Most Surprising Player- Jason Hammel
Yes, he got hurt. But did anybody predict he’d be in the contention for the AL starter for the all-star game, legit all-star candidate, our #1 pitcher? I was predicting 180 innings, high 4’s ERA. Other picks: Wei Yen Chen, Adam Jones, Miguel GonzalezMost Impressive Player- Jim Johnson
He’s been one of the best closers in baseball after accepting the job full-time. He’s had one blunder against Oakland. That’s it. He blew the 8-6 lead against the Sox in Fenway on a controversial homerun by Salty, only to come into the 10th and shut them down. He blew one in Detroit where he gave up 4 runs(3 earned) not his fault. This is the first time in a while where if we have the lead in the 9th, I feel comfortable with JJ on the mound. Other picks: Pedro Strop, Adam Jones Biggest Disappointment- Robert Andino
C’mon, who else was expecting a breakout year from Andino? First full year in the Bigs and he performs admirably, coming into his age 28 season, former 2nd round pick with lots of potential. With all the trade rumors swirling about him in the winter meetings, at this point I would have rather swapped him. Other picks: Mark Reynolds, JJ Hardy, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz.
I would not pick Brian Matusz for dissapointing because I did not expect any good to come out of him. He did nothing to deserve to be in the rotation, and coming off the worst year by a pitcher ever. He did not pitch well in Spring Training. Personally, I would have started him from the ground up, just like the Jays did with Halladay. But at least put him in AA. He can't even get AAA hitters out. I would not pick Darren O'Day for suprising because he's been an effective reliever his whole career. 2011 was injury plagued and 2008 was his rookie year. I was expecting him to come back to form and loved his claiming off of waivers.