More experience for their dynamic rookies
Things have been going remarkably well for the Blue Jays’ rookies lately, especially when it comes to the start to Bo Bichette‘s career. The 21-year-old is hitting .341 so far, breaking records and firmly establishing himself as a part of this lineup for the foreseeable future.
He’s not alone in his rookie success, as it’s been an unbelievable second half and a very solid first season for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a huge step forward for the still-injured Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and great opportunity for growth for others like Danny Jansen, Cavan Biggio, Rowdy Tellez, and more.
These kids are making “the future” start to feel like the present, but we have to remember that there is a lot of learning to be done at the highest level for all of them. The “Sophomore Slump” is a real thing, mostly because there is a book of information collected after a player’s rookie year, and now it’s as much a game of adjusting to their opponents as anything. There will be a stronger game plan for teams playing against the Blue Jays in 2020 than there was this year, and it’ll be interesting to see how these talented youngsters respond.
For that reason, the last month or so of this season will be important for a lot of inexperienced big leaguers looking to add to their resume. You can learn and prepare as much as you like in the minor leagues, but there’s no better way to learn than by doing, and these guys are now squaring off against the best in the world. In fact, most of the rest of the season will see the Blue Jays playing against likely playoff teams, so it’ll be a great test for their young roster.
Most of this new generation of Blue Jays have performed beyond my expectations over the last month or so, and the hope is that they’ll be able to take their experience this season and use it to build on 2020 and beyond. Thankfully they’ve got some time left this year to do just that, and it’s obvious that the Blue Jays are going to take full advantage.