2. Young hitters taking significant steps
Over the last few seasons, the Blue Jays have brought up a number of young pieces that they believe are part of the core of the future. Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen and Lourdes Gurriel Jr are now all major league players and fans should expect them to be focal points of this team.
Reese McGuire should see action behind the plate as well, unless he’s dealt as part of a trade that the Jays make, which is entirely possible. Guerrero Jr and Bichette could potentially be All-Stars this year and really come into their own, while Biggio can certainly repeat last season’s home run total of 16, and possibly reach 20.
Biggio is an interesting one because of his age (he’ll turn 25 in April), and some wonder if he’s already reached his ceiling. No matter what, you’ll take 15-20 home runs and defensive stability from a young second baseman to supplement the production of this young core.
Can Danny Jansen take another step at the plate? Does Gurriel Jr hit 20 home runs again? What does 27-year-old Teoscar Hernandez bring to this club?
While he’s not “young” anymore, his production could dictate the fate of someone like Anthony Alford, who’s struggled to stick with the Jays in the outfield. This is a huge year for the Jays’ plethora of young talent, and management will be able to see who’s for real and who may be expendable.