Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Predictions for the 2012 Blue Jays Season

Last year I thought the Jays would sign Paul Konerko to man first base. Instead, the Blue Jays Front Office decided to move Adam Lind to first, a position in which he thrived at defensively . In his first year playing the position in the MLB, he only committed 4 errors, with the 4th best range factor among 1st baseman at 9.32. This year I think the Jays will sign Yu Darvish to be there #2 starting pitcher, behind All-Star Ricky Romero. The big rostor debate that will only be decided come spring training, if all three players are still with the club is who is going to be the starting left fielder. Travis Snider, Eric Thames, and Adam Loewen can all play the position, and they all have nothing left to prove in the minor leagues. I believe that Eric Thames will get the job as the starting left fielder, with Snider and Loewen both going back to Las Vegas in AAA.Another big question mark that will be decided this winter, or in the spring will be who is manning first base come April 5th next season. Adam Lind had great power numbers this year, considering he missed a month of the season due to injury, but he did not get on base over .300 percent of the time. With David Cooper, you will likely get a .300 average, 10-20 home runs, a great on base percentage, and a whole lot of doubles. Basically, a younger version of the good years that Lyle Overbay had. Also the Blue Jays need to address the hole at second base. I would like to see that hole plugged by the trade market in Brandon Phillips. Finally, the bullpen that the Blue Jays will put together will likely resemble this years, some home grown talent, and some free agent signings. Without further ado, my prediction of what the 2012 Blue Jays 25 man roster will look like.

Starting 9
C JP Arencibia
1B Adam Lind
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Brett Lawrie
SS Yunel Escobar
LF Eric Thames
CF Colby Rasmus
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion

Utility John Mcdonald
Catcher Brian Jeroloman
Outfielder Rajai Davis
First Baseman David Cooper

Pitching Rotation
1 Ricky Romero
2 Yu Darvish
3 Brandon Morrow
4 Henderson Alvarez
5 Dustin McGowan

CL Ryan Madson
SU Casey Janssen
SU Chad Beck
RP Jesse Litsch
RP Joel Carreno
RP Carlos Villanueva
MRP Luis Perez

Feel free to comment with your opinion either in the comment section below, or on twitter. You could find me on twitter by searching up @Bluejaysplus.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you think that Lind is the everyday 1B this year. I hate those Prince/Albert rumors. Alex explicitly said no 7 year deals.
    You are brilliant.

    Nice rotation projections. I dont think Yu will come, his total cost should be around 100 mil. Still we can hope. I think Alex will trade for a top line guy. McGuire, Thames, Hechevaria, and Cooper are all expendable. Perhaps some of them will be moved for a starter or second baseman (not named Brandon Phillips).