sorry it took so long....here's my shot at the Jays infield...
Eric Hinske - 1B - .250Avg, 43R, 7HR, 32RBI, 6SB - Grade: B-
After a great start to the season for Hinske, the former ROY has seen a drastic fall off. From April's .289 Avg, 18R, 4HR, 17RBI, 2SB to June's .136Avg, 9R, 1HR, 7RBI, 1SB idea's of him returning to his ROY status are fading quickly. Sadly for the Jays, his .250 Avg still ranks 3rd on the team. He is also 3rd in RBI's, and 2nd in SB's. It would be best for Hinske, and the Jays, to have him batting behind guys that can get on base a lot, as he has a .305 Avg with runners on, and .211 with the bases empty.
Second Half: The dropoff in BA has me worried most about Hinske's second half. If he can get it back up above the .250 range, hopefully into the .270, the Jays, and fantasy owners would be quite happy. The SB's help as well, especially since he has more SB's per game post all-star game, than pre.
Shea Hillenbrand - 1B/3B/DH - .305Avg, 47R, 8HR, 33RBI, 1SB - Grade: B+
Similar to Hisnke, Hillenbrand had a great start to the season, including a .390 BA for the month of April. In May, the BA dropped, but the power improved. He leads the team in BA and Runs, and is second in RBI's and HR's. Hillenbrand would seem to better used as the DH, as he's batting 30 over 30 points higher as DH, then when he's in the field.
Second Half: The past 2 seasons his Avg has dropped post all-star game, not a good sign when the Avg is already dropping for the past 2 months. Nobody expected him to keep the .390 Avg, but he should be able to keep it hovering around the .300 mark. If Wells can heat up over the second half, Hillenbrand could put up some nice peripheral numbers, while helping you in the BA cat.
Orlando Hudson - 2B - .245Avg, 28R, 4HR, 30RBI, 4SB - Grade: B-
The only reason O-Dawg gets such a high grade is because of what he does in the field. His Gold Glove caliber defense has saved the Jays on more than one occasion. I don't think we'll see the offense he put up last season, where he had a career high 12HR's anytime soon. For such a quick looking guy, the sb's aren't there as well. Without the decent avg, Hudson needs to be drawing more walks, with only 19 on the season, and a .300 OBP, he needs to become more patient.
Second Half: Expect more of the same great defense, and lackluster offense. The bottom of the order is made for guys like him. Hopefully he'll get recognized this year though for his glove, and get his first Gold one.
Russ Adams - SS - .238Avg, 21R, 5HR, 28RBI, 5SB - Grade: C-
The rookie shortsop probably has not met the Jays expectations. Great in the field, with a great arm, he just can't always throw the ball straight. Adams already has 13 E's, so may be lucky that Koskie will be out a little longer than expected.
Second Half: Really hard to gauge what we can expect on the kid. Will he tire down the stretch, after his first long Major League season? Will he pick it up as he feels more comfortable. I don't see much improvement, although the proposed move in the order might kick start something in him.
Aaron Hill - 3B/DH - .378Avg, 18R, 1HR, 21RBI, 1SB - Grade: C+
In the short time that Hill has been up with the team, he has been meeting expectations. One the Jays top prospects, he's getting it done in the batter's box, as well as in the field when he's asked to play 3B, which is not his natural position. He is quickly becoming a Jays fan favorite.
Second Half: As with Adams, it is tough to guage how he will handle a long second half. I'd feel more confident in Hill putting up pretty good numbers, especially as he has a prime spot in the order, and has been producing since he has come up. I like him to be a surprise contender for ROY this season.