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2009 Major League Baseball All-Overrated Team

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 15: Designed hitter Pat Burrell #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on April 15, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida. All Major League Baseball players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson day. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Scott BirchfieldCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

Every year, there are players who get more credit than they deserve. This year is no different. Here is the list of players who make up the 2009 All-Overrated team:

 

Prince FielderFirst Baseman

Even though he is not a terrible player, he is not the player he used to be. Fielder constantly struggles with weight, attitude, and consistency.

His 25 RBI so far is nice, but that is about all he's offered.

 

Kelly JohnsonSecond Baseman

Johnson has really hot streaks, followed terrible stretches. He has fantastic potential, but is not even close to realizing it.

 

Adrian BeltreThird Baseman

One outstanding year in Los Angeles has defined his career. Other than that, he has been an underachiever. He is off to a terrible start in 2009.

 

Khalil GreeneShortstop

Sometimes a change of scenery helps a player. It hasn't helped Greene.

His defense is spectacular, but his offense is terrible this year. He has never lived up to his wonderful potential.

 

Jeremy HermidaLeft Field

Hermida is a really inconsistent player. He looks like he will be one of the main men in Florida, but has gotten off to a horrible start in 2009.

 

Aaron RowandCenter Field

Rowand is a nice player, but not worth the money the Giants gave him in 2008.

The Giants are having a good start to the 2009 season, but Rowand has not had that much to do with it.

 

J.D. DrewRight Field

Drew has always been an overrated player. He came into the league with so much hype, but has not come close to his potential.

He has had some nice seasons, but injuries have made him a huge disappointment.

 

Dioner NavarroCatcher

After a great 2008 season, much was expected of Navarro. He is off to a horrible start in 2009. If he is not careful, he may lose his starting spot.

 

Josh BeckettStarting Pitcher

Beckett doesn't seem capable of putting together back-to-back great seasons.

After his amazing 2007 campaign and a decent 2008 season, Beckett has become a shell of his former self.

 

Ricky NolascoStarting Pitcher

Nolasco can't put back-to-back great seasons together either, and is off to another horrible start in 2009.

If the Marlins want to contend this year, he will have to pick up his game.

 

Scott KazmirStarting Pitcher

Kazmir is the most frustrating starter in the majors. He has the stuff to be a top five pitcher, but lacks the consistency.

Unless something changes soon, he will always be a No. 3 starter.

 

Kerry WoodCloser

Injuries have prevented Wood from being the player everyone thought he could be. This year, he is having a terrible season as the Indian's closer. He might lose his spot if things don't pick up soon.

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