The All Disappointment Team - Fantasy Baseball April 2022

The criteria to be part of this notorious squad are simple. A player must be owned in at least 80% of leagues and be underperforming at an impressive clip, likely without much on the horizon for hope of a turnaround. These are players that you can afford to sell for pennies on the dollar or cut outright and let someone else feel the pain that you have been feeling to this point in the season. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be able to look back on this list in September and realize how accurate the call was for each and every player. You are welcome in advance.

Catcher – Mitch Garver – Texas Rangers

Affectionately referred to as Garvsauce, sadly I think the sauce may be getting a little bit lumpy. What is often underappreciated about Garver is his age. He really didn’t break out until his age 28 season and is now 31. It is only his 6th season, but he has only played over 100 games once (taking into account 2020 didn’t allow for that). However, through the first month of the season his more defensively sound and much younger fellow backstop Jonah Heim has outshined him in literally every offensive category. Garvsauce is not cooking right now at all. He is not barreling the ball, not hitting it hard and is striking out at a decent clip. It is going to be tough for the Rangers to continue to run out an offensive catcher when he is not producing.

First Base – Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

Everything in me wants to see Joey Votto succeed, too bad the Reds did not feel the same way this offseason. Admittedly I bought in on him at the end of the season last year thinking that magic was going to continue into this year. I just don’t think there is anything left after the clock was turned back last year. His home run numbers returned after a three year hiatus last year, but they aren’t there now. Without a lineup around him he is just not hitting the ball period. He is still walking at a decent clip, which is what we’d expect from the 5 time league leader in walks. That is the only positive that you can find this month though. He is striking out, missing the ball and when he is making contact it is weak. Everyone knows father time is undefeated and it really looks like he might be tapping the face of that franchise on the shoulder right now. Sell sell sell.

Second Base – Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies

While he has had some good years in the minors there isn’t anything that really jumps off the page. He put together a solid season last year, but in his previous cameos at the big league level he has done very poorly. He is another guy that is not making solid contact with the ball and is striking out at just a hair under 30% of the time. Seeing a guy have a tough time taking advantage of the best hitters ballpark in baseball is worrisome. Coupling a very high whiff and chase rate along with that K rate, is cause for me to abandon ship. There isn’t really anyone challenging him in the near term for his spot so there is opportunity to get things back on track, but I really don’t see it.

Third Base – Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals

I am admittedly a little jaded due to the injury history; and, shocker, at the time of this writing he is dealing with another malady. What he provides in possible upside is crazy as far as stolen bases are concerned. Looking at his OBP throughout his career though and it is consistently below league average. That would be fine if he hit for average, but is a career .244 hitter. Those stolen bases don’t mean as much if you can’t get on base to steal them. You have to question if he is bringing a pool noodle to the plate with him right now. He is virtually pacing the league in whiff and K rate. Let us add in a below average chase and walk rate and we have a sour stew. He is missing everything and what he is hitting is leaving his bat about as fast as a Zack Greinke fastball. If you can sell someone on the upside, make that trade, otherwise it might be time to cut bait.

Shortstop – Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees

The curious case of Gleyber is just that. Honestly a lot of peripheral statistics do not suggest that he should be doing as poorly as he is. He has not had an objectively good season since 2019, despite having solid OBP’s the past few years. He really does not strike out a lot, but does not make solid or consistent contact. He is not walking as much as he needs to either which is exemplified by the fact that he is in the bottom 15% when it comes to chasing. A low K rate with a lot of chasing of pitches tells me he is a pitchers best friend in producing a lot of weak contact. The fact that he doesn’t have a direct path to every day play in the field is the final nail in the coffin for me. He is the 5th infielder on that team with multiple infielders that play multiple positions. We know he doesn’t have the glove that Kiner-Falefa has, so you can do what the Yankees are doing and fade him into the background.

Outfielder – Randy Arozarena – Tampa Bay Rays

I may not be popular with this take, but I have never been a believer. He deserves credit for a good official rookie campaign and subsequent Rookie of the Year honors last year, but that is where it ends for me. I really think that so much of his love comes from that all-time playoff performance that he put on in 2020. He has already seen as many at bats as he did during that magical 2020 regular season and the difference in the numbers are startling. He has yet to barrel a ball up this year and needless to say is not hitting anything solidly. He is not walking at all, ringing in at a 1.6% clip. He really cannot afford to take this approach at the plate when he continues to strike out at the rate he does which puts him in the bottom third of the league. He has speed to burn too, but got thrown out at a 33% clip last year which sullies the 20 SBs that he did have. If the Rays are smart they will be more judicious with when they throw the steal sign down for him and that caps value there too. He is not hitting fastballs and is struggling to hit off-speed pitching with even a tennis racquet right now.

Outfielder – Joey Gallo – New York Yankees

There is a lot to be said for those that can handle playing in the Big Apple. The list of players that it has chewed up and spit out is not short. Mr. Gallo will be one of the names included on that list for me. Avoiding strikeouts and having a good batting average have never been the calling card for him, but holy smokes is he taking that to a new level in 2022. His barrel rate (top 5%) and hard hit rate (top 25%) do not completely support his slash line of .146/.255/.167, but everything else does. He is in the bottom 7% with whiff rate, bottom 2% with K rate and bottom 25% with chase rate. Through 74 games in the Bronx between 2021 and 2022 his slash line is .157/.293/.356 which for those of you good at mathematics means his OPS sits at .649. Putrid is the word for those numbers. No it is not a full season, but the .170 drop in OPS last year coupled with an elevated K rate after the trade tells me enough that New York ain’t quite for him. He is definitely someone worth moving if you can.

Outfielder – Jarred Kelenic – Seattle Mariners

I am going to go out on a limb and press the panic button on this top prospect for the Mariners. In fairness to him he was a true rookie last year and spring training was a joke this year, but he has looked anything but overmatched since his call up in 2021. He has shown the ability to destroy a baseball one out of every 100 swings, but that right there is the problem. He is not making consistent contact with the baseball. He is barreling the ball up well when he is making contact, but he is striking out a metric ton right now. Almost a 38% clip. If his numbers last year weren’t so bad it would be one thing, but he has managed to outdo himself so far in the first month of 2022. The lack of hard contact and a high whiff and K rate really make me nervous. If I have some capital invested in him, I would seriously consider shopping him if you can get a price you are comfortable with.

Pitcher – Ranger Suarez – Philadelphia Phillies

This is a guy that Tessmonster was high on, so I would expect some blowback from including him on this squad. Honestly, I have been pretty high on him too, especially with how he performed at the end of the 2021 campaign. What we have seen thus far is not great in 2022 though. While he is not giving up a lot of hard contact and is right at league average with how guys are barreling up his pitching, that is where the positives end. He is not getting whiffs on his pitches nor is he getting guys to chase. He is issuing a fair amount of walks and is not striking anyone out. His fastball is sitting in the low 90s and his spin rate on that pitch has him in the bottom 1% of all pitchers. The result is that hitters are hitting that pith all over the park when he throws it. He has already given up a third as many hits in 2022 on his fastball as he did in 2021. His numbers aren’t horrific right now, but if that 1.8 WHIP means anything, it may be a good idea to get something for him while last year’s performance is still fresh in people’s minds.

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