For Fans, By Fans

Jays Listed – Top 10 Blue Jays Right Fielders

bautista

Right field has been an interesting position for the Blue Jays over the years. There have been some power bats, a little speed and a few impressive arms.

Trying to rank right fielders throughout Blue Jays history is an interesting job when you get near the top. The Top 5 on the list have all put together some really good seasons in a Blue Jays uniform, but what differentiates the best? Does consistent power make up for a mediocre average and poorly rated defense? Does stellar defense make up for an average bat that produced some stout power for a few seasons, but not consistently? Depending how you grade certain skills, such as hitting for power, speed, defense, driving in runs and simply getting on base will likely heavily influence how you grade the Blue Jays that played right field. It’s because of this that I expect the Top 5 from you might differ from mine and other Jays fans as well.

That deserves an experiment. Before flipping though the list quickly jot down your own Top 5 or Top 10 even. Post it either in the comments section below or tweet it to me on Twitter @pokerdave04 and also let me know if you still feel the same after reading through my Top 10. Here we go.

 

10. DeWayne Wise 2000, 2002, 2010, 2011

DeWayne Wise has been a Blue Jays three times in his career. The first time began following the 1999 season when he was selected by Toronto from Cincinnati in the 1999 Rule 5 Draft. He spent the 2000 season with the big club, appearing in 28 games and hitting a miniscule .136 with a .208 OBP and a .345 OPS. His OPS+  that season was a dreadful -11.

After spending the entire 2001 season in the minors Wise returned to Toronto in 2002 this time seeing action in 42 games. He continued to struggle at the plate, hitting .179 with a .207 OBP and a .519 OPS. He hit his first Major League home run that season and drove in 13  runs. After the season Wise signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.

After two years in the Braves system Wise bounced around a lot over the next seven years, making stops with the Tigers, Reds, White Sox and Phillies. In the middle of the 2010 season Wise was released by the Phillies and rejoined the Blue Jays once again.

Wise spent the rest of the 2010 season as a reserve with the Blue Jays, appearing in 52 games, including 17 in right field. Wise produce his best season at the plate with the Jays, as he hit .250 with a .282 OBP an a .675 OPS. He hit three home runs, had 14 RBI and an OPS+ of 81.

Wise was on the move again following the 2010 season, signing with the Marlins as a free agent. He was with the Marlins for just over two months before being released and once again he latched on with the Blue Jays. His return to the Jays was short-lived and he was released in June before playing a single game, after which he returned to the Marlins. After 49 games with the Marlins Wise was done in Florida and placed on waivers. Guess where he ended up? That’s right, back in Toronto.

Wise finished off the 2011 season with the Blue Jays, appearing in 20 games. He hit only .125 with a .125 OBP and a .500 OPS. He hit a pair of home runs, both solo jobs, which were the only RBI of his season. After the season Wise was gone again, this time stopping off with the Yankees and the White again where he currently resides as a reserve outfielder.

Wise is 34 years old, so we may not have seen the last of him in a Blue Jays uniform.

9. Orlando Merced 1997

Orlando Merced came to Toronto as part of a multi-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 1997 season. Also coming to Toronto in the deal were Carlos Garcia and Dan Plesac. Toronto sent a large group of prospects to Pittsburgh in the deal,including Brandon Cromer, Jose Pett, Jose Silva, Mike Halperin, Abraham Nunez and Craig Wilson.

Merced had spent the first seven years of his career with the Pirates, producing a slash line of .283/.364/.428 with a 113 OPS+ and a 11.5 WAR. Similar type numbers were expected in Toronto, but he never really got the chance to deliver them

Through the first three months of the season Merced’s average hovered around the .250-.260 mark while his OBP was around .320-.330 with an OPS in the low to mid .700s. On June 20 Merced went on a short hot streak, collecting 15 hits in six games. At the end of that mini streak he was hitting .284 with a .356 OBP and a .799 OPS.

Merced’s stat line slowly began to dip through the month of July when suddenly his season was over. At the end of July he suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season prematurely. It would also end up being the end of his Blue Jay career as he signed with the Twins as a free agent at the end of the season.

