The Toronto Blue Jays roster is comprised of many young but promising talents who are essentially receiving on the job training which will certainly benefit them moving forward.
This resonated with me after reading how upset Bo Bichette was with himself after failing to break up Justin Verlander‘s no-hit bid in the ninth inning on Sunday. The Blue Jays kids were no-hit by a future Hall of Famer who surgically attacked the young core with well-located fastballs.
Although the challenge tested their internal fortitude and they came up short, you can bet the likes of Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio all learned something from Mr. Verlander that day that will stick with them for a long time.
These kids are learning what it takes to win consistently at the major league level and the mental grind it takes to be one of the leagues best. These kids are going to go into 2020 with a sense of confidence after being battle-tested this season.
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There have been failures but there has also been a laundry list of accomplishments that bode well for the future. Bichette took Clayton Kershaw deep twice in a contest at Chavez Ravine, Guerrero has been one of the best hitters down the stretch while Biggio leads all MLB rookies in walks.
Remember that at-bat Vladdy had with Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman earlier in the season, these guys are unfazed and won’t back down from anyone. They have been around the game and know they belong.
The young Jays core came up through the ranks winning together and are not going to take losing well at the big league level. They possess a certain swagger and exude quiet confidence about them, these guys are winners.
This coupled with getting their feet wet in 2019 is going to make for a short rebuild in Blue Jays land.