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Blue Jays Opening Day Roster Predictions

The Toronto Blue Jays will finally begin their 2020 campaign on July 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays. With only 60 games to be played this season, The Blue Jays will have a lot to prove in a short amount of time.

As we saw last year, this Toronto Blue Jays team was very exciting to watch. They are full of young talent and the sky is the limit for this youthful squad.

With that being said, there are still many holes that need to be filled in with this young group. Here are my predictions for the Blue Jays’ Opening Day 30-man roster.

Pitchers

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The pitching staff was one of the biggest concerns for the Blue Jays after the conclusion of the 2019 season. After trading their ‘ace,’ Marcus Stroman, last season, it left the Blue Jays’ rotation extremely thin. To address this, the Jays did quite a bit to bolster their rotation with the additions of Chase Anderson, Tanner Roark and of course, Hyun Jin Ryu.

Ryu finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2019 and was one of the best pitchers in baseball. The Blue Jays signed him to a four-year deal worth $80 million to be the new ace up north. The biggest concern about Ryu however is his ability to stay healthy. There is no doubt, however, that he is one of the best pitchers in baseball when healthy. Ryu has only had one season with 30 appearances, and that was back in 2013. This is something the Jays would need to monitor if they want to stay competitive.

The Blue Jays are also expected to welcome top prospect Nate Pearson into their rotation this season. With a fastball that can reach a whopping 104 miles per hour, plus an entire arsenal of other pitches, such as a slider, curveball and change-up, the ceiling for Pearson is very high.

With much promise in the top two spots of the rotation especially, there really isn’t much for the Jays to brag about when it comes to their bullpen. Ken Giles is a very solid closer, but outside of him, it doesn’t look great. One player to keep an eye on is Shun Yamaguchi. The Blue Jays signed him from Japan in the off-season and he has drawn comparisons to Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka. Yamaguchi can also start, as he did that in the Japanese league as well and that kind of versatility out of a pitcher is always welcomed.

Infielders

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The Blue Jays boast a strong – and very young – group of infielders which should make fans very excited. Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. look to build on their eye opening rookie campaigns. The position at first base holds a bit of a question mark, as the Blue Jays don’t have a full time player for the position. It is likely the role gets shared between Rowdy Tellez, Travis Shaw and Joe Panic. All three are useful players and can provide some power in the lineup which is what you want out of the first base spot.

Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire will be behind the plate. Jansen is a great defensive option at catcher but really needs to work on his offense to really take hold of that starting spot. McGuire, on the other hand, may not be as great defensively, but is definitely a much better hitter. The two of them together will form a serviceable duo behind the plate.

Outfielders

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This group of outfielders for the Blue Jays is kind of lackluster, if we are being honest. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is a tremendous offensive weapon, was very exciting to watch, and is a shoe in for the every day left-field spot. Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez will grab the everyday center-field and right-field spots as well. The problem with these two is consistency. Grichuk is very solid defensively and provides power at the plate. His biggest issue is consistency at the plate, as he can be very hot, but also very cold. Hernandez has lots of work to do on the defensive part of his game, while showing flashes of being a great offensive contributor. Much like Grichuk, he needs to show consistency at the plate to really win that right-field spot.

One Player to watch for is Anthony Alford. He has been a top prospect in the Blue Jays organization for a while now, but has never really shown us much in his brief stints with the Blue Jays. He has all the tools to be a very good MLB player, its just up to him to show the team what he’s all about. There’s is no time like the present.

The Blue Jays should be a very interesting and fun team to watch in this short 2020 season. Much like last year, the development of the young stars is what’s most important for this ball club, but improvement from last year is what should be expected. With that being said, sporting this roster, this Blue Jays team should only be at around .500, but it should be an exciting .500.


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