The Blue Jays have had a wealth of talent in the center fielder position over their 46 year MLB history. But the question is, who has been the best of the best in franchise history? Let’s find out with our list of the best Jays center fielders of all-time.
5. Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar has been a household name in Toronto for the past decade and was a large part of the franchise’s rebuilding phase throughout the 2010’s. Despite being picked extremely late in the 2011 MLB draft, in the 32nd round, Pillar was able to put together an extremely successful career that sees him make the tail-end of our list.
While he never put up massive numbers with the bat, his true calling card was his outfielding which earned him the nickname ‘Superman.’
4. Lloyd Moseby
The Jays in the 1980s have Lloyd Moseby to thank for much of their success. Playing with Toronto from 1980-1989, Moseby’s name is all over the Blue Jays’ record book, ranking fourth all-time in games played (1,392), hits (1,319), doubles (242) and second in triples (60). He also holds the record for the most stolen bases in Jays History with 255.
Although he was best known for his natural speed, Moseby was no mug with the bat, hitting 149 home runs over his 10 seasons with Toronto.
3. Jose Cruz
Cruz had some large expectations thrown on him from the start of his career, after being
selected third overall in the 1995 MLB Draft. He was traded to Toronto in 1997 by the Mariners and never looked back, playing for the Jays for 6 seasons and putting up big numbers that included a couple 30+ home runs seasons.
2. Vernon Wells
Vernon Wells spent 12 seasons in Toronto between 1999-2010, a transitional period after the big success of the early 90s. As you’d expect, the team has many ups and downs through this stretch but somehow Wells always seemed to be Mr. Consistent.
After establishing himself as the full-time starter at the young age of 23, he went on to top the 20 home run mark seven times over his next nine full seasons. In three of those seasons, he drove in over 100 runs for the team. He was rewarded for his play with three Gold Glove Awards and earned three trips to the All-Star Game.
1. Devon White
Taking the pole position in our list for the greatest center fielders in Jays history is the late great Devon White. White only played for Toronto for the five seasons between 1991-1995 but made a massive impact on the franchise’s trajectory. He was a member of both World Series teams in 1992 and ’93, setting the standard for outfield play in the 90s.
White won a Golden Glove award in each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays and while his offensive numbers don’t jump off the page, he was clutch when he needed to be, hitting 72 home runs and stealing 126 bases through his tenure.
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