Blue Jays All-Time WAR Leaders- Pitchers
#4- Pat Hentgen- 26.8 WAR
The Blue Jays drafted Pat Henten in the fifth round of the 1986 amateur draft, luckily Hentgen panned out because the four players selected before him amounted to nothing. Going before Hentgen were these not-so-household names: Earl Sanders (1st Rd.) Steve Cummings (2nd Rd.) Andy Dziadkowiec (3rd Rd.) and Xavier Hernandez (4th Rd.). Can you say, swing and a miss?
Hentgen would spend a decade with the Blue Jays becoming one of the franchises all-time greats. The hurler had a career year in 1996 winning the AL Cy Young award after going 20-10 with a 3.22 earned run average in 35 starts. His 8.6 WAR season came on the heels of a disappointing 4th place finish for the team.
The three-time All-Star would conclude his Blue Jays career with a 107-85 record with a 4.28 earned run average, his 26.8 WAR is good enough for fourth place all-time in franchise history. The Jays would trade Hentgen along with Canadian pitcher Paul Spoljaric to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999.
Hentgen would return to the Blue Jays in his final season as a major leaguer in 2004, he would retire with a career WAR of 33.0 after 14 MLB campaigns.