Albert Pujols may be struggling, but there are major-league regulars doing even worse.
Albert Pujols you know about. The $240 million man has yet to get untracked for the Angels and ended the month of April hitting a paltry .217/.265/.304 without a homer. He's hardly the only hitter who has begun 2012 in a funk, though. In fact, 41 other hitters came into Tuesday with True Averages lower than or equal to that of Pujols' .225 in at least 65 plate appearances, i.e., enough to qualify for the batting title. Sure, those are small samples sizes, but we're 14 percent of the way through the season, with one page of the calendar wadded up into a ball, so it's not like we can't at least gawk at the outliers. What follows is a look at a half-dozen AL hitters—none of them as good as Pujols to begin with, admittedly—who are struggling to an even greater degree than the Angels slugger, and where they and their teams might go from here.
A later bloomer seems to be emerging in the nation's capital, while Motown may be finding the hits with a sophomore.
Today, I thought I’d look at a couple players who are having surprising seasons but who I’m buying into almost completely.
Brennan Boesch | DET | OF: I’m buying into Boesch’s terrific season. I was impressed with his power as a rookie last year, and I was a little surprised when there was talk that he would not begin 2011 with the big-league club. He made the team in a part-time role, but that didn’t last long; Boesch is starting most every day now.
The tater trots for June 6: big games from Nelson Cruz and Brennan Boesch. Also, the return of Adam Rosales.
A light day for home runs - in the majors at least. The minors were a different story. Monday did have good news in one form, though. It was the day Major League Baseball welcomed Adam Rosales back to the field. There will be more on that in a minute.
Should you trust the April roar of a certain Tiger? Will Frenchy in the Kansas City summer end as poorly as the Russian winter did for the French?
Making Marc Normandin's Right Fielder Rankings, albeit very near the bottom, is Brennan Boesch, and his nine home runs and 35 runs batted in (according to PECOTA), accompanying his .249 batting average to the tune of -$21 in mixed-league value. Yes, as with last April, Boesch is forcing his way into more playing time, and the flexibility of other Tigers has allowed him to play instead of not only fellow outfielder Magglio Ordonez, but also utility man Ryan Raburn and catcher Alex Avila. He didn't go on an offseason workout binge, so the cliché of choice is: "He's more relaxed and hitting the ball hard", according to Jim Leyland.
Brennan Boesch may be burning bright, but how long can it be till he fades away?
The 3rd-highest TAv (.339) in the American League belongs to a player with a.225/.269/.372 weighted-mean projection. PECOTA was so pessimistic about his prospects that even his 90% projection called for a sub-replacement performance; for added insult, his ten-year forecast banished him below replacement-level through 2019.