Third base won’t be Vlad Jr’s main position anymore

It was really just a matter of time.

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, Charlie Montoyo said on Friday that the Blue Jays will shift Vladimir Guererro Jr’s focus to first base and designated hitter. He’ll still be an option at third base, but it’ll no longer be his primary position. Travis Shaw will now be the team’s primary third baseman.

Major development for Blue Jays: Vlad Guerrero Jr. will now focus on first base this spring per Charlie Montoyo
“He’s going to focus on 1B and DH.” Third will be an option, but not his main position anymore.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 10, 2020

It always seemed inevitable that Vlad would eventually get pulled away from third but it’s a little bit interesting that it’s happening so quickly. Vlad has only played 824 1/3 innings at third at the Major League level, and while his work in the field certainly wasn’t inspiring, you’d have thought they might have given him another year to try and hack it.
I guess it just became clear that Vlad wouldn’t be a third baseman at the Major League level and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Anthony Kay keeps Rays at bay in sound major-league debut

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo took a long and meaningful stroll to the mound to relieve young hurler Anthony Kay on the night of his major-league debut, almost as if to allow Kay, 24, to be congratulated by his teammates on a job well done prior to being removed from the game.
Upon arriving at the mound, Montoyo, and catcher Reese McGuire, smiled enthusiastically at Kay, before sending him off to the visitor’s dugout at Tropicana Field, where he would receive an equally warm reception from his teammates and coaches.
Montoyo’s reaction and those of his teammates were incredibly justified, seeing as Kay, a southpaw with a classic makeup, stifled one of the American League’s most potent offences, even it was in a rather unassuming and discrete manner. Though Kay would end up with the no-decision in the team’s eventual 5-3 loss Saturday, he was solid in his first outing.
In 5.2 innings, he allowed just two earned runs on four hits, striking out seven and walking three. He threw 53 of his 92 pitches for strikes and allowed Rays batters to hit only three pitches for exit velocities of over 90.0 MPH, according to Statcast.
“It was probably the best …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation