The 2021 Blue Jays have released their spring training non-roster invitees as the club prepares for pitchers and catchers to report to Dunedin, Florida in less than a week.
2021 Blue Jays: Non-roster Invitees
The Toronto Blue Jays have invited 28 non-rostered players to Dunedin, Florida for spring training. The list includes 14 pitchers, 1 catcher, 2 outfielders, and 11 infielders.
The 2021 Toronto Blue Jays have a few remaining spots up for grabs as the team prepares for the upcoming MLB campaign. The current roster has 24 major league players with the expanded roster for 2021 being capped at 28, leaving four available spots for the invitees to compete for.
2021 Blue Jays: Key Invitees to Watch for
A few players will have their opportunity to compete for a spot on the 2021 Blue Jays roster, prospects Jordan Groshans, Austin Martin, and Simeon Woods Richardson could find themselves in the mix with impressive play during spring training.
Francisco Liriano – Recently signed to a minor league contract Francisco Liriano will have every opportunity to win a spot on the 2021 roster. Returning to the Toronto Blue Jays the now 35-year old pitcher provides experience and depth, if he’s able to return to his form from 2019 we should see him on the roster for opening day.
Simeon Woods Richardson – The Blue Jays pitching prospect seems ready to break through and begin his MLB career. Drafted in 2018 Simeon Woods Richardson has impressed the Blue Jays pitching staff and management, he will get his chance to crack the roster for 2021.
A.J Cole – The returning Blue Jays pitcher is coming off one of his best seasons in MLB, statistically the six-year veteran was everything Toronto could’ve wanted. A 3-0 record, and a 3.09 ERA which was the lowest earned run average in his career. A.J Cole will have every opportunity to return to the 2021 Blue Jays roster.
Jordan Groshans – The Blue Jays infield prospect has been making waves in the minors and seems ready to take the next step in his career. Realistically he would be a depth player with the expanded rosters in 2021, but with an impressive spring training, he could simply earn an important spot among the Blue Jays roster.
Austin Martin – The Blue Jays have high hopes for Austin Martin and he will have his chance to prove why he is ready to be in the Major Leagues. It is extremely probable that he spends this season in the minors giving him more time to develop before thrusting him into the lineup, especially with a very crowded infield.
Joe Panik – Fresh new deal, hopefully, the same old Joe Panik who provided reliable relief around the infield and a consistent bat in 2020. Joe Panik will more than likely take one of the roster spots available, barring a major disappointment in spring training.
Forrest Wall – The outfielder and second baseman has spent six years in the minor leagues, spending most of his time with the New Hampshire Wildcats and the Buffalo Bisons. Forrest Wall could find a way onto the roster with his ability to play outfield and infield however, with a very crowded infield and outfield he will have to be very impressive in spring training.
Richard Urena – Returning for his 4th season with the Toronto Blue Jays and a likely candidate for one of the available depth spots on the 2021 roster. Richard Urena was brought back by the Blue Jays after posting a .243 batting average in 74 at-bats, his ability to play anywhere in the infield also gives him the better chance at cracking the roster again in 2021.
2021 Blue Jays: Ready for Spring Training
The Toronto Blue Jays have packed the trucks and they are headed for their practice facilities in Dunedin, Florida. The Blue Jays Grapefruit League schedule has also been updated and released, the team has announced that they will play in front of fans reaching up to 15% capacity.
The Blue Jays open their Grapefruit League action against the New York Yankees on February 28th, 2021 with first pitch expected at 1:05pm. Tickets will go on sale for season ticket holders before being opened to the general public. The Blue Jays have their first spring training home opener at TD Ballpark on March 1st.
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