Blue Jays: Prospects that are at risk of being selected in the Rule 5 Draft

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: Orelvis Martinez #79 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in a Spring Training game at BayCare Ballpark on March 19, 2022 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: Orelvis Martinez #79 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in a Spring Training game at BayCare Ballpark on March 19, 2022 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Franklin batting gloves are seen on the turf ahead of the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Spencer Horwitz – 1B/OF

Splitting time on the right side of the diamond and in the corner outfield positions, Maryland product Spencer Horwitz had a great 2022 season split between AA and AAA. On the year, he slashed .275/.391/.452 with 33 doubles and 12 home runs to the tune of 51 RBI, adding a .843 OPS to boot.

This success is no fluke either, as Horwitz also had an impressive 2021 campaign that included a stint in the Arizona Fall League where he posted a .375 batting average with 12 RBI.

Currently ranked as the Blue Jays’ #12 prospect, the 24-year-old is a lock to start next year at AAA and it wouldn’t be surprising if a team needing a bat at first base might give the Radford University product a look if left unprotected. He also added 73 walks compared to 95 strikeouts through a combined 403 at-bats and also added seven stolen bases. Defensively, Horwitz split his time between first base and left field, sporting .996 and .958 fielding percentages respectively.

Batting from the left side, Horwitz is one player to keep an eye on, as there are a few teams across the league who could use his bat and defensive ability in 2023.

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