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Being labeled a "disappointment" can mean different things to different people. In the fantasy world "disappointment" is usually handcuffed to expectations. The higher a player is drafted, the greater the expectations for a big statistical season. Thus, what is "disappointing" for Grady Sizemore, a top-10 pick, might be satisfactory for Jeremy Hermida.
Below I have listed a dozen players who are disappointing to their fantasy owners based on their production through mid-June.
Sizemore, Jose Reyes, Vladimir Guerrero and Carlos Quentin have spent some time on the disabled list so they get a partial pass, but even before Sizemore went down with a elbow injury, he was making fantasy owners feel ill. His power numbers were down from the previous season and with the drop in the batting order from first to third, his opportunities to run were reduced too. He'll be hard-pressed to repeat last year's 33 HR, 38 SB numbers.
In the preseason, I wrote a piece predicting that Soriano would be a top-five player this season, if only he could stay healthy. Well, he has played in 60 of 62 Cubs games, but he hasn't been a top-five or even top-10 player. Soriano does have 14 HRs, but a batting average of just .229, 29 RBIs and six steals isn't enough. He's 16 for his last 104, but at least he's on the field everyday, unlike Sizemore and Quentin, so perhaps he can turn it around.
After a fantastic 2008 postseason in which B.J. Upton showed both power and speed (seven HRs, 16 RBIs, six steals), he was drafted high this spring. Unfortunately, he has reverted to his old self, stealing a ton of bases, but hitting just four homers in 248 at-bats. That's not what you expected when you selected him with a third-round pick (ADP 28).
Magglio Ordonez has hit at least 21 HRs in each of the last three seasons and added to a career batting average of .311 made him a valuable commodity. In 2009, "Mags" has become a singles hitter and unlike David Wright, not a great one - hitting just .273. It's to the point where manager Jim Leyland has found him a seat on the bench and he may not get back into the lineup for a while.
Speaking of being benched, Colorado 3B Garrett Atkins has been replace on the field by Ian Stewart and given the fact that Stewart has hit .276 with five HRs and 14 RBIs over the last 17 games, Atkins might not get back to playing regularly unless he is traded to another team. He should be on your bench until that transaction takes place.
Catcher Geovany Soto, the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year, hit .285 with 23 HRs and 86 RBIs last season. Talk about a "Sophomore Jinx." Over the last two weeks he's hit three of his four home runs and batted .257, but to say he's been disappointing is an huge understatement for a fifth-round selection.
Russell Martin has always been a valuable fantasy player because he gave you a rare commodity behind the plate - stolen bases. He also did just enough in other areas to make himself a top selection at his position. But in 2009 he's batting .238 without a home run. It's not just chicks who dig the long ball, fantasy owner do too. If not for his seven stolen bases, he'd probably be a free agent by now. Martin is still owned in over 90% of all leagues, but he's only being started in 73% of them. It appears owners are fed up and benching him. Expect the trend to continue.
For the first 36 games in 2008, Rafael Furcal was one of the best players in the league. In those few games, Furcal batted .357 with 34 runs scored, five homers, 16 RBIs and eight stolen bases. The player we are watching this year, isn't the same guy - hitting .244 with 32 runs, two homers, 14 RBIs and four steals in 59 games.
In 2007 and 2008 Jhonny Peralta averaged one home run every 26.8 at-bats. In 2009 it's one every 111 at-bats. He's never been a high average or stolen base guy, so if he's not hitting for power, he doesn't have fantasy value.
2009 Hitting Statistics