2023 Blue Jays mid-season report cards with letter grades: Position players

As we prepare for the return of regular season baseball following the All-Star Break, it's a good time to review the Blue Jays' season to date, specifically giving grades for each of their position players.
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Cavan Biggio: C-

This has been a strange season for Cavan Biggio, more so on offence. He's currently projected to have some of the worst statistics of his five-year Major League career, but this doesn't tell the full story.

Consider that if you combine April and July (to date), Biggio has a .129 batting average along with two home runs and six RBI, compared to .250, five and 12 respectively in May and June. April was particularly poor and brings his overall numbers down considerably, but in truth he has hit well at times, especially in May.

On defence, the 28-year-old's main attribute has been his versatility, seeing playing time at all three infield bases and in right field. He's solid enough and doesn't make many mistakes, but overall he is a depth player on the roster at this point, which is disappointing considering his talent.

Santiago Espinal: D+

As much as Santiago Espinal's All-Star selection last year was unexpected, the same applies to his dramatic decline in offensive productivity in 2023. This is particularly highlighted by a slash line and OPS which are easily on course to be the worst of his time in the Majors.

Admittedly, it doesn't help that Espinal has only been limited to 45 games, with a recent two-week absence due to hamstring inflammation. Regardless, one home run isn't going to cut it, especially when he's capable of more (both literally and talent-wise).

Defensively, the 28-year-old has seen most playing time at second base this year, mixed in with a bit of third base and shortstop. There's certainly worse defenders on the team, but we appreciate this isn't exactly an endorsement (and nor should it be mistaken for one, with six fielding errors to his name).