As it turns out, it looks like teams are looking favorably on Tampa’s coaching tree as another member of their coaching staff was just named manager of the Blue Jays.
Montoyo has extensive minor league managerial experience in the Rays’ farm system and was the Rays’ third base coach for three seasons before he was promoted to bench coach this past season.
The combination of Montoyo being fluent in Spanish, his strong track record as a coach, and his willingness and ability to use all sources of available information from a team’s research and scouting departments are all big pluses in Montoyo’s favor. The Blue Jays look like a team that could be on the rise in a hurry, especially when Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. debut in the majors. With Montoyo’s background in the minor leagues, he is an ideal fit for a Blue Jays team that may be rebuilding for a season or two but could be better than expected given the level of talent they have in their organization and how close that talent is to the majors.