Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the Blue Jays 2018 Buffalo Bisons Opening Day Roster
With the Blue Jays Triple-A 2018 Buffalo Bisons Opening Day roster set, it is time to review those who made the cut and to see how poor my predictions were.
If you remember, I did my best guess-timation of which player would be filling which position (corner and middle infield, outfield, and starting pitchers) and for which affiliate. I use the term guess-timation because the transition from one level to the next is not always what you’d expect.
Case in point, I felt very strongly about the duo relief duo of Kirby Snead and Jackson McClelland. So strongly that I figured they’d play an import part for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the start the 2018 season. Instead, they will be returning to the Florida State League Dunedin Blue Jays.
It was for this reason that I did not do a bullpen prediction piece. It would have just made me look bad.
Enough with the prologue, let’s get to it.
The Buffalo Bisons open the season on the road in Rochester on April 6th. They return home on April 12th for their Home Opener.
Even though I had both Jansen and McGuire starting the year in Buffalo, part of me anticipated McGuire heading back to NH for more regular at-bats. I’d rather have McGuire handling the Fisher Cats rotation. Fingers crossed McGuire can have a healthy 2018.
Exactly what I expected. Tim Lopes should spell Leblebijian at 3rd while spending time at 2nd as well. All eyes will be on Rowdy Tellez to see if he can rebound from a tough 2017 season. The talent is there.
DL- Richard Urena
Espinosa was a late addition this spring; therefore, I didn’t have him as part of my predictions. I had Lopes and Berti sharing 2nd base, with Urena and Gurriel at SS. Gurriel didn’t make the cut and Urena will start the year on the DL with some rehab to follow….no need to rush him.
Espinosa will provide plenty of pop and Berti (concussion free) should see time at the top of the lineup, stealing bases with Roemon.
With Alford and Pompey on the MLB DL, my tweener of Ian Parmley found his way back to Buffalo. I had all these guys on the Triple-A roster. I expect to see Pompey and Alford return with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, then to Dunedin. Pompey should see some at-bats with New Hampshire before pushing his way back on to the Bisons rosters. Alford is a good candidate to head straight to Buffalo from Dunedin upon returning from the DL.
Suspended- Thomas Pannone
I had Biagini, Borucki, Guerrieri, Pannone, and Santos as my starting 5. We all know why Pannone is no longer on the list and I still see Santos making some starts over Deck McGuire which I had as a tweener.
I am happy to see Rowley in Buffalo, even though I had him starting the year in NH.
The Buffalo Bisons have a much better roster than a year ago. Herd fans will be treated to some very entertaining baseball. The outfield has a nice blend of speed and power while providing excellent defense.
The bullpen looks to be a major strength for manager Bob Meacham. I’d like to see Carlos Ramirez thrown into the closer role but I think Alburquerque will see most of the save opportunities.
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