The Blue Jays bench has been a weak point for them this season. They lacked a true power threat, they lacked a good base runner and with Bo Bichette hurt they didn’t have a great backup shortstop. Joe Panik is exposed defensively at SS, and Santiago Espinal is still young and developing. They addressed the power bat by acquiring Daniel Vogelbach, (though that might be over soon) and they hoped to address the baserunning and SS with Jonathan Villar.
Villar comes over to the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins. He’s a switch hitter who’s hit .267/.323/.353 for an 87 wRC+, numbers that are not far off from career averages. He has a little bit of pop, hitting at least 10 home runs each of the last four seasons, including 24 with the juiced ball for the Orioles last season. He’s hit better from the right side this season; though for his career he hasn’t shown any major platoon split. For this year though the Blue Jays could platoon him at short with Panik.
He’s not an exceptional shortstop, but he makes the plays and doesn’t hurt you. In 117.1 innings …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation