With middle infielders Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki out, Ryan Goins will be counted on to contribute with his bat. But save for a recent surge at the plate in August, the glove-first Goins has never hit at the big league level.
Aaron Sanchez, 23, and 20-year-old rookie Roberto Osuna are anchoring the first-place Blue Jays' bullpen. Equipped with power stuff and the right mentality, the duo have flourished during the late innings.
Marcus Stroman was expected to miss the 2015 season after tearing his left ACL during spring training. But the electric right-hander is determined to return to the Blue Jays as the team fights for a playoff spot.