2. Gurriel Jr. is an emerging star
After making the move to left field last season, Gurriel has adapted to the position quite quickly and filled a hole that the Blue Jays desperately needed him to fill. He finished 2020 with a .308 batting average, 11 HR, and 33 RBI. He also produced a WAR of 1.2.
He showed off his arm in the outfield in the series finale, throwing out Mike Brosseau of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double.
It’s not unrealistic to think that Gurriel has the ability to be a .300 hitter going forward with some pop and the potential to hit 30 HR. As far as pure hitters go, Gurriel Jr. is one of the best.
When talking about the young core, he deserves to be in every conversation going forward.