MLB Power Rankings: 10 Workout Wonders Who Stink on the Field
There are some baseball players who just constantly wow the fans with their physical attributes. Whether it be their actual bodily condition, or their ability to perform some task––like throwing a fastball or hitting a home run––incredibly well, some athletes just have an inherent physical skill about them.
Unfortunately for the players on this list, their success in the raw-skill department has yielded much less success on the field.
Despite their edge in terms of physical assets, they've come up short in actual production.
BJ Upton has been billed as a five-tool player and an athletic talent for most of his career.
But, as he nears his 27th birthday and his seventh season in the big leagues, it might just be time to accept that Upton is just a mediocre player. His career batting line is .257/.342/.411, and he has just 78 career home runs.
The only thing that makes Upton standout from the rest of the crowd is his speed: he’s stolen 185 bases at a 77 percent success rate over his career.
Aroldis Chapman is the owner of the hardest fastball in the league, often hitting triple digit figures multiple times over the course of a single outing.
He can do something that only a handful of major league pitchers can currently do. But, it doesn’t matter, because he can’t throw anything straight.
Chapman has struggled with control for the majority of his professional career. After he managed to keep the walks down last year, he had 21 BB to just 20 SO in 15 innings of work this year before going on the DL.
Hanley Ramirez is one of the most physically gifted players in the game. Big and strong with a wide frame, Ramirez is capable of hitting for both extreme power and high average.
But, that hasn't stopped him from stinking this year.
Despite his physical talents, Ramirez has been dreadful this year, batting just .218 with four homers in 60 games. Ramirez once was the most talented shortstop in the game, and he might still be, but he hasn't shown it this year.
Austin Jackson can run, field, and hit. He's a legitimate five-tool candidate.
But his impatience at the plate has been his downfall this year. In 78 games, Jackson has batted just .248/.311/.359. He has just 28 BB to 91 strikeouts.
Jackson is still just 24, and he could have a bright future ahead of him, but he'll have to make some adjustments at the plate first.
Jonathan Broxton had one of the filthiest fastball/slider combinations in the game. He can throw gas (career 96.3 MPH fastball) and he was able to bury his slider on almost any hitter.
But, after a blown save against the New York Yankees in 2010, all of that changed. For whatever reason, one of the most dominant, young closers in the game of baseball simply lost his effectiveness.
While watching the behemoth Broxton pitch, it's not hard to discern his obvious physical talent. But, his overpowering stuff hasn't helped him as of late.
After years of being one of the National League's most explosive power hitters, Adam Dunn has been the biggest failed signing of 2011.
He's batting just .173 with seven hoemrs. He's leading the league with 100 SO, and he's just 1-for-53 (0.019) against left-handed pitching.
Throw Dunn a batting practice pitch down the middle of the plate, and he can hit it just about as far as anyone. His power hasn't aided him this year, however.
Similar to Adam Dunn, Dan Uggla's raw power is some of the best in the league. Throw him something straight and he can hit it a mile.
Unfortunately, Uggla's power is about the only thing that has worked this year.
He's batting a putrid .175, with 25 BB to 69 SO.
After posting back-to-back 20-20, .300 seasons, Choo was considered by some to be one of the most underrated players in the game.
He looked to be on the verge of a breakout year in 2011, but it hasn't been good.
Choo started slow and was cited for a DUI in March. He's hitting just .245/.333/.353 on the season.
Choo is easily one of the best five-tool players in the game. When he's right, he can hit for power, average, run, field, and throw among the best.
Unfortunately, a broken thumb is going to keep Choo out of action for 4-6 weeks.
Wily Mo Pena
As a Red Sox fan, I've got to take the opportunity to knock on Pena a bit, as he's one of the bigger talent busts in recent memory.
Pena is a physical specimen, drawing comparisons to Hanley Ramirez in terms of size and frame.
Pena certainly possessed the freakish size and strength to make him a premier power hitter, but it never worked out. He hit just .252 with 79 HR over parts of eight seasons with four different teams.
He had been out of baseball since 2008, but was recently called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks to serve as a DH during interleague games.
Part of Max Scherzer's appeal is his inherent violence. Everything he does, whether it be his raw stuff or his pitching motion, seems to require a lot of action.
Scherzer is one of the harder throwers in the game, but it hasn't helped him this year. in 17 starts his ERA sits at 4.47.