The Toronto Blue Jays are heading to the postseason this year after the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season down from 162 games to just 60.
In a year that many had the Toronto Blue Jays counted out, the young core found a way to win some ball games in 2020, and with a little help from the expanded playoff format, found a way to reach October baseball; a land that hasn’t been seen by the MLB’s only Canadian team since 2016.
Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays limped to the finish line with a paltry 67-95 record, finishing 4th in the A.L. East and finding themselves drafting within the top five in 2020. The team would use 21 different starting pitchers, utilizing different strategies to try and stay competitive during a rebuilding year.
On the positive side, some of the organizations top prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette made their long-awaited appearances, getting their feet wet on the MLB stage for the first time. Cavan Biggio would hit for the cycle and also lead all rookies in the MLB in walks, while Trent Thornton was the innings workhorse that mirrored fellow Blue Jay Ryan Borucki the season prior.
All in all, it was a season that many expected to happen, but one that showed some glimpses of how great the Blue Jays truly could be in just a few years.
That being said, the Blue Jays did utilize quite a few players that are no longer on their roster. Let’s take a step back and look outside the Jays for just a moment, and see just how some players fared this season on new teams, or if they are even playing at all anymore.
Considered to be a rebuilding squad, the Toronto Blue Jays did have quite a few players carry over from the 2019 roster, with many players losing their rookie status and migrating towards becoming sophomores on the MLB stage. Some newcomers on the top prospect list did make an appearance like Nate Pearson and Alejandro Kirk, but fans also saw some veterans disappear from the team, pushed out by management to facilitate a newer, younger squad.
Please note that if the player is still a member of the Blue Jays roster, but is not on the active roster and at the alternate training site, they will not be included. This is just for players who are not affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays this season but were on the active roster (even for just one game) last season. All stats are reflective before Sunday’s games.