It has been a spectacular year for Jays’ prospect Spencer Horwitz in 2023. Down in the minors with the Buffalo Bisons, Horwitz put together a tremendous season that saw him hit a stunning .337 with a .945 OPS, along with 61 runs scored, 30 doubles, 10 home runs, 72 RBI, nine stolen bases, 78 walks and 72 strikeouts in just 107 games played. In doing so, he captured the International League Player of the Week award back in July, along with the Bisons’ team Stan Barron MVP award for the 2023 season.
He was so impressive that he earned a callup twice this year to the big league club to show off his abilities. In his 15 games with the Jays, Horwitz hit a respectable .256 with a .726 OPS, 103 OPS+, five runs scored, one home run and seven RBI. In particular, he served as a solid fill-in for Brandon Belt while he was on the 10-day injured list due to back spasms in September.
Despite his amazing season in the minors and his solid contributions to the Jays ballclub during his limited time in the majors, Horwitz will not likely be a part of the Jays’ postseason run this year. This is mostly due in part that the main position (first base) and role (designated hitter) that he plays is taken up by two advanced players ahead of him in Brandon Belt and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Nevertheless, the Jays certainly appreciated his production whenever he played for them this year and that certainly bodes well for his potential future with the ballclub.