Blue Jays: Evaluating Young Core

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Despite an underwhelming 2019 season, the Toronto Blue Jays have a bright future ahead of them. This is with their three young studs in the infield: Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio.  Aside from their fathers being ex-MLB stars, these three guys have something else in common. They all kicked off their careers in Toronto last year and are destined for a great second season, whenever that may be.  Regardless, the next time these three are on the field together, it will be fun to watch.

Bo Bichette

Beginning with his debut game last year in late July, Bo got on a tear at the plate. He became the first MLB player to hit 10 extra base hits in his first 9 games. In his 46 starts in the majors, the now 22-year-old shortstop hit 11 home runs, knocked in 21 RBI’s and batted .311. All very impressive numbers for a rookie. In the field, Bo showed a lot of potential, with highlight-worthy plays being a not so rare sight. But ultimately, he recorded a .959 fielding percentage which ranks him 36th among qualified shortstops.

Bichette is going to be a key player at the top of the lineup for the Blue Jays with his great bat. Once he improves in the field, he will be one of the most exciting shortstops in the game. Unfortunately, with the 2020 season uncertain, we might not be able to see him play a full schedule until 2021.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., or Vladdy, was the number one prospect in 2019. He is best known for his undeniable power at the plate. He had a solid rookie season with 118 starts, 126 hits, 15 home runs and .272 average. Vladdy is definitely one of the biggest young players to watch, if not THE biggest. He showed everyone his pure power in the home run derby with a historic performance. Although he did not win the derby, he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with and does not back down from the big stage. The most critical  area  for him to work on is his fielding, where at .936, he had the 4th worst fielding percentage among qualified third basemen. If he is able to solidify himself at the hot corner, he has the potential to be an MVP caliber player.

Cavan Biggio

Cavan Biggio was an excellent player for the Blue Jays in his first season where he finished 5th in ROY voting.  He was a great glove at 2nd base where he has a .989 fielding percentage. At the plate he was very consistent, with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs in just 98 starts. Cavan spent the vast majority of his at bats as the two hitter which is where he had the most success. He is an all around great player with huge  potential, and will be dangerous from the left side of the plate in years to come. 

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