MLB Power Rankings: Each Team’s Player Who Least Resembles a Pro Athlete

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: Each Team’s Player Who Least Resembles a Pro Athlete

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    TOKYO - DECEMBER 15:  Prince Fielder (C) of the Milwaukee Brewers poses with students while visiting Minamisuna Junior High School as part of the Major League Baseball (MLB) International Ambassador program to promote the game of baseball on December 15,
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    Nearly ever kid dreams of growing up and becoming a professional athlete. However, this dream does not come true for over 99.9% of children. However, in the MLB, there are numerous players that look like they have no business being a professional. Regardless of their looks or size, these players have proved with their skills that they are deserving of their jobs.

30) Kyle Drabek

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    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 22:  Kyle Drabek #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning of play against the Seattle Mariners on September 22, 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Matthew Manor/Getty Images)
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    The Blue Jays right-hander looks more like a kid that you would find on the beaches of California than on a pitching mound. Drabek's inclusion on this list is not all that surprising when you consider that his dad, Doug, would have made this same type of list had one been created when he was playing.

29) Jake Fox

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 11:  Jake Fox #47 of the Baltimore Orioles on July 11, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Fox doesn't have the body one would expect of a professional baseball player. While Fox weighs just 220 lbs, he does come off as a bit husky. Fox's lack of athleticism is demonstrated by the fact that he has yet to find a position to consistently play in the majors. He has played catcher, first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots in his three season. He has struggled defensively at all positions.

28) Armando Galarraga

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    DETROIT - JULY 25: Armando Galarraga #58 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the first inning against the  Toronto Blue Jays on July 25, 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 5-3.  (Photo by Leon Ha
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    The newly acquired Arizona Diamondback doesn't look much different that you or I. He could easily get lost in a crowd and no one would realize that he plays baseball for a living. With that being said, he was still just a blown call a way from having thrown a perfect game. None of us can come close to that except for that one time we were dominant in middle school.

27) Mitch Maier

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    SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Mitch Maier of the Kansas City Royals poses during photo media day at the Royals spring training complex on February 26, 2010 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Even though he is 28 years old, Maier looks like the fresh-faced new kid your company hired right out of college. However, the job that Maier got out of college is about ten times cooler than almost every other job in existence.

26) Oliver Perez

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    NEW YORK - MAY 10:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals on May 10, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Perez, doesn't look terribly athletic, but after seeing him pitch for the past few years, he is definitely the player on the Mets that least resembles a professional athlete. Perez appears to be lost every time he has stepped on the pitchers mound in recent memory.

25) Jack Cust

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 01: Jack Cust #32 of the Oakland Athletics walks back to the dugout after striking out against Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 4-1. (
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    Jake Fox, who is ranked number 29 on this list, has been compared to Jack Cust, so it is not surprising to see the Mariners outfielder on this list as well. In addition to the fact that they have similar styles of play, the players share a similar build as well.

24) Jose Ceda

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    JUPITER, FL - MARCH 02:  Pitcher Jose Ceda #50 of the Florida Marlins poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    The Marlins pitcher threw just eight and two-thirds innings last season in the majors last season but that is still enough to land him a spot on the list. At 275 lbs, Ceda looks like he is more likely to be a competitive eater than a professional baseball player.

23) Hideki Matsui

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    The Athletics outfielder looks like he belongs in the boardroom as opposed to on the ball field. Matsui has proven that he is a powerful hitter, but he appears to be more like a power broker.

22) Chris Sale

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 29: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    So many people have heard the saying, "size matters". In the case of Chris Sale, he has the height, but he never put on any weight. At 6' 5" and 170 lbs, Sale is rail thin. He looks like the kid who was bulled in high school and was called "Strech" because he was so skinny.

21) Derek Lowe

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves against the Florida Marlins at Turner Field on September 29, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Braves starter looks more like your next door neighbor than a pitcher that had 16 wins last season. Lowe has topped 20 wins once in his career and has twice been named an All-Star.

20) Ross Ohlendorf

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    PHOENIX - JULY 25:  Starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches from the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Pete
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    Ohlendorf is one of the smartest players in baseball. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He also wrote his senior thesis on the value of prospects in the major league draft. While he does not look like your typical egghead, his credentials are not what you expect when you think of a major league baseball player.

19) Travis Wood

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Starting Pitcher Travis Wood #30 of the Cincinnati Reds throws from the mound against the San Diego Padres during his team's 3-4 loss in their MLB game on September 25, 2010 at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.  (Photo by
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    Wood, who will be competing with Mike Leake for the Reds' fifth rotation spot in the spring, is one of the smaller players in baseball. As much as David Eckstein's size is talked about, Wood is four inches taller and yet ten pounds lighter. Wood still throws his fastball with an average velocity of 89.9 mph despite his small stature.

18) Matt Treanor

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Catcher Matt Treanor #15 of the Texas Rangers looks on against the New York Yankees in Game One of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees won
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    Part of the reason that Treanor, a Texas Ranger, may be viewed as unathletic is due to that fact that he is married to the incredibly athletic volleyball star Misty May. Treanor has been a backup catcher during most of his career in the majors and has achieved no where close to the recognition that his famous wife has.

17) Carlos Lee

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 28:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros runs the bases after his fifth inning two run home run against the New York Mets on August 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by J
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    The Astros' outfielder is nicknamed El Caballo, which translates to the horse. It can be assumed that this is more due to the fact that he had carried the Astros on his back than as a reference to his speed on the base paths. Lee is one of the bigger players in the MLB, weighing in at 265 lbs.

16) Heath Bell

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    Bell is one of the elite closers in baseball today. His 47 saves were second best in the majors. Bell isn't the most athletic looking player in the majors, but to our surprise, he works out everyday (or at least that's what his t-shirt says).

15) Shelly Ducan

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    GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  (EDITORS NOTE: This images was digitally desaturated.) Shelley Duncan #47 #76 poses for a portrait during the Cleveland Indians Photo Day at the training complex at Goodyear Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Goodyear, Arizona.
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    Duncan, an outfielder for the Indians, is another player who looks like he has no business being in the major leagues. He does come from a baseball family. His brother Chris has spent time in the major leagues and his father Dave is a legendary pitching coach.

14) Yadier Molina

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds second base against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium on September 17, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Yadier is the only one of the Molina brothers to make this list. While his brothers are equally deserving of a spot on this list, there were other players on their team that were perceived as less athletic. Yadier does not have that luxury.

13) Ty Wigginton

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    BALTIMORE - MAY 26:  Ty Wigginton #23 of the Baltimore Orioles walks to the dugout after striking out against the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards on May 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    It seems as if Wigginton has been around the majors for a lot longer than just nine years. He has produced four 20 home run seasons during his career. This is very surprising considering how little Wigginton, a member of the Rockies, resembles a professional athlete.

12) Carlos Zambrano

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs throws the ball in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Zambrano was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs for a
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    The feisty Cubs pitcher has been the ace of the team's staff for years. Zambrano is nicknamed Big Z. This is an obvious reference to his large stature. He is one of the many larger pitchers in the game that have been able to find success.

11) Miguel Cabrera

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers runs the bases after his first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Im
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    Miguel Cabrera is one of the top hitters in all of baseball right now. Cabrera has had documented weight problems and seems to be getting slightly bigger as time goes on. He now weighs 240 lbs, but his weight has had no negative impact on his offensive game.

10) Jonathan Broxton

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 13:  National League All-Star Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the 81st MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Like Zambrano, Broxton is a big man. The Dodgers closer weighs in just under 300 lbs. However, none of that has stopped Broxton from being successful. Broxton is able to rear back and throw powerful fastballs to hitters.

9) Jered Weaver

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    TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses during media photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 25, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Weaver, the Angels' ace, led all pitchers in strikeouts last season with 233. That's not bad for someone who looks like they would be the type of kid who never picked up a baseball. Weaver is almost the exact opposite of what fans perceive when they picture one of the top pitcher in baseball.

8) Johnny Damon

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Johnny Damon #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with reports during a press conference at Tropicana Field on February 1, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Damon earned his nickname the Caveman because of his long hair and outstanding beard during his time with the Red Sox. As if it wasn't bad enough that he signed with the Yankees, Damon went clean shaven during his tenure with the team. Now a member of the Rays, fans can only hope that he returns to the classic caveman look.

7) Dustin Pedroia

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 25:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox warms up against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Pedroia is consistently referred to as scrappy because of his size. He is one of the shorter players in the majors at just 5' 9". Even though Pedroia is so small compared to his teammates, he has managed to win the Rookie of the Year award as well as an MVP award.

6) Joe Blanton

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20:  Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out in the third inning of Game Four of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20, 2010 in San Francisc
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    Joe Blanton, a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, is a big man. Blanton weighs in at just 245 lbs, but he appears to be much larger than that. Blanton is currently waiting to see if the Phillies will trade him or if he will be the team's fifth starter next season.

5) Jim Thome

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    Jim Thome will likely be enshrined in Cooperstown. The Goonies was one of the greatest movies of the 1980's. The link between the two may not be obvious. However, Thome has a striking resemblance to Sloth, one of the characters in the movie. Both Thome and Sloth do not look athletic but each of them could hit a baseball well over 400 feet.

4) Jayson Werth

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    Jayson Werth was lucky enough to sign an nine figure deal with the Nationals this off season. Hopefully this will be enough of an incentive for him to change his look. Werth could have easily been confused with Vanilla Ice. As if it is not bad enough to be compared to the singer of "Ice, Ice Baby", Vanilla Ice was also not exactly the pinnacle of athleticism by any means. Werth has clearly overcome this unfortunate lookalike situation and is one of the better players in baseball.

3) Prince Fielder

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    ATLANTA - JULY 15:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The common believe is that the bigger someone is the more powerful they are. This especially holds true for Prince Fielder. At 5' 11" and 270 lbs, Fielder is fairly large. He is also fairly powerful. He has never hit less than 28 home runs in a full season and he topped the 50 home run mark in 2007.

2) CC Sabathia

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts after he struck out Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers to end the top of the sixth inning of Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 20
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    Year in and year out, Sabathia is at the top of two lists in baseball. He is always one of the best pitchers in the game. He is also one of the largest players in the game. At 6' 7" and 290 lbs, Sabathia is a force to be reckoned with. He is definitely not the image of what is typically considered to be athletic.

1) Tim Lincecum

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Do
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    Lincecum bares little to no resemblance to a professional athlete, however, he is one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. Lincecum's shaggy hair and young look make him appear to be more likely to be sitting in his room playing baseball video games all day than someone who is actually on the mound throwing pitches.