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 …
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation