It wasn’t too long ago that the Toronto Blue Jays‘ situation at second base was regarded as worse than the horrific events that have gone on in the bullpen since. Ryan Goins and Munenori Kawasaki clearly weren’t overall solid options up the middle of the diamond, thus making the Jays extremely thin at the position offensively.
Amongst the trade demands and cries for help made by the Jays’ faithful, an unlikely solution to the baseball club’s troubles at second base emerged rather unexpectedly. The minor injury to Brett Lawrie and the opportunity given to Juan Francisco to fill in at the hot corner may have very well fixed what the Jays’ have only known as broken since the end of the Roberto Alomar era.
Upon his return to the lineup after a few games off, Lawrie quickly realized he was probably going to have a new home at second base. His replacement in Francisco was and still is swinging a hot bat, and too hot for it to be taken out of the lineup. Whether or not Lawrie was comfortable or liked the idea of playing second base when he was put back into the lineup, he really didn’t have a choice. As a matter of fact, Lawrie is way too solid on the defensive side of the ball for him to feel out of sorts at any infield position, and with Francisco contributing offensively, the new look infield is as powerful as any in the majors.
The utility infielder has enjoyed quite the ride since joining the Jays as their new third baseman. In 22 games, Francisco has managed to club six home runs, helping him generate the 16 RBI’s he has contributed to the Jays’ lineup thus far in 2014. Francisco’s bat has single handedly allowed fans of the Jays to take a sigh of relief at what was surely a bad situation at second base. With Lawrie holding down the middle of the diamond with his superior athleticism, and Francisco contributing another great bat to an already potent lineup, the Jays’ infield may have never looked as good overall as it does right now.