The 2021 Blue Jays are just weeks away from grapefruit league action, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the team, especially with all the new faces on board. The full team has officially arrived in Dunedin, Florida for full-team workouts.
The Toronto Blue Jays set their sights on another season, hopefully, another playoff birth. The Blue Jays have plenty of talent and there is plenty more waiting for their shot at the big league roster.
2021 Blue Jays: The Future Is Bright on the Mound
Toronto has skill and youth at nearly every position, especially in terms of pitchers. As many Toronto fans are learning the Blue Jays’ pitching prospects are high-caliber players with tremendous upside.
Nate Pearson the top pitching prospect garners plenty of attention as he prepares for his first full season with the Blue Jays. The six-foot-six right-handed pitcher will battle for a spot on the starting rotation but, he understands that he could find himself coming out of the bullpen at some point during the season. Its been widely talked about that Toronto management will have Nate Pearson on a pitch count and will limit his innings to ensure he stays healthy.
Alek Manoah registers in at six foot four and will look to gain more experience with Toronto during grapefruit league action. Alex Manoah could probably play his way into the pitching picture sooner rather than later in Toronto. A hard-throwing right-handed pitcher with a ton of upside and he’s excited and hungry to hit the mound when his name is called.
Simeon Woods Richardson could very likely join fellow pitching prospect, Nate Pearson, in the big leagues with the Blue Jays in 2021. The young right-handed pitcher has excelled in the minor leagues and looks poised to get a taste of MLB very shortly. Many projections have Simeon Woods Richardson ready for a 2022 MLB debut, however, he has thrown his name in the mix for a look during the 2021 season, depending on the rotation this season he could see some innings out of the bullpen.
More Additions to Spring Training
The Toronto Blue Jays have added Right-handed pitcher Hobie Harris to the Spring training roster. Hobie Harris was selected by the New York Yankees in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and possesses a lot of power from the mound.
The Toronto Blue Jays are adding catcher Christopher Bec to the spring training roster. The Blue Jays selected the catcher in 2018 with a 5th round pick. Christopher played for the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2019 and will now get a taste of big-league spring training.
The 2021 Blue Jays completed the trade for Ross Stripling with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Toronto had to send a conditional pick/player to the Dodgers to complete the transaction, the Blue Jays sent outfielder Ryan Noda to Los Angeles earlier in the week.
The yo-yo off-season for right-handed pitcher Joel Payamps continues, the recent waiver pickup of the Toronto Blue Jays has been claimed off waivers again. Joel Payamps was claimed by the Blue Jays from the Boston Red Sox, in need of a 40-man roster spot Toronto placed the right-handed pitcher back on waivers, he was claimed by the Boston Red Sox not long after returning to the waivers wire.
The Toronto Blue Jays now have an open spot on the 40-man roster following the Joel Payamps waiver claim by the Boston Red Sox.
The Toronto Blue Jays new and old get their pictures taken for the year while in Dunedin, Florida. The newest addition outfielder George Springer poses in his new threads, wearing number four for the blue and white.
Toronto Blue Jays infield prospect Austin Martin dawns the big league club uniform as he partakes in picture day for the ball club. Austin Martin was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft. He will look to join the Blue Jays shortly.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. shows off the smooth swing during his photo session, showing off a much slimmer and fit look for the 2021 season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will take reps at third base during spring training however, it’s likely he slots in at first base with Rowdy Tellez when the regular season begins.
The 2021 Blue Jays have certainly given their fan base plenty to get excited about with the 2021 season getting closer. The expectations are at an all-time high and the Blue Jays are now in the window to be a playoff contender, and hopefully find their way to a world series birth.
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