Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays had many key contributors that aided in their success in making the postseason for the third time in four years. Among those that made a significant impact, José Berríos and Yusei Kikuchi both had huge bounce back seasons; trade deadline acquisitions Génesis Cabrera and Jordan Hicks helped shut down opposing hitters down the stretch; Daulton Varsho and Kevin Kiermaier flashed their leather in making stellar plays in the outfield to save runs; along with surprising supplementary offensive output from veterans Whit Merrifield, Brandon Belt and Kiermaier to name a few.
However, there were also some players that in large part failed to make their mark with the Jays, so much that some may have already forgotten they had actually suited up for the ballclub this past year. Here, we take a look at seven players that played for the Jays in 2023, but mainly had negligible impact on their season in the end.
OF Jordan Luplow
Claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves back in early April, the Jays took a chance on Jordan Luplow. He suited the team’s need given that he was a right-handed power bat that could also play in the outfield. In addition, he had 322 games of MLB experience prior to joining the ballclub, while putting up double-digit home runs on three separate occasions in his previous six years in the league.
However, when he finally got his chance after a call-up to take Nathan Lukes’ spot on the roster, Luplow failed to deliver. He went 0-for-6 with a run scored and a walk in four games before he was sent back down to the minors. He would get one more shot in July where he fared a little better in three games, but ultimately was designated for assignment at the trade deadline and later claimed by the Minnesota Twins off waivers. Luplow finished his Jays’ career with three hits, a .214 batting average and .567 OPS in seven total games.