In 2012, it's tough to be a Toronto Blue Jays fan. But through their struggles, there's a bright spot: opportunity.
The club isn't performing the way anyone would have liked it to, injuries have spread like wildfire and it's been snowballing from there.
But through the fog, the emergence of young stars is turning Toronto into a stomping ground of sorts for the young and talented.
In recent series, the bluebirds have had five rookies join the starting lineup: Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra, Yan Gomes and David Cooper.
If you didn't know any better, you'd think you were going to watch a Las Vegas 51s game, but that's not a bad thing. Those guys are 15 games over .500 in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division.
So it only makes sense that their recent success would translate into MLB stardom. Not really, but there's always hope.
But the fact that Toronto is struggling so mightily right now, especially in the injury department, is giving top prospects an opportunity to shine like never before. The only way to get better in the bigs is by getting more at-bats, which is precisely what they're doing.
Of course, they're struggling now, but what do you expect?
The fact that these guys are seeing pitches in a Blue Jays uniform is making them a lot more comfortable, especially with knowing what to expect in years to come. They're going to fail right now, but based on the ample talent these guys have running through their blood, I have no doubt they'll make adjustments.
Toronto isn't going to make the playoffs, and I don't mean to come off as redundant, but instead I mean that in the best way (if that's possible). With the playoff picture out of sight and injuries plaguing the lineup, Toronto is able to use younger players sooner than September, which again is going to make 2013, 2014 and so on a lot less stressful for them.
The "Vegas guys" are going up against World Series contenders and division leaders, not Triple-A players hoping to get a shot this season. This is where Toronto is again one step ahead of the opposition.
So let me reiterate by saying Toronto is in a position that not many other teams can possibly be in. The injuries are nothing more than an opportunity to grow and move forward. Because instead of throwing the blame around, the Jays are going to play the youngsters, and they're getting the chance of a lifetime.
And that's something every Toronto fan wants to see—an optimistic future ahead of a club struggling in the here and now.