Once Davis Schneider was recalled to the big leagues by the Toronto Blue Jays, fans everywhere began to place some massive expectations on his shoulders. At the same time, Dan Shulman was in the broadcast booth pleading with the fanbase to not demand excellence from the young gun right away. While the Jays have desperately needed some additional right-handed thump, any offensive output the club received from Schneider was supposed to feel like some added bonus.
Instead, the 24-year-old has come up and lit the entire baseball world on fire. Shulman was right, we should not expect him to singlehandedly carry the Blue Jays to the promised land. Yet, here he is, hitting every single pitch he sees either to drop in front of outfielders for a single or to soar over their heads for home runs. Schneider has been doing the impossible, and while his incredible start will not fully be sustainable, this is turning into one hell of a ride already.
Davis Schneider is doing everything right to turn himself into a Blue Jays legend.
It's only been three games and the sample size is unimaginably small for the 28th-round pick, but Schneider has seemed to be exactly what the Jays needed him to be and more. In 13 at-bats, he's already registered nine base hits (including two home runs), scored three runs and driven in five of his own, drawing a walk and striking out just two times as well. In Sunday's contest against the Red Sox, he also became the first player in MLB history to record three hits and two home runs in his first three games in the big leagues.
Words can't properly express how nice of a feel-good story Schneider has turned himself into with the Blue Jays. His red-hot Triple-A season was enough to warrant a fair amount of hype, but this? Nobody could've seen this coming. He's already done more than enough to cement his name into both the Blue Jays and MLB record books and is already a name that fans around the game will remember for a long, long time.
Even if Schneider can't keep up these otherworldly numbers at the plate, the writing appears to be on the wall for his infield teammate Santiago Espinal. As of right now, it feels like Espinal is only on the big league roster because he can play shortstop to back up Paul DeJong. Once Bo Bichette returns from the injured list, Espinal going down to Triple-A feels like the obvious choice, as the Jays need to keep Schneider around for both his good vibes and his offensive output that Espinal simply cannot match.
Either way, this is a great "problem" for the Jays to have. This past weekend's three-game sweep against the Red Sox was a massive morale boost and should have the club flying high as they prepare to take on the Cleveland Guardians for a four-game set on the road.