For Canadians, Monday was deemed Family Day but for Blue Jays’ fans Monday marked the first day of full team workouts. Spring training is a baseball fans’ dream. Warm breezes, cold beers and fans from all over unite to take in the action. This spring, the Blue Jays roster all but looks set on the field.

Catcher

Danny Jansen

Reese McGuire

This season the tandem from the second-half returns. Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire will split time behind the plate. Reports have already come out of camp that Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jansen have already found a solid rhythm. This spring has already been a difficult one for Reese as he was recently caught playing catch with himself in a parking lot. Offensively in a small sample size, Reese was the better offensive catcher while Danny was among the top 10 defensive catchers. Last season the duo combined for .229BA, 54RBI’s and 18 Homeruns. This duo will be the best since Borders and Martinez.

First Base

Travis Shaw

Rowdy Tellez

This is the first year since 2014 we will not be seeing Justin Smoak manning first base and will be an often revolving door between Travis Shaw and Rowdy Tellez.

Rowdy has been apart of the Blue Jays organization since 2013 and has made his way up through the system. Last season, Rowdy was up and down from AAA. In his 370 at-bats, he had 84 hits knocking in 54 runs. Known for his pop, he had 21 dingers in just 111 games. If he sees 125+ games, expect him to hit closer to 30.

While Shaw was a utility man for the Brew Crew, expectations fell short last year. Shaw was non-existent last year on the sticks. Seeing action in just 86 games, he struggled offensively. With just 16 RBIs and a batting average below the Mendoza line (.157) last season Shaw is on a short leash to say the least. There is hope, however. If he can get back to his old ways, Shaw could be a force for the Jays. This is one of the two positions to watch in spring as this is the most competition coming on the field for the blue birds.

Second Base

Cavan Biggio

Following his first Big League season, Biggio owns his spot once again at second base and for the foreseeable future. Biggio last season held his own. The rookie second baseman hit .234/.364/.429 with 16 homers and 48 RBI in 100 games with the Jays in 2019. Biggio is part of the future with the Jays so don’t expect to see him lose his spot anytime soon.

Shortstop

Bo Bichette

All eyes are on Bichette this season as he was one of the best players to don the jersey last year. Bichette in his rookie season was limited to just 46 games due to injury but hit a .311/.358/.571 slash line and had 29 extra-base hits in those games. Bichette in my opinion is a candidate for MVP. Also expect him to be there for the All-Star Game as he will be one of the games’ best this season, even at the age of 22 in just a few weeks.

Third Base

Vladimir Guerrero

For now until we see Jordan Groshans rise to the occasion, Guerrero will hold down the fort at the hot corner. Last year’s No. 1 prospect in baseball came into the league with many people anticipating his arrival, some with disappointment not seeing him there for the home opener. I’ll take it for another year of control.

Guerrero last season did not disappoint with the hype. From highlight reel defensive stops to breathtaking home runs Guerrero is all he is made out to be. Last season he finished second in the team with a 2.1 WAR, and had the second most RBIs with 69. This season will be a turning page as Guerrero has spent the offseason in the gym alongside many of his fellow teammates and looks to be a reckoning force for the Blue Jays.

Outfield

LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
CF Randal Grichuk
RF Teoscar Hernandez

The outfield this season is the biggest question mark for the team. Lourdes was shifted from the infield to the outfield following his injury last season and showed quite promising things in the outfield. During that time Gurriel Jr. played 532 innings in the outfield, turning over 97 outputs and 9 assists. Offensively he was a beast and looks to continue his stride into this season.

Richard, who primarily played in right field, is slotted to start in centre field. Last season grichuk played 62 games in center field following the trade of Kevin Pillar. Last season he led the team with 31 Homers and 80RBI’s. Grichuk has one of the longest contracts with the Jays following his signing of 5yr/$52million last season.

Teoscar Hernandez will be starting in right field and ultimately is probably the biggest question mark as a single player in the outfield. Hernandez is not the best outfielder but is a solid option at the corners. He is definitely more gifted on the sticks, while at times can be streaky. Look out for up-and-comers such as Anthony Alfred, Billy McKinney, and even Jonathan Davis to possibly push out Hernandez from the field barring any unexpected changes.

The Bench

Derek Fisher
Anthony Alford
Brandon Drury

Outside Looking In

Billy McKinney
Jonathan Davis

With the expansion of rosters going to 26, expect the Jays to have an extended bullpen. Fisher and Alfred are both outfielders for the Jays in the system. Fisher was acquired in the Sanchez deal while Alfred is a homegrown prospect. Alfred in fact is quite speedy and might be a valuable asset for the Jays to have. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash when trying out for a football scholarship. The Jays are expected to rotate in and out of Drury and Shaw. Barring any surprising changes the field looks to be set for the Jays as they head into 2020 with a revamped pitching staff who could surprise many.

Stay tuned for updates throughout spring training and keep your eyes open as I will be heading down to spring training once again this year!