Another day, another list of something bad going on in the pros. Today’s version is a little bit more in-depth and directly towards players. Much like the most disappointing teams, those teams could also feature some of the more disappointing player performances.
Considering we are at the halfway point of the MLB season, you could handpick a player from every disappointing team. Whether it’s not driving in runs in key situations or giving up too many runs on the mound, all of these describe disappointing performances. Let’s check out the top five most disappointing players in the MLB so far this season.
5.) Jorge Soler: .185 batting average, 6 HR’s, 28 RBI’s
While the Kansas City Royals have been nothing short of bad in June, Jorge Soler has been nothing short of bad this whole first half. Soler hit 48 home runs (Royals single-season record) and 117 RBI’s just two short years ago.
This season, he just does not seem to have the bat speed that he had in 2019. Soler has a higher strikeout percentage than he does batting average and that is never good. While he has hit a tiny bit better over the last 7 games, in the grand scheme, Soler is struggling.
The Royals need big bats to score them more runs and when one of those bats is quiet, problems occur. Unless Soler has a major comeback in the second half of the season, the Royals are going to continue to struggle.
4.) Adalberto Mondesi: .361 batting average, 4 HR’s, 9 RBI’s
Yet another Kansas City Royal on this list should show you the struggle level in KC. While the stat line for Mondesi is not bad, his health is.
Mondesi makes this list because it has been a huge disappointment that he cannot maintain his health to help the Royals. When he is on the field, he’s a solid hitter and amazing defensively. Any guy that can produce at a high level is great for KC but he continues to find his way onto the IL.
Normally I wouldn’t put a player on this kind of list for his health, but it fits too well here. Mondesi is one of the better players for KC when he is on the field and until he can play more than two to three games before another injury, he makes this list.
Mondesi has only played in 36 games this season, and with only this season left on his contract, his health might become an issue when it comes to keeping him on the team. Keep a close eye on this dilemma come offseason time for the Royals.
3.) Jackie Bradley Jr: .173 batting average, 6 HR’s, 23 RBI’s
Bradley Jr was one of the prolific outfielders on the Boston Red Sox when they featured Andrew Benintendi, Bradley Jr, and Mookie Betts. Now, Jackie is a Milwaukee Brewer, and he has not lived up to expectations to this point. Jackie has not batted below .200 on a season since 2014 when he batted .198 overall. This year, he seems to be struggling to find that pop he usually has and is producing far below what he is capable of.
Considering Jackie was the ALCS MVP in 2018 and eventually a World Series champion with Boston that year, he can produce both defensively and at the plate. Bradley Jr is one of the more dynamic outfielders, yet he just has not found his footing yet in Milwaukee. Luckily for Jackie, the Brewers seem to be October bound, so more time for him to improve this year.
2.) Blake Snell: 3-3 record, 5.29 ERA and 90 strikeouts
Flashback to the COVID season World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the LA Dodgers. Blake Snell throws a dominating game up through the sixth inning with nine strikeouts and no walks. Then, he got pulled and the Rays end up losing the World Series.
Following that heartbreaking ending to their 2020 season, Snell is traded to the Padres for four players. This season, Snell has been nowhere near the dominant pitcher San Diego hoped for when trading for him. Snell features a 5.29 ERA, the highest ERA of his career so far.
The former Cy Young winner has definitely been below average this season. Snell has a career ERA of 3.46 and seems to manage a turnaround in the back half of seasons. It also helps him that the Padres are serious playoff contenders and will give him more opportunities to compete. Snell is so high on this list because his expectations are higher than most but give him time.
1.) Francisco Lindor: .217 batting average, 9 HR’s, 27 RBI’s
Francisco Lindor, AKA “Paquito” or “Mr. Smile”, and now one of the few mega-deal players after he signed a 10-year, $341 million contract with the New York Mets. Well, “Mr. Smile” has not been hitting the ball as well as he should be, and I am sure the Mets have some concern.
Lindor has been on a decline for the last three seasons, unfortunately, as he is grounding out nearly every at-bat versus making more solid contact. Lindor is still solid defensively but if the current division-leading Mets are going to make a playoff run, Lindor needs to start producing.
I have said before that I support players getting mega contracts if they are deemed worthy. However, I do not support mega contracts if the player immediately stops producing. Lindor is in a large decline in production and to do so even after the Mets showed confidence in him, should be concerning.
Lindor has a high ceiling and a mega-contract only comes around for players like him with expectations to be the best shortstop in baseball. Until Lindor can start hitting line drives and base hits again, the Mets should grow more and more concerned they put too much money into Lindor at least early on.
Any player who signs a decade-long deal where all $341 million of the deal is guaranteed and then does not produce is the most disappointing player by far. Lindor is much better than he is currently showing, but he needs to pick it up before playoff time rolls around.
Stats from mlb.com, baseballreference.com, and espn.com
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