Troy Tulowitzki

Even though he hasn’t played a game since July 28, 2017, Troy Tulowitzki remains the number one option the Blue Jays have at shortstop. (Photo courtesy of Arturo Pardavila)

With the sheer number of quality Blue Jay prospects that play shortstop, I was about ready to give up on the injury riddled Troy Tulowitzki.  As much as people have been disappointed with Tulowitzki’s offensive output since joining the Blue Jays in late July 2015, he’s still arguably the best all-around shortstop in the organization.

With the prolonged injury to Tulowitzki, Toronto’s at least had an opportunity of late to try out many different players in his place.  Unfortunately, none of these replacements have proven to be worthy of supplanting Tulowitzki as Toronto’s starting shortstop.

It’s true, Tulowitzki doesn’t come anywhere close to the .300 hitter he was during his glory days with Colorado.  Nonetheless, whether it be Aledmys Diaz, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Richard Urena, or Gift Ngoepe, not one of these players has proven to be better at the plate than Tulowitzki.  Not to mention that Tulowitzki is the best defender of the bunch as well.

Even if no other shortstop has yet proven to be more competent than Tulowitzki at the big league level, sooner or later the Blue Jays will be giving a shot to 20-year old Bo Bichette.  The good news for Tulowitzki is it may still be a little while before Bichette is called-up to the big leagues.  The defensive side of Bichette’s game is still a work in progress, meaning that, Tulowitzki’s job as the starting shortstop should be safe…at least for the time being.

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