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Guerrero Jr. alone can’t save Blue Jays’ season

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TSN Baseball Insider


When Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was promoted to the majors on April 26, the Toronto Blue Jays were 12-14. Since then they have gone 11-25. That’s not an indictment of Guerrero or the team’s rebuilding process because it’s not a linear progression. Sometimes an organization will take one step back to take two steps forward. Sometimes it will even feel like they’re taking two or three steps backwards.

Before the season began I predicted the Blue Jays to be a fourth-place team ending up with about 68 wins. I knew at the time that I was bumping my win total up a bit because I just didn’t have it in my heart to predict 100 losses. The Jays are currently on pace for a 59-103 record.

This Major League Baseball season isn’t about wins and losses – it’s about trying to figure out who is part of the problem and who is part of the solution. The goal is to learn about the young players and what they are able to do.

Guerrero alone cannot carry the team to a better record. A case in point is the 2001 Texas Rangers. They were a last-place team yet had American League MVP Alex Rodriguez who hit .318 with 52 homers and 135 RBI that year. One man does not make a team.

Baseball is about a team’s entire 25-man roster and a dozen or more other players in their minor leagues who serve as depth and protection for the injuries and underperformance that occur during the season. It’s about the scouts and minor-league staff who keep grinding out thankless hours and days finding, signing and developing players for the future. This process takes time and patience not just for the organization, but also for the fans and media as well.

Hang in there, Blue Jays. The good times are not as far away as they seem right now.

Jays go big in MLB Draft

Part of the Jays’ future will be decided by players who were selected in the MLB Draft this week. The club currently has more depth with position players than they do pitchers in the farm system and at the major-league level.

This year, the Jays drafted 21 college players, five junior college players and 14 high school players. They spent their top two selections on 6-foot-6 pitchers: Alek Manoah of the University of West Virginia and Kendall Williams from IMG Academy, a high school in Bradenton, Fla. They are both strong kids with the potential to be power arms in the Jays’ rotation.

Manoah has some mechanics to work on as he really flies open with his front side. He has a mid-to-high 90s fastball and is physically mature (260 pounds). He needs to refine his right-handed delivery to maintain a........