A Look at Stat leaders from the Blue Jays down to the Lugnuts
With the month of May nearly in the books, it means we’re about 1/3 of the way through the 2017 MLB regular season. It also means we have enough data to make some reasonably solid conclusions about players. It’s a good time for an organizational leaderboard.
We’ve had a look through the Blue Jays system to see which players are leading in a selection of statistical categories. I included a few raw stats as well as more nuanced ones to highlight the contributions of a variety of names.
For batters we’ve listed the leaders in hits, doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases, and the rate stats OBP, wRC+ (considered the ultimate measure of a batter. 100 is average) and BB/K.
For pitchers, ERA, FIP, starters’ ERA and FIP (since relievers would usually lead in straight up ERA and FIP), HR/9, GB%, and K-BB% (strikeout percentage minus walk percentage).
(the bolded names are the organizational leaders in that category)
(cut off was 20 games played at each level)
Smoak has clearly been the Blue Jays best batter so far this season—something not many would have predicted (including this writer). He even technically shares the triples lead for the Jays—albeit a total of one and shared with two others.
Jason Leblebijian and Roemon Fields have been leading the charge in Buffalo. Again, both names are surprising and the latter even more so. Fields was having a ho hum season in New Hampshire before injuries necessitated his call up to AAA. Since, he’s been on fire at the plate in addition to his usual positive contributions in the field and on the base paths.
In AA, Anthony Alford would be leading in even more categories had he not been called up and subsequently injured.
In the lowest level currently playing are the organization’s hottest hitters. Jake Thomas has been getting on base at an absurd level. The three headed monster of Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bradley Jones has been terrorizing pitchers all season long. Bichette has been the best of the bunch—seemingly headlining every Lugnuts recap this season.
(cutoff was 25 innings for starters and 15 for relievers)
The relative strength and depth of the Blue Jays pitching staff is shown by a different player leading in each category—this is a multi-faceted group.
Chris Rowley has made a few starts but has mostly been a reliever. In both roles, he’s been excellent for New Hampshire.
Ryan Borucki‘s 3.86 ERA might only look average but his underlying numbers have been superb for Dunedin. He is the only starter to appear in the FIP column and leads all starters in the Blue Jays’ organization in starters’ FIP.
Lansing’s Maese also has been better than his ERA would indicate (though he does still somehow lead all Lugnuts pitchers in starters ERA, 4.24). Connor Eller, Jordan Romano (a starter), Jackson McClelland and Kirby Snead all share the organizational lead in HR/9 (none have allowed a home run thus far this season.
We’ll take some more snapshots of these stats as the season progresses