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A post-deadline assessment of Blue Jays' organizational depth for 2020

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06.08.2019

For decades, teams could acquire players all August thanks to the existence of waiver trades. Now that baseball has moved to a single deadline, those moves are no longer possible. Any significant additions will have to wait until the winter, not only for contenders but also for rebuilding teams like the Toronto Blue Jays.

So where do the Blue Jays stand now? Their major-league team still has significant flaws, particularly on the pitching side, but the emergence of young position players has created considerable optimism. In the minors, the farm system ranks ninth among the 30 big-league teams, according to Baseball America.

Now that the Blue Jays have traded the likes of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez for younger players, we have a better sense of their organizational strengths and weaknesses entering 2020.

With the caveat that lots will change between now and the beginning of next year, let’s look ahead at the team’s 2020 depth chart. As strengths and weaknesses reveal themselves, it’ll become easier to anticipate the Blue Jays’ next moves…

Likely starters: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B; Bo Bichette, SS; Cavan Biggio, 2B; Rowdy Tellez 1B
Others: Richard Urena, utility; Freddy Galvis, SS (club option), Brandon Drury, utility; Devon Travis 2B

The left side of the Blue Jays’ infield looks tough to beat — potentially for years to come. Guerrero Jr.’s already hitting like a star with a 116 wRC that’s right up there with Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado. If the early indications are to be believed, Bichette has real offensive upside, too.

Biggio’s strikeout rate has jumped considerably since arriving in the majors and he’s not hitting lefties much, but his ability to work an at-bat allows him to reach base........

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