Blue Jays: Imagining what the 2020 lineup looks like

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Anthony Alford
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Anthony Alford /
4 of 6
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 19: Anthony Alford
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 19: Anthony Alford /

Potential Lineup

  1. Anthony Alford
  2. Devon Travis
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  4. Jose Abreu
  5. Bo Bichette
  6. Edward Olivares
  7. Troy Tulowitzki
  8. Russell Martin/Danny Jansen
  9. Dalton Pompey


  1. Danny Jansen (catching tandem with Martin)
  2. Bradley Jones (future super-utility guy! Maybe… who knows)
  3. Martin Prado (FA and 36 by then, RH hitter, some versatility)
  4. Richard Urena (infield depth, capable of manning SS)

Jansen represents one half of the catching tandem and could end up being more of a starter by then. The Blue Jays haven’t had the greatest track record of developing catchers, so it’s really hard to say how this one pans out, but we like his upside at the Journal. Prado would make sense to provide depth behind Tulowitzki at third base, as he’ll also be 36 by then, and providing depth behind Tulo usually offers plenty of opportunity throughout the course of a 162 game season.

Bradley Jones has played all over the infield, and crushed the ball earlier in the year. He was promoted from the Lansing Lugnuts to the Dunedin Blue Jays, and formed a lethal trio with Guerrero and Bichette before being bumped up. He could end up being a starter type in the big leagues, but I threw him on the bench because of his versatility. Urena doesn’t strike me as a future starter, but could be a viable bench piece, especially one that can handle shortstop.

There are tons of names that could slot in here, including the likes of Dwight Smith Jr, who we’ve watched in Toronto for short stints this year, or Rowdy Tellez, Buffalo’s lefty swinging first baseman. The bench usually has a veteran piece or two, which is why I went with Prado in this case.