It’s always easy to jump to conclusions about a new player if he begins his time with the Blue Jays on a poor note. I as much as anyone would love to see Randal Grichuk tearing it up out of the gate for the Blue Jays. Unfortunately it doesn’t always happen like that…in fact, it rarely does.
What can’t be forgotten is that Grichuk is still a relatively young player, playing for a new ball club, and facing plenty of pitchers he’s seeing for the very first time. Much like Grichuk, Devon Travis has had a rough start to the season as well. Not that it worries most Blue Jay fans because they know once he starts to heat up, he’ll be back to the .300 hitter he is. Grichuk obviously won’t be hitting for the kind of AVG that Travis does, but the faith one has in Travis needs to be reserved for Grichuk as well.
It’s still just the second week of the season, which is why it’s not at all fair to be making assumptions about Grichuk based on his performance thus far. Like most people, I’m unsure what kind of player the Blue Jays have in Grichuk, but I also know it’s going to take a lot more than 10 games before I judge his talents as a player.
Some people in the media are asking why play Grichuk when Anthony Alford and Teoscar Hernandez are waiting in the wings. Well for one, I’m not entirely sure Alford has the arm to be playing every day in right field. And two, despite a solid Spring, Hernandez needs to work on reducing his strikeout rate before he becomes a starter for the Blue Jays.
Grichuk is not Jose Bautista. Perhaps some day he’ll knock out 40+ home runs a season, but right now he’s a young player with lots of potential, who’s trying to find his game. Whether he’s the Blue Jays right fielder of the future is still up in the air, but one thing that’s for certain is he needs plenty more playing time before determining if he should be starting for the Blue Jays.