3 Blue Jays Players Set to Break Out in the 2020 MLB Season

Jason Schandl
Blue Jays breakout players in 2020 could include Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Blue Jays breakout players in 2020 could include Vladimir Guerrero Jr. / Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images
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According to Baseball-Reference's metric, which adjusts for games played, no team ran out a younger lineup than the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019.

The Jays aren't expected to be close to playoff contention this season, but that young roster gives fans plenty of reason to be excited.

These three Blue Jays players could be in for a breakout season in 2020.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during a spring training game against the Tigers.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during a spring training game against the Tigers. / Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

It's hard not to feel let down by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s rookie season, with just 15 home runs and a .272./.339/.433 slash. He'll still be just 21 years old when the season gets underway, however, and a weak age-20 season shouldn't have you too concerned. This is the same guy that exploded for a .481 weighted on-base average (wOBA) at the Double-A level and a .428 wOBA at the Triple-A level as a teenager. He also showed some improvement throughout the 2019 season, jumping from a .318 wOBA in the first half to a .340 after the All-Star break.

2. Bo Bichette

Bo Bichette during a spring training game against the Twins.
Bo Bichette during a spring training game against the Twins. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Bo Bichette didn't spend as much time in the bigs as Vlad did last year, but he dazzled over 46 games. Making 212 plate appearances, Bichette posted a .384 wOBA with a .260 isolated power (ISO) mark, swatting 11 home runs. It might not be realistic for him to continue producing significantly better than he did in his 56 Triple-A games (.345 wOBA and .198 ISO) right off the bat, but at 22 years old, he clearly has the upside to be a key contributor at the major league level.

3. Rowdy Tellez

Rowdy Tellez at the plate against the Orioles.
Rowdy Tellez at the plate against the Orioles. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Rowdy Tellez has had some clear consistency issues in the majors. Between 23 games in 2018 and 111 games in 2019, he's struggled to the tune of a 28.4 percent strikeout rate, with an egregious 14.3 percent swinging-strike rate. He pairs that with some eye-popping power, however, owning a career .234 ISO. In 2020 he got his hard-hit rate up to 41.6 percent and his fly-ball rate up to 37.7 percent, hitting barrels on a team-high 8.3 percent of his plate appearances. He did show some modest improvements in plate discipline as the season went on as well — from a 6.0 percent walk rate and 28.8 percent strikeout rate in the first half to a 9.4 percent walk rate and 27.3 percent strikeout rate in the second half. If he can get those strikeouts in check, Tellez has the upside to be a valuable slugger in Toronto.


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