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Josh Johnson has looked great in a Blue Jays uniform.
Spring Training Record: 13-16
Despite putting only 150 runs on the board this spring, a total that puts the Blue Jays in the bottom third of baseball, there's no real concern with Toronto's lineup heading into the regular season.
Slugger Jose Bautista looks to be fully recovered from a wrist injury that cut his 2012 season short, while newcomers Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Melky Cabrera have all produced in varied amounts of playing time.
Colby Rasmus, the team's supremely talented yet chronically underachieving center fielder, has mustered only a .167 batting average with one extra-base hit and three RBI, striking out 12 times.
But the 26-year-old has drawn 11 walks, a major accomplishment for a guy who has been allergic to free passes for the bulk of his major league career. If he's able to carry that patient approach into the regular season, Rasmus may finally deliver some quality numbers for Toronto.
Josh Johnson, however, has looked every bit the part of a Cy Young award contender, striking out 21 batters in 16 innings of work while walking only one.
Ricky Romero, the ace of the rotation in 2012, was beaten out for a spot in the rotation by J.A. Happ and demoted to Single-A Dunedin in one of the more surprising moves of the spring.
While Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and Brandon Morrow haven't pitched well, there's little real concern at this point about their ability to deliver quality innings for the Blue Jays during the regular season.
It's a mediocre group that has pitched, well, like a mediocre group this spring, with a 4.51 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.
Closer Casey Janssen and setup man/closer candidate Sergio Santos both have tremendous upside, but neither has thrown the ball particularly well—as Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star notes, Tom Henke and Duane Ward they are not.
Not having third baseman Brett Lawrie around to start the season hurts Toronto both at the plate and in the field, as the 23-year-old will start the season on the disabled list due to a strained rib cage.
That's the kind of injury that can linger for quite some time, so the Blue Jays must ensure that Lawrie is 100 percent healthy before getting him back onto the field. A nagging injury to one of it's most important players would seriously derail the team's plans of contending for a playoff berth in 2013.
Spring Training Grade: C