There is usually one word that best describes the only Major League Baseball team from Canada. Power, and that Toronto Blue Jays are stacked with it. A season ago the Jays were third in the American League with 221 home runs on the season. Toronto ranked 5th in the league in RBI’s knocking in 728 runs. While the club has a lot of their power hitting players coming back they are missing one key piece.
Due to the free agent market power hitting first baseman Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Cleveland Indians. Last year Edwin led the team in home runs and runs batted in. While the Jays did sign veteran Kendry’s Morales to help the cause, replacing Edwin will still be a tough task. The 2017 Jays lineup will still feature,
Josh Donaldson: The 2015 American League MVP and a 3 time all-star. Last season Josh had 37 home runs and 99 RBI’s, both were second best on the team.
Jose Bautista: A six time all-star for the Jays, only had 22 home runs last season, he is one of the better power hitters in the game with something to prove.
Troy Tulowitzki: A five time all-star that hit 24 home runs for Toronto a season ago. Battled some injuries in 2016 but looks to be healthy patrolling short stop for this season.
The starting pitching staff for the Jays should look pretty solid. J.A. Happ is coming off his best season ever in the big leagues with a record of 20-4. Marcus Stroman is coming off his rookie season where he recorded 9 wins. Aaron Sanchez also returns to the rotation after a 15-2 2016. The bullpen seems to be a big question as there could be several spring training battles for some spots. One spot that looks to be already filled is the closer role. Roberto Osuna closed 36 games successfully in the 2016 campaign.
While the Toronto Blue Jays have always had the edge with offense, it was not enough the past two seasons as the team lost in the AL Championship series just shy of a World Series. The AL East looks to be tough this year, but the Jays look to be right in the mix of things.