Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is playing out of his mind right now

2019 has been a tale of two polar opposite seasons for Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
During his first 13 games of the season, Gurriel looked lost at the plate and had difficulty with the most routine plays at second base. A botched throw to first base on April 14th was the tipping point. He was removed from the game shortly afterwards and demoted to triple-A the following day.
That might’ve been the end of Gurriel’s season with the Blue Jays, but on May 24th, he returned to the Major League club and brought Cavan Biggio along for the ride. Ever since then, Gurriel’s been one of baseball’s hottest hitters. Yes, that Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
His dramatic turnaround has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the Blue Jays’ 2019 in a season devoid of much joy. Gurriel’s fall and rise has been fascinating to watch; the player who had the yips at second base looks like a complete natural out in left field.
Gurriel’s play as of late surely has the organization feeling much better about their $22 million investment as an international free agent. The Blue Jays’ brand new left fielder resembles the same hitter who compiled …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

Is the front office following the Houston Astros’ Tank style of rebuild?

This week in Toronto, we saw a tale of two different teams. First, there was the Blue Jays, fielding an ugly team in the middle of their rebuild with a bunch of players who probably won’t be around in 2020. Then, there was the Twins, a middle-of-the-pack team who decided to go for it this off-season with a bunch of savvy additions.

Many of us wanted the Blue Jays to do what the Twins did. They added Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop, and Martin Perez to a decent young core that featured Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, and Eddie Rosario. It seems to be working out for the Twins as they currently lead the American League Central with a 23-12 record after making mincemeat of the Blue Jays this week.
Why aren’t the Blue Jays the Twins? Why didn’t Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins add guys like Nelson Cruz and Marwin Gonalzez and Martin Perez to give the Jays a shot at competing in a very-shallow American League? Was it simply money? Or is there something else going on here?
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Take a look at the date on that magazine cover. This isn’t a feature about how the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation