Where does Devon Travis fit in Blue Jays lineup?

With The Excitement Of The Youth Movement Starting To Take Shape With The Blue Jays, It Leaves Us Wondering Which Players Will Lose Playing Time Because Of It

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Jays have started the process of integrating some of their top young players into their major-league roster last season. More of that is expected this season, especially with arguably one of the best prospects to ever enter the league in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. expected to be called-up later this season.

 

Although, this youth movement also means that some of the more popular players on their major-league roster may be losing a lot of playing time as a result. Devon Travis is likely going to be one of those players who will see their playing time largely reduced this season.

 

This will be Travis’ fifth season with the Blue Jays, but his role is expected to be vastly different from the seasons before. Freddy Galvis will be given the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop. Which means that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will be the leading candidate to earn the majority of the playing time at second-base.

 

Gurriel Jr.’s defense isn’t the greatest as of yet, but his bat is why the Blue Jays feel that he’s ready to be an everyday player at the major-league level. He played in 65 games last season, and hit eight doubles, eleven home runs, 35 RBI’s and slashed a line of .281/.309/.446/.755.

Blue Jays manager, Charlie Montoyo stating that Travis will see some time in left field just reconfirms that Gurriel Jr. will be given a long leash at second-base this season. But, the Blue Jays also have a lot of depth in the outfield as well. Without Travis, the Blue Jays currently have Billy McKinneyTeoscar HernándezKevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk already at the major-league level.

 

Not to mention that the Blue Jays also have a major amount of depth in the outfield just with their triple-A affiliate. So, this points to the fact that Travis appears to be the odd man out with this team. Montoyo has also stated that he would prefer using either McKinney or Travis in the lead-off spot in their lineup. But, that will likely depend on both of their performances during games this spring.

 

McKinney has shown that he can get on base and hit for a high average throughout his five seasons in the minor leagues. In the 36 games he spent with the Blue Jays after being acquired via trade from the New York Yankees, he performed to a BA of .252. But, more importantly produced a OBP of .320, which shows he’s capable of getting on base if used as the lead-off hitter.

 

When Travis first came up with the Blue Jays during the 2015 season, he was utilized largely in the lead-off position. Although, this was back when his batting average was .304 and hit a OBP of .361. In Travis’ first two seasons with the Blue Jays, he displayed that he would be capable of batting in the lead-off spot for the foreseeable future.

 

But, the 28-year-old hasn’t been able to stay healthy in any of his seasons in the major-league. He has sustained multiple knee injuries over his major-league career, and he hasn’t been able to play in more than 103 games in a season. Now, I know he was given a lot of games off last season for rest. But, that does still show that nobody knows if he’s able to stay healthy without any restrictions throughout an entire season.

 

Which again points to why the Blue Jays are trying out alternate options to Travis. However, if Gurriel Jr. or McKinney struggle to perform this spring. Then, Montoyo will likely turn to Travis first and give him the additional playing time at either second-base or left field.

 

All of this means that this spring training will be an opportunity for Travis to show off his health and tools to his new manager. With what we have seen in the past with Travis, if he’s able to get hot and perform effectively, then Montoyo will very likely find a way to get his bat in the lineup. But, if Travis is unable to stay healthy or perform effectively at the plate, then the Blue Jays front office will likely seek a trade partner for him or even consider sending him to the minor leagues again.

 

 

 

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Thomas Hall

My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.