In his lone season in Toronto Merced appeared in 98 games and hit .266 with a .352 OBP and a .65 OPS. He hit nine home runs, had 40 RBI and scored 45 runs. He also posted a 101 OPS+ and a surprisingly high 2.3 WAR.

8. Dave Martinez – 2000 (if anyone has a pic of Martinez as a Blue Jays send it over!)

Dave Martinez’s wasn’t with the Blue Jays long, but he made an impact at the plate. On August 4, 2000 the Texas Rangers traded Martinez to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. That player to be named later turned out to be Peter Munro.

In Martinez’s first game in a Jays uniform Toronto lost to Texas 11-6, but it wasn’t due to a lack of offense from Martinez. In his first at bat for Toronto Martinez ht a three-run home and finished the game 2-3 with the home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks.

Martinez collected at least one hit in his first 21 games with the Blue Jays. During the 21-game hitting streak he hit .409 with a .470 OBP and a .993. He also hit two home runs, had 13 RBI and 20 runs scored.

In 47 games with the Blue Jays that season Martinez hit .311 with a .393 OBP and a .804 OPS. His OPS+ that season was 103 and he hit two home runs, had 22 RBI, 29 runs scored and a 0.7 WAR.

Following the season he left Toronto via free agency and signed with the Braves and played what would be the final season of his Major League career. He is currently the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and was reportedly in the running for the Blue Jays managerial job before they hired John Farrell.

7. Junior Felix 1989-1990

The Blue Jays signed Junior Felix as an amateur free agent in 1985. The Dominican Republic native spent four years in the minor leagues before making his debut with the big club in 1989.

Felix made his debut with quite a bang. In his first career Major League at bat Felix took the first pitch from Canadian Kirk McCaskill over the wall for a solo home run. A few weeks later Felix made the highlight reels again at Fenway Park when he hit a inside the park grand slam against the Red Sox. During the 1989 season Felix appeared in 110 games and hit .258 with a .315 OBP and a .710 OPS. He hit nine home runs, had 46 RBI and scored 62 runs. He also stole 18 bases, but wasn’t the greatest of base runners, as he was also caught 12 times.

Felix started the 1990 season as the Blue Jays starting right fielder. He started off the season red hot, hitting .348 with a .449 OBP and a 1.100 OPS through the first month of the season. Obviously those numbers were unsustainable and by the end of the season, after a few slumps, Felix finished 1990 with a .263 average, a .328 OBP an a .760 OPS. He hit 15 home runs, had 65 RBI and 73 runs scored while posting a 109 OPS+. He stole 13 bases, but posted a mediocre percentage again after getting thrown out eight times.

Felix also earned a spot in Blue Jays history that season by catching the final out of Dave Stieb’s no-hitter on August 29. Whenever you see a clip of Stieb’s no-hitter you’re likely going to see Junior Felix as well.

Following the 1990 season the Blue Jays included Felix in a multi-player  trade with the Angels. Felix, Luis Sojo and Ken Rivers went to the Angels in exchange for Willie Fraser, Marcus Moore and Devon White. After two underwhelming seasons in California the Florida Marlins selected Felix in the 1993 Expansion Draft. He spent a season in Florida before finishing up his Major League career with Detroit in 1994.

6. Raul Mondesi 2000-2002

Raul Mondesi came to Toronto in the Shawn Green trade after the 1999 season. Green and Jorge Nunez went to the Dodgers while Mondesi and Pedro Borbon came to the Blue Jays.

In his first season with Toronto Mondesi was on-pace for a solid season before the injury bug bit. Through 96 games Mondesi was batting .271 with a .329 OBP and an .852 OPS when his was sidelined by a shoulder injury. Mondesi appeared in only one more game that season, finishing with 24 home runs, 67 RBI, 78 runs scored and 22 steals in 28 attempts. He posted a 109 OPS+ and a 2.7 WAR that season.

In 2001 Mondesi stayed healthy and played in 149 games, but wasn’t able to match the pace he was on during his inaugural season with the Jays. He was still productive at the plate though, hitting .252 with a .324 OBP and a .794 OPS. He nearly joined the 30-30 club, for what would have been the third time, with 27 home runs and 30 steals. He had 84 RBI and 88 runs scored while posting a 106 OPS+ and a 2.0 WAR. His WAR could have been higher if not for a -0.9 defensive WAR.

Mondesi may be remembered in Toronto for a single moment that happened during the 2001 season. On April 17, 2001 with the Jays taking on the Yankees Mondesi was on third with Yankees lefty Randy Keisler on the mound. On a 1-1 count with Keisler taking his sweet time getting the ball to the plate Mondesi took off and successfully pulled off a straight steal of home. It was the first straight steal of home in franchise history.

The 2002 season proved to be Mondesi’s last in Toronto, as he started to show decline. Through 146 games he was hitting .232 with a .308 OBP and a .740 OPS when he was traded to the Yankees for Scott Wiggins. Mondesi also cracked 26 home runs, had 88 RBI and when traded had a 90 OPS+ and a 0.6 WAR.

Mondesi was known for his basically one speed when playing and that would be best described as full tilt. Because of this he was seen to have an ornery personality, kind of reminiscent of George Bell during his Toronto days. After a couple years in New York with the Yankees he bounced around a lot at the end of his career with stops with the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels and Braves before retiring after the 2005 season.

5. Joe Carter 1991 – 1997

Joe Carter came to the Blue Jays following the 1990 season in the trade that changed the franchise. For anyone that for some reason doesn’t know Carter and Roberto Alomar were traded to Toronto from San Diego for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez.

A veteran know for his power and knack for driving in runs Carter lived up to his reputation right away. In his first in Toronto Carter belted 33 home runs and had 108 RBI. He hit .273 with a .330 OBP and an .833 OPS. Carter posted a OPS+ of 124 and a WAR of 4.5. He was also an All-Star, won the Silver Slugger award and finished fifth in AL MVP voting. In the first playoff appearance of his career in the ALCS versus Minnesota Carter had a solid series, hitting .263 with a .286 OBP, a .812 OPS, a home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

In 1992 Carter continued to be a strong source of power and RBI. He once again topped the 30-home plateau with 34 homers and drove in 119 runs. He hit .264 on the season with a .309 OBP and a .808 OPS. His OPS+ was 120, while his WAR came in low that season at 2.2. We’ll examine the main reason for Carter’s low WAR, which was a trend throughout his career in Toronto a bit later. For the second straight season Carter also went to the All-Star game, won the Silver Slugger and received some MVP votes, finishing third in voting.

In the 1992 postseason Carter had a rough series against Oakland in the ACLS batting .192, but he did homer and drove in three runs in the six-game series. In the World Series Carter batted .273 with .346 OBP while smacking a pair of home runs and collecting three RBI. He also caught the final from Mike Timlin on Otis Nixon’s bunt to earn the nickname Jumping Joe.

The 1993 season was much the same for Carter again. He hit 33 home runs, had 121 RBI and scored 92 runs. His average dropped a few ticks to .254, while he had a .312 OBP and a .802 OPS. His OPS+ that season was 112, while his WAR was again quite low again at 1.7. Carter earned another trip to the All-Star game and finished 12th in MVP voting.

In the 1993 playoffs Carter had a pretty good series against Chicago in the ALCS and really turned it on in the World series against Philadelphia. In the six-game series against the Phillies Carter batted .280, but due to three sacrifice flies in the series he actually had a lower OBP at .250. His OPS in the series was .810 and he two home runs, had eight RBI and scored six runs. He also hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history off Mitch Williams to win Game 6 and Toronto second of back-to-back World Series titles. This home run right here.

In 1994 Carter failed to hit at least 30 home runs for the first time as a Blue Jays, but that was because the player’s strike shortened the season. In 111 games that season Carter still hit 27 home runs and had 103 RBI. When the season was halted he was batting .271 with a .317 OBP and a .841 OPS. His OPS+ that season was 133 and his WAR was low again at 04.

Carter’s production at the plate started to see a real decline in 1995. The season was again shortened slightly due to the player’s strike, but even in 139 game he wasn’t able to match the numbers he had posted in 111 games the season before. In ’95 Carter hit 25 home runs and failed to drive in 100 runs with only 76 RBI. This snapped a streak of six-consecutive seasons with at least 100 RBI. Carter’s average fell to .253 and his OBP sank to .300 which dropped his OPS to .728. He also posted the lowest OPS+ of his Toronto career up to that point at 88 and his WAR that season fell into negative territory at -0.5.

Carter rebounded slightly in 1996 as he hit 30 home runs and had 107 RBI to make the fifth and final All-Star appearance of his career. His average remained in the same area though, as he hit .253 with a .306 OBP and a .782 OPS. His OPS+ remained under 100 at 95 and his WAR was actually worse than the previous season at -0.8.

The 1997 season was Carter’s last in Toronto. The consistent run producer still found ways to drive in runs with 107 RBI, but his power numbers took a tumble with 21 home runs. His average also took a hit to an all-time low in Toronto at .234. His OBP was only 284, while his OPS was .683. His OPS+  that season was only 77 while his WAR kept sinking to -1.1.

After the season Carter signed as a free agent with the Orioles. Midway through the season he was traded to the Giants where finished out his career, retiring after the season.

In 1999-2000 Carter served as color commentator on Blue Jays games on what was then called CTV-Sportsnet. He was enshrined in the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at SkyDome in 1999 and inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Carter’s final slash line with the Blue Jays comes out to .257/.308/473. His career OPS with the Jays was .781 and his OPS+ 104. In 1039 games his hit 203 home runs, had 736 RBI and stole 78 bases.

Now back to question of Carter’s small WAR value. In seven seasons with Toronto Carter posted a WAR of 6.4. For a player that consistently had 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI over those seven season that seems quite low. There are two reasons for it. First, is Carter batting average which hovered between .250 and .270 during his years in Toronto.

The second and biggest factor in his WAR was Carter’s defense, which according to his metrics wasn’t very good at all. In his seven seasons with the Jays Carter posted a positive defensive WAR only once and it was just barely positive at 0.3 in 1991. His combined defensive WAR in seven seasons was an ugly -7.6. His offensive WAR for the curious was 9.4. Throw those two numbers and you end up with a pretty low WAR overall.

4. Alex Rios – 2004-2009

Alex Rios was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round, 19th overall in the 1999 Draft. He had a lot of success while rising through the Minor League ranks and in 2003 he was the AA Eastern League MVP after hitting .352 with 11 home runs, 82 RBI and a 924 OPS.

He made his Major League debut  in 2004 and won the right fielder job by the end of the season after appearing in 111 games. He hit .286 with a .338 OBP and a 720 OPS that season while hitting one home run to go with 28 RBI and  15 steals.

The 2005 season was Rios’ first real full campaign in the Majors, as he started in right field on opening day and appeared in 146 games. He had trouble with Major League pitching at times during the season and finished the year hitting .262 with a .306 OBP and a .703 OPS. He hit 10 home runs, had 59 RBI  and and OPS+ of 84.

Rios breakout season came in 2006. He was named to his first All-Star team after batting .302 with a .349 OBP and a .865 OPS. His power started to slowly develop with 17 home runs and he likely would have had more if a staph infection had not limited him to 128 games. Rios’ OPS+ rose to 120 that season and he posted a WAR of 4.4.

Rios’ continued to trend upward in the the 2007 season. He played nearly everyday, appearing in 161 games while batting .297 with a .354 OBP and an .852 OPS. He set a new career-high in home runs with 25, had 85 RBI and  scored 114 runs. His OPS+ rose again to 122 and his WAR was an excellent 5.7.

Rios  was named to his second All-Star game in 2007 and also took part in the Home Run Derby for the first time. In the Derby Rios became the first Blue Jay to make to the final, and actually hit the most overall home runs in the competition (19) before losing the Vladimir Guerrero.

After putting together back-to-back solid seasons the Blue Jays rewarded Rios with a seven-year contract, valued at almost $70 million. After signing the big deal his numbers at the plate declined slightly in 2008. He hit .291 with a .337 OBP and a .798 OPS. His home run total dipped to 15, but  he set a new career-high on the bases with 32 steals in 40 attempts. Despite the drop in power Rios still posted a 113 OPS+ and a 5.7 WAR, bolstered by  a 2.1 defensive WAR.

Unfortunately for the Blue Jays and their fans the wheels quickly came off in 2009. Rios got off to a slow start at the plate that season and never was able to recover. On June 4 of that season the Jays faced the Angels in a frustrating day for Rios, who struck out five times in five at bats. Things got worse that night when a video of Rios swearing at fans while leaving a fundraiser event for Jays Care went viral. Rios publicly apologized afterward and it later came out a child seeking an autograph that Rios declined was just a shill for autograph dealers, but the damage was already done.

Just over two months later, after playing in 108 games the Blue Jays placed Rios on waivers. Two days later he was claimed by the White Sox and the Blue Jays let him go for nothing. At the time Rios was hitting .264 with a .317 OBP and a .744 OPS. He hit 14 home runs and had a 94 OPS+ and a 1.3 WAR for the Jays that season.

Rios’ troubles continued in Chicago as he hit a paltry .199 the rest of the season. He rebounded slightly in 2010, but followed that up with the worst season of his career in 2011, during which he posted an OPS+ of 63 and a WAR of -2.1. Despite the horrendous season the White Sox did not give up on Rios and he’s rewarded them this season by completely turning things around. In 2012 through 116 games Rios is hitting .304 with a .33 OBP and a .854 OPS. He has 19 home runs, 70 RBI and an OPS+ of 125.

Rios’ time in Toronto couldn’t have ended on a more sour note, but you can’t deny he had some very good seasons before that. His career slash line with the Jays of .285/.335/.451 is proof of that, as well as his OPS+ of 105 and his 18.9 WAR, accumulated in six seasons.

3. Jesse Barfield – 1981-1989

The Blue Jays found a diamond in the rough in Jesse Barfield, drafting him in the ninth round of the 1977 Draft. He made his Major League debut in 1981 during a 25-game cup of coffee with the Jays during which he hit .232 with two home runs, nine RBI and an OPS of .638.

In his true rookie season in 1982 Barfield appeared in 139 games and hit .246 with a 323 OBP and a .749 OPS. The following season Barfield hit 27 home runs and his OPS+ climbed to 112, but his true breakout season came a year later in 1984.

That season Barfield average rocketed to .284 while his OBP was .357 and his OPS .822. He was limited to 110 games due to injury, so his power numbers took a hit, falling to 14 home runs. He still posted a terrific 123 OPS+ and a 2.7 WAR.

Barfield rise continued in 1985 as he helped the Blue Jays claim their first division title and first playoff appearance. That season Barfield hit .289 with a .369 OBP and a .905 OPS. He socked 27 home runs, had 84 RBI and stole 22 bases. He had an OPS+ of 141 and his WAR kept climbing to 6.6. Barfield also led all outfielder’s with assists, displaying what was easily the best outfield arm in baseball throughout the 1980s.

In 1986 Barfield had his best season. He continued to hit for a solid average at .289 with a .368 OBP and a .927 OPS. He also hit a career-high 40 home runs, drove in 100-plus runs for the first time with 108 RBI and scored 107 runs. His OPS+ was 146 and his WAR 7.3. Barfield’s stellar season earned hims his first All-Star Game selection, his first Silver Slugger and his first Gold Glove Award. He also finished fifth in MVP voting.

After his mammoth 1986 season Barfield started to decline at the plate and was never able to match those heights again. In 1987 he still hit 28 home runs and drove in 84 runs, but his average dropped to .263 and his OPS was .788. He also posted a 105 OPS+ and a 4.4 WAR.

That steady drop off continued through 1988 and 1989, but Barfield was still better than most outfielders in the game. In 1988, injuries held him to 137 games and he hit 18 home runs with a 728 OPS and a 102 OPS+. In 1989, which would prove to be his final season in Toronto Barfield was only hitting .200 with a .256 OBP and a .693 OPS through 21 games. He had five home runs and an OPS+ of 97 when the Blue Jays traded him to the Yankees for Al Leiter.

Barfield spent four seasons in New York, rebounding slightly at the plate in 1990 with 25 home runs, 78 RBI and a .815 OPS before his playing time was cut dramatically in 1991 and 1992. In 1993 he played in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants who also had former Blue Jay Lloyd Moseby in the outfield. After one season in Japan Barfield tried to make a comeback with Houston in 1994, but failed to make the club out of spring training and retired.

Barfield had some solid seasons with the bat while with the Blue Jays, but what his most remembered for is his cannon of an arm. He led all AL outfielders in assists in for three years straight starting in 1985 and many fans who filled the seat at Exhibition Stadium could tell you stories about Barfield firing one into the infield from the warning track.

In nine seasons with Toronto he posted a slash line of .265/.334/.483. He hit 179 home runs, had 527 RBI and 530 runs scored. His OPS+ with the Jays was 118 and his WAR 27.9, which included a 9.2 defensive WAR.

2. Shawn Green – 1993-1999

The Blue Jays drafted Shawn Green in the first round, sixth overall, in the 1991 Draft. He had a short cup of coffee with the Blue Jays in 1993 and 1994, appearing in three games in ’93 and 14 games in ’94. During this time he absolutely raked in the minors, especially in 1994 when he hit .344 to win the International League batting title while also hitting 13 home runs, to go along with 61 RBI and 19 steals.

Green finally stayed with the big club for good in 1995. He still didn’t play everyday though, and in 121 games hit .288 with a .326 OBP and a.835 OPS. His power was still developing and he hit 15 home runs with 54 RBI and a 115 OPS+

With Cito Gaston managing the Blue Jays Green continued to have his playing time limited in 1996 and 1997. He was still benched against lefties and also sat periodically so veterans like Orlando Merced could see action. This arguably slowed Green’s growth and in 1996 he hit .280 with a .342 OBP and a .790 OPS, 11 home runs and 45 RBI. In 1997 his stats were bumped up slightly to .287 with a .349 OBP an a .809 OPS. He also hit 16 home runs, had 53 RBI and a 110 OPS+.

In 1998 Gaston was gone and Green finally got his shot. Playing everyday for the first time in his career Green was able to tap his potential hitting .278 with a .334 OBP and a .844 OPS. He also had a power breakout with 35 home runs, 100 RBI and he also stole 35 bases to join the  30-30 club. Green posted a 117 OPS+ and a 3.7 WAR.

Green proved it wasn’t a fluke the following season by posting even better numbers. He hit .309 with a .384 OBP with a .972 OPS. Green launched 42 home runs, had 123 RBI and scored 134 runs. His OPS+ that season was a stout 144 and his WAR 6.1. Green’s huge season earned him his first All-Star game selection, his first Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger. He also finished ninth in MVP voting.

Green’s 1999 season proved to be his swan song in Toronto. Following the season the Blue Jays had to decide whether to spend big money on Carlos Delgado or Shawn Green. Instead of keeping both, which would have been awesome, the Jays traded Green to the Dodgers for Raul Mondesi and Pedro Borbon.

Green had two massive seasons with the Dodgers. In 2001 Green hit 49 home runs and drove in 125 runs while hitting .297 with a .372 OBP and a .970 OPS. His OPS+ that season was 154 and his WAR was 6.7. The following season he crushed 42 home runs while posting a .944 OPS, with a 154 OPS+ and a 6.6 WAR. After five seasons with the Dodgers Green was traded to Arizona. He spent two seasons in the desert before finishing off his career with the Mets.

Green spent seven season in Toronto (it was really just five) but when he was given the chance to actually play he was a monster at the plate and a reliable glove in the field. It’s too bad the Jays didn’t figure that out  a few seasons earlier. Green’s slash line with Toronto was .286/.344./.505. He hit 119 home runs, had 376 RBI and 402 runs scored. His OPS+ was 117 and his WAR was 12.0, half of which he produced in one season.

1. Jose Baustista – 2008-present

On August 21, 2008 the Blue Jays acquired Jose Bautista from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Robinzon Diaz in a trade that no one took much notice of at the time. Boy, would that change a few years later.

Bautista played in 21 games for the Blue Jays the rest of the 2008 season. He only started half of those games and hit .214 with a .237 OBP and a .648 OPS.  He hit three home runs with 10 RBI in 56 at bats.

Bautista remained as a backup player in 2009. He still saw action in 113 games, hitting .235 with a .349 OBP and a .757 OPS. He finished the season with 13 home runs and 40 RBI, while posting an OPS+ of 99 and a WAR of 2.7. Bautista started to flash things to come in the final month of the season. From the start of September to the final day of the season on October 3 Bautista hit nine home runs, had 20 RBI and posted an OPS of .923.

After his strong finish to the 2009 season Bautista began the 2010 season in right field. The first month of the season was pretty ordinary for Bautista, as he hit .213 with four home runs and 16 RBI. In May he took off and crushed opposing pitching to the tune of  a .287 average, 12 home runs and 25 RBI. He picked up again in July with 11 more home runs and this time kept it going throughout the rest of the season. In August he hit 12 more long balls and in September/October he deposited 11 more over the fence.

When the dust cleared on the 2010 season Baustista had set a new team record with 54 home runs. He also had 124 RBI while hitting .260 with a .378 OBP, a .995 OPS and a 164 OPS+. His WAR that season was 6.6. Baustista’s massive breakout season earned his his first All-Star appearance, the Silver Slugger, the Hank Aaron Award and he finished fourth in MVP voting.

Many people questionable whether Bautista could repeat that kind of performance in 2011, but he answer with a thunderous start to the season. Bautista hit a home run on opening day, 2011 and finished the first month of the season batting .366 with a .532 OBP and a 1.31 OPS. He also hit nine home runs and had 15 RBI.

Bautista continued beat up on pitchers in May with 11 more home runs and entered the All-Star break in July with 31 home runs on the season. He was the leading vote getter and made his first start in the All-Star, deservedly so after hitting .334 with a .468 OBP and a 1.170 OPS through 84 games.

Bautista cooled off a bit in the second half, but his first half pace was almost impossible to maintain. Even with the second half drop off Bautista still finished the season with an MLB-best 43 home runs with 103 RBI and 105 runs scored. He hit .302 on the season with a .608 OBP and a MLB-best 1.06 OPS. His OPS+ season was 181 and his WAR 7.7. Those astronomical numbers earned Bautista another Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award and he finished third in MVP voting.

The 2012 season started out horribly for Bautista. Looking very uncomfortable at the plate, Joey Bats struggled through the first month of the season, hitting .181 with only three home runs. He slowly picked things up in May with nine homers, before turning it on in June with a team-record 14 home runs in the month.

Bautista was among the league-leaders in home runs at the All-Star break with 27 home runs. He was voted into another All-Star game and took part in the Home Run Derby, finishing second behind Prince Fielder after an impressive display.

Bautista looked ready for a big second half, but the injuries that had dogged the Jays throughout the 2012 season struck down Bautusta. On July 16 with the Jays facing the Yankees Bautista hit a towering foul ball and immediate grabbed his wrist in pain. He left the game and  hit the 15-day DL with what was called wrist inflammation.

Bautista hasn’t played a game since, but still boast some solid stats on the season. With Joey Bats due back in time to hopefully finish out the season strong he’s currently hitting .244 with a .360 OBP and a .894 OPS. He’s hit 27 home runs, driven in 65 runs and posted a 135 OPS+ and a 3.2 WAR.

Related Posts

Leave A Response