Blue Jays: Around the diamond, who might be the next man up
The Middle Infield
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the signing of Freddy Galvis when it happened, but so far he’s been a godsend on a struggling team.
Galvis has been a pretty steady presence at shortstop for the most part, but the rest of the infield has been a little different. We’ve seen the likes of Gurriel Jr., Hanson, and Richard Urena at second base so far, and I imagine Charlie Montoyo will continue with a steady diet of that trio for the time being.
The Blue Jays do have a few options for their middle infield as the season wears on, and if there are more injury needs to cover. It’s possible that Devon Travis comes back at some point and factors into the second base equation, and there’s also the impending promotion of Vlad Jr. that should happen sometime in the next month. When the #1 prospect in baseball arrives that helps add even more depth at second base, as Drury can slide over there as well, giving Montoyo another option and one that could push Hanson and/or Urena off the 25 man roster.
Beyond the players I’ve already mentioned the Jays have Eric Sogard serving as depth in Buffalo at the moment, and some other talented players that could push for a big league promotion later this year. I talked about Cavan Biggio the other day as a potential promotion candidate if the need arises, and his ability to play second, third, first, and in the corner outfield is a huge plus. There’s also Bo Bichette, who I likely don’t have to say a whole lot about if you’ve been following along this year.
If there’s one area in the organization that should be covered now and in the future, it’s probably in the middle infield. That’s a nice change from a couple of seasons ago when the Blue Jays were trying to find healthy bodies to cover for Travis and Troy Tulowitzki.