In the Jays' infield, we have to start with Lind, who's enjoying a great comeback after being placed on outright waivers just a year ago.
Lind has already matched his home run output from 2012 in more than 100 fewer at-bats. However, easily the biggest change in Lind's plate approach has been his patience. In the three seasons following his 2009 breakout campaign, Lind walked once every 15 plate appearances. In that 2009 season, he walked once every 11 plate appearances.
So far in 2013, Lind has walked once every 10 plate appearances and has a .321 average to go along with it. He has also raised his pitches per at-bat to 4.02, back where it was in 2009.
To put it simply, the Jays have their all-star designated hitter back.
Whether he can maintain his pace remains to be seen. In 2011, Lind had a similar start to the season, batting .300 through 67 games before dropping to a .197 clip during the next 58. It is very unlikely Lind continues to hit above .300, but his improved discipline and plate approach seems to be paying off.
Year-End Stat Line: .297/.365/.515
Encarnacion has been the Jays' most productive hitter in 2013, hands down.
Even during his struggles in April, Encarnacion was hitting home runs, buoying his OPS, allowing him to raise his game in May and June. June in particular has been a phenomenal month for the Jays' first/third baseman. Despite his average dropping from .292 in May to .270 in June, his OPS rose from .869 to .947 thanks to an increase in home runs, a drop in strikeouts and a rise in walks.
And like Bautista, Encarnacion will only benefit from the return of Jose Reyes to the top of the Jays lineup.
Year-End Stat Line: .274/.360/.550, 44 HR
While Reyes' injury was perhaps the nail in the coffin of the Jays' first half of 2013, his return may be the candle that ignites their second half.
When Reyes went down with a gruesome-looking ankle injury in April, it seemed as though the team may not recover. At the time, the shortstop was hitting .395 with five stolen bases in only 10 games.
He was doing exactly what the team needed from him.
Since returning from injury, Reyes is hitless in eight plate appearances, but that will change quickly. He's shown no signs of being hampered by the injury and is his usual energetic self. A return to form seems in order for the Jays' leadoff man.
Year-End Stat Line: .312/.376/.476, 20 SB
Arencibia is the Blue Jay who frustrates fans the most.
Despite hitting above .300 while in Triple-A, Arencibia set a career high after posting a questionable .233 average in 2012. So far in 2013, that has dropped to .223, and perhaps even more frustrating is the fact that Arencibia's on-base percentage has fallen in every professional season throughout his career.
His 2013 mark stands currently at .251.
In layman's terms, that is a horrible stat.
A more detailed description shows that Arencibia is the worst catcher in the major leagues for getting on base.
How can Arencibia improve? He can start by taking more pitches.
Arencibia swings at approximately 50 percent of all pitches thrown to him. For reference, Munenori Kawasaki, who, despite a .225 batting average still has a solid .337 on-base percentage, swings at approximately 40 percent.
The Jays' only hope for Arencibia is that hitting coach Chad Mottola finally gets him to be more disciplined. If not, it will be more strikeouts for the Toronto catcher.
Year-End Stat Line: .220/.260/.450
As for the rest of the infield, including Emilio Bonifacio, Maicer Izturis, Mark DeRosa and Kawasaki, they have all contributed to varying degrees.
Bonifacio has been a problem at the plate all year, but his career stats suggest he'll bounce back. Izturis has been very hot as of late, hitting .280 in June. Look for him to get more playing time at second base.
DeRosa has been a huge leader for the Jays so far and has contributed with some absolutely massive clutch hits. Expect him to keep doing more of the same.
And the safest prediction goes to Kawasaki, who is guaranteed to entertain the baseball world in some way before the end of the 2013 season.