The upstart Toronto Blue Jays youth movement are instilling faith in the fanbase for what the future holds as the rebuild comes to fruition.
There is still plenty of work to be done on and off the field, however, the Toronto Blue Jays cast of underagers are showing signs that this rebuild could come full circle sooner than later. At times the rookies appear overmatched or fail to execute but the overall body of work has been encouraging to say the least.
The likes of Vladmir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio posses a winning pedigree while unfazed by the bright likes. Bichette proved that at Chavez Ravine versus the Dodgers when he took future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw yard twice in a contest.
The following night, Vladdy looked like a seasoned veteran ambushing a curveball from Kenta Maeda some 418 feet. There is no doubting the kids can play and this on the job training will pay huge dividends next season and beyond for the young core.
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There are definitely still some question marks surrounding the pitching but Nate Pearson and Anthony Kay look they may be on a timetable to contribute next season while Trent Thornton and Jacob Waguespack have been encouraging at times.
The Blue Jays are 13-12 since the promotion of Bichette and many of their losses have been close games that could have gone the other way late in games. They are also 4-3 versus the division-rival Yankees and Rays during that stretch.
The front office may look at the offseason free-agent cast in a different light after witnessing the timeline creep closer. A Zach Wheeler type arm could be a worthy expenditure this offseason with the Jays on the cusp of competing.
Don’t get me wrong, there is still work to be done but these kids are going to come out of the gate hungry in 2020. You can only keep winners down for so long.