The Toronto Blue Jays have a slew of catchers that could be a backup for the Colorado Rockies.
The Toronto Blue Jays have a lot of catchers that could be a backup for the Colorado Rockies if the Rockies decide to keep Dom Nuñez in Triple-A or move on from him.
Reese McGuire, who will be 27 in March, was the primary catcher for the Blue Jays in 2021. He has only played 141 games in the majors across four seasons. Defensively, he’s an average to slightly above-average catcher but offensively, he hasn’t shown much at the MLB level as he has a career slash line of .248/.297/.390.
Danny Jansen, who turns 27 in April, was the primary catcher in 2019 and 2020 but he was injured for a good chunk of 2021 as he only played in a total of 70 games. Like McGuire, defensively, he is slightly above average but the bat isn’t great. He has a career slash line of .212/.298/.396, for a nearly identical OPS of .694.
Alejandro Kirk, 23, has the most upside of the three so he is the least likely to be traded and most likely to be their catcher of the future. The former #70 overall prospect entering 2021 per Baseball Prospectus lost roughly 40 pounds last offseason and is a good hitter. In the minors, he is a career .317 hitter with an OPS of .919. He hasn’t been quite as good in his brief MLB tenure (69 games) but he still has hit .259 with a good OPS of .791. But in his brief MLB stint, he hasn’t been a great defensive catcher.
The problem for all three of them is that Gabriel Moreno, 21, is the #1 prospect for the Blue Jays and MLB.com’s #32 overall prospect. He is close to being ready for the majors as he tore the cover off the ball in Double-A (.372 average and a 1.092 OPS) before he was promoted to Triple-A. He only played in three games there but he will likely make his MLB debut in 2022.
Our colleague Evan Gignac of Jays Journal looked at what the Blue Jays might do with their catching until Moreno comes up or if they do something with him in this article earlier this week.