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Sep 9, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Spencer Horwitz (48) poses for a
Sep 9, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Spencer Horwitz (48) poses for a / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Spencer Horwitz

The 25-year-old Horwitz had an even smaller sample size than Clement in the majors, but he still deserves some love for his contributions.

Horwitz, a former 24th-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2019 MLB Draft, made it into just 15 games to kick off his big league career. He hit ultimately hit .256 with a .726 OPS, numbers that may not exactly jump off the page; but there's more to the story with him.

On June 18, his big league debut, Horwitz went 1-for-2 with a run scored, a run driven in, and two walks. He was only up with the team for a few days before being optioned, but that's one heck of an introduction. When he was recalled again in September, he had a pinch-hit appearance to start things off before going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, his first big league home run, and two runs batted in in his second game back.

From there, the playing time for him was scarce. He rarely ever started games, usually only coming in as either a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, so it's understandable why his average began to dip. Inconsistent playing time can (and usually does) lead to inconsistent results.

In his second-to-last appearance of the regular season, Horwitz went 1-for-4 with a walk but drove in a career-high three runs. It's games like this one and the game he hit his first home run that show what he's capable of doing. In the minor leagues, Horwitz, like Clement, was an absolute machine. He hit 30 doubles and 10 home runs in 107 games with more walks (78) than strikeouts (72) and a .337 batting average.

Moving forward, Horwitz gives the organization an internal replacement for Brandon Belt, who is likely going to be gone next year. The longtime veteran has dropped hints at a possible retirement coming soon, so his tenure in Toronto is almost certainly a one-and-done.

Grade: B-