By now, "Buffalo Boys" is far from a new term amongst the Toronto Blue Jays and their fan base. Ernie Clement, Spencer Horwitz and Davis Schneider spent the majority of the 2023 season as teammates on the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Each of the trio had outstanding performances down there before eventually becoming teammates at the big league level in the second half of the year.
The legacy of these three friends will forever be one of the brightest spots in an otherwise underwhelming season for these Blue Jays. The youthful spirits and energy brought to the club provided a new "swagger" both on the field and off of it that you could almost visibly see.
With each of these three youngsters, there was a different kind of pressure than the likes of Bo Bichette or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were facing. These prospects weren't established superstars expected to singlehandedly carry the Jays to the postseason. They were there to have fun and gain valuable experience at the big league level.
To say that the performances turned in by Clement, Horwitz and Schneider were a success would be putting it lightly. Injecting the new blood into the locker room gave the Blue Jays a legitimate spark that helped them make it to the playoffs; of that there is little doubt.
As a continuation of our "2023 Blue Jays report cards" series, we're going to take a closer look at The Buffalo Boys and hand out letter grades for each of them. Since none of them played more than half a season in the big leagues, we're going to just lump them all together, which is likely how they'd prefer it anyways.