10 MLB disappointments so far in 2019

10 MLB disappointments so far in 2019

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10 MLB disappointments so far in 2019

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Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers

He’s currently on the 10-day Injured List because of a right knee strain, but taking a break was probably in Odor’s best interest at the moment. The young second baseman is currently slashing .167/.255/.214 with no home runs, two RBI, and five runs scored through 47 plate appearances.

When looking at hitters with at least 40 plate appearances, Odor’s 25 wRC+ is among the 25 worst. One encouraging part of his offensive game is his increased walk rate. After a career-low 3.0% mark in 2016, it jumped up to 4.9% in ’17 before going even higher to 8.0% this past season. That number is currently at 8.5%. Unfortunately, it’s been accompanied by a 31.9% strikeout rate, which would easily be a career-worst mark if the season ended today.

At first glance, Odor’s batted-ball profile looks pretty good since there is a drop in ground balls, but his hard-hit rate is down to 33.3% (45.2% in ’18). While his 44.0% fly-ball rate seems healthy for a hitter who likes to slug dingers, it’s basically negated by the fact that his infield-fly rate is a ridiculous 36.4%.

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