Blue Jays Opening Day roster prediction 1.0
Catcher: Danny Jansen
Coming off of a fun season, which could’ve been more had he not been injured, Jano is set to receive his share of starts behind the plate. A fan favorite, his power potential is as enticing as any player on the roster.
Catcher: Alejandro Kirk
After his breakout All-Star season last year, Kirk comes into 2023 expected to share time with Jansen behind the plate. With a simple approach and elite bat to ball skills, it’s acceptable to say another All-Star caliber season from the young catcher can be expected.
First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
If a 132 OPS+ and a Gold Glove award is a down year, you’re talking about a generational player. Vladdy is primed to have another big season in 2023, and should be among the favorites to win MVP.
First base/designated hitter: Brandon Belt
An intriguing bounce-back candidate, Belt is a great fit for his perceived role on the 2023 Jays. Set up to slide between DH and first, expect him to be on base consistently and put up competent at bats night after night.
Second base/outfield: Whit Merrifield
A full season of Merrifield is a topic that goes under the radar, but shouldn’t. He does everything on the field well, and is projected to be the starting second baseman for the team heading into 2023. He is also capable of providing plus defense in the outfield when required, so expect to see him all over the field throughout the season and provide a positive and accountable impact on the younger players.
Third base: Matt Chapman
Having Chappy play a full year with the Blue Jays was nothing short of an absolute pleasure. Mesmerizing defense, the ability to hit the ball hard consistently, and notable leadership abilities, he is the complete package. He’s gearing up for a big 2023, a season that could be his last as a Blue Jay thanks to his expiring contract.
Shortstop: Bo Bichette
Having just agreed on a three-year deal to buy out his arbitration years, Bichette is coming off another great season in MLB. After a slow start, his season was more or less saved by an unearthly September that saw him hit .406 and mash seven homeruns. Starting off strong will be a big topic of interest for him early in the season.