Blue Jays: Imagining what the 2020 lineup looks like

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Anthony Alford
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Anthony Alford /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 29: Troy Tulowitzki
TORONTO, ON – MAY 29: Troy Tulowitzki /

The Infield

1B-  Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

2B-  Devon Travis

SS-  Bo Bichette

3B- Troy Tulowitzki

C-  Russell Martin/Danny Jansen

I’ve got Guerrero at first base, as scouts don’t know whether or not he’ll stick at third. It’s entirely possible he could, but for the 2020 season I’ve got Tulo having to slide over there by then. He’ll be in his age 35 season in 2020, and while I do think he’ll still be a more than capable fielder, there’s no shame in moving positions, a la Cal Ripken Jr, when you’re in the twilight of your career.

On that note, Russell Martin’s contract will have expired at the end of the 2019 season, but I’m calling that he returns on a much smaller contract to play another year or two with the Blue Jays, and guide the new faces into their chapter of the franchise. Danny Jansen is with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Double A right now, and is performing admirably. Our resident Minor League expert at the Jays Journal, Craig Borden, is high on Jansen’s future, so he gets the spot in my made-up lineup.

I’m banking on Devon Travis somehow getting healthy and having a good career, and that might be foolish. Still, I choose to cheer for just that, and if he can stay healthy there’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t be a productive member of this young lineup. It’s also possible that Bichette ends up at second base, and the Blue Jays took Logan Warmoth with their first overall pick this year, so the middle infield could go a number of ways.