The Toronto Blue Jays roster is filled with good young players, but Bo Bichette sits a top the pile as the Blue Jays most important player.
The Toronto Blue Jays have quietly been getting better over the last couple of seasons. Toronto has some young talent who made their major league debuts last season. This offseason the Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins made some significant moves signing Gyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Shun Yamaguchi, and Chase Anderson. Of course the Blue Jays are going to field Vladimir Guerrero Jr who gets the majority of the attention from the media and Toronto fans. But, the most important player on the Toronto Blue Jays heading into the 2020 season is their 22 year old shortstop Bo Bichette.
Jeff Blair a radio host on Sportsnet Fan 590 said that he has “Never enjoyed watching somebody play baseball like Bo Bichette” If you’ve never been able to watch Bichette play baseball, I strongly agree you try to watch a Blue Jay game and see this kids defense, and the baseball mind he already has at such a young age. The kid’s also pretty good with the bat too. Through his first 46 games of his major league career, Bo Bichette has put up a slash line of .311/.358/.571. He also tacked on 11 home runs, 18 doubles, and 21 RBI’s.
"The obvious place to start is the impact that he can bring to the diamond, which was more than obvious late last year. He managed to earn a very impressive 2.1 bWAR in that short period of time, vastly improving the offence and energizing the rest of his teammates in the process. His potentially dangerous bat gives them a legitimate option at the top of the order, and lengthens the lineup for Charlie Montoyo in a way that hasn’t happened from a shortstop in Toronto in a very long time" - Chris Henderson, Fan Sided
The Blue Jays are thin on infielders. If something were to happen with Bo Bichette’s health this season, the Blue Jays wouldn’t be just losing Bichette’s talent, but Toronto doesn’t really have anybody to step in to be the everyday shortstop. So, there is going to be a lot of pressure on Bichette to stay healthy.
There are some ambitious Blue Jays fans who believe that Toronto is a legitimate contender in the American League, and will be making a serious push for a playoff spot. I don’t see it that way. I will concede that if everything goes absolutely right, then the Blue Jays have a chance to maybe secure a Wildcard spot.
If Toronto were to make that push, Bo Bichette would have to play 150 games this season. The biggest reason I don’t see the Blue Jays being a contender this season is because this season hangs on Bichette. It’s not fair to hang a season and a possible playoff push on just one player, especially a 22 year old kid, who will be playing in his first full season in 2020.
“(The Blue Jays) have a plethora of outfielders to choose from, and even guys like Brandon Drury and Cavan Biggio would could shift out there as well if need be. Biggio also gives Charlie Montoyo flexibility with his infield picture, as does Travis Shaw, who can play first, second, and third base as well. - They’re a little thin at shortstop though, and if this team is going to push to play meaningful September baseball, Bichette is going to have to be healthy and productive year. That’s to be expected when talking about one of the best players on your team, but it will be especially the case for the 21-year-old this year.” - Chris Henderson, Fan Sided
The Blue Jays announced yesterday that Bichette is going to be Toronto’s leadoff hitter. It’s the most important spot in the batting lineup. It also makes a lot of sense that Montoya would have him at the top of the order. Bichette has a great swing, and is a natural hitter. In an ideal world the Blue Jays would find another batter to hit leadoff, because I would love to see Bichette drop down to the two spot. I’m a believer that your best hitter should hit second, and from a pure swing perspective Bo Bichette is the Blue Jays best hitter.
At the end of the day the Toronto Blue Jays have a lot of solid ball players, and a very talented young group of players, but Bo Bichette is the best all around player, and the most important player on the roster.