It may seem to be a common trend that’s starting to develop in Jays’ land, but Spencer Horwitz is another up and coming prospect in the Jays’ organization that has his path to the majors currently blocked by immovable players. With his primary position of play being first base, he is obviously being blocked by superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the major league level, along with Brandon Belt, who backs up Guerrero on days he is resting. Horwitz’s strength is his ability to hit, so even if he can’t get into the lineup at first base, he could potentially DH, but again, Belt is mainly occupying that spot as well.
Despite being held back in Buffalo, Horwitz has nevertheless produced a strong season with the bat, hitting at a .319 clip, with a .895 OPS, with 42 runs scored, 20 doubles, seven home runs, 53 RBI, six stolen bases, while maintaining close to a 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the entire season. He even recently grabbed Player of the Week honours, becoming the first Bisons player to achieve the feat this year. In addition, he did a fine job in his brief stint in the majors with the Jays earlier this year when they ran into some injury woes, pounding out two hits in eight at-bats, while scoring a run and driving one in.
However, seeing that the Jays haven’t gone back to him in recent callups (Ernie Clement, Nathan Lukes, Jordan Luplow to name a few) despite needing a solid bat this whole time certainly shows that Horwitz may not be that high up in the pecking order. In that case, being able to use him as an important trade chip in the coming days would do both the Jays and Horwitz justice in due time.