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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Optioned to Triple-A

    Horwitz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

    The 26-year-old came into camp hoping to land a backup job at first base behind Vladimir Guerrero, but Horwitz batted only .125 (5-for-40) in Grapefruit League action, and the signings of Daniel Vogelbach and Joey Votto (ankle) cut off his path to the 26-man roster. Horwitz slashed .337/.450/.495 with 10 homers in 107 games for Buffalo last season, but he may need to add more power to his profile to get serious consideration for a regular job in the majors.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Struggling at plate this spring

    Horwitz is batting .138 (4-for-29) with his only extra-base hit being a double through 12 Grapefruit League games.

    The 26-year-old came into camp with a chance to win a spot on the Toronto bench as a left-handed complement to Vladimir Guerrero at first base and Justin Turner at DH, but Horwitz has done little to secure the gig. The organization's subsequent moves to bring in Daniel Vogelbach and Joey Votto suggest Horwitz is headed for some minor-league seasoning. He slashed .337/.450/.495 over 107 games for Triple-A Buffalo last year, and his 6:7 BB:K this spring reflects his strong plate discipline, but he'll need to make more consistent hard contact to have much of a big-league future.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Facing competition in camp

    Horwitz could be battling the recently signed Daniel Vogelbach for a spot on the Blue Jays' bench.

    The 26-year-old Horwitz was expected to be the main backup at first base and DH, offering a left-handed option behind Vladimir Guerrero and Justin Turner, but that's exactly the role Vogelbach has filled during his career. Horwitz offers more contact that the veteran and slashed .337/.450/.495 for Triple-A Buffalo last season with 10 homers in 107 games, but Vogelbach's career .814 OPS against right-handed pitching and power upside would give the Jays' bench an element it currently lacks. Given the duo's limited defensive flexibility, it seems highly unlikely both would make the 26-man roster.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Sent down to minors

    Horwitz was optioned to the Blue Jays' Florida Complex League affiliate on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Triple-A Buffalo's season is over, which is the reasoning behind Horwitz being sent to the Jays' FCL club. He's clearing out to make room for Brandon Belt's return from the injured list.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Another start Thursday

    Horwitz is playing first base and batting sixth Thursday against the Yankees.

    It's the second straight start for Horwitz, who filled the DH role Wednesday after Vladimir Guerrero (knee) was scratched and tallied three RBI as part of a 6-1 victory. The 25-year-old has batted .286/.375/.429 across his first 40 major-league plate appearances this season with Toronto and could see more opportunities if Guerrero requires an extended absence.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Hitting cleanup, Belt to IL

    Horwitz is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Rangers after Brandon Belt (back spasms) was placed on the 10-day injured list.

    Horwitz has excellent plate skills and questionable power for a first baseman, but he will get an opportunity to play regularly against righties in the short term. On the season, he has a .308/.400/.462 slash line with one home run, seven strikeouts and four walks in 30 plate appearances.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Blasts first career homer

    Horwitz went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over Colorado.

    Horwitz was a last-minute lineup replacement for Brandon Belt, who was a late scratch due to back tightness. The rookie made an immediate impact in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A on Friday. His first career home run was a solo shot in the fourth. He followed that up with an RBI single in the fifth, then added another single in the seventh. Horwitz's playing time moving forward will likely hinge on how much time, if any, Belt is forced to miss.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Recalled from Buffalo

    Toronto recalled Horwitz from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    Horwitz returns to the majors as a backup at first base and in the corner outfield with rosters expanding from 26 to 28. The 25-year-old went 2-for-8 in a brief stint with the Blue Jays back in June and has posted an impressive .337/.450/.495 slash line with 10 homers and 72 RBI across 107 games this summer at Triple-A.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Will be promoted Friday

    The Blue Jays will recall Horwitz from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Eric Treuden of Jays Journal reports.

    Horwitz already had a brief three-game stint with the Jays in June and went 2-for-8 with an RBI and a run scored. He's slashed .337/.450/.495 across 484 plate appearances with Triple-A Buffalo and will serve as a bench bat down the stretch as the Jays make a push for the postseason.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Another start at DH

    Horwitz is starting at designated hitter and batting eighth in Tuesday's contest in Miami.

    Horwitz didn't start the first game after his promotion on Friday, but he's subsequently been in the lineup for each of the last three contests. It appears that he could carve out a regular DH role against right-handers while Brandon Belt (hamstring) is sidelined. Horwitz has reached base four times and driven in one run in his first eight major-league plate appearances.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Sent back to minors

    The Blue Jays optioned Horwitz to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    With Brandon Belt (hamstring) returning from the injured list Wednesday, the Blue Jays had no room on the 26-man active roster for Horwitz. During his five-day stint in the big leagues, Horwitz started at designated hitter in three games and went 2-for-8 with two walks and a run.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Officially promoted

    The Blue Jays recalled Horwitz from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

    Horwitz holds an .826 OPS in Triple-A this season and will join the Blue Jays to provide depth at first base, although he has also been used occasionally in left field. Nathan Lukes was optioned to Buffalo in a corresponding move.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Slated for promotion

    Horwitz will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Friday's game versus the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    It's not clear yet what the Blue Jays' corresponding move will be. Horwitz is sporting a .300/.421/.405 batting line with two home runs and three stolen bases with Buffalo this season. The 25-year-old is capable of playing first base and left field and can also handle second base in a pinch. He'll be making his major-league debut when he gets into a game.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Optioned to MiLB camp

    Horwitz was optioned to minor-league camp Monday, KKeegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Horwitz is currently playing for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic and will report to the backfields of Dunedin when the tournament concludes. The 24-year-old infielder/outfielder registered an .843 OPS with 12 homers over 114 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo during the 2022 season.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Healthy for spring training

    Horwitz (undisclosed) will start at first base and bat second in Monday's Grapefruit League game against Atlanta.

    Horwitz came off the bench and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League opener Saturday, but he'll now get the chance to make his first start of the spring. The 25-year-old concluded the 2022 campaign on injured list at Triple-A Buffalo due to an unspecified injury, but he looks like he's back to full health following the offseason. Horwitz slashed .246/.361/.363 across 202 plate appearances in his first taste of Triple-A following his midseason call-up from Double-A New Hampshire in 2022.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Joins 40-man roster

    Horwitz (undisclosed) was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca report.

    Horwitz split 2022 between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo, and he posted an .843 OPS between the two levels. He finished the season on the injured list at Buffalo with an unspecified issue.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Hits Triple-A IL

    Triple-A Buffalo placed Horwitz on its 7-day injured list Sept. 18 with an unspecified injury.

    Horwitz last appeared for Buffalo on Sept. 13 before he was shelved with the apparent injury. Since receiving a promotion from Double-A New Hampshire in early July, Horwitz has slashed .246/.361/.363 in 202 plate appearances with Buffalo.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Returns from thumb issue

    Horwitz (thumb) started Saturday's game for Triple-A Buffalo and went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.

    Horwitz missed nine days due to the thumb injury but rejoined the lineup Saturday for the Bisons. The 24-year-old opened the season with Double-A New Hampshire but was promoted to Triple-A in early July, and he has a .256/.354/.395 slash line through 22 games with Buffalo.

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  • Blue Jays' Spencer Horwitz: Dealing with thumb injury

    Horwitz hasn't played at Triple-A Buffalo since Aug. 3 due to a sprained right thumb, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.

    Horwitz was promoted to the Triple-A level in early July, and he's slashed .265/.351/.410 with two homers, eight runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases over his first 24 games in Buffalo. He's working through a hitting program and isn't expected to miss much more time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Timonium, MD
Age: 26
School: Radford
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R