Looking Back, Looking Forward: Gabriel Moreno’s breakout further complicates the Blue Jays’ catching logjam

The Blue Jays have quite the roster puzzle to sort out this off-season.

One position where that’s especially the case is at catcher, as the team has four backstops on the 40-man roster.
Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, and Riley Adams, who was traded away mid-season, all saw time with the Blue Jays during the 2021 season, and Gabriel Moreno, who’s perhaps the best of them all, will be pushing hard for an opportunity come 2022.
Let’s look back at what the Blue Jays catchers did in 2021 and speculate about what might happen as we move into the winter.

Looking back…
The Blue Jays came into spring training with three catchers vying for gigs on the team.
Danny Jansen, the veteran of the trio, was always going to be one of them, while Alejandro Kirk, who impressed in a short stint as a rookie in 2020, and Reese McGuire, who, to put it lightly, didn’t impress in 2020, competed for the other spot.
The Blue Jays wound up choosing Kirk over McGuire, which represented an organizational shift from prioritizing asset management to a win now, roll with the better player approach. Kirk could be optioned to Triple-A, while McGuire, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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