Four Blue Jays Who Could Breakout in 2023

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The Blue Jays have been trending upwards the past couple MLB seasons with the likes of big name players such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette leading the way. Along with the superstars, a number of key players have begun to show their worth on the field, becoming integral parts of the roster. This year we expect a few more role players to have breakout years and push the team even further into the postseason. 

The following is a list of the players we believe could have a breakout year in 2023.

Zach Thompson (Pitcher)

Zach Thompson is expected to get a bunch of starts this season, just behind the first layer of depth rotation. Thompson was acquired off a waiver claim from the Pirates and was not considered a major free-agent acquisition, so there isn’t much certainty here. The right-hander has been improving over the past couple seasons however and could be exactly what the Jays need from the bullpen come the postseason.

Nate Pearson (Pitcher)

Injuries unfortunately have plagued Nate Pearson in the recent past, leaving a very promising career with a lot of uncertainty. What we do know is that Pearson can let it rip, lighting up the radar gun with a fastball that approaches 100 m.p.h. 

Pearson will likely open the season as a reliever in the triple-A division but could easily be bumped up with some good performances.

Otto Lopez (Second Base)

Otto Lopez impressed last season in the triple-A division, hitting for .297/.378/.415 in 91 games. He also looked great when playing for Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic, making some clutch plays under pressure. 

As one of the leading candidates to make the Blue Jays bench, Lopez could start the season on the roster. Even if he doesn’t, there chances he will end up playing in the MLB is rather high if he can put up numbers like last season.

Cavan Biggio (Second Base)

The left-handed Cavan Biggio had a couple of down years offensively in 2021 and 2022 but still holds the confidence of Jays GM Ross Atkins. His defensive versatility to play first or second  and great base-running instincts make him a valuable addition to a team with power hitters.

There could be a battle with Otto Lopez for a final spot on the roster which could very well come down to which player fares better in the minors.

This MLB season should be one of the most exciting in a while for Blue Jays fans. If you’re thinking about betting on the Jays, then make sure you check out our list of the top MLB sportsbooks in Ontario for the best odds.

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