2011 MLB Playoffs: Ranking the 15 Worst Position Players in 2011 Postseason

Scott SewellCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

2011 MLB Playoffs: Ranking the 15 Worst Position Players in 2011 Postseason

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    We started with thirty and now we're down to just eight teams left to battle it out for the 2011 World Series.

    Many of the rosters are filled with high performing, superstar sluggers like Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera.  

    However, each team has their liabilities as well, and at least one of them may surprise you. 

    Let's take a look at the 15 worst hitters on postseason teams that had at least 200 at-bats during the regular season. 

15. Rafael Furcal: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Furcal was awful with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year and has improved since coming to St. Louis.

    However, he still has the fifteenth worst WAR at 1.4, hitting .255 with seven homers and 16 RBI in 217 at bats with St. Louis.

    His WAR was (-0.5) with the Dodgers. Ouch.

14. Russell Martin: New York Yankees

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    Martin was once one of the top young catchers in the national league.

    2011 is undoubtedly a year he'd love to forget from a personal performance standpoint.

    Martin's WAR for 2011 was just 1.3 as he hit .237 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 476 at-bats.  

13. Jon Jay: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Jay was very unproductive for someone with 503 at bats.

    Jay's 2011 season produced a WAR of 1.3, while he hit .297 with 10 homers and 37 RBI.

12. Ramon Santiago: Detroit Tigers

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    Santiago also had a 1.3 WAR in 2011.  He hit .260 with five homers and 30 RBI in 258 at-bats for the Tigers this season.

    He's a light hitting infielder that just doesn't produce enough at the plate.

11. Daniel Descalso: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Descalso struggled offensively in his rookie campaign by turning in a WAR of just 1.2.  He hit .264 with one home run and 28 RBI in 326 at bats for the Cardinals in 2011.

10. Andruw Jones: New York Yankees

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    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    Andruw Jones was once a perennial all-star, but his skills have diminished dramatically over the past five years.

    Jones turned in a WAR of 0.9 in 2011 while hitting .247 with 13 home runs and 33 RBI in 222 at-bats.

9. Ryan Raburn: Detroit Tigers

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    Raburn's 7-1 K/BB rate is a large reason for his appearance on this list.  He turned in a WAR of 0.9 while hitting .256 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 387 at-bats.

8. Yorvit Torrealba: Texas Rangers

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    I'm not sure why Torrealba still has a job in Major League Baseball.  He's never been an especially great hitter, and his numbers suggest that he's not that great of a defensive catcher either.

    Torrealba had a WAR of 0.8 while hitting .273 with seven home runs and 37 RB in 306 at-bats.

7. Endy Chavez: Texas Rangers

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    Chavez hit .301 in 2011, but the rest of his numbers show that he was largely unproductive in 256 at-bats for the Rangers this year.

    Chavez had a WAR of 0.8 while hitting five home runs with 27 RBI and a very unimpressive .669 OPS.

6. Yuniesky Betancourt: Milwaukee Brewers

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    Betancourt turned in another largely unproductive offensive season for the Brewers.

    Betancourt had a WAR of 0.7 while hitting .252 with 13 homers and 68 RBI in 556 at-bats.

5. Derek Jeter: New York Yankees

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    Derek Jeter has been one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball.  Unfortunately, his skills have obviously began to decline and he turned in the worst season of his career in 2011.

    Jeter produced a woeful WAR of 0.7 in 2011 while hitting .297 with six homers and 61 RBI in 546 at-bats.

4. Jonathan Lucroy: Milwaukee Brewers

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    Lucroy's first full season is definitely one that he'll need to build upon.  

    Offensively he was dreadful, turning in a WAR of 0.6 while hitting .265 with 12 homers and 59 RBI in 430 at-bats.

3. Skip Schumaker: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Schumaker is the fourth Cardinals player to appear in this list and third Cardinals infielder, but he had the worst offensive season on the team.

    Schumaker produced a WAR of 0.6 while hitting .283 with two homers and 38 RBI in 367 at-bats. 

2. Don Kelly: Detroit Tigers

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    The Tigers would be wise not to give Kelly too many at-bats in their 2011 postseason.

    Kelly produced a WAR of only 0.3 in 2011 while hitting .245 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 257 at-bats.

1. John Jaso: Tampa Bay Rays

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    Congrats to John Jaso for being the worst position player still on a postseason roster.

    Jaso had a WAR of 0.2 in 2011 while hitting .224 with five homers and 27 RBI in 246 at-bats.