Blue Jays: Who is the ‘Rookie of the Year’ on this team?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 27: (L-R) Cavan Biggio #8, Justin Smoak #14, Rowdy Tellez #44, Bo Bichette #11 and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate the win at the end of the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre on August 27, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

The Blue Jays have had a ton of rookies on their roster this year, but the question is: Who has had the best performance in 2019?

When the 2019 season started, I’ll admit that like many of you, I predicted that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would win the American League Rookie of the Year award. Unless something drastic changes over the last 17 games of the season, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

That doesn’t mean that Vlad Jr. has had a bad season, or that there haven’t been other impressive rookies in Toronto this season. In fact, if you’ve been paying attention at all you know that it’s quite the opposite, with half of the team being made up of first-year players at times throughout the season.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at the performance of the top five rookies on the Blue Jays’ roster this season (rankings based on my opinion) and figure out who may have been the most impressive of the lot. There are plenty to choose from, and spoiler alert, the list doesn’t include players that would certainly qualify in the top five rookies on another club. That includes guys like Billy McKinney, Rowdy Tellez, or Lourdes Gurriel Jr, who surpassed the rookie eligibility last season after being called up.

Most Blue Jay fans can likely predict most or all of the players on my list, but I’m curious to see how many agree with the way I’ve ordered them in my rankings. Let the debate begin.

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