The Marcus Stroman trade on Sunday all but officially signalled the end of an era for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the next wave of young talent for the team is ready to take over.
According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, top prospect Bo Bichette will make his major league debut on Monday as the starting shortstop for the Blue Jays, who are on the road taking on the Kansas City Royals.
Bichette joins third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and second baseman Cavan Biggio as the third major prospect to make the jump from Triple-A to the majors for the team this season - filling out the majority of the infield with players whose fathers played in the major leagues.
The 21-year-old played 56 games for the Buffalo Bisons this season, posting a .275/.333/.473 slash line with 8 home runs, 32 RBI, and 15 steals, while playing almost exclusively at shortstop.
He was pulled off the field in the third inning of Sunday’s game to receive the news that he was joining the big league club, and should figure to see the majority of the innings as the starting shortstop down the stretch, as the Blue Jays continue to field offers for their remaining veteran pieces.
While the departure of Stroman leaves the Blue Jays pitching staff with not much more than question marks going forward, it appears the infield of the future has officially arrived ahead of schedule.
Bichette won’t be the only one in the organization getting introduced to a new team this week. Anthony Kay, a left-handed starter acquired from the Mets in the Stroman deal, will make his debut with the Triple-A Bisons on Wednesday, according to voice of the team Pat Malacaro of WGR.
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