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Toronto Blue Jays
Stadium: Rogers Centre | Manager: John Gibbons

Depth Chart

 
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M. Saunders
D. Pompey
K. Pillar
A. Dirks
S. Tolleson
D. Pompey
K. Pillar
S. Tolleson
J. Bautista
K. Pillar
S. Tolleson
J. Donaldson
S. Tolleson
D. Valencia
M. Izturis
J. Reyes
S. Tolleson
M. Izturis
R. Santiago
Rotation
1. R. Dickey
2. M. Buehrle
3. D. Hutchison
4. M. Stroman
5. A. Sanchez
6. D. Norris
M. Izturis
R. Goins
S. Tolleson
R. Santiago
D. Travis
E. Encarnacion
J. Smoak
J. Bautista
DH
D. Navarro
J. Smoak
E. Encarnacion
DL
None
R. Martin
D. Navarro
J. Thole
  Bullpen
B. Cecil (CL)
A. Loup
S. Delabar
M. Estrada
T. Redmond
C. Jenkins
K. Drabek
Last Updated: 02/13/2015
 
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Last Five Games
9/28 vs. BAL
J. ReyesSS
J. BautistaRF
E. EncarnacionDH
A. Lind1B
D. PompeyLF
M. Kawasaki3B
A. GoseCF
J. TholeC
R. Goins2B
 
9/27 vs. BAL
J. ReyesSS
J. BautistaRF
E. EncarnacionDH
D. Valencia3B
D. NavarroC
J. Mayberry1B
D. PompeyCF
K. PillarLF
S. Tolleson2B
 
9/26 vs. BAL
J. ReyesSS
J. BautistaRF
E. EncarnacionDH
A. Lind1B
D. NavarroC
D. PompeyLF
M. Kawasaki3B
A. GoseCF
R. Goins2B
 
9/25 vs. SEA
D. PompeyLF
M. Kawasaki2B
E. EncarnacionDH
A. Lind1B
D. Valencia3B
G. KottarasC
K. PillarRF
A. GoseCF
R. GoinsSS
 
9/24 vs. SEA
J. ReyesSS
J. BautistaRF
E. EncarnacionDH
A. Lind1B
D. NavarroC
D. PompeyLF
M. Kawasaki3B
A. GoseCF
R. Goins2B

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
J. ReyesSS.287951
M. CabreraLF.3011673
J. BautistaRF.28635103
A. LindDH.321640
E. Encarnacion1B.2683498
J. Francisco3B.2201643
B. Lawrie2B.2471238
J. TholeC.24807
A. GoseCF.226213
 
Notes
  • 132 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 4 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
4 Game(s)
J. ReyesSS
M. CabreraLF
J. BautistaRF
E. Encarnacion1B
B. Lawrie3B
D. NavarroDH
S. Tolleson2B
E. KratzC
K. PillarCF
3 Game(s)
J. ReyesSS
M. CabreraLF
J. BautistaRF
A. LindDH
E. Encarnacion1B
J. Francisco3B
B. Lawrie2B
D. NavarroC
A. GoseCF
3 Game(s)
J. ReyesSS
J. BautistaRF
E. Encarnacion1B
A. LindDH
D. NavarroC
D. Valencia3B
K. PillarLF
R. Goins2B
A. GoseCF
2 Game(s)
J. ReyesSS
M. CabreraLF
J. BautistaRF
E. Encarnacion1B
B. Lawrie3B
D. NavarroC
S. Tolleson2B
K. PillarDH
A. GoseCF
2 Game(s)
J. ReyesSS
M. CabreraLF
J. BautistaRF
E. EncarnacionDH
A. Lind1B
D. NavarroC
D. Valencia3B
R. Goins2B
A. GoseCF

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Norris, #32
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
006.25.4054
 
Injuries
Elbow - Out until at least early March (Updated - 2/24/15)
News
The Blue Jays view pitcher Daniel Norris as a starter, according to Sportsnet.

