10 Most Overrated Players in Major League Baseball

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IApril 11, 2012

10 Most Overrated Players in Major League Baseball

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    If you are looking for a list that includes guys like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, go somewhere else.

    This list will feature players who probably aren’t going to end up in Cooperstown someday, barring a major change in production.

    This list also won’t include players like Alfonso Soriano and Vernon Wells, who everyone now knows aren’t elite players.

    So, with that being said, who are the 10 most overrated players in Major League Baseball?

    Let’s take a look now.

10. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies

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    CarGo is a good player and is a great complement to Troy Tulowitzki.

    However, don’t expect him to another season similar to his 2010 campain. Gonzalez will never hit 34 homers or drive in 117 runs again.

    Plus, 2010 was the only full season Gonzalez has ever played, so don’t count on him staying healthy in 2012.

9. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Yovani Gallardo is a good pitcher; he’s just not an elite pitcher. He puts up impressive numbers, but sometimes struggles against top opponents.

    This year on Opening Day, Gallardo gave up six runs to the St. Louis Cardinals. That’s something you won’t see Roy Halladay or Clayton Kershaw doing.

    Until Gallardo develops more consistency against the best lineups in baseball, he’ll be overrated.

8. Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins

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    Stanton will put up great power numbers throughout his career, but he’ll never become a great all-around player.

    His average isn’t good enough and Stanton strikes out way too much to be an elite player.

    If he doesn’t raise his .262 batting average—including cutting down on his 166 strikeouts in 2012—Stanton and the Marlins will struggle to make the playoffs.

7. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins

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    I love Joe Mauer, but he definitely deserves a spot on this list.

    For the amount he’s getting paid by the Twins, Mauer's production simply isn’t good enough. He doesn’t hit for enough power and doesn’t drive in enough runs to be a franchise player.

    Mauer's high batting average is nice, but it’s not enough to make the Twins competitive.

    When he eventually has to move to first base to stay healthy, the former three-time batting champion be even more of a burden on his team.

6. Jayson Werth, OF, Washington Nationals

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    Can this guy even play baseball anymore?

    Once Werth signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals, he’s been Werth-less. His fielding has gone downhill and his production at the plate fell off substantially in 2011.

    If he doesn’t step up his game this year, the Nationals should bench him to send a message.

5. Jason Motte, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Yes, Jason Motte does have a dynamic fastball.

    However, hitters make contact with it way too often for Motte to be a great closer. That’s because Motte hasn’t developed his secondary pitches.

    When hitters see the Cardinals' reliever's slider, their eyes light up and it usually ends up over the fence for a home run. 

    Motte will need to do more than just throw heat if he wants to be successful in the long run.

4. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians

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    The Indians gambled on Jimenez’s outstanding 2010 season becoming commonplace. They gambled that he’d turn around his horrible 2011 season and help them make a playoff push.

    The Tribe were wrong on both counts. Jimenez struggled mightily in 2011, posting the highest ERA of his career.

    Based on his numbers prior to and after 2010, it’s beginning to look like his 19-win season was a massive fluke.

3. Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

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    Castro is a great player. I won’t dispute that.

    But, he doesn’t hit for power and doesn’t drive in enough runs. If the Cubs think they are going to build a World Series contender around him, they are in for several more long years.

    Castro would be a great No. 2 hitter, but to ask him to hit first or third is too much.

    If Chicago doesn’t get a young slugger to pair him with, the Cubbies will dwell in the NL Central cellar for a long time.

2. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals

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    Gordon, fresh off signing an extension with the Royals, started the 2012 season 0-for-18 before picking up his first hit.

    At no point in his career has the embattled Gordon deserved a contract worth $37.5 million over four years.

    The Royals are going to regret paying so much money to a player who isn’t a good leadoff hitter and can’t hit for enough power to be a threat in the middle of the order.

1. Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta Braves

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    Heyward was massively overhyped heading into his rookie season in 2010. He was terrible in 2011, hitting only .227 and driving in only 42 runs in 128 games.

    The 22-year-old still has plenty of time to turn his career around, but if he doesn’t start producing soon, fan support will wane.

    Some more time in the minors might be just what the doctor ordered for Heyward.