The Blue Jays have had a successful 2021 season and are in the midst of pushing towards a Wild Card position.
Throughout the year they have used several players, some of which they have moved on from. The casual Blue Jays fan may not know where they have gone or how they are doing, and I thought it would be fun to see where some of the positional players have landed and how they have faired.
Rowdy Tellez – Milwaukee Brewers
At one point it looked like that Rowdy Tellez would be the first basemen for the foreseeable future in the Toronto organization, however, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. shifting to that position and the abundance of outfielders on the team that could also slot into the Designated Hitter role, the Blue Jays couldn’t give Tellez the playing time he needed.
The team got together with the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a trade which benefitted both sides. Tellez became the everyday first basemen for the Brewers and was playing quite well until a recent kneecap injury had sidelined him. Since the trade, Tellez had hit seven home runs and 27 RBI over 54 games while posting a slash line of .270/.329/.474.
The Blue Jays got key contributions from Rowdy Tellez the last couple of years, but he was moved to the Brewers where he has seen success.
Joe Panik – Miami Marlins
Similar to Rowdy Tellez, the Blue Jays had no more room for Joe Panik on the team with the role he was filling as they had younger and better options coming up. Panik was traded to the Miami Marlins where he is filling a similar role to the one that he had in Toronto.
Panik struggled when he first got to Miami, but seemed to be turning things around in August before an injury cost him nearly three weeks. Since returning to the lineup in early September, Panik has one 3 for 27 (.111) and hasn’t got a hit in his last 12 plate appearances.
Since being acquired by the Marlins, Panik has posted a slash line of .155/.237/.194 over 115 plate appearances with just two extra base hits.
Jonathan Davis – New York Yankees
Jonathan Davis made the Blue Jays roster out of Spring Training because of the injury to George Springer. He was always known as a good defender, but with a weak bat and that was exactly what the Blue Jays got.
Once the team got healthy in August he was Designated For Assignment and the New York Yankees selected him off waivers. Davis got an audition through the rest of August, however, after collecting just one hit over 17 at bats he was sent to their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Davis has not seen any success at the plate with Scranton as he has gone just 10 for 52 (.192), while splitting time between left field and centre field.
Riley Adams – Washington Nationals
This trade may go down haunting the club in the future. The Blue Jays had five catchers’ on their 40-man roster and needed help in the bullpen so they traded Riley Adams for Brad Hand at the trade deadline. Hand has already been released by the Blue Jays while Adams has impressed with the Nationals.
Adams is currently splitting time behind the plate with Alex Avila in Washington and has hit quite well. Adams had posted a slash line of .292/.418/.508 with nine extra base hits, but is still trying to find his way behind the plate. While has not allowed a passed ball, he has surrendered 11 wild pitches and thrown out just two of 17 base stealers.
Do you wish the Blue Jays held onto any of these players?