While the Jays still have a few more games to play before the break I’m impatient, just like the rest of Toronto sports fans. So here we go, let’s grade.
I will only grade Blue Jays currently on the active roster as grading Anthony Alford’s one game is a waste of all of our time. But that means it will also not include players who have played a slightly larger role like Socrates Brito, Jonathan Davis, Billy McKinney, etc.
Jansen has struggled mightily at the plate during the first half but has played solid defence. He has stopped base stealers effectively as well showing off his arm. But his OBP sitting below .300 is hard to ignore. D+
Smoak, a very likely trade candidate at the deadline started the season slow but has raised his numbers back to Smoak type levels. He has also continued to be a reliable glove over at first making things easier for young guns Guerrero Jr. and Biggio. B
Easily the surprise of the season so far, Sogard has put up power numbers that no one thought was possible. He has an OPS above .850, easily a career high. He has only had an OPS over .700 once and that was with the Brewers in 2017. He is losing playing time due to the call up of Cavan Biggio and will lose more once Bo Bichette reaches the majors. He will be dealt by the deadline. A+
Another surprise of this season has been Freddy Galvis. He has, like Sogard put up a career year at the plate with an OPS over .750. He has a career OPS of .674. He is another trade candidate at the deadline. A
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vlad struggled at the start but has turned things around raising his OPS nearly to .750. The biggest worry about Guerrero Jr., his defence, has not been an issue. Still a lot of room to improve, seems unlikely to win the AL ROTY unless he lights the world on fire in the second half. B-
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
The beginning of his season was easily the worst of the team. He earned himself a demotion to Buffalo in May but has returned this time in the outfield and has succeeded with flying colours. His batting average is above .300 and he leads all left fielders in outfield assists. A-
Grichuk’s power numbers are high but so is his strikeout rate. Grichuk is known for hitting for a low average and striking out a lot. His new shiny 5-year $52 million extension is worrying. C-
Tellez has done alright at the plate but has come up big with some clutch home runs. He has shown that his defence is sufficient for when Smoak assumably gets traded around the deadline. C
Drury has just been looking for a place in the lineup in recent times. Getting thrown around the field playing 3B,2B, and OF. He has taken a back seat to Vlad and Biggio in the infield and there’s no rush to get him regular playing time with his sub .220 average. D-
Another player who has had a minor league stint Hernandez has struggled at the plate and seems to refuse to try and adjust. His defence has never been good so it’s his bat that keeps in the lineup. He desperately needs a strong second half. D
While Biggio hasn’t been in the majors for long his impact has been felt. He has been patient at the plate and has shown off his power. With an OPS above .825 he looks like a serious part of this organizations future. A-
You don’t play Maile for his offence, you play him for his ability to work with the pitching staff and his defence. But an OPS hovering around .500 is dreadful. D
An All-Star, Stroman has done everything he said he would. He has been healthy until just recently but that seems minor. With an ERA of 3.18 Stroman will go for a pretty penny at the deadline if they decide to shop him. Which is likely. A
While he has struggled lately Thornton has been better than expected coming into the year. Only making the opening day roster due to injuries to others but he played his way into a permanent role. Was a very solid return for Aledmys Diaz. C+
Sanchez has done the complete opposite of Stroman. He can’t stay healthy and when he is, he can’t keep the opposition off the basepaths. There has been discussions of a demotion before reaching five service years. He has absolutely no trade value. F
Richard wasn’t healthy to start the season and hasn’t been good since returning. It is unlikely the Jays find a trade partner for him. The only reason I’m not giving this waste of a signing an F is because the Jays need arms to fill out the rotation. D-
Another hot commodity at the deadline Ken Giles has been good at the back end of the bullpen. If he does get dealt it will be for a solid return. A
I cannot be asked to go through the rest of the bullpen as it’s been a mess this year. Daniel Hudson is a bright spot and will muster a return similar to what we got for Aaron Loup or Joe Smith in previous years. Sam Gaviglio started hot but has cooled and Tepera is on the 60-day-IL. Pannone has shown flashes in the bullpen in the long relief role. Overall grade for the bullpen: C-
Matt Shoemaker had an unreal start to the season, 1.57 ERA in 28.2 IP before tearing his ACL during a rundown in Oakland. Also, I have to talk about how bad Edwin Jackson has been. I feel safe saying most Jays fans don’t wanna see him on the mound again, unless it’s for a different team.