Ross Atkins says Vlad Jr. could still play third base and Tanner Roark will be a part of the 2021 starting rotation

Ross Atkins appeared on Bob McCown’s podcast on Wednesday and offered some interesting information about the team heading into the off-season and into 2021.

The first little bit is kind of a slog as McCown, John Shannon, and Atkins talk about the World Series and Kevin Cash’s controversial decision to pull Blake Snell early and, naturally, the debate between old- and new-school baseball.
Anyways, at the half-way point, they shift from talking generally about baseball strategy and start getting into how Atkins views his roster and where the Blue Jays might upgrade. There are three interesting points I’ve broken down…

On the starting pitching rotation…
Shannon: How close are you to knowing what your five-man rotation is?
Atkins: We need to add to our pitching. We feel like we have a great starting point with Hyun Jin Ryu and the other pieces we think could be making significant impacts. We talk about the names all the time.
There’s several that are more prevalent, like Hatch and Kay and Merryweather, the strides they made this year. Nate Pearson is one everyone is very familiar with. We acquired Ross Stripling. We’re very confident in saying Tanner Roark will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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