5 Blue Jays who will make the 2024 Opening Day roster but won’t last the season 

Which Jays players will find their way on the roster for the season opener, but likely won’t remain there over the course of the year?

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With spring training just around the corner in a little over a month’s time, the Toronto Blue Jays will be gearing up for yet another exciting MLB season. For the bulk of the players, including superstars Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., their spots on the 2024 Opening Day roster have been already locked in. Therefore, they could use the time to get in shape and gradually ease their way into the regular season. For some others, this will be the time in which they battle it out with others in pursuit of a spot on the 26-man roster when the season starts on March 28.

However, even for those that are favoured to land a spot on the roster for Opening Day, it doesn’t guarantee that their spot on the team would be permanently fixed for the entire season. As a result, here, we will look at five Blue Jays that will make the 26-man roster as of March 28, but won’t likely to last the season there.

Davis Schneider

No one will ever forget the immediate impact Davis Schneider provided in his debut with the Jays last season. He practically singlehandedly helped the Jays sweep the Boston Red Sox during the first weekend in August at Fenway. In the three games, Schneider went 9-for-13 with a 1.887 OPS, 3 runs scored, 2 home runs and 5 RBI in record fashion. He would continue to hit at the torrid pace until mid-September when he finally cooled off to finish the season. Apparently, pitchers began to make the right adjustments to counter his attack at the plate.

Nevertheless, in terms of his overall numbers, Schneider amassed a .276 average with a stellar 1.008 OPS, 175 OPS+, along with 23 runs scored, 8 home runs and 20 RBI in just 35 games played. With the great impression that he made with the ballclub in his rookie debut, he will likely be in the mix for a starting role, or at the bare minimum a bench role to start the 2024 season. However, if Schneider is unsuccessful in making the proper readjustments in his approach at the plate following what he endured during his final 10 games of 2023 (2-for-35 with 14 strikeouts), he won’t last long into the season before the Jays will start looking to other replacement options within their system.