Here are my first half grades for the Buccos. These grades are based on pre-season expectations and in season performance.
Ryan Doumit A-
Has been outstanding offensively, and his defense is improving. He would be an all-star candidate if not for injury. Speaking of injuries, hopefully he will stay healthy.
Raul Chavez C+
Has played well defensively, and he hit his first homerun in three years. A little more O would be nice.
Ronny Paulino F
Bad D, bad with the stick, and he appears to have lost the confidence of the pitching staff. He's now playing in Indy.
Adam LaRoche D
Paul Maholm has a better on base percentage .303 to .299. Only has 7 homeruns.
Freddy Sanchez D+
He is not the same player he was the last two seasons. Is the shoulder to blame? At .233 maybe he should batting 8th and not 2nd.
Jack Wilson B+
How much did we miss him when he was injured? Has played nice D, hopefully we will see a little more pop from him in the second half (0 homeruns).
Jose Bautista B-
Started off slow, but has been hitting the ball hard of late. Defense has been spotty .958 fielding percentage.
Doug Mientkiewicz B
He has been a solid bench player, and contributed some key hits off the bench. His presence has been good for the club.
Luis Rivas C
Luis played some dreadful defense during Jack's absence, and he started off slow offensively. He has played better of late, had a two homerun game.
Chris Gomez B
He's hitting .318, what else can you ask of a utility infielder? Well, you probably could ask him to field better then .959.
Xavier Nady A-
He's on pace for 20 homeruns and almost 100 RBI's, but he has cooled off some after his hot start. Spent time on the DL again.
Nate McClouth A
Excellent first half, though he has slumped a bit lately. Easily can be called the MVP of the first half. He has contributed timely offense and superior defense.
Jason Bay A-
He has answered the questions surrounding him coming into the season. Bay has stayed healthy, and productive. He's getting better as the season progresses.
Jason Michaels B
Jason has had some big hits, and his aquisition has helped solidify the bench. Having him will probably make it easier it trade Bay and/or Nady.
Nyjer Morgan F
His .143 batting average landed him in Indy. It's hard to believe he had a chance to start in Spring Training.