Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Spring Training Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays have not been to the playoffs since the 2016 season and they are hoping to get back their this season with a very young baseball team.

Toronto has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. They have players that can contribute for a very long time in baseball.

Some of the players that were called up last season were third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio. The thing that all of those players have in common is that all of their dad’s played in the MLB at one point in time.

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Guerrero Sr. is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dante Bichette was in the major leagues for a few seasons, and Craig Biggio played for the Houston Astros for a very long time and he had his jersey retired. Biggio is also in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Guerrero Jr., Bichette, and Biggio all have the potential to be the nucleus of this baseball team for a very long time. They have not won the World Series since 1993 against Philadelphia Phillies.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 20 years old, Bo Bichette is 21 years old, and Cavan Biggio is 24 years old.

The projected lineup for the Blue Jays this season will be 1. (SS) Bo Bichette 2. (2B) Cavan Biggio 3. (OF) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 4. (3B) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 5. (1B) Travis Shaw 6. (OF) Randal Grichuk 7. (C) Reese McGuire 8. (DH) Teoscar Hernandez and 9. (OF) Derek Fisher.

Some of the key backups on the roster this season will be: (C) Danny Jensen, (IF) Brandon Drury, (IF) Santiago Espinal, (IF) Rowdy Tellez, (OF) Anthony Alford, and (OF) Bily McKinney.

The projected starting rotation will be 1. Hyun-Jin Ryu 2. Chase Anderson 3. Tanner Roark 4. Ryan Borucki and 5. Trent Thornton.

Matt Shoemaker is currently injured and it will be interesting to see when he would join the rotation this season.

Toronto’s rotation could very underrated this season and Ryu pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Roark also pitched with the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland Athletics last season.

Ken Giles is expected to be the closer for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. If Toronto is out of it by the All-Star Break, would Toronto trade Giles to a contender since some teams will probably need some closers at the trade deadline?

The Blue Jays believe they could surprise people this season. They are most likely projected to finish in fourth this season, but I think they could finish in third place or second place.

The New York Yankees will most likely finish in first place. The Tampa Bay Rays will most likely finish in second place. The Boston Red Sox will most likely finish in third place and the Baltimore Orioles will most likely finish in last place.

Charlie Montoyo will enter his second season as the manager for Toronto. He hopes to get the best out of his players this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays will play their spring training games at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida. Their first spring training game will be on the road on Saturday, February 22 against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday, February 12. The rest has to report on Sunday, February 16.

Toronto will begin the regular season at home for a four-game set at the Rogers Centre starting on Thursday, March 26 against the Boston Red Sox.

How do you feel about the Toronto Blue Jays as they head into spring training? Leave a comment below.

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