Norris will be stretched out during the spring, but will compete with both Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada for the fifth spot in the team's rotation. If Norris happens to lose out on that spot, it's more likely the team sends him to the minors to continue starting.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos wouldn't rule out Norris starting the year as a reliever, but admitted starting was the bigger priority. "In a perfect scenario if he didn’t make the team as a starter he’d be in the minors being stretched out," Anthopoulos said. "We wouldn’t rule it out if he’s throwing the ball that well and Sanchez or Estrada are throwing the ball that well that he could start in the bullpen as well."

The 21-year-old Norris posted a 5.40 ERA in five games with the club last year. 

Drew Hutchison, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1113184.24.4860184
 
Andy Dirks, #12
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
000000
 
Injuries
Back - Out until at least early March (Updated - 2/24/15)
News
Blue Jays outfielder Andy Dirks (back) will start baseball activities in 7-10 days, per MLB.com. He could be elevated to major-league camp later this spring, but it appears his chances of being ready for opening day are not great.

"No, I wouldn't think," manager John Gibbons said when asked if Dirks could be considered for a spot on the opening day roster. "He still has some time he's going to need, but that could change."

Dioner Navarro, #30
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
139.2744012693
 
Position Breakdown
C - 112, DH - 21
Aaron Sanchez, #41
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2233.01.09927
 
News
Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez will be considered for the rotation and the bullpen during camp, but the rotation is the priority, according to Sportsnet.

The club is expected to make a decision on Sanchez's role in mid-March, but general manger Alex Anthopoulos said the rotation was more important. "The priority is that rotation, you build everything else off of that," he said. 

Sanchez, 22, posted a 1.09 ERA in 33 innings last year. Though he started in the minors, Sanchez was used as a reliever in his first stint in the majors. 

Steve Tolleson, #18
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
2.253213163
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 55, SS - 2, 3B - 43, OF - 7, DH - 1
Ramon Santiago, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
75.246202172
 
Brett Cecil, #27
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2353.12.70576
 
News
Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil threw his first bullpen session Wednesday after sitting out the previous two days due to the flu, per MLB.com.

"I thought he looked really good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I thought he looked a little pale, but I thought he threw the ball really well."

Russell Martin, #55
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
111.2904511674
 
News
After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."

Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.

"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."

Steve Delabar, #50
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3025.24.91021
 
Devon Travis
No Stats Available
Kevin Pillar, #11
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
53.26719271
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 47, DH - 3
News
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders revealed Thursday he is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Saunders, who was slated to start in left field for Toronto, said he suffered the injury Wednesday after he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls during batting practice, per the National Post.

“My goal is to be back by the All-Star break,” Saunders said. “I don’t see why there should be any hiccups in my rehab.”

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team would most likely replace Saunders, who was acquired in a December trade with the Mariners, with an internal candidate. Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey, who are competing for the starting job in center field, could be options since they can play all three outfield spots. Andy Dirks could also be a candidate, but he is in camp on a minor-league deal and still rehabbing from a back injury that sidelined him in 2014.

Saunders spent the first six seasons of his MLB career with Seattle. He hit .273 with a .341 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 78 games last season.

Chad Jenkins, #64
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1131.22.56018
 
Aaron Loup, #62
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
4468.23.15456
 
Justin Smoak, #17
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
80.202287300
 
Jose Bautista, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
155.286101351036
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 12, OF - 133, DH - 13
Edwin Encarnacion, #10
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
128.2687534982
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 81, OF - 2, DH - 46
News
Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion said Thursday as he arrived for spring training that he is ready for whatever role the team has in store for him in 2015. The original plan was for Encarnacion to be the team's primary DH, but it now appears most of his playing time will come at first base.

"They told me I'm going to be playing more first base," Encarnacion said, per MLB.com. "I've worked hard this offseason [because] I knew I'm going to get more time at first. But I'm ready for whatever they need me, if they need more at first base, or if they need me at DH, I'm ready."

Encarnacion was plagued by a quad injury in the second half of the 2014 season. He put a lot of work in this offseason to help improve his durability, and he hopes the added effort will pay off.

