Three Blue Jays players who need to step up before the season spirals

The Blue Jays need these three players to improve before this could become a lost season
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Alejandro Kirk

This one is pretty obvious. Kirk had the worst year of his career in 2023, and it's only gotten worse to start 2024.

The backstop has just two hits in six games so far, with just one walk. His -32 OPS+ is the fourth worst among qualified hitters in the MLB so far.

It may be a lot to ask out of him to revert to his 2020 to 2022 self given just how different his offensive game has looked since, but with Danny Jansen's health being an annual cause of concern, the Blue Jays need Kirk to provide at least marginal offensive value from the catcher's spot.

It used to be the case where the Blue Jays had arguably the best offensive catching tandem in the league just two years ago, and while Jansen has proven to be a hard hitting machine when healthy, Kirk was no slouch as a pure hitter. His .788 OPS through 2020 to 2022, along with his 1.09 K/BB rate in 2022 is the version of Kirk that Toronto sorely misses now with an offense that struggles to string together good plate appearances.

If Kirk isn't able to provide a shred of power anymore, fans could hope (in theory) that he'll clean up his approach and become the usual player he is that can at least stretch at-bats and get on-base to help set up the bottom of the lineup.

But, without even his ability to simply get on-base at an above-average level, there are going to be growing concerns as to whether or not there's enough juice beyond 1-4 in the lineup to even sniff October baseball.