On any given day this season, six of the eight Blue Jay position players could be products of the baseball-crazy culture of the Dominican Republic.

Not only that, but the Dominican regulars are probably going to be the keys to what is expected to be an offensive machine.

Jose Reyes at shortstop and leading off. Melky Cabrera in left field, batting second. Jose Bautista in right field and batting third. Edwin Encarnacion at first base or DH, batting fourth. Either Emilio Bonifacio or Maicer Izturis at second base batting ninth. And if Izturis is at second, then Bonifacio could be giving either Brett Lawrie a day off at third base or taking Colby Rasmus’s spot in centre field. Reliever Esmil Rogers could be pitching. And if the Jays need help from Buffalo, Moises Sierra my be one of the first call-ups

The Caribbean vibe in the Blue Jay clubhouse is unmistakable.

“We’re just like any other Latin Americans from the Caribbean, close to the equator,” said Bautista, with no small amount of pride in his voice.

“We’re just high energy, warm, passionate people at anything we do. We bring that to the table when we play baseball. We play with our emotions on our sleeve and that’s usually a good thing. It can be negative in certain situations but hopefully we don’t take that to the negative side and we can keep it on the positive. Because of the skill set that a lot of these guys have, high energy, high speed guys, we’re going to have a loose clubhouse with a lot of happy people keeping the energy and the emotions running high at all times.