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Toronto Blue Jays’ Spring Training: Ranking the Top 5 Early Standouts

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Spring Training: Ranking the Top 5 Early Standouts

Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training
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Few teams in MLB have more to prove over the course of the 2014 regular season than the Toronto Blue Jays. They still have the majority of the team they went out and build during the 2013 offseason at the cost of many of their best prospects. Last season we all saw the results to be a giant belly-flop of a season. They did have key injuries and that should not be ignored completely but suffice it to say that the Jays need to prove what they can do this year.

They need to do that starting during this early section of Spring Training. As meaningless as these games and stats are going to be once the season gets going good, they actually do mean something right now. The guys who are knocking the cover off of the ball are at least easily seen to have their timing down well and that is no small thing. While the stat categories might change around a little bit, a guy with all of his timing down in his swing is going to likely start the season in a hot streak.

So far the Blue Jays do have some good things going on for them. They have some guys putting up really good numbers and the guys that are doing so are very key members of the team. If you had to specifically choose the players that need to get out of the gate like a baseball bat on fire, these guys would mostly be the ones on that list. Seeing as how they have so very much to prove there is really no reason they shouldn’t plan on proving something this spring as well.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Kenny Wilson

Kenny Wilson Spring Training
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Wilson is the surprise of this group for the Blue Jays. He is just about a guarantee to start the year at Double-A at the highest and yet his spring training stats look extremely good so far. He is batting .375 in a few at-bats and is surely turning a few heads in the process.

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4 – Chris Getz

Chris Getz Spring Training
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Here is where the possible really good news begins. Getz could be someone that the Blue Jays really need to be there every day. His spring so far is a .385 batting average, 1 double, 2 RBI and a 1.000 OPS. If he can do that every few weeks this season he will do just fine.

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3 – Brett Lawrie

Brett Lawrie Spring Training
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Now we really are getting into the big guys. Lawrie has turned several heads this spring with what many are calling a more mature approach. Call it what you will but his .385 batting average and 2 RBI with a couple of doubles looks really good to Jays fans.

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2 – Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera Spring Training
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Cabrera is posting a thunderous .429 batting average in his five games with 4 RBI, 3 doubles and an OPS of 1.110. I think that would work fine for every week for the Jays. Cabrera is definitely someone they need to show up this season in a big way. It looks like he plans on doing just that from the early samples.

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1 – Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista Spring Training
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Though Bautista’s average is way down at the .333 mark his power and run production are fine. Of course the average is fine as well but his 2 home runs and 4 RBI look extremely promising. Obviously if this team can count on Cabrera, Lawrie and Bautista to provide runs like this every week all season, they will be in the AL East conversation at the very least.