In the second part of my first post of this series which featured the AL East, I will be going over the most disappointing player from the pretty weak division, the AL Central.
People might think that the All-Star catcher, Yasmani Grandal is the obvious choice, but I think that their most disappointing player is Lucas Giolito. He’s already given up 25 runs through only 41.2 innings pitched and has a below-average H/9, HR/9, and ERA. Fortunately for the South Side, Giolito’s lackluster performance hasn’t had a huge effect on their success since the rest of their rotation, and the offense has sounded on all cylinders.
I haven’t watched much of the Cleveland Indians this year, but by looking at the stats, Eddie Rosario has been very disappointing. I can’t say whether he is the MOST, but he’s up there. Rosario walks at a decent rate, doesn’t strike out terribly, but just hasn’t hit very well. He has a measly slash line of .207/.265/.326. Rosario was a very solid player for Minnesota for many years but hasn’t found a groove in Cleveland
For Kansas City, I have to say that Mike Minor has been very disappointing. They acquired him to have a veteran arm, who could eat up innings for KC but he has done everything but that. His per nine stats aren’t very bad, but he’s given up 25 runs in 43 innings pitched which is too much for a veteran like him.
Somehow the Detroit Tigers aren’t in the last place in the AL Central because the Twins suck. We’ve won 6 of our last 8 because our rotation has been elite since May 8th. There have been many disappointments so far, Tarik Skubal, Willi Castro, and Jonathan Schoop just to name a few but so far I’d say JaCoby Jones has been very disappointing. I’ve always been a fan of Jones, he has elite defensive abilities and showed a ton of offensive promise in the shortened season last year. His elite 30 games of the 2020 season deceived me very much because he has sunk back into his 2018/2019 form. As of now, he has a miserable slash line of .165/.200/.253. I don’t think Jones will recover from this terrible start, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we send him down to AAA, and call up a few OF prospects to see who can play, some names being Daz Cameron, Derek Hill, and maybe another prospect.
In the last place, we have the Minnesota Twins who suck even more than the Tigers so far. Kenta Maeda has been their most disappointing player in my opinion. He is supposed to be their ace but has done awful in many outings. He has a terrible 5.26 ERA, 11.7H/9, and a measly 7.7K/9. There are many other candidates for the most disappointing Twin since they have been extremely disappointing as a whole but as of now, I’d say it is Kenta Maeda.
Next will be the most disappointing player on each team in the AL West.