Blue Jays: Projecting the Buffalo Bisons 2022 Roster

Evan Gignac
Jun 1, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; A general view of Sahlen Field before a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 1, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; A general view of Sahlen Field before a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 10, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith (0) legs out a triple after loosing his helmet against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith (0) legs out a triple after loosing his helmet against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfield: Vinny Capra, Mallex Smith, Nathan Lukes

I believe there to be many AAA quality outfielders within this organization, however these three have as good as shot as any to play the most games. Vinny Capra broke out in 2021 with AA New Hampshire. Splitting time between the infield and outfield, Capra posted a .945 OPS through 72 games in AA.

Mallex Smith might sound familiar to a lot of Blue Jays fans. The speedster spent some time in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, as well as Atlanta and Seattle. At one point last year he found is way onto the Bisons and had a torrid couple of games. Through seven games, he hit two homeruns and posted a 1.355 OPS. Smith also mixed in three stolen bases for good measure. This sample size is almost pointless to look at, but it might go to show that he’s comfortable in Buffalo, and good be a steady contributor for them as the year plays out.

Nathan Lukes, formerly of the Guardians and Rays organizations, signed a minor league deal this past winter. He’s carried a consistent bat through the minor leagues and hit  .303 last year in AAA Durham.

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