2021 Blue Jays: Not Done Building Yet

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 15: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run against John Curtiss #84 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game Five of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 15, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 2021 Blue Jays are definitely not done building yet, even after an expensive and successful offseason with multiple free-agent signings and a trade. Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro have landed big named players including one of the top free agents on the market in outfielder George Springer.

2021 Blue Jays: Not Done Building, Pitching Still Needed

The Toronto Blue Jays are still on the hunt for a top tier pitcher that could complement current ace Hyun-Jin Ryu in 2021. Hyun-Jin was crowned as the best left-handed pitcher in the game as he earned the 2020 Warren Spahn Award.

Without the addition of another top caliber pitcher, the Toronto Blue Jays will have to rely on young top prospect Nate Pearson to carry the load in 2021, which could be a recipe for disaster.

Toronto has been in talks with Trevor Rosenthal, the closer who spent last season with the Kansas City Royals. The Blue Jays want more pitching and they have been actively looking at every option available, from talks with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to Canadian pitcher James Paxton.

Current Starting Pitcher Rotation

The Blue Jays have a current starting rotation that could become a strong rotation, as long as hopefuls become certainties once the season begins. Here are the current starting pitchers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Nate Pearson

Tyler Chatwood

Steven Matz

Robbie Ray

Tanner Roark

Trent Thornton

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to add through trades with “most of the heavy lifting done” said President and CEO, Mark Shapiro. Toronto could add a starting pitcher through trade with multiple teams interested in Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Young Talent Developing

Without a doubt, the Toronto Blue Jays have done an exceptional job developing their current young talent on the 40-man roster, and also in their minor league systems. A stockpile of talent was not always the “norm” for Toronto however, in recent years the management team has turned the Blue Jays farm system into one of the best in MLB.

The Blue Jays currently have four prospects ranked among MLB’s Top 100 prospects, including the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect Nate Pearson. Among the names on the list are recently drafted Austin Martin ranked at #22, Jordan Groshans at #46, and Simeon Woods-Richardson at #87.

New Additions

With the latest additions for the Toronto Blue Jays, they have bought themselves a year or two to allow more development time for the up and coming prospects. The Marcus Semien signing will give prospects Austin Martin and Jordan Groshans more time before thrusting them into the lineup, giving them an expected debut in 2022.

Marcus Semien will allow the Blue Jays to fill the third base opening with Cavan Biggio who finished the season on the hot corner, Semien will likely slide in at second base putting, Bo Bichette at shortstop. Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo will have options, to say the least, with most of the infield being able to swap positions if necessary depending on the opponent or situation in the game.

2021 Blue Jays: Lineup Prediction

Catcher: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk

1st Base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rowdy Tellez

2nd Base: Marcus Semien

Shortstop: Bo Bichette

3rd Base: Cavan Biggio

Outfield: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. George Springer, Randal Grichuk

The outfield is crowded as 2020 Silver Slugger Teoscar Hernandez and Jonathan Davis also remain under contract with the team. This will again allow manager Charlie Montoyo to have versatility with the day to day lineup.

The 2021 Blue Jays are definitely not done building yet, with options all over the field and plenty of interest from other teams on current Blue Jays players it’s likely we see another addition or two. Toronto has revamped their lineup from just a season ago and the expectations are rising. The Blue Jays are becoming a team that could battle for the AL East title very soon.

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