Picking the 2013 All-Bust Team for MLB's First Half

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJune 27, 2013

Picking the 2013 All-Bust Team for MLB's First Half

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    The first half of the 2013 MLB season is quickly coming to a close as the All-Star break draws closer and closer.

    Per usual, the MLB has been plagued by injuries and lack of production from certain stars, and these guys have been written off as busts for the 2013 year.

    Obviously the disappointments felt are bigger for certain players, but these guys take the cake at their respective positions.

    In the spirit of the All-Star Game, let's take a look at the All-Bust Team.

Catcher: Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Miguel Montero was slowly becoming a star in the MLB leading up to the 2013 season. He was less than a year removed from batting .286 with 15 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI while posting a 3.7 WAR.

    However, 2013 has not been kind to Montero, as he went from one of the best catchers in the league to one of the worst.

    Posting a pitiful .220 average, Montero ranks second-to-last in batting among qualifying catchers and has the third-worst WAR at -0.4. His four home runs and 23 RBI demonstrate his lack of power this season, as do his career lows in slugging and OPS.

    Montero was supposed to be a key player for the Arizona Diamondbacks and a centerpiece in the lineup, but he has been more of a liability than a help at the dish.

First Base: Ike Davis, New York Mets

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    Ike Davis was supposed to be something of a savior for New York Mets fans, but the 26-year-old first baseman followed up his 32 home run, 90 RBI 2012 campaign with one of the worst starts by a first baseman in years.

    Batting a paltry .161 with five home runs and 16 RBI with a .242 OBP and a .258 slugging, Davis has become a joke.

    Batting 1-for-38 over stretches of the season and failing to hit righties (which is the only thing that made him a solid player) didn't help his cause, and Davis was demoted earlier in June because of it.

Second Base: Jeff Keppinger, Chicago White sox

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    Let's just start off by saying that Jeff Keppinger has the worst WAR of any player in MLB.

    Keppinger has been lost at the plate, batting .232 with 19 RBI and a single home run.

    Think about that—when your starting second baseman only has one home run, you have a problem.

    Keppinger is one of the many struggling Chicago White Sox and is a big reason why the team can't get anything going.

    While he hasn't been playing everyday in June, he remains arguably the worst player in baseball, just one year after hitting .325 with a career-high nine dingers.

Third Base: Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

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    Mike Moustakas hasn't just been the biggest disappointment at third base this year, but he has been arguably the worst third baseman in MLB.

    Batting .207 with just four home runs and 13 RBI, Moustakas has failed to be the power-hitting corner infielder that most teams need.

    Moustakas had been solid in his first two years in the bigs, batting .263 his rookie year and belting 20 home runs in 2012.

    After avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump, Moustakas was supposed to have a fantastic third year as he continued to progress to stardom. Unfortunately for the Kansas City Royals, he has been dreadful, letting the organization and its fans down.

Shortstop: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

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    Starlin Castro went from a 20-year-old phenom who batted .300 his rookie season to a reliable shortstop who played in all 162 games last season.

    Unfortunately, the 24-year-old shortstop has underwhelmed all year, batting a pathetic .228 (72 points below his rookie year) and hitting just three home runs.

    Castro had the potential to become the face of the Chicago Cubs for a decade, and a lot of fans expected him to do just that. While he still has a lot of time left in the majors, Castro's fourth year has not lived up to expectations.

Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Josh Hamilton was arguably the biggest free agent on the market this offseason, signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for $123 million over five years.

    After making one of the most impressive comebacks in MLB history, Hamilton became a star with the Texas Rangers for a few years, culminating in him posting career highs in home runs (43) and RBI (128) in 2012.

    When Hamilton hit the market it was clear that he'd get a big deal, and the Angels were the ones to pull the trigger.

    However, what I'm calling the Albert Pujols Effect took over, as he became the second superstar in two years to completely fall apart with the Angels.

    According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton said that he is "off upstairs" and has been suffering from dizziness and sensitivity to lights.

    It's shown, too, as Hamilton has posted a .207 batting average with 10 home runs and 25 RBI, and his WAR of -0.5 is a career-low.

    If Hamilton doesn't improve soon, the Angels just blew enough money to pay every member of the Houston Astros for five years.

Outfield: B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves

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    B.J. Upton signed with the Atlanta Braves for more than $75 million over five years, but he has been as bad an investment as Josh Hamilton.

    Batting .175 with just eight home runs and 17 RBI, Upton has the lowest batting average of any hitter with at least 200 at-bats in the MLB.

    Upton has choked under pressure all year, batting .111 with runners in scoring position and .033 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He also has yet to record a hit with the bases loaded, going 0-for-4.

    While he has never exactly had a great batting average other than during the 2007 season, you'd expect that your centerfielder and massive free-agent signing would bat above the Mendoza line at the very least.

Outfield: Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    While Andre Ethier has been better in the month of June, he is still fighting for a spot in the lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Ethier has been a very good (but not great) player for the Dodgers over the last several years, but this year he may end up on the bench.

    Thanks to the emergence of Yasiel Puig, Ethier is staring at a spot on the bench when Carl Crawford returns, as Crawford, Puig and Matt Kemp will likely be the team's outfielders.

    Batting .252 with five dingers and 21 RBI, Ethier has not lived up to expectations, just like the last place Dodgers. He has been sub-par at best, and he could get the boot soon.

Designater Hitter: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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    Victor Martinez hasn't looked like V-Mart all season.

    Martinez is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, batting .299 for his career after he hit .330 in 2012. He also has the power to launch 20-25 home runs per year, but neither has shown up this year.

    Batting a pathetic .227 with a .284 on-base percentage, Martinez has failed to make an impact for the Tigers. His .335 slugging is also just five points higher than his batting average last year and shows his lack of power as well.

    Martinez doesn't have all that much to focus on outside of batting, but he still can't get into a groove this year.

Starting Pitcher: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Roy Halladay is one of those guys who you just can't help but root for...but everyone has been disappointed this year.

    Going 2-4 in seven starts with an ERA of 8.65 and a WHIP of 1.46, Halladay was having the worst year of his career by far before he needed shoulder surgery and hit the 60-day DL.

    Giving up nine home runs and pitching more than seven innings only once in seven games, Halladay simply couldn't put it all together this season.

    Halladay's career is coming to a close, but the Philadelphia Phillies still expected to get another good season or two out of him. Unfortunately that has not been the case, and Halladay could be done for the year.

Relief Pitcher: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Fernando Rodney has been as unreliable as any closer in baseball, and the Tampa Bay Rays may need to find a new guy to finish games.

    Posting a pathetic 4.83 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP, Rodney is tied for the MLB lead in blown saves with five.

    Rodney has already blown more than twice as many saves as he did in 76 appearances in 2012, his ERA is more than eight times higher than it was last year, he has walked eight more batters than last year and his WAR has dropped by 3.9.

    Rays fans have to hold their breath when Rodney takes the mound, and what he does simply can't be good for their hearts.

    Don't expect Rodney to keep closing for the Rays if he struggles like this in the second half of the season.


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