As we approach the middle of the season and the All-Star break, I thought it would be a good idea to see how our position players stack up against the rest of the league.
To be eligible for the batting average and on-base percentage category, a player must have 175 at-bats or more up to this point in the season.
The Jays have had some surprises from players like Jose Bautista, John Buck, and Alex Gonzalez, so it will be interesting to see how they stack up against others at their positions.
Overbay is in the last year of a four-year contract he signed with the Jays after his stellar 2006 with the team. There is no doubt that this is his last season with the Jays.
He was supposed to be trade bait this year, but unless he improves his play, the Jays will not be able to get much in return for him, as this is Overbay's worst season with the team so far.
Overbay's ranking out of 28 first basemen.
AB: 278 (12th)
OBP: .319 (26th)
BA: .237 (23rd)
HR: 7 (T-23rd)
RBI: 28 (T-25th)
R: 36 (20th)
OPS: .704 (24th)
Average Rank: 23.5 (Not including ABs)
Going by these stats, there are not going to be many teams going after Overbay as the trade deadline approaches, because almost all teams have a better first baseman than Overbay already.
A lot was expected from Aaron Hill after an amazing 2009 season that saw him hit .286 with 36 home runs and 108 RBI. Unfortunately, Hill has been nothing but a huge disappointment so far.
Hitting below the Mendoza line, Hill has looked lost the entire season and has shown no signs of turning things around, although I do believe the All-Star break will be good for him.
Hill`s ranking out of 25 second basemen:
AB: 256 (17th)
OBP: .280 (24th)
BA: .192 (25th)
HR: 11 (T-7th)
RBI: 30 (11th)
R: 30 (T-16th)
OPS: .640 (23rd)
Average Rank: 17.6 (excluding ABs)
Alex Gonzalez has been a very pleasant surprise for the Toronto Blue Jays after signing a one-year deal in the offseason.
Gonzalez has bettered his home run total from last year by six already and his average is a very solid .263. All this while providing great defense at shortstop.
Gonzalez`s ranking out of 25 shortstops
AB: 297 (5th)
OBP: .304 (15th)
BA: .263 (12th)
HR: 14 (1st)
RBI: 41 (3rd)
R: 43 (8th)
OPS: .789 (5th)
Average Rank: 7.3 (Not including ABs)
Another great signing by GM Alex Anthopoulos during the offseason, John Buck has been a calming influence on this young pitching staff and has been able to stay healthy after an injury-plagued 2009.
More importantly, Buck has provided some pop from the catching position with 13 home runs and is currently hitting a career high .266.
Bucks ranking out of 19 catchers:
AB: 209 (12th)
OBP: .303 (17th)
BA: .268 (8th)
HR: 13 (2nd)
RBI: 40 (1st)
R: 26 (8th)
OPS: .812 (7th)
Average Rank: 7.2 (excluding ABs)
Probably the biggest surprise in the entire MLB this year, Jose Bautista has continued his hot streak from the end of last year by leading the majors in home runs with the 20 as the All-Star game nears.
Although he is only hitting .229, Bautista`s on-base percentage is sitting pretty good at .357.
Bautista`s ranking out of 83 outfielders:
AB: 275 (36th)
OBP: .357 (28th)
BA: .229 (77th)
HR: 20 (1st)
RBI: 50 (7th)
R: 49 (T-6th)
OPS: .881 (12th)
Average Rank: 21.8 (excluding ABs)
After a very disappointing 2009 campaign that saw him battle through wrist and shoulder problems, Vernon Wells has rebounded miraculously this year, giving fans hope that he can, at the very least, come somewhat close to earning his monstrous salary.
Wells has hit four more home runs this year so far than last year in half the at bats, and his average is also up, although it has fallen some in the past couple of weeks.
Wells ranking out of 83 outfielders:
AB: 305 (9th)
OBP: .328 (55th)
BA: .275 (43rd)
HR: 19 (T-2nd)
RBI: 48 (T-11th)
R: 45 (T-23rd)
OPS: .876 (T-14th)
Average Rank: 24.7 (excluding ABs)
The Jays took a gamble on Fred Lewis, needing some speed at the top of their lineup. The move has paid off handsomely and it only cost the Jays a measly $50,000.
Although he has cooled down lately like the rest of the team, Lewis has been getting his share of hits while stealing six bases on a team that does not like to run a lot.
Lewis` ranking out of 83 outfielders:
AB: 252 (52nd)
OBP: .336 (52nd)
BA: .282 (T-31st)
HR: 4 (T-63rd)
RBI: 20 (T-75th)
R: 38 (T-45th)
OPS: .772 (T-49th)
Average Rank: 52.5 (excluding ABs)
Like Hill, Adam Lind is struggling mightily this season after terrorizing pitchers in 2009 with a .305 average to go along with 35 home runs and 114 RBI's.
Lind started the season off decently, but has seen his slide go hand in hand with Hill's return from a hamstring injury.
It is very important to the Jays that these guys return to the form that saw them combine for 71 homers in 2009.
Lind's rank out of nine designated hitters:
AB: 298 (2nd)
OBP: .264 (9th)
BA: .205 (9th)
HR: 9 (6th)
RBI: 36 (5th)
R: 29 (6th)
OPS: .606 (9th)
Average Rank: 7.3 (excluding ABs)