Yesterday I posted the Fantasy All Breakout team for 2010. Here is my take for the 2010 Fantasy All Bust Team.
C-Chris Iannetta-COL-the Rockies signed Miguel Olivo in the offseason to backup Iannetta, but Iannetta proved that 2009 was no fluke and he did not hit. In 2009, Iannetta his .228-.344-.460 with 16 HRs and 52 RBIs. The power was nice, but the BA, not so much. This year, fantasy owners expected more from Iannetta, but he disappointed yet again. He is hitting .210-.325-.426 with just 9 HRs and 17 RBIs. With catching prospect Wilin Rosario in AA, Iannetta may have just one more year in Colorado.
1B-Prince Fielder-MIL-many expected Fielder to duplicate his 40+ HR, 140 RBI 2009 season, but Fielder's production dropped in 2010. The even year curse reared its head again, as Fielder has underperformed in the even year this decade. His 30 HR, 76 RBI, .269 BA season are well below his 2009 power stats. Fielder more than likely will not be a Brewer by the end of the 2011 season.
2B-Chase Utley-PHI-after going 31-93-112-23-.282-.397-.508 in 2009, Utley has underperformed his draft round to the tune of 15-58-67-9-.277-.390-.454 this season. His season has been marred by injuries, which I think has sapped some of his power and speed. He will still be a second or third round pick in 2011, but I am fearful that we are seeing the beginnings of a decline in production from Utley going forward.
SS-Jimmy Rollins-PHI-I thought about Derek Jeter here, and he has had a down year, but Rollins has gone 7-37-47-7-.245-.324-.372 after going 21-77-100-31-.250-.296-.423 in 2009. Rollins had a slow start to the 2009 season, but had a strong second half which many fantasy owners felt was a sign that he was back to his normal production level. Rollins turns 32 in November and I am wondering if all the leg injuries are catching up with him and affecting his game at the plate, on the basepaths and in the field.
3B-Pablo Sandoval-SFG-Sandoval had a solid 2009 season, his first full year in the majors, where he hit 25-90-79-.330-.387-.556. So, here we are on September 21st and Kung Fu Panda is hitting a measly 12-60-59-.264-.318-.402 this season. Not only has his BABIP dropped by 60+ points, but his ISO has dropped by almost 50% from .226 to .138. Next season will be a pivotal year for Sandoval, as he will either have to bring his weight down (he's listed at 246 lbs on Fangraphs, I bet he is closer to 265 lbs), or become a utility guy.
OF-Matt Kemp-LAD-I stated during last offseason that if I had the first pick in a mixed league, or NL-only league, I would draft Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp with the first overall pick. I was wrong. After going 26-101-97-34-.297-.352-.490 last year, Kemp started the 2010 season by hitting 7 HRs and driving in 20 in April. Well on his way to a 30-30 season, right? Not even close. Kemp is hitting 23-77-75-19 (in 34 attempts)-.251-.311-.438. Most of his drop in performance can be attributed to his drop in BABIP from .345 to .301.
OF-Justin Upton-ARI-J-Up has been hyped since getting drafted several years ago. After he went 26-86-84-20-.300-.366-.532 at the age of 22 in 2009, fantasy owners, including me, expected him to approach a 30-30 season in 2010. He has responded with a 17-60-73-17-.273-.356-.442 season so far. Injuries have affected his production, so I think he is a good bounce back candidate in 2011.
OF-Jason Bay-NYM-Bay was the top free agent hitter available last offseason, and much was expected of him after signing with the Mets. Fantasy owners expected more power from him after he went 36-119-103-13-.267-.384-.537 in Boston in 2009. This year, hitting in New York's spacious Citifield, Bay has hit 6-47-48-10-.259-.347-.402 in 348 at bats. Bay is recovering from a concussion and could come cheap in 2011 fantasy drafts.
SP-John Lackey-BOS-I could have selected several pitchers here, including the Angels Dan Haren, but I am going with the Red Sox John Lackey. Lackey has seen his ERA jump by 0.80, his WHIP jump to 1.48 from 1.27, and his K/BB ratio drop by from 2.96 to 2.01.