#1 Davis Schneider
This list certainly isn’t complete without the one and only Davis “Babe” Schneider. In just his short tenure so far with the Jays, he has already provided the ballclub with the offensive boost that they sorely needed, along with being a part of history in the process. No one will ever forget the debut weekend he had against the Boston Red Sox, in which he went 9-for-13 with three runs scored, two home runs and five RBI in helping the Jays to a sweep over their divisional rivals.
Since then, he had undergone an adjustment period, as opposing pitchers had begun to figure him out and countered his hitting approach effectively in the following games. However, Schneider himself then made the right adjustments and was now back and producing once again for the Jays down the stretch.
In total, Schneider has compiled an unbelievable .390 batting average, 1.337 OPS, with 16 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, six home runs, 17 RBI, 12 walks, 19 strikeouts and even a stolen base to boot in just 18 games played. As a result, he has been by far the most effective and most productive rookie to debut for the Jays in 2023. At the rate he is going, it will be hard for him not to make the team’s Opening Day roster for 2024, as the Jays haven’t had such a game-changing, prolific hitter come up from their system since the days of Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The only difference being that people expected both Bichette and Guerrero to do what they have been doing, but no one expected the surprise offensive output provided by “Babe” Schneider for sure. After all, he was selected way back in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
If the Jays can unearth more diamonds in the rough in the future just like Schneider, the team will definitely have many more sustainable and successful years ahead of them. But for now, we can all truly appreciate the work the rookies have done so far in helping keep the Jays in the playoff hunt for 2023.