After a wild day including a couple of trades, the Blue Jays are reportedly promotion Bo Bichette to the big leagues, where he’ll make his MLB debut.
Sunday was a pretty crazy day for roster transations and the Toronto Blue Jays. It started with a trade of Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays, and also included a huge move with Marcus Stroman‘s trade drama being over now that he’s been dealt to the New York Mets.
Some fans are going to be upset at the sight of losing two of the more popular players on the roster, but hopefully they’ll find some solace in some other good news. That is, Bo Bichette is coming up to the big leagues to join this exciting young roster, and we’ll finally get a look at the talented shortstop at the highest level.
Bichette’s eventual MLB promotion has become a topic of discussion in recent weeks, especially as he’s dominated the competition in Triple-A. There didn’t seem to be much left for him to prove at that level, and he even acknowledged as much with the media when he was asked about it earlier this month.
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At the time I made the prediction that he would debut with the club before the end of July, and that all it would take would be for one or both of Sogard or Freddy Galvis to be traded. Oddly enough, I was actually right for once (even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, as my Father always says), and Bichette will join the big league team now that Sogard has vacated the infield depth chart.
The 21-year-old will look to prove that the hype around him, and that he can produce against the best players in the world. He’s done a great job of showing that he’s ready for the challenge with the way he’s played in Triple-A this season, sporting a slash line of .277/.336/.477 in 55 games and 220 at-bats.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Blue Jays hang on to Galvis, or if they try to find a way to have him, Bichette, and others like Cavan Biggio all fit into the keystone positions. Galvis has been the primary shortstop, but it’s hard to imagine the Blue Jays are going to move Bichette to second base without specifically preparing him for such a thing, so it could be a sign that Galvis might be on the way out in the next few days as well.
It’s never easy saying farewell to a player like Stroman, or even Sogard, but thankfully the Blue Jays were able to soften the blow a bit with the news of Bichette’s call-up. I know I’m not the only one looking forward to seeing what he can do, and he’ll get his first chance against the Royals to begin a fresh week.