Just one Blue Jays player named April All-Star by MLB.com
With the calendar flipping to May, MLB.com has released its picks of All-Star performers from the first month of action. The team, compiled by Will Leitch, includes a player from each position from both leagues.
A single Blue Jays player made the American League team — slugging third baseman Matt Chapman, who is off to a scorching start to his 2023 campaign.
If you've been watching the games, you already know that Chapman has been terrorizing pitchers since Opening Day. After 27 games, he's still batting .384 with a 1.152 OPS. That batting average is good for second in the majors, behind only last year's AL batting champion Luis Arraez, while his otherwordly OPS leads the majors outright.
Chapman's refreshed opposite-field approach has allowed him to drive the ball all over the yard, leading to video game-like numbers. He has amassed 38 hits and a league-leading 15 doubles to go along with his five home runs, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. He's even thrown in a stolen base for good measure.
Not only has the slick-fielding third baseman been the Blue Jays' most valuable player, he currently sits as the most valuable player in all of baseball, with a 2.0 fWAR rating and a 219 wRC+.
Guerrero Jr. and Bichette surprisingly left off the April All-Star team
Jays fans may be scratching their heads, wondering how Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette were left off the April All-Star team. While not on the same level as Chapman, both franchise cornerstones have had strong starts to the 2023 season.
Guerrero is slashing .309/.394/.491 through his 28 games, with five home runs, 15 RBI, 20 runs scored and two stolen bases. Those numbers are definitely worthy of All-Star consideration, and in most seasons, he would be a shoo-in for the AL first base pick.
You can be sure that it took an absolutely phenomenal start by the Rays' Yandy Díaz to keep Guerrero off the team. With his improved eye at the plate and patient approach, it won't be long until Vlad Jr. makes his first appearance as the top AL first baseman.
Bichette has similarly gaudy numbers through April, slashing .317/.354/.508 with six home runs, 18 RBI and 18 runs scored. His 1.1 fWAR and 141 wRC+ would be tops among AL shortstops if it were not for another sizzling start by a Rays player.
Wander Franco has lived up to his former prospect hype this season, but with a lower batting average as well as fewer home runs, RBI and runs scored than Bichette, the case could easily be made for Bo to be named the top AL shortstop.