"I worked a lot on my back and my stomach because I know have to get it stronger to get my back right," Encarnacion said. "And working a lot with my leg. Right now I'm 230 [pounds], that's where I want to be, under 230, that's when I feel good and I can be away from the injuries."

Kyle Drabek, #4
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
003.00.0005
 
Michael Saunders, #55
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
78.273388344
 
Injuries
Knee - Out until at least early April (Updated - 2/27/15)
News
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."

Dalton Pompey, #45
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
17.2315141
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 11, DH - 3
News
Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders revealed Thursday he is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Saunders, who was slated to start in left field for Toronto, said he suffered the injury Wednesday after he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls during batting practice, per the National Post.

“My goal is to be back by the All-Star break,” Saunders said. “I don’t see why there should be any hiccups in my rehab.”

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team would most likely replace Saunders, who was acquired in a December trade with the Mariners, with an internal candidate. Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey, who are competing for the starting job in center field, could be options since they can play all three outfield spots. Andy Dirks could also be a candidate, but he is in camp on a minor-league deal and still rehabbing from a back injury that sidelined him in 2014.

Saunders spent the first six seasons of his MLB career with Seattle. He hit .273 with a .341 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 78 games last season.

Josh Donaldson, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
158.2559329988
 
Marcus Stroman, #54
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
116130.23.6528111
 
Marco Estrada, #41
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
76150.24.360127
 
Jose Reyes, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
143.2879495130
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 143
News
When asked about former Mets teammate Ruben Tejada, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes shook his head and said "something is wrong," per Newsday.

Reyes revealed that during his final season with the Mets he tried to pass the torch to Tejada to become his replacement. Reyes landed in Miami in the offseason, and Tejada was destined to be his permanent replacement. Now entering spring training, Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets.

"Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes said. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not...He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.

"When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him. We were always together. My last year there, every time I talk to him: 'This is going to be your position for a long time. Don't let it go away.' See what happened now? It's 2015 and he doesn't have a position to play. When they talk about who is going to play every day, they don't talk about Tejada. They talk about Flores."

Maicer Izturis, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
11.2863011
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 49, SS - 16, 3B - 37, DH - 12
News
Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis said Wednesday that he's back to full health after being limited to just 11 games in 2014 due to knee surgery, MLB.com reports.

"I'm feeling very good," Izturis said Wednesday. "Just trying to do my thing and do much better. ... I've been taking ground balls, hitting. When everybody gets here, we'll see how I turn double plays, run the bases, that kind of stuff."

If Izturis can prove his knee is no longer a concern, he could be the favorite to emerge from a crowded competition for the team's starting role at second base.

"I'm used to a lot of competition from when I was in Anaheim, and this is kind of similar," Izturis said. "Every year I had to compete, had to get a job, and to me there's no pressure, just try to do my best, try to help my team, and that's the goal."

Manager John Gibbons indicated Wednesday that he likes what he's seen of the infielder during the very early stages of camp.

"He looks good, he looks the best I've seen him in three years, physically," Gibbons said. "He's moving better, and you never know coming off an injury like that what's going to happen."

Prior to his lost season, Izturis hit .236/.288/.310 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 365 at-bats in 2013, his first season in Toronto.

Josh Thole, #22
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
57.24811070
 
Position Breakdown
C - 53, DH - 1
Todd Redmond, #58
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1475.03.24160
 
Ryan Goins, #17
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
67.188141150
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 57, SS - 16
Mark Buehrle, #56
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1310202.03.3946119
 
R.A. Dickey, #43
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1413215.23.7174173
 
News
After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."

Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.

"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."

Danny Valencia, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
86.258204301
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 20, 2B - 6, 3B - 66, DH - 3
News
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hinted that Danny Valencia and Chris Colabello will see some time at left field this spring, according to Sportsnet.ca. Toronto is hoping to fill a void at left field after the team announced Thursday that Michael Saunders will be sidelined until July with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

In his career, Valencia played left field in only five games in the minors. Colabello has logged 30 career games in the majors at left field.