Blue Jays: Who has disappointed the most thus far?
The Toronto Blue Jays have crept closer to the .500 plateau, however, there are still a number of players not living up their expectations thus far.
Here are a few of the Blue Jays players who have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2019 campaign.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Gurriel performed so admirably in his rookie season that it appeared the sky was the limit for the budding superstar. The Blue Jays shipped out the likes of Aledmys Diaz and Troy Tulowitzki to ensure Gurriel had a spot on the infield albeit either at shortstop or second base.
Then came the dreaded “Yips” and Gurriel appeared lost on defence unable to make the short throw from second to first. There is no question, he will be back but it was an unexpected regression and a disappointment early-on.
Gurriel was also only batting .175 at the time of his demotion so the defensive woes may have crept into the offensive side of his game as well.
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Drury was undoubtedly going to be a placeholder at third base until the phenom arrived, however, the 26-year old has done very little to make an argument for the Jays to keep him around. Drury is hitting .179 and has whiffed 33 times in 89 plate appearances which is good enough for third-most in the majors. Drury has looked better of late at the dish but too little too late, he has been a huge disappointment thus far.
Reid-Foley has made one start with the big club this season surrendering three runs in two innings of work. However, it has been his body of work in Triple-A that has disappointed and jeopardized his chances for another call-up anytime soon. In 15 innings with the Bisons, Reid-Foley has coughed up 20 runs and 15 walks catapulting his earned run average to 12.00. For someone who was probably sixth on the depth chart for the Jays, he has sunk to a new low.
I hate to pick on the backstop because Jansen has looked better than expected behind the dish but he has faltered with the stick out of the gate. Jansen is hitting .169/.258/.220 with only 10 hits in 66 plate appearances. The catcher has yet to hit a homer on the young season and has struck out 20 times.
This may be somewhat of a mulligan season as he gets his feet wet at the major league level but he has to at least hit above the Mendoza Line moving forward for 2019 to be somewhat of a success.
The southpaw is teetering on a demotion to Buffalo after being mostly ineffective for much of the season to date. Mazya has an inflated 6.10 earned run average surrendering seven runs in 10.1 innings of work. A disappointing start to the season after Mayza appeared to come into his own last season making 37 relief appearances out of the pen for the Blue Jays. Mayza may find himself the odd man out in the near future when a roster spot needs to be opened.
Who has disappointed the most for you, have your say below in the comments?