This is the time of Spring Training where I just want the regular season to begin already! Focusing on the Blue Jays, in particular, fans have seen what they need to see.

Several members of the expected lineup are mashing, pitchers have been putting up zeroes, and prospects are showing out.

There are about two weeks to go before Opening Day. Here’s my best guess as to who will make the roster and what their role will be.

Lineup

Manager Charlie Montoyo, who was recently given a contract extension through 2022, seems to be settling on a lineup. He’s been filling his lineup card with the team’s two biggest offseason acquisitions, George Springer and Marcus Semien, hitting 1-2.

They’ve been followed by Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernández. Next will be some combination of Rowdy Tellez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Randal Grichuk, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Cavan Biggio, and Danny Jansen/Alejandro Kirk will round out the order. 

  1. George Springer (CF)
  2. Marcus Semien (2B)
  3. Bo Bichette (SS)
  4. Teoscar Hernández (RF)
  5. Rowdy Tellez (DH)
  6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B)
  7. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (LF)
  8. Cavan Biggio (3B)
  9. Danny Jansen (C)

BENCH – Randal Grichuk, Alejandro Kirk, Santiago Espinal

Rotation

  1. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
  2. Robbie Ray (L)
  3. Tanner Roark (R)
  4. Steven Matz (L)
  5. Ross Stripling (R)

Not a lot of mystery at the top here. Ryu, who was been a Cy Young Award runner-up for two years running is the ace of the staff. It’s a bit unconventional to have lefties as the top two starters on the staff, but it’s a likely scenario.  

Roark was a major question mark entering camp but he’s responded well. With Nate Pearson likely starting the season on the IL, Ross Stripling takes the final starting spot, for now.

Bullpen

A few weeks ago I wrote down a list of pitchers I believed would be a part of the Jays ‘pen. Here is that list:

Jordan Romano, Kirby Yates, Rafael Dolis, David Phelps, Tyler Chatwood, and Ryan Borucki.

I still think that these players will be on the initial roster. That would leave room for 3 additional spots.

The competition features youngsters Anthony Kay, Thomas Hatch, and T.J. Zeuch. Veteran left-handers and non-roster invitees Francisco Liriano and Tim Mayza are also in the mix.

The fact that Kay, Hatch, and Zeuch have options remaining while Liriano and Mayza do not, could be a factor. However, since it’s me playing GM, I think the young trio has done enough to make the team.

Hatch left Wednesday’s game against the Yankees with elbow/forearm discomfort and his status is uncertain.  If he’s unavailable to start the season, Trent Thornton could slide into a role as a long reliever.

Prospects

A more intriguing option can be found in-house. Prospects Simeon Woods-Richarson and Alek Manoah have continued to pound on the door.

Manoah struck out seven straight Yankee batters on Sunday! Woods-Richardson followed that up with 3 scoreless innings. Both are considered to be close to MLB-ready if they aren’t already. Expect to see one or both called up at some point this season.

Either way, the Blue Jays are gonna need all hands on deck in order to be successful. Going from 60 games to 162 means that teams will rely on their depth more than in normal years.

This organization has done a great job building a roster that is considered to be a dark horse World Series contender. 

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Graeme Wallace

My name is Graeme Wallace and I love Blue Jays baseball! I grew up with the World Series Championship teams in '92 and '93. There were some lean years in between but some good ones too, all leading up to Jose Bautista's epic bat flip in 2015. I'm so excited to be on the Blue Jays beat for Belly Up Sports!

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