the lefty-batter slashed .306/.368/.440 with four home runs, 52 RBI, and a .808 OPS split between Rookie and A ball.
In 2021, Horwitz began the year in High-A with the Vancouver Canadians before finishing the season in AA. The Radford University alum churned out a pretty impressive campaign, slashing .294/.400/.462 with 12 home runs, 66 RBI, and a .862 OPS between both teams. Horwitz also walked more than he struck out (70 vs. 68) while also adding 30 doubles. To finish out the season, Horwitz took part in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox where he continued to impress, slashing .375/.459/.484 while also being selected to the AFL All-Star game.
After a great 2021 campaign, Blue Jays prospect Spencer Horwitz could find himself progressing through the farm system quickly if he continues to play well.
Defensively, Horwitz spends a majority of his time at first base but also has some experience in left field, which could come in handy as he continues to progress through the Blue Jays farm system. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the mix for at least a few more seasons, Horwitz may find more success if he moves to the outfield with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on the books for only two more seasons and Teoscar Hernandez entering his second year of arbitration.
One interesting thing to note is Horwitz is currently not on the Blue Jays top prospect list, something that will most likely change during the next adjustment prior to the 2022 season. He still may be at least a year or two before knocking on the big league door but Spencer Horwitz is one player to keep an eye on as he progresses through the farm system. Horwitz will most likely begin the year in AA.
If he can continue to churn out numbers as he did in 2021, the Maryland product could find himself on the Blue Jays active roster in the near future.