2023 Player Outlook
Kikuchi had a tough 2022 campaign. He finished the season with a 5.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 2.1 HR/9 and eventually lost his spot in the Blue Jays rotation. It appears that the Jays are going to let Kikuchi compete for the fifth spot in their rotation against the likes of Mitch White, Zach Thompson, and Drew Hutchison. Hyun-Jin Ryu could also eventually work his way back into the Jays’ rotation as their fifth starter. He’s recuperating from Tommy John surgery and is hoping to be able to make his return in July.