Blue Jays- Why do I feel like I’ve seen this before?
By Craig Borden
Do not skip on the youth movement in Toronto
The Blue Jays once again have a Minor League system that is getting ready to blossom. After a few years of trading all the ripe young talent, the system has been rejuvenated with a mountain of exciting players. The Blue Jays are getting older and older the past few seasons as they have tried to sustain the team that has pushed them to the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. That veteran core can work well as mentors for the rich talent that the Blue Jays have coming up through the Minors.
As the core ages, the Blue Jays need to find ways to get players that a being highly productive through the system into the Majors to gain experience. This experience is vital to making a quick re-tool work. The Blue Jays have a rare shot at being competitive while re-building. They have a great foundation that is also anchored by some veterans that can still be highly productive. Players like Kendreys Morales, however, could be blocking the path of some of these Minor League standouts. If you had a chance to bring up someone that could help your team you hope to be able to create room. Right now unless that player is a backup catcher, a middle infielder, or a relief pitcher it appears there is nowhere to put them.
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The Jays have a chance to have one of the most athletic outfields in baseball but will they pull the trigger on that move? The Blue Jays could have an outfield anchored by Kevin Pillar in center with Teoscar Hernandez, and Anthony Alford at the corners. That amount of speed and fine leather has not been seen for years in the Jays outfield. You would have to five back into the history books to George Bell, Llyod Moseby, and Jesse Barfield. That new combo could be the death of so many would be base hits for opposing hitters. If the Jays go out and sign someone like Jay Bruce it blocks these players from developing at the MLB level.
There are also plenty of players that are going to come hungry for more come Spring Training. Danny Jansen, Ryan Borucki, Dwight Smith Jr., Chris Rowley, and the rest of the gang will be looking to put on a show during the exhibition season. If they do who says they won’t be the next break out surprises like Roberto Osuna a few years ago. Osuna came into Spring Training in 2015 and stole the show. He performed so well he earned the closer spot by the end of the season. There are some players in the system that could be that next big surprise and the Jays brass should be mindful of such surprises. It is time to bring some of these players into the fold and see what they are made of.
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Let us know what you think in the comments below. The Jays have a chance to build something special but should be mindful of some of these issues from the past. The team has a chance to build a young team while adding key pieces to fill out a great team.