Tulo hit first in 26 games after the trade, but did not produce exceptionally well. This was the first time Tulowitzki was tasked with leading off in his career, and he batted just .227/.325/.373. Minor injuries (what else is new?) seemed to play a part in bringing down Tulo’s production after he was traded to Toronto.
Still, Tulowitzki is probably not the best option to lead off for the Blue Jays in 2016. When he truly led off — as the first batter of the game — the All-Star shortstop got only two hits. A 2-for-26 is a .087 batting average. The Blue Jays need someone starting the game who can help spark a big inning from the get-go. For whatever reason, Tulowitzki just does not seem cut out to be that type of player. Pressure to perform after the trade had to play a part in his offensive downturn, and he did appear to be pressing at times following the trade.
The Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki are probably better off if he bats lower in the order, think sixth, where he will put a little less pressure on himself and his body. Following Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion should allow Tulowitzki to get more pitches to hit.