Jays From the Couch has you Blue Jays fantasy updates for the month of June, 2018
June has not been a month to remember for the Blue Jays. They have seen themselves fall even further in the standings on the heels of some fantasy performances by some players we expect to lead the team game after game. Roberto Osuna has (obviously) been off the radar at 1592 overall; Josh Donaldson at 990 (possibly from an alphabetical order tie breaker) as he has not even had an at bat; and Russell Martin sitting at 846th overall for the month. A total salary for this group of $48.3 million is almost inexcusable and hard to come back from with this kind of money sitting on the bench or worse, in the clubhouse. You add Troy Tulowitzki to that mix at another $20M and it looks tragic.
But the one player we can gauge for progress in this month is Randal Grichuk. I talked him up before the season mentioning that he could be coming in to relieve us of the empty hole left by Jose Bautista in right field. I figured he would fit in, in more of a DH role and that may have meant the end for Kendrys Morales in Toronto. He has placed himself atop the the Blue Jays batting order and 62nd overall in Yahoo fantasy for the month. He has made some memories in a few games with a big steal off the bat of George Springer in Houston and a couple multi-homer games. Grichuk has tallied a fantasy line of 14/7/17/1/.286 (R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG) and all of that on only 22 hits. In those 22 hits, he has also added 6 doubles as well.
There are not a lot of other players to note for the month of June in terms of fantasy. Although, Gio Urshela has amassed a .375 avg in very limited work which does nothing for fantasy ranking, but a bright spot for a future for sure. The only other 300+ average for the month is Kendrys Morales believe it or not. He is sitting at .304 for the month to Friday night and it has improved his ranking for the month currently sitting at a .294 mark, just behind Yangervis Solarte who is at 292nd. Speaking of Solarte, he leads this team for the season sitting in 122nd overall ahead of Hernandez, Pillar and Justin Smoak on the bats in that order. That list is a mite misleading though as Smoak is all the way down at 401st for the season after being ranked at 90 before the season. Grichuk has risen his ranking to 766 with his month of June and hopefully can continue as the season goes on to make his pre-season ranking of 290 not seem so unreachable.
On the season, Yangervis Solarte has overtaken the hot starting Kevin Pillar who has cooled down to the tune of 3rd on the team and 243rd in the league. Keep in mind that his stock got inside the top 60 overall in late May. What a difference a month makes. Who is second though, how about Teoscar Hernandez. I mentioned during spring training that T.H. needed to be in the lineup everyday even with Grichuk coming in. He is an everyday player and has proved it. There was a reason they traded for him, and he is beginning to show everyone what that reason was. When they acquired Hernandez last season, he was a top ranked prospect in the system and is now on the cusp of becoming the top ranked player on the Jays roster. He still has a little work to get past Solarte who is having a great year, but is ahead in SB’s and AVG.
On the mound, a trio of Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ and Ryan Tepera have been the glue holding this pitching staff together. Even through all of the talk about JA Happ this season, Estrada actually had the better month, although it was close. Marco was actually ranked 91st among all players, with Happ 98th…like I said, close. Estrada totaled 2 wins, 27 K’s, a stingy 2.35 ERA and .98 WHIP. He was ahead of Happ on all counts although the latter had an extra win. The grim spots for Toronto’s pitching staff were (and there were a lot) Axford, Borucki, Biagini, Gaviglio, Loup, Guilmet, and Garcia. That list was, wait for it, all ranked worse than 500th among players. Yes, there are over 1500 players listed in Yahoo Fantasy, but look at a team like the Astros staff. They would have had only had one player in that list and it would be Dallas Keuchel. Keep in mind they also had seven pitchers in the top 150 overall.
To finish, although fantasy rankings cannot determine a team’s success. You still need to look at the rankings I mentioned for Houston (6 pitchers and 4 batters), you can also look at the Yankees who have 3 batters and also pitchers in the top 100; and Boston, who has the same, Milwaukee with 5 total, along with Arizona then surprisingly, Atlanta who have 4 batters and 3 pitchers all ranked inside the top 100 overall. Again, not a direct recipe for success, but those teams’ fortunes are no fluke that they have so many in the top 100. You add up what I have listed makes 39. That only leaves 61 for the rest of the league in the top 100. The top teams are the top teams for a reason, and the stats show. BW
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