MLB Power Rankings: Joe Mauer and the Worst Player at Each Position in 2011
The 2011 MLB season has had its usual amount of surprises, both of players who have succeeded, and those who have been worthless. Joe Mauer, Phil Hughes and the rest of these guys have been the worst players at their respective positions.
These 10 players have been absolutely horrendous this season, and they have let their teams down.
These players were all successful at one point in their careers, but they seem to have lost that success. They are no longer feared at the plate or on the mound, and they have all fallen from glory.
Starting Pitcher: Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes was an 18-game winner last season, but that is not the case this season. Hughes has only made three starts, going 0-1, and he is now on the 60-day DL.
His first start came against the Detroit Tigers on April 3. Hughes went only four innings, allowing five hits, two of which were home runs. Hughes surrendered five earned runs that start, and threw 90 pitches when he was taken out before the start of the fifth inning. Hughes only struck out one batter.
His second start came at Boston on April 8, a big game in the series. Hughes only pitched two innings against the Yankees' rival. He allowed seven hits, two walks and a home run. These all led to six earned runs. Hughes did not record a single strikeout.
His third and final start in the majors came on April 14, against the Baltimore Orioles. Hughes went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits, one of which was a home run. Hughes surrendered five earned runs, yet this was his best start of the season. Hughes tripled his total of strikeouts on the season in this game, striking out two more batters.
Hughes has been hit hard in his three starts, and he has been awful. Hughes has a season ERA of 13.94 and a WHIP of 2.23. Hughes has been dreadful, and he has been the worst pitcher in the league.
Catcher: Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer was an All-Star catcher, and he won the MVP in 2009.
Mauer has only played in 21 games this season, missing most of April, all of June and the first few games of June.
Mauer is hitting only .203 this season, with seven RBI and no home runs. Mauer started off slowly, hitting .235 in April before getting injured, but he has been even worse in June, hitting .184.
Mauer has been terrible this season, and he has not been worth his impressive contract.
First Base: Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche was a pretty good player at one point, but he has been awful this season.
Of first basemen with 25-plus at-bats, LaRoche has the fifth worst batting average in the MLB at .172. In his 43 games this season, LaRoche has driven in 15 runners and has hit three home runs.
LaRoche has only had one hit in his last eight games, and the Nationals are going to need more production from first base if they want to try to make it to the playoffs.
LaRoche is currently on the DL, and he has not played since May 21. He has been getting worse since the start of the season, and the Nationals can only hope that he comes back strong.
Second Base: Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla was a big offseason acquisition for the Atlanta Braves, but he has not panned out.
Uggla is batting a miserable .178, the worst batting average of any second baseman with at least 50 at-bats.
Uggla has hit a respectable 12 home runs with 28 RBI, but he was not brought in to be an all-or-nothing hitter. Uggla's good month of June in terms of home runs and RBI is the only reason these stats are not worse.
Uggla's pathetic batting average and his fall from grace has landed him the spot as the worst second baseman in the MLB this season.
Third Base: Chone Figgins
Chone Figgins was brought to Seattle to help the Mariners offensively, but he has done nothing of the sort.
This season, Figgins is batting .186 this season, the second worst of any third baseman with 50-plus at-bats. Figgins also has only one home run and 14 RBI. Figgins' .232 OBP is lower than most batting averages in the league.
Figgins is currently on an 0-for-16 streak. His last hit came on June 14 against the Angels. He has only had two RBI this month despite only missing five games for rest.
Probably the most shocking of his stats is this: Figgins has not had a home run since April 1, his first game of the season. Figgins has gone Figgins has gone 67 games without a home run. That's 250 at-bats without a home run.
Figgins has had a power-outage this season, and he is not even making contact most of the time.
Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez was just about the only good position player left on the Florida Marlins when Dan Uggla went to Atlanta, but he has struggled as much as his former teammate.
Ramirez used to be a .300 hitter, but he is batting only .214, the third worst of any shortstop with at least 100 at-bats. The former 25-plus home run hitter only has four home runs to go along with 21 RBI.
Ramirez has been injured once this season, missing 14 games, but that was at the beginning of the month. He has been back for about a dozen games, and he has not hit a home run in any. Ramirez has gone over a month with a home run, with his last one coming on May 21.
Ramirez was supposed to be the best shortstop in the league this year, but he has been the worst so far.
Outfield: Alex Rios
Alex Rios' .221 batting average is the worst of MLB outfielders who have remained healthy enough to reach 225-plus at-bats. Rios has been having a terrible season, and he can't even blame it on injuries.
Rios' poor batting average is 56 points lower than his career average of .277. He also has only six home runs and 20 RBI.
In his last three games, Rios has to home runs and five RBI, but if you take those games away, he has been utterly atrocious.
Two good games followed by an 0-for-3 game does not mean that he is back, it means that he was lucky in those two games.
Rios has been awful, and he is one of the worst outfielders in the MLB this season.
Outfield: Jayson Werth
Jayson Werth was a huge acquisition for the Washington Nationals during the offseason, and they paid him like an MVP.
Werth was brought in to do damage at the dish, but he has not done that so far. Werth has the lowest batting average of any outfielder with 280-plus at-bats.
Werth has hit 10 home runs and has 27 RBI this season. Werth has gone 10 games without a home run or RBI, and he has been struggling as of late.
Werth has been getting worse this season, and his batting average has been steadily decreasing. His power has been deserting him slowly all season, too, and he has been one of the worst outfielders in the MLB this season.
Outfield: Ben Francisco
Ben Francisco was supposed to replace Jayson Werth after his impressive 2010 season. Francisco has been lousy this season, but to be fair, so has Werth.
Francisco is the best hitting outfielder on this team with a .225 batting average. Francisco has six home runs and 28 RBI this season. These numbers are not what the Philadelphia Phillies need from their corner outfielders.
Francisco has three RBI this month, all of which have come in the last five games. If you take those five games away, Francisco went from May 29 to June 21 without an RBI. Francisco has not had a home run since May 25.
Francisco had a pretty good start to the season, but he has been getting progressively worse, and he has become one of the worst outfielders in the MLB in the last month-and-a-half.
Bullpen: Ryan Franklin
Ryan Franklin was the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Was.
Franklin has an ERA of 8.46 this season, and a WHIP of 1.84. Franklin converted only one save, while blowing four others during his short stint as closer for the Cards.
Franklin seemed to be getting better, cutting his ERA down to 7.06. Since June 8, however, he's been dreadful.
Franklin has pitched four times since then, and he has allowed five home runs. He has pitched six innings in his last four appearances and surrendered nine earned runs.
Franklin has been horrible this season, and he has been the worst bullpen pitcher so far.
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