2014 Blue Jays In Review – Third Base 2014 Blue Jays In Review – Third Base
The Jays entered the season with Brett Lawrie as their legitimate third baseman. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 70 games this season, and... 2014 Blue Jays In Review – Third Base

Brett Lawrie
“Who’s on 1st? I don’t know…third base” – Abbott and Costello

As I sit down to write about the Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman, I’m stuck. I have a predicament. Who do I write about?

The Jays entered the season with Brett Lawrie as their legitimate third baseman. Unfortunately, injuries limited him to only 70 games this season, and not every game he played was as a third baseman. Here’s a breakdown of all of the men who started games at third for the Blue Jays.

  • #13 – Brett Lawrie – 44 games started
  • #47 – Juan Francisco – 57 games started
  • #66 – Munenori Kawasaki – 18 games started
  • #18 – Steven Tolleson – 11 games started
  • #15 – Danny Valencia – 32 games started
  • Total – 162

Not quite as bad as the revolving door at second base, but still not great. At least every player listed had a positive WAR. Shall we look at their traditional statistics? Let’s!

Bear in mind, here’s their total stats, not just as a third baseman. Valencia’s numbers are Toronto only.

Player AB H 2B 3B HR RBI Runs BB K AVG SLG OPS
13 259 64 9 0 12 38 27 16 49 .247 .421 .722
47 320 63 16 2 16 43 40 27 116 .220 .456 .747
66 274 62 7 1 0 17 31 22 49 .258 .296 .623
18 170 43 7 2 3 16 21 12 49 .253 .371 .679
15 154 37 11 1 2 19 12 7 35 .240 .364 .636
Total 1177 269 50 6 33 133 131 84 298 .229

Here’s what’s interesting about third basemen in MLB in 2014:

  • No 3B had more than 180 hits
  • No 3B had more than 40 2B
  • No 3B hit more than 29 HRs
  • No 3B had 100 RBIs
  • Only 13 3B hit over .260
  • Only 1 3B (Rendon –WSH) had more than 100 runs scored

So, offensively speaking, the hot corner wasn’t so hot in 2014 in all of baseball. Let’s look at Toronto Further.

Juan Francisco had 61 more ABs than Brett Lawrie, but struck out 67 more times, and had one fewer hit than Lawrie. With Francisco, even though he had the most doubles, HRs, runs and RBIs of any Jay who played 3B, it’s really hard to look past the strikeouts. More than 1/3 of his at-bats results in Ks. He is eligible for arbitration this offseason. It’s doubtful he’ll be back.

As for the final three on the list, each filled a role nicely for the Jays. Kawasaki had the highest batting average of the three, but had zero power. In fact 54 of his 62 hits were singles. Unfortunately for Kawa [...] Guest, please register or login to access the rest of this content.

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shaunmacdonald79

shaunmacdonald79

My grandmother introduced me to rooting for the Blue Jays in the mid-80s. Love reading and writing about baseball and the Jays. All-time favourite Jays: Pat Borders and Jimmy Key

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STANDINGS/RESULTS

 Team W L % GB STRK
BOS 93 69 .574 - 5-5
NYY 91 71 .562 2.0 6-4
TAM 80 82 .494 13.0 6-4
TOR 76 86 .469 17.0 5-5
BAL 75 87 .463 18.0 2-8
This game was played on 2017-10-01.
 Home Away Game Record
1 2 162 76-86
FINAL - Streak: 1 wins
W: Barnes, L: German, SV: Osuna
Time: 2:28 - Attendance: 37,428

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