So … where could Lorenzo Cain go in the Jays batting order?

I had a great time this weekend at the 2nd Annual Canadian Baseball History Symposium in St. Marys, Ontario.  Lots of fascinating presentations about baseball history in Canada from Addy to Zastryzny.

One of the conversations I had centered around the Jays batting order and the question was asked: If they sign Lorenzo, where should he go in the order?

I have run the simulation substituting Lorenzo for Jose (thanks for the memories … can’t wait to see your number installed in the Level of Excellence) Bautista.

… and the answer is: eighth

Russell MartinC13241245742490454379359346
Kendrys MoralesDH231435156663632531406413
Darwin Barney2B08810235295498675753823
Troy TulowitzkiSS124980449107383353309296268
Steve PearceLF221752831194343328320299305
Lorenzo CainRF1720213476343466508543548
Justin Smoak1B12853399401370388440415
Josh Donaldson3B148175268515730989524433
Kevin PillarCF27870434279107129118


Same methodology … 1000 simulations of each possible combination … consensus of top 3629 out of 362,880 … shortest path through results array.

Of course, it’s all moot if they don’t sign Donaldson :-þ


Thanks to Scott Crawford of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for permission to include my photo of the Roy Halladay tribute that was on display at the symposium.  Roy was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer.