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Blue Jays mid-term report card: Grade Randal Grichuk’s first half

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I’ve had a long day. I had a minor car accident yesterday, I was going through an intersection and a car ran the red light. I was able to veer a bit and it just caught the back corner of my car, very little damage to my car and we weren’t hurt. But, it led to a long day of dealing with police, insurance and getting everything figured out. It took up a lot of time in my day. .

Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk didn’t exactly start the season on fire. April 29th, just before hitting the DL, Randal was hitting .106/.208/.227, with 2 home runs, 7 walks and 24 strikeouts.

Since coming back from the DL, he’s been much better, hitting .256/.308/.526 with 9 home runs, 8 walks and 33 strikeouts. Numbers like that we can live with.

But he is in a slump again now. In July he’s hitting .188/.250/.313, but he’s had 3 hits in the last two games. I hope that he’s trending the right way again.

He’s been terrific defensively. Of course, I’ve been watching Jose Bautista in right field the last several years, so maybe I’m not the best judge. But, UZR likes his defense too, he has a 12.2 UZR/150. He’s been just fine in CF too, which is good news, since we are likely to see him out there for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

He and Teoscar Hernandez are in roughly the same spot in my mind, they could be around for years, but they aren’t proven. In Pillar we know what we have. But Teoscar and Randal have had very good and very bad stretches, but we don’t know where they will balance out.


For the first half I would grade Randal Grichuk an

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