Three best things to happen to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2022

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages
3 of 3

1.) Alek Manoah establishes himself as one of the game's best

There is little for me to say about Alek Manoah that has not already been said before.

Just recently named one of the top breakout stars in the game last year by, the 24-year-old built off of an impressive rookie season in 2021 and became one of the best starters in the game in 2022.

In what was his first full season of starts in the bigs, Manoah went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA and 174 ERA+. With 100 being league average in regards to ERA+, his mark of 174 means that he was a whopping 74 percent better than average.

He also made his first (and definitely not last) All-Star Game and finished third in the AL Cy Young voting, even earning a few AL MVP votes along the way, finishing 17th.

But wait, there's more. Manoah's Baseball-Savant page is lit up with red, indicating that he was at or near the top of the league in most advanced pitching statistics.



Avg Exit Velocity




Barrel %




Fastball Spin


Manoah uses a deadly pitching repertoire to dominate the opposition. He mainly relies on three pitches including his mid-90s fourseam fastball, low-80s slider and mid-90s sinker. Additionally, he throws a mid-80s changeup that throws batters off efficiently when they're sitting fastball.

During the current offseason, the Jays have done everything they can to fill out the rest of the rotation surrounding Manoah. Kevin Gausman is set to return as the rotation's co-ace as well as José Berríos who is in search of a rebound season.

Then there's Chris Bassitt, the newest Blue Jays pitcher. He joined the club on a three-year, $63M contract and is undoubtedly going to be the best No. 4 pitcher in the league.

The five hole in the rotation is going to consist of one of Yusei Kikuchi or Mitch White, who both are in need of bounceback seasons in 2023. Kikuchi has shown flashes of promise in the past but may be better suited in a relief role. White's ghastly 7.00+ ERA for the Jays last season has turned many fans off but his FIP suggests that there may have been some unlucky results in there for him. He lacks the pitch repertoire to be a dominant starter but maybe there's hope for him in 2023.

dark. Next. Taking an early look at the Blue Jays payroll for next offseason