Blue Jays First Half Report Card
Min. 60 at-bats
OF Jose Bautista: A
Stats: .237/.361/.543, 24 HR, 56 RBI, 54 BB
Comment: Low average, but his walk rate, surprising power and versatility on defense has been a blessing in his All-Star season.
C John Buck: A
Stats: .272/.306/.502, 13 HR, 41 RBI
Comment: Performing better with the bat than expected and earned a spot on the All-Star team for the first time in his career.
SS Alex Gonzalez: A
Stats: .259/.296/.497, 17 HR, 25 2B, 50 RBI
Comment: Signed for his defense, but surprising with his bat. Probably should’ve been on the All-Star team.
CF Vernon Wells: B+
Stats: .265/.319/.524, 19 HR, 26 2B, 49 RBI
Comment: Solid overall numbers and strong in center, but has been slumping for the past month or so. Made third All-Star team.
OF Fred Lewis: B
Stats: .276/.334/.444, 5 HR, 24 2B, 25 RBI, 10 SB
Comment: Late arrival filled uncertain leadoff role. Average in the field, but adds another element to the order.
C Jose Molina: B
Stats: .282/.351/.400, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3.13 ERA
Comment: Pitchers love to throw to him and he has done better than expected with the bat.
SS John McDonald: C+
Stats: .231/.254/.431, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Comment: Little playing time at shortstop, taking away his strongest trait. Has done as expected at the plate.
1B Lyle Overbay: C
Stats: .250/.329/.417, 10 HR, 18 2B, 31 RBI
Comment: After ugly start at the plate, has been one of the Jays’ best hitters for the past month and a half.
OF Travis Snider: C
Stats: .241/.323/.483, 6 HR, 15 RBI
Comment: Starting to break through offensively before a right wrist injury sent him to the disabled list.
3B Edwin Encarnacion: F
Stats: .221/.304/.463, 10 HR, 24 RBI
Comment: Inconsistent both at the plate and in the field. Has been given every chance to succeed and has not taken advantage.
2B Aaron Hill: F
Stats: .189/.272/.359, 12 HR, 12 2B, 33 RBI
Comment: After All-Star 2009 season, Hill has labored through an ugly slump in the first half. Reaching Mendoza Line remains a goal.
DH/OF Adam Lind: F
Stats: .214/.271/.370, 12 HR, 12 2B, 40 RBI
Comment: Strikeout rate is up and average is down. Has looked confused at the plate at times as pitchers adjustmented to him.
Min. 15 innings pitched
Stats: 15 GS, 8-5, 3.97 ERA, 67 K, 27 BB, 93 IP
Comment: The surprising team wins leader entering the break. Joined rotation late and had one rough stretch of starts.
RHP Shaun Marcum: B+
Stats: 17 GS, 7-4, 3.44 ERA, 88 K, 27 BB, 107.1 IP
Comment: Strong start to the season before tailing off some prior to disabled list stint. Great leadership both on and off the field.
LHP Ricky Romero: B
Stats: 18 GS, 6-6, 3.71 ERA, 108 K, 46 BB, 116.1 IP
Comment: Recent struggles marred an otherwise strong first-half showing that was not helped any by poor run support.
RHP Brandon Morrow C+
Stats: 18 GS, 5-6, 4.86 ERA, 111 K, 47 BB, 100 IP
Comment: One of the better starters of late, but a rough early-season showing skewed his overall numbers.
RHP Jesse Litsch: D
Stats: 6 GS, 0-4, 6.54 ERA, 12 K, 10 BB, 31.2 IP
Comment: Has as many rough showings as good. Searching for consistency in his return from Tommy John.
LHP Dana Eveland: F
Stats: 9 GS, 3-4, 6.45 ERA, 21 K, 27 BB, 44.2 IP
Comment: Opened season in rotation and looked strong early, only to fade swiftly off the staff and out of the organization.
Stats: 40 G, 3-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K, 9 BB, 46.1 IP
Comment: Arguably the most reliable reliever for the Blue Jays throughout the first half. Has handled pressure situations well.
LHP Scott Downs: A-
Stats: 41 G, 2.65 ERA, 29 K, 8 BB, 37.1 IP
Comment: A solid option out of the bullpen, as he has been for the Jays for the past few years.
RHP Kevin Gregg: B
Stats: 34 G, 0-3, 3.67 ERA, 20-23 SV, 27 K, 18 BB, 34.1 IP
Comment: Has had his rough moments, but otherwise has performed as would’ve been expected given recent history.
LHP David Purcey: B
Stats: 14 G, 2.12 ERA, 15 K, 8 BB, 17 IP
Comment: Used primarily in mop-up duty, but has put up solid numbers in his first experience as a big league reliever.
RHP Casey Janssen: C+
Stats: 33 G, 4-0, 4.10 ERA, 39 K, 12 BB, 41.2 IP
Comment: Great in spurts and subpar in others, the righty has been a solid, yet inconsistent, contributor out of the bullpen.
RHP Jason Frasor: C
Stats: 38 G, 3-2, 4.67 ERA, 3-6 SV, 38 K, 18 BB, 34.2 IP
Comment: Lost the closer’s job early in the season and has been inconsistent out of the bullpen late in games.
LHP Rommie Lewis: C-
Stats: 13 G, 4.91 ERA, 15 K, 7 BB, 18.1 IP
Comment: Looked strong in spurts, but otherwise had an underwhelming first stay in the bullpen for the Jays.
LHP Brian Tallet: F
Stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 1-3, 6.59 ERA, 31 K, 24 BB, 13 HR, 42.1 IP
Comment: Started the season as the No. 2 starter, lost his spot in the rotation and has been inconsistent out of the bullpen.