The All-Star Break is here and it’s time to celebrate by assembling a team of players from across the league who have disappointed us all. And