Who will be the Blue Jays designated hitter this season?

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 02: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs the bases after hitting a home run during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on October 2, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Teoscar Hernandez 

Boasting one of the hottest bats over the past two seasons, Teoscar Hernandez is one player that the Blue Jays need to have in the lineup on a regular basis. Earning consecutive Silver Slugger awards in 2020 and 2021, Hernandez took a couple of seasons to find a groove and over the past two years, posted a .295/.345/.538 slash line with 48 home runs, 150 RBI, and a .882 OPS through 193 games. He could have been a contender to lead the league in RBI last year if he didn’t miss some games due to being placed on the COVID-IL and finished five RBI behind Salvador Perez (121).

The Blue Jays used 20 different players last year as the designated hitter. Who will be the club’s primary DH in 2022?

I imagine that Hernandez and Grichuk will most likely rotate when it comes to rest days in right field but I wouldn’t have him hit primarily as the DH considering he has been steadily improving defensively over the past two seasons (-3 and -2 bDRS respectively). Grichuk is no slouch in the outfield either but it seems like the club will have Hernandez primarily play in the outfield (at least for the time being).