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Sports Gurriel Jr. named Blue Jays player of the year, most improved player

12:50  05 december  2019
12:50  05 december  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Blue Jays trade reliever Justin Shafer to Reds for cash considerations

  Blue Jays trade reliever Justin Shafer to Reds for cash considerations TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays traded right-handed pitcher Justin Shafer to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in exchange for cash considerations. Shafer posted a 3.86 earned-run average in 34 relief appearances with the Blue Jays last season, striking out 39 batters in 39 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old also made 24 appearances for triple-A Buffalo in 2019, holding a 3.52 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP while converting 7-of-8 save opportunities. Shafer wasShafer posted a 3.86 earned-run average in 34 relief appearances with the Blue Jays last season, striking out 39 batters in 39 2/3 innings.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr .’s breakout 2019 season earned him both Blue Jays player of the year and most improved player honours in annual club award voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Toronto Blue Jays ' Lourdes Gurriel Jr . reacts as he crosses home plate

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr ., has been named the team’s player of the year and most improved player for 2019. Gurriel edged second baseman Cavan Biggio for the Neil MacCarl Award as player of the year in voting conducted by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’

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TORONTO – Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s breakout 2019 season earned him both Blue Jays player of the year and most improved player honours in annual club award voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Although he played in only 84 games, the 25-year-old led the team in batting average (.277), slugging percentage (.541) and OPS (.869) among players with more than 250 plate appearances, while his 20 home runs were fifth. As calculated by Fangraphs, his 1.8 WAR ranked fifth on the club.

Closer Ken Giles earned pitcher of the year honours, two electric months were enough for Bo Bichette to be selected as rookie of the year while veteran Justin Smoak won the John Cerutti award, given to someone associated with the day-to-day workings of Blue Jays baseball who displays goodwill, co-operation and character, as exemplified by the late left-hander.

Blue Jays trade pitcher Justin Shafer to Reds for cash considerations

  Blue Jays trade pitcher Justin Shafer to Reds for cash considerations The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-handed pitcher Justin Shafer to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced Monday. The post Nov. 26: The Raptors defense is too much for Philly appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.OFFICIAL: We've traded RHP Justin Shafer to the @Reds in exchange for cash considerations.

@ShiDavidi has more on the annual club award voting by the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA.https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/ gurriel - jr - named - blue - jays - player - year - improved - player / …

More Lourdes Gurriel Jr . Pages at Baseball Reference. Much of the play -by- play , game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained Full- year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports.

The selections of Gurriel and Bichette despite their relatively small sample sizes demonstrates the type of roster upheaval and inconsistency of performance the Blue Jays experienced this past season.

Outfielder Randal Grichuk was the only Blue Jays player to appear in excess of 125 games, while rookie right-hander Trent Thornton was the only pitcher to finish the season with the team to break 100 innings, finishing with a team-best 154.1.

Marcus Stroman (124.2) and Aaron Sanchez (112.2), both dealt ahead of the trade deadline, were the only other Blue Jays pitchers to surpass the century mark.

Giles was 23-of-24 in save opportunities while posting a 1.87 ERA and 1.000 WHIP with 83 strikeouts in 53 innings.

Bichette batted .311/.358/.571 with 11 homers and 18 doubles in 46 games while providing stellar defence at shortstop.

Smoak batted .208/.342/.406 in 500 plate appearances over 121 games, grinding through leg issues that hampered his performance while serving as a model of professionalism for a young clubhouse.

Blue Jays’ Mark Shapiro feels Shun Yamaguchi would complement team well .
The president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays says adding a player like Shun Yamaguchi would complement the team well. The post Elliotte Friedman: On Taylor Hall staying with the Coyotes beyond this year appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Mark Shapiro appeared on Tim and Sid Tuesday for an over 20-minute interview discussing all aspects of the Blue Jays’ off-season to date. The interview came shortly after Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported the club reached an agreement with Yamaguchi, a Japanese right-hander, pending a physical.

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