5 bright spots from an underwhelming Blue Jays 2023 season

We take a look at five Toronto Blue Jays players, who stood out in a 2023 season when the team underachieved as a whole.
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3) Davis Schneider

Of everyone on this list, Davis Schneider's star shone the shortest. However, it also shone the brightest, as he had an immediate and positive impact on the Blue Jays.

Selected in the 28th round of the 2017 draft, not much was expected of Schneider. However, it's tough to stop someone who has an indomitable spirit, and he finally made his Major League debut in August this year.

And wouldn't you know it, the 24-year-old had an immediate impact, in the literal sense. In his first at-bat, in the hostile atmosphere of Fenway Park, he proceeded to hit a home run.

It didn't stop there though, as Schneider become the first player in MLB history to record nine hits and two home runs in his first three games. Still, there was more to come.

As per Sports Illustrated, the right-hand bat had a 1.358 OPS through 20 games. From a historical perspective, this was the best in the modern era with a minimum of 70 plate appearances.

As you'd expect, Schneider couldn't keep up this kind of prolific pace indefinitely. Opposing pitchers started to make the necessary adjustments, and he endured a tough nine-game hitless streak.

Of course, it's important to deal with adversity and see how you respond. In this respect, the hitless streak undoubtedly also providing a steep learning curve for the Berlin, New Jersey native.

As it was, Schneider broke the drought with two doubles -- and a walk -- in his final game of the season. As a result, he finished the campaign with a team-leading (albeit non-qualifying) 1.008 OPS.