Who leads off for the Blue Jays in 2016?

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Devon Travis

Travis is not expected to resume baseball activities until April, meaning he will not be ready for Opening Day. Early last season, before a shoulder injury ended his season, the Blue Jays gave Travis a shot to lead off. The rookie did not respond well to the initial pressure of hitting first. Travis batted only .202/.272/.357 in his 84 at-bats as the leadoff man. When dropped in the order, however, Travis responded beautifully. Though his injuries limited him to only 62 games last year, Travis did bat .304/.361/.498 with eight home runs.

Travis should still be viewed as a potential leadoff man later in the year. When he returns from injury, the Blue Jays will need to give him a few weeks to re-acclimate to big-league pitching. From there, the sky is really the limit for Devon Travis. He brings good power, good plate discipline, and an ability to make contact regularly. If the recovery process goes well, Travis should get another shot at leading off in 2016.

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