Blue Jays All-Time Lists

Top 5 Blue Jay greats that never made the playoffs

Craig Borden
Aug 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays mascot Ace waves the Blue Jays flag before eighth inning against Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays mascot Ace waves the Blue Jays flag before eighth inning against Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Alex Rios – OF
Blue Jays years 2004 – 2009

Rios was drafted by the Blue Jays first round 19th overall pick of the 1999 amateur draft.  After progressing through the minor league system he made his big league debut for the 2004 Blue Jays.  He would make his way into 111 games and post an impressive .286 batting average with 24 doubles and 15 stolen bases.  In the following seasons Rios would grow to become a consistent offensive player with phenomenal defensive skills.  Rios was able to gun out opposing base runners with ease from right field with his big arm.  Rios would wrap his rookie campaign by finishing 5th in the Rookie of the Year standings.

Rios followed up his rookie season with another solid year which he added some power to his bag of tricks.  His batting average may have fallen to .262 in his sophomore season but he popped 10 home runs and drove in 59 while scoring 71 times.  Rios would go on to become an All-Star in the 2006 and 2007 seasons as his offensive numbers continued to grow.  In each of those seasons he drove in over 80 runs and his 17 homers in 06′ and 24 in 07′.  Rios also stole an amazing 112 bases as a Blue Jay which slots him as the #9 player on the Jays all time steals list.  Rios is also the #8 player on the teams all time batting average list at .285

Rios was waved by the Blue Jays on August 10th, 2009 where the Chicago White Sox claimed him and his substantial salary.  Rios is still active and currently playing for the Kansas City Royals.  He has yet to play in the playoffs but will get his first shot this season seeing the Royals have already clinched a playoff spot.  The Royals are currently battling for home field advantage for the playoffs with the Blue Jays

Jays Career WAR – 20

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