MLB’s 2021 Grapefruit League action will begin in the coming weeks, with plenty of battles and prospects to watch for heading into the 2021 MLB Season. We take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays Schedule for spring training.
2021 Grapefruit League: Blue Jays Schedule
The Toronto Blue Jays will kick off their 2021 Grapefruit league action against the Philadelphia Phillies on February 27th, 2021. With the recent news of the Grapefruit League moving into East and West pods, the location of the games has not been determined. The second game of spring training will be against the always tough Tampa Bay Rays in a split-squad matchup.
The month of March will be the busiest for the Blue Jays and other major league teams, Toronto will play eight games in seven days to kick off the month. The Blue Jays will play the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, and the New York Mets in split-squad matchups throughout the month.
The Toronto Blue Jays are preparing for a busy month before beginning what many expect to be a promising 2021 MLB season for the organization. One thing is certain, there will be plenty of battles going on in spring training with all the new additions made by President Mark Shapiro along with General Manager Ross Atkins. Pitchers and Catchers report on February 18th, 2021, and full team workouts begin on February 22nd, 2021.
Blue Jays Position Battles
The biggest battles will be on the pitching mound as the Blue Jays have added a few pitchers to the mix during the offseason. New additions Tyler Chatwood, Steven Matz, and Kirby Yates will all look to claim their spots in their respective roles. Toronto has created a fortunate situation with two starters being added to the roster pushing the starting pitcher’s total to seven. All seven pitchers will battle for five starting spots with two spots already claimed by returning ace Hyun-Jin Ryu and top prospect Nate Pearson.
Toronto will have decisions to make in the infield and outfield before the 2021 season begins on April 1st, 2021. The Blue Jays will solidify their third base position with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. likely remaining at first base for 2021, with Rowdy Tellez as well. Toronto will likely give Cavan Biggio or possibly Lourdes Gurriel Jr. the opportunity to take the hot corner, making room for newcomer Marcus Semien at the second base position.
The outfield will be a little easier for management to decide, with the expanded roster and the number of games we will see plenty of rotation among all positions all season long. The newest outfielder George Springer will be the everyday addition manager Charlie Montoyo wants to have, also having reigning silver slugger Teoscar Hernandez back doesn’t hurt either.
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to improve on a successful 2020 season as they head into spring training for the 2021 season.
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