Doc brings his 'A' game

TORONTO — The Elias Sports Bureau has released its final 2007-08 MLB player rankings, identifying Type A and B players, and Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay ranks first among starting pitchers with a rating of 95.031.

Here is the breakdown of the top rated players at each position:

American League
• Outfield: Magglio Ordonez, Tigers (96.316)
• Designated hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox (94.545)
• Catcher: Joe Mauer, Twins (89.401)
• Second base: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox (85.714)
• Shortstop: Michael Young, Rangers (88.0)
• Third base: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (95.031)
• Starting pitcher: Roy Halladay, Blue Jays (95.058)

National League
• First base: Albert Pujols, Cardinals (95.385)
• Outfield: Matt Holliday, Rockies (98.125)
• Catcher: Russell Martin, Dodgers (85.328)
• Second base: Chase Utley, Phillies (92.411)
• Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies (85.714)
• Third base: David Wright, Mets (89.560)
• Reliever: Takashi Saito, Dodgers (88.678)

Other Type A and B Blue Jays:

A — A.J. Burnett (89.729): 4th among AL SP
A — Scott Downs (81.513): 11th among AL RP
A — Alex Rios (78.816): 10th among AL OF
A — Jeremy Accardo (70.798): t-25th among AL RP
B — Scott Rolen (70.186): 6th among AL 3B
B — Vernon Wells (67.632): 25th among AL OF
B — Dustin McGowan (63.178): 31st among AL SP
B — Casey Janssen (62.513): 37th among AL RP
B — Aaron Hill (61.491): 10th among AL 2B
B — B.J. Ryan (60.801): 40th among AL RP
B — Gregg Zaun (59.447): 12th among AL C
B — Brian Tallet (57.925): 48th among AL RP
B — Jesse Litsch (56.783): 35th among AL SP



Blue Jay fans know what a treasure Doc is and his numbers just reinforce that year in and year out – discounting the odd injury here and there. But what really impresses me is listening to other teams’ broadcasters gush about him when I am traveling and tuning in to other networks. He is really respected all over major league baseball. Good to have you back, Jordan. Now back to the “AJ watch”.

Despite all the Jays inconsistancies. It is a delight knowing the we have the top ace in the game! It is also fun to argue that point.

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