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Checking in on old friends. Taking a look at how former Blue Jays are doing.

Vernon Wells
Vernon Wells
Mike Stobe

Let's look at how some of our former Blue Jays are doing with other teams. I'm sure I've missed a few, there are a lot of former Jays out there. Let me know who I've missed.


Vernon Wells: It is hard to believe, Vernon is hitting .299/.349/.526, with 9 home runs and 22 RBI. A OPS+ of 134. He even played an inning of third base and made a play. Baseball Reference has him at a 1.4 WAR already, hit best number since his 4.2 with us in 2010. He's even stolen 4 bases. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Lyle Overbay: Lyle is hitting .252/.292/.480 with 6 home runs and 22 RBI. He's learned how to hit the ball up in the air at Yankees Stadium. He's hitting .281/.305/.509 at Yankee Stadium and .227/.282/.455 on the road. OPS+ of 105. 0.6 WAR.

Jayson Nix: Hitting .253/.324/.313, with 1 home runs and 7 RBI. OPS+ 75. WAR 0.3.

Ben Francisco: Ben is hitting .128/.244/.205, 1 home run, 1 RBI. I'm surprised he hasn't been released yet.


Jose Molina: He's hitting just .159/.213/.232, 1 home run, 4 RBI and a stolen base. -0.4 WAR. He's only thrown out 20% of base stealers. I'm not sure his glove can carry a .159 batting average.

Yunel Escobar: Yunel is hitting just .191/.246/.309, with 3 home runs and 11 RBI. OPS+ 55. And he's made 3 errors (it seems like he made them all against the Jays). -0.4 WAR. On the plus side, he hasn't written anything on his eyeblack.

Kelly Johnson: Let's start by saying he had a great start to last season too. He's hitting .275/.361/.471 with 5 home runs, 19 RBI, 4 steals, 3 time caught. OPS+ 131. On this date last year he was hitting .249/.360/.417. He is striking out at about the same rate as last year, 26.1% this year, 27.4% last year. He's playing mostly left field for the Rays, just 5 games at second base. If I remember right, he didn't like the idea of playing outfield with us. WAR 0.8.

Ryan Roberts: Barely a former Jay, but why not list him. He's hitting .236/.292/.360, OPS+ 82. WAR at 0.4, mostly because of his glove.


Mike Aviles: He's hitting .267/.288/.400 with 2 home runs, in 23 games. OPS+ 91. WAR 0.3.

Yan Gomes: Hitting .273/.283/.545 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI in 15 games. OPS+ 126. WAR 0.7. I think I'd rather have them than Esmil Rogers.


Tim Collins: ERA 4.26, 11 games, 12.2 innings, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts.


Josh Roenicke: Remember him? Came to us in the Scott Rolen trade and was supposed to be the closer of the future, but he couldn't find the strike zone. For the Twins, he has a 3.00 in 13 games, 18 innings, 8 walks, 14 strikeouts.

White Sox:

Alex Rios: Hitting .279/.340/.507, with 8 home runs, 20 RBI. OPS + 122. WAR 1.1.

Dewayne Wise: .255/.271/.340 in 23 games, 1 home run, 3 RBI. OPS+ 62. WAR 0.1.

Casper Wells: .154/.214/.231 in 5 games since the White Sox picked him up from the A's.


Jason Frasor: 3.27 ERA in 14 games, 11 innings, 3 walks, 11 k.


Michael Taylor: Taylor has had 22 at bats, for the A's and has 1 single, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. In Triple-A Sacramento he was hitting .329/.380/.616 in 18 games.

Jesse Chavez: 4.26 ERA in 5 games, 6.1 innings, 2 walks, 5 k.


Eric Thames: Eric is playing for the M's Triple-A team the Tacoma Rainiers, hitting .298/.390/.496 with 5 home runs in 36 games.

Johermyn Chavez: He's at Double-A Tennessee, in the Cubs system, hitting just .206/.306/.270.


Scott Downs: 2.84 ERA in 16 games, 12.2 innings, 5 walks, 9 k. 0-2, 7 holds, 2 blown saves.


Brett Wallace: He had 1 single in 24 at bats, with the major league team, 2 walks, 17 strikeouts. He is at their Triple-A, Oklahoma City team now, hitting .305/.380/.573 for them, 5 home runs, 13 RBI in 21 games.

Edgar Martinez: Pitched 1 game, 4 innings, 4 earned, 6 hits, 2 home runs, 1 walk and 4 k, since the Astros picked him up.


Reed Johnson: Hitting .262/.311/.357 in 25 games. OPS+82. He's played mostly RF. 0 WAR. He's mostly been pinch-hitter, the fun of being in the NL.

Tyler Pastornicky: He was up with the Braves for a few days, had 9 plate appearances, 1 hit, a double, 0 walks, 1 k. In Triple-A, Tyler is hitting .302/.348/.396, with 1 home run, 4 stolen bases, caught twice, in 26 games. He's been playing mostly second base.


Roy Halladay: Well, you know this one, pitched terrible and now he needs surgery to remove bone spurs, repair a frayed labrum and a torn rotator cuff. He was 2-4, with a 8.65 ERA, in 7 starts, 34.1 innings, 17 walks, 35 strikeouts and 9 home runs allowed.

Michael Young: He's hitting .310/.390/.395, with 1 home run and 9 RBI. WAR 0.3.


John Buck: He's hitting much like J.P. Arencibia, .225/.269/.500 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. 0.5 WAR. He hit 9 of those home runs in April, just 1 so far in May. He's always been streak hitter, like JP.

Travis d'Arnaud: He was hitting .250/.429/.472 in 12 games at Triple-A Vegas, before breaking his foot. He had 9 hits and 12 walks. He should be back playing sometime in late June.

Shaun Marcum: 0-3, 8.59 ERA in 4 games, 3 starts, 14.2 innings, 24 hits, 6 walks, 10 k. He took a line drive off the glove hand in his last start but nothing's broken. He missed the start of the season, making his first start April 22. He hasn't finished 5 innings in a start yet.

Brandon Lyon: 3.86 ERA in 17 games, 14 innings, 3 walks, 11 k. 3 holds, 2 blown saves.

Noah Syndergaard: Noah is pitching for St. Lucie, the Met's High-A team, playing in the Florida State League. He is 2-1, 2.61 in 7 starts, 38 innings, 13 walks, 38 strikeouts.


Adeiny Hechavarria: He's not hitting much, I know that comes as a surprise to you. .179/.242/.345, 2 home runs and 12 RBI (second on the Marlins in RBI). An OPS+ of 61 in 24 games. WAR of -0.5.

Jeff Mathis: Broke his collarbone early in spring training. This week he has started playing rehab games in Double-A.

Henderson Alvarez: Henderson was put on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation, but I think it is more serious than that, he was moved to the 60-day DL last week.

Justin Nicolino: Justin is pitching in the Florida State League, High-A. 0-1, 3.89 in 7 starts. 34.2 innings, 8 walks, 15 strikeouts.

Jake Marisnick: Jake started the season on the DL. He's played 10 games for Double-A Jacksonville. He's starting slow, .238/.277/.357 with 1 home run, 2 steals.

Anthony DeSclafani: Pitching at High-A, he's been great, 4-1, 0.87 ERA, 7 starts, 31 innings, 6 walks, 29 strikeouts.


Marc Rzepczynski: Marc had a lousy start to the season. 7.88 ERA, in 9 games, 8 innings, 13 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts. And they sent him to the minors at the end of April. He's been better there, 2.16 ERA in 6 games, 8.1 innings, 2 walks, 6 k.


Travis Snider: Travis has had an ok start to the season, hitting .270/.350/.360 line, in 33 games. No power though, 0 home runs, 8 doubles. 11 walks, 23 strikeouts. OPS+ 103. WAR 0.2.

John McDonald: John has just 2 hits in 30 at bats, for a .067/.176/.100 line. OPS+ of -18. WAR -0.3. Hes made 2 errors in 65 innings at shortstop. Maybe, at 38, it's time he moved into a coaching role.

A.J. Burnett: 3-4, 2.73 in 9 starts. 56 innings, 41 hits, 19 walks and 72 strikeouts. 11.6 k/9innings. 0.9 WAR. I like him better as a Pirate than as a Yankees. Looks like he likes it better there too.


Edwin Jackson: He was only a Blue Jay for a few moments. He's not having a good season. 1-5, 6.02, 8 games, 43.1 innings, 20 walks, 42 k. WAR -0.7.

Carlos Villanueva: Maybe we should have held on to him. 1-2, 3.02 ERA in 7 starts, 47.2 innings, 14 walks, 35 k. 1.5 WAR.

Kevin Gregg: 0.00 ERA, 6 saves in 10 games, 9.1 innings. Just 3 hits allowed, 4 walks, and 12 strikeouts. I can't imagine it will last. Maybe he's using a lot of sunscreen on his arms too?

Shawn Camp: 6.60 ERA in 18 games, 15 innings, 20 hits, 5 walks and 11 strikeouts.


Marco Scutaro: He's coming to town with a .305/.349/.426, with 1 home run, 9 RBI, 10 walks, 10 k. 123 OPS+. 1.3 WAR.

Guillermo Quiroz: Once our catcher of the future, now backing up Buster Posey. He's hitting .250/.375/.500 with 1 home run, 3 RBI in 20 at bats.


Aaron Hill: Aaron is on the DL with a sprained wrist. He played in 10 games, before hitting the DL, hitting .306/.405/.556, with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.

Eric Hinske: Did you know he was 35? Time flies. He's hitting .194/.242/.323 in 29 games, 31 at bats, mostly as a pinch hitter.


Brandon League: Brandon is 0-2, with 8 saves, 1 blown save and a 6.28 ERA in 14 games. 14.1 innings, 16 hits, 3 home runs, 4 walks and 7 k.

Ted Lilly: Ted made 2 starts, before going on the DL, with a strained stomach muscle, at the end of April. He only pitched 8 innings, 14 hits, 4 walks, 9 k.