Adam Dunn and the 10 Worst MLB Hitters Who Are Still Employed
With only two months to go, there are several players who aren't carrying their weight, especially with the bat. These ten hitters have had little to contribute offensively.
Interestingly, players in this list hit sixth in the lineup on average, and there are two players who hit two and four in their lineup.
10. James Loney
In 109 games, James Loney has 17 extra base hits. His on-base percentage is only .295 and his slugging percentage isn't much higher at .320.
Loney has been hitting so poorly that manager Don Mattingly has started platooning Tony Gwynn and Juan Rivera in left field and Loney and Rivera at first base. It may not be long before Loney doesn't qualify for this list.
9. Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill has had a tough year. He has seen decline in every batting statistic, and he chose a bad year to do it as there is a club option on his contract for next year, and the Blue Jays will almost certainly decline. Just two years ago Hill hit 36 home runs and was invited to the Home Run Derby, but he turned the invitation down, saying:
“If I start trying to hit everything out, I could mess up my swing.”
Last year Hill's fly ball rate took a 13 percent jump and his line drives went way down. It is possible that last year Hill focused too much on the long ball and in the process lost his swing. An early season hamstring injury likely didn't help the matter.
8. Chris Getz
Chris Getz is hitting .257, which isn't horrible, but he has the least power of anyone in Major League Baseball. In 391 plate appearances, he has exactly 10 extra bases (six doubles and two triples). His isolated power is .029, which is worst in the league by 19 points.
Part of Getz's power struggles is that he hits the ball on the ground 53.7 percent of the time, which is among the highest rates in the league. This is Getz's first year as a starter with the Royals, but with Johnny Giavotella nipping at his heels, it may be his last.
7. Alcides Escobar
Sorry for picking on you, Royals fans. Escobar has been hitting fairly well recently, with a .310/.350/.456 slash-line since June 7, but was only hitting .203 before that, which is still holding down his stats for the year.
Has Escobar started to figure out major league pitching, or is this just a random fluctuation? Hard to say, but with Escobar's enormous potential, I could definitely see this as Escobar turning a corner. One worrying thing is that in both sections of the season he was striking out just as much, although he took more walks in the second section.
6. Ian Desmond
Once a top defensive prospect at shortstop, Desmond has had a tough time living up to expectations. In his time in the majors he has a .678 OPS and has been a poor fielder. This year has been his worst, as he is sporting a .229/.278/.323 slash-line.
Many have speculated that the Nationals don't view him as part of their long term plans, especially with Stephen Lombardozzi hitting well in AAA.
5. Adam Dunn
Poor Adam Dunn. So far this year he has struck out over a third of the time, easily the worst in the league, and is on pace for a top five spot on the single-season strikeout list. His batting average is only .166. If he wasn't walking so much he would be the worst hitter in the league, but his walks are keeping his on-base percentage at a somewhat respectable .296, even if his slugging percentage is .300.
After signing a big four-year, $54 million contract, Dunn has been having a hard time against American League pitching.
4. Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez was always a weak-hitting shortstop, but now at 34, he's starting to seriously decline. He has a .232/.262/.335 slash-line, a 3.7 percent walk rate and a 22.2 percent strikeout rate. That strikeout rate gives him more strikeouts than anyone on this list except Adam Dunn. So many that he has struck out more times than his runs and RBI's combined.
His hitting has been so weak this year that he is starting to hear his fair share of boos at Turner Field, although manager Freddie Gonzalez has stayed loyal to him.
3. Orlando Cabrera
The Indians were right to trade him. At 37, Orlando Cabrera is well past his prime. He only has 14 doubles and four home runs. His on-base percentage (.274) is more like a batting average, which is only .242. In fact, the Giants would probably have been best off sticking with Mike Fontenot, who is a better hitter, runner and fielder at this point, as all Cabrera has now is experience.
2. Mark Ellis
Ellis, who snapped an 0-25 slump last night, is hitting only .229/.265/.322 despite playing this year in marginal hitters park Overstock.com Coliseum and Coors Field, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the majors. Combine that with a 3.5 percent walk rate, which is right up there with notorious free-swinger Vladimir Guerrero, plus only 12 extra-base hits, and you get one of the worst hitters in baseball.
1. Alex Rios
And the bottom of the barrel. At this point, Alex Rios has an anemic .207/.252/.294 slash-line. He has 15 doubles and only six home runs. His on-base percentage is the worst in baseball.
This is the second White Sox player on this list and if both Rios and Adam Dunn were having average years by their standards, the White Sox would probably be right up there with Detroit.
Rios may not have his job much longer because the White Sox recently called up Alejandro De Aza to take some of his playing time.