Best Hitting Performance: Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was unbelievable this month. After hitting just .272 with 17 home runs last season, Encarnacion has given Blue Jays fans something to cheer for this season with a .310 average, seven home runs, 20 RBI and four stolen bases.
Best Pitching Performance: Starting the year as the fifth pitcher on the roster, Kyle Drabek had a lot to prove. Fortunately for him and the Blue Jays organization, he has stepped up big time. In four starts, Drabek has an ERA of 2.25 with two wins, a loss and a no decision.
Biggest Surprise: While each of the players listed above could win this award, I am going to go a different route and give the hardware to closer Sergio Santos. When first brought over from the Chicago White Sox, Santos was expected to be the solution to the Jays' bullpen issues. Thus far, he has been anything but that, blowing two saves and allowing five runs in five innings of work. He left the team on paternity leave and is now on the DL with a shoulder injury.
Biggest Disappointment: Most people would give this one to cover boy Jose Bautista as he has the worst batting average among the starters. That said, I am giving the trophy to the man behind him, Adam Lind. Before the season, Lind was looked upon as one of the main keys to Toronto’s success this year. Unfortunately, he is struggling at the plate, with less home runs, RBIs and a worse on base percentage than Joey Bats. If he does not step up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the trade block.