This spring in the Grapefruit League, the 2012 edition Toronto Blue Jays finished with a record of 23-7,  best in the league (7-0 vs AL East teams!!). If this is any sign of things to come in the regular season, it will be a very exciting one to watch, if you’re a Jays fan!

ESPN says “Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays is going to be a monster, a 20 (HR)/20 (SB) season. I mean, is 30/30 in a year or two that far off? He’s a future Ryan Braun.” Now that’s a huge compliment!

Sophomore rookie Eric Thames, who beat out Travis Snider for the starting job in left field, believes Toronto can contend for a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1993.

“I feel like this team is going to be unstoppable,” Thames said. “Everyone is swinging a hot bat right now, we’re all excited, ready to go. I think we’re going to sneak up on a lot of teams this year.”

Yankee GM Brian Cashman said “This is not a long-term project anymore. “They are knocking on the door. It is undeniable that they are going to win and win for a while. They are reaping the benefits of great scouting, patience and doing things right.”

The Blue Jays open the regular season on the road this Thursday at 3:05 pm ET against the Cleveland Indians. Blue Jays ace of the staff Ricky Romero will begin his second season as the Blue Jays’ No. 1 starter. Their home opener is on Monday April 9 at 7:07 pm ET, against the Boston Red Sox.

I have high hopes this year, especially with an extra wildcard spot added to the playoffs starting this year, the Jays may indeed contend!