2016 has been a good year for the Toronto Blue Jays and it has shown in their batting. While there have been a number of other teams that had good batting, the Blue Jays have proven time and time again this season that they can make contact with the ball and get the big hits out. There have been a number of players that have stood out for the Blue Jays this season and and have helped the team get as far as they did in the post season. Lets take a look at a few of the players that have been so important in helping the blue Jays get as far as they did.
Donaldson had the best batting average of the team. While a batting average of .284 may not sound that impressive, you need to look at the fact that he had a number of other stats that made him a powerhouse when it came to hitting the ball. With 164 hits 32 of those being doubles as well as a total of 37 home runs, it is no wonder why he had such a good batting record for the 2016 season. All of this came from 577 at bats. This is one of the reasons why he helped his team reach the post season and one of the reasons why they were a powerhouse until they reached the Cleveland Indians. The Indians were simply too much and helped to lead to the downward spiral of the team in the post season.
With a total of 42 home runs, Edwin Encarnacion led the Blue Jays in home runs and helped to really give the team a good shot in the arm where they needed it the most. Another thing that helped to increase the stock on him was the fact that he was responsible for a whopping 127 runs batted in. He led the Blue Jays in this area and is one of the reasons why he will be such a powerful free agent that Toronto needs to make sure that they hold onto after the World Series is over and done with. There will be a lot of teams that will be looking to add him to their lineup and the Blue Jays will have to work to keep him from signing with another team.
This was another member of the Blue Jays clubhouse that helped the team to see the post season. Had it not been for the wall known as Cleveland, then there are no doubts that Toronto would have reached the World Series and more than likely even won the whole thing. Jose knocked out 22 home runs over the course of his 99 runs resulting from 423 at bats. Bautista along with Donaldson were the anchors that helped the team see as good of a year as the one they had last season. When he returns next season, it is expected that his numbers will be better as this seemed to be a little of an off year for him.
These are just a few of the heroes that cam through and really went to bat for the Toronto Blue Jays. While the team as a whole did not do that bad, there were a few players that seemed to stand out from the rest and helped to lead the team to being one of the better teams around. It will be interesting to see what next season brings and how well will they do and if it will be their year to reach the World Series.