The direction of the Toronto Blue Jays has been a bit of a shocker, but I’m sure the fans are enjoying every moment of the possible rise of the Jays! I wouldn’t get too crazy though if I was a fan, obviously this team is stacked, but so was the Marlins team that was a dud. Now, I’m not saying that the Marlins set a precedent of failure to MLB stacked teams because that would be false. I’m implying that the hype be delivered on the field and not on paper. Then again, I can’t help to see this team play because this team has few holes. The American League East just got really interesting as well, and the Blue Jays were that needed spice to make something taste better. Now it’s been added, and that division is going to be a battle.
On paper, this team’s depth chart looks crazy, and you can only imagine who is batting where.
Outfield; LF Melky Cabrera, CF Colby Rasmus, RF Jose Bautista, and even Rajai Davis as the fourth outfielder. That’s a grade of no lower than a B+.
Infield; C J.P Arencibia, 1B Edwin Encarnacion, 2B Emilio Bonafacio, SS Jose Reyes, 3B Brett Lawrie, and at DH Adam Lind. Also in the infield as a backup there is Maicer Izturis. That is another grade of no lower than a B+.
Starting Pitchers; R.A Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, and J.A Happ. Honestly, that is a solid group of pitchers. Granted health, the Blue Jays have the potential to be a division champ this year. I’d give this staff a B or at max a B+. If Romero can get back to being the pitcher he once was, he is a dangerous number five starter. He could be the next Chris Carpenter.
Bullpen; Casey Janssen (closer), Sergio Santos, Brad Lincoln, Darren Oliver (pending he doesn’t retire), Steve Delabar, Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil, Esmil Rogers, Jeremy Jeffress. Now, not everyone on here will be the bullpen, but I think they need to add someone else. Especially if Oliver decides to retire, that’s a big hole to fill. Oliver was great last year, and he will be depended on again this season if he comes back. Santos is a question mark, Lincoln, and Loup are good pitchers, and Janssen has definitely proved he can be a solid closer. I think the Grade of this bullpen would probably be a C+, but closer to a B if Oliver stays.