Blue Jays: George Springer leads the Jays to sixth in FanGraphs' right field rankings
In the final set of FanGraphs' outfield power rankings, the Toronto Blue Jays are sixth in right field for the 2023 season.
If you missed it, we previously reviewed the power rankings for catcher, first base, second base, shortstop and third base, left field and center field.
Aaron Judge and the Yankees' 6.3 WAR top the rankings, with the Astros (5.5), Dodgers (5.3), Braves (5.0) and Padres (4.5) all ahead of the Jays.
The Jays project for a combined right field WAR of 3.7. George Springer leads the way with his 3.3 WAR as the primary right fielder. Whit Merrifield and Cavan Biggio also project minor contributions, while Nathan Lukes may get some time in right, but not enough to impact WAR.
Now that Springer is healthy, he'll provide the Jays with a defensive upgrade in right and his dynamic bat at the top of the lineup. The nine-year veteran managed 25 home runs, 14 steals and a 132 wRC+ last season despite playing through ankle, knee and elbow problems.
If his Spring Training is any indication, Springer looks to be back to his usual self. Through 49 at-bats, he's hitting .286 with an .837 OPS, three Springer Dingers and a pair of stolen bases.
The team hopes the move to right field can help Springer stay healthy this season. While Blue Jays fans know Springer as a center fielder, he's just as comfortable in the corner spot. The four-time All-Star has more appearances in right field (564) than in center (426) in his career.
The Jays will rely on Merrifield and Biggio in right when Springer gets a day off or takes his turn in the DH spot.
Merrifield is looking for a bounce-back campaign after a rough 2022. The veteran's spring has gone smoothly with a .306/.366/.528 slash line, a home run, five doubles, eight RBI and a couple of stolen bases.
Biggio also saw his fair share of struggles last season. However, the 27-year-old utility player has the confidence of manager John Schneider and is a leading option to fill in for Springer, per Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.
Unfortunately, Biggio's spring hasn't gone as he had probably hoped. He has struggled at the plate, slashing .224/.333/.286 with 13 strikeouts, so it remains to be seen how long of a leash the team gives him once the regular season starts.