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


Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

There will never be a day when Simmons is known for his bat more than his glove as a big leaguer. However, his last two seasons at the plate with the Angels have been rather productive.

After posting a 90 wRC+ and 2.7 fWAR in his first year with L.A., those numbers have increased each season, with career-high marks coming in 2018 (109 wRC+ and 5.5 fWAR). He’s also registered back-to-back seasons of at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases, along with more than 120 RBI plus runs scored, making him more than a viable option in fantasy baseball circles.

It’s been a rough start for Simmons in 2019, as he’s mustered just a .520 OPS and 39 wRC+ through his first 66 plate appearances. He is swinging a lot more often (51.5% swing rate in ’19, 45.2% in ’18), but not necessarily in the right situations. Simmons’ swing rate on strikes has increased almost three percentage points, but his chase rate is currently at 37.5% (it was 28.0% at the end of last year).

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