Top 5 shortstops in Blue Jays franchise history by WAR

Who are the best to have played the game for the Jays at their shortstop position over the years?
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One
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#2 Bo Bichette (15.7 fWAR)

There you have it, only five years into his illustrious career so far, rising phenom Bo Bichette has already made it all the way to the second spot on this all-time list. He still has a long way to go before he will challenge for the top spot, but this in itself shows how much he has accomplished already with the Jays so early in his career and he hasn’t even hit his prime yet. 

Bichette was only a second round pick back in the 2016 MLB Draft, making him unanimously one of the biggest steals of his draft class. Over the past five seasons, Bichette has been an All-Star twice, along with being a robust hitting machine in leading the entire American League in hits in both 2021 and 2022. He probably would have done the same in 2023 if he hadn’t run into some injury troubles along the way.

For someone that constantly hits in the .300 range, along with 30 homer-100 RBI output potential every season out, his journey to super stardom has just gotten started. In total, Bichette has compiled a .299 average, .826 OPS, 126 OPS+, with 331 runs scored, 130 doubles, 89 home runs, 312 RBI and 51 stolen bases in just 528 games played to date. The scary part is that he seems to be getting better and better with each passing year in terms of his growth and development of his overall game.

More impressively, he had made huge strides in improving his defensive game this past year, along with taking upon more a leadership role on the team whenever things weren’t going well. As one of the faces of the franchise going forward, Bichette will be counted upon heavily by the team to lead them to sustainable success, glory, and hopefully an eventual World Series championship.

One thing is for sure though, there is no doubt that if Bichette ends up signing long-term with the Jays, it won’t be a matter of if, but just a matter of when he will take the exclusive top spot on this list.