As much as the All-Star Break provides a lot of entertainment, it's still not the same as watching your own team in action. In this respect, Blue Jay fans are eager to see what their team will do during the second half of the season.
Before we look too far ahead though, it seemed like a good time to review how the team has done so far in 2023. As such, here is a review of how the Blue Jays' position players have performed up to this point, complete with grades:
NB - We will not be reviewing or grading Nathan Lukes, Tyler Heineman, Spencer Horwitz, Ernie Clement and Jordan Luplow. This is out of fairness and respect, due to their lack of playing time up to this point of the season.
Bo Bichette: A
This just in - Bo Bichette is really good at hitting. He is well on course to lead the AL in hits for a third consecutive season, and has a legitimate shot at leading the Majors as a whole by season's end.
As a result, Bichette is unsurprisingly on course to set single-season personal bests in hits and batting average. He also leads all Blue Jays player in home runs, OPS and WAR.
The only reason we're not giving the two-time All-Star a A+, is due to issues at times with his defence, which include a team-leading eight fielding errors. By the same token however, it should be noted he does lead his team in assists and is currently projected to have a single-season personal-best fielding percentage of 0.972.
George Springer: C
George Springer arrived in Toronto with an impressive array of accolades, highlighted by being named MVP for the 2017 World Series. He's arguably underachieved during his time with the Blue Jays, albeit not helped by injuries and just not being as young anymore.
For this season specifically, Springer has overcome a poor April, is putting together a fine season with the bat and is currently fifth on the team with a 1.7 WAR. He's been relatively healthy, which gives him a shot to have his most home runs and RBI in his three years in Toronto.
The four-time All-Star has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in right field, although his -0.4 DWAR is certainly noteworthy. Overall, he might not be the same player he was in Houston, but his veteran savvy will still help in the Blue Jays' pursuit of postseason glory.