Every year in fantasy baseball there are players who disappoint. They are drafted high and fail to live up to expectations. Here is a look at disappointing players at each position through the first three weeks of the season.
Carlos Santana-Catcher Cleveland Indians
For years Carlos Santana has been expected to be a top five offensive catcher, but this season he has gotten off to a tremendously slow start. He is batting just .133 with one homerun through the first three weeks of the season. A generally slow starter, his bat should heat up as the season approaches the summer. He has moved to third, but is still catcher eligible in leagues.
Chris Davis-First Baseman Baltimore Orioles
Last season Chris Davis was a fantasy stud. He mashed 53 homeruns and drove in a league leading 138. This year he has not gotten off to the same fast start. He is batting .250 with just two homeruns through his first 22 games. With a loaded offense around him, expect his bat to regain form soon.
Rickie Weeks-Second Base Milwaukee Brewers
Those that took a flier on Rickie Weeks after his strong spring have seen zero offensive production. Once a power house second base bat, Weeks is now a strikeout prone, part-time player who is even losing his platoon situation. He is un-ownable until he is on a different roster.
Jean Segura-Shortstop Milwaukee Brewers
Last year, Jean Segura was a power and speed combo rarely found at shortstop. He finished second in the NL in stolen bases and slugged 42 extra-basehits. This season his power has been absent. Instead of driving the ball, he has been a groundball machine. The recent demotion to the eighth spot appears to have sparked his bat as he hit his first homerun since last July. The Brewers and fantasy owners hope to see this rise continue.
Pablo Sandoval-Third baseman San Francisco Giants
This year for Pablo Sandoval is huge. He is entering a contract year and needs to prove that he can stay healthy and in shape to earn a long-term extension. So far, he has been very unimpressive. Through his first 22 games he is batting just .171 with two homers. Playing in a fantasy position that has been weaker lately, Sandoval has provided owners no upgrade.
Billy Hamilton–Outfield Cincinnati Reds
Fantasy owners who drafted Billy Hamilton were well aware of the dangers of his offensive struggles. If he can get on base, he is always a threat to run, but has not proven he can consistently get on base. He already has nine stolen bases to go with his low .231 batting average. If he can raise his average he go from a fantasy bust to a stud quickly.
Danny Salazar-SP Cleveland Indians
Salazar looked like an ace in the making with his debut last season in Cleveland. This year he looks nothing like an ace. His walk rate is up, strikeout rate is down, and balls are flying out of the park with regularity. His ERA through his first four starts is above seven. He is certainly a player to keep in deep and dynasty leagues, but needs to prove himself to be relied upon again.
Jim Johnson-RP Oakland Athletics
For the past two years, Johnson led the American League in saves by recording 50 plus saves each season. This year however, things have come crashing down. In ten appearances, he has already allowed ten runs and lost his closing job. He will need to rack up consistent, clean innings to win his job back and be trusted again.
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