By: Noah Wright
Jeff Roberson / Associated Press
While it is only the middle of April, some players, who are supposed to be large cogs of the team, are not performing like they were predicted so far. Let's look at 5 players who have not lived up to their predicted performance. (Note: this list is made in no particular order)
1.) Neil Walker (2B/1B)
While Walker has never been an amazing hitter, he has always been solid with the bat. After coming off of 2 solid season between The Mets, and Brewers, Walker is only batting .188/.264/.208 in 53 PA’s.
2.) Edwin Encarnacion (DH/1B)
After coming off a very good season in his first year in an Indians’ jersey, is getting off to a slow start, hitting .146/.255/.333 with 3 homeruns in 56 PA’s. While the home run total is normal, but the OBP and average is way down for him
3.) Kenley Jansen (RP)
The Dodgers’ closer came off one of the best seasons by a closer last year, while only walking 7, and striking out 109, with 1.32 ERA, but has gotten off a horrible start this year. He has already walked 2, and blown a save.
4.) Yu Darvish (SP)
The Cubs signed Darvish over the offseason to a big contract. In his first 3 starts, Darvish has surrendered 10 earned runs, 3 home runs, and walked 7 in 15 innings of work. While his strikeout numbers are above average (10.2 K/9), all his other numbers are way below average to where they usually are.
5.) Logan Morrison (DH/1B)
Morrison has always been a good slugger, but had a career year last year with The Tampa Bay Rays. His good 2017 year earned him a 2 year contract with The Minnesota Twins, and has gotten off to one of the slowest starts to any player so far this season. In his 39 plate appearances so far this season, Morrison has batted a .088/.205/.118, with an uncharacteristic 0 home runs and .118 slugging %.