June 22, 2021

2019 Rule 5 overview: breaking down the Blue Jays infield mix (Bluebird Banter)

After going through the outfield and pitching mixes (some might prefer messes), the Rule 5 overviews wrap up with a survey of the Blue Jays infield mix.

Effective locks to start: Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

MLB level: Rowdy Tellez

Non-tender candidate: Brandon Drury

Out of options/bubble: Richard Ureña, Breyvic Valera

Plausible Rule 5 candidate: Santiago Espinal

What a difference a year makes. This time 12 months ago, surveying the infielders on the 40-man was a muddled mix of question marks while waiting for the cavalry to arrive at some point. Now it’s here, and whereas the outfield and pitching mixes are uninspiring mirrors of the infield situation last winter, the infield is both settled and populated with potential impact regulars.

It would be a stretch to call the Bichette, Biggio, or Vlad “established MLB starters” given that combined they have less than two years experiences, but they’re obviously slotted in as prohibitive favourites at SS, 2B and 3B on the left side of the infield. Will they all stay there? Perhaps not, but for 2020 there’s no reason not to give them the shot.

There will be a mix of opinion on whether to…

Read “2019 Rule 5 overview: breaking down the Blue Jays infield mix” at Bluebird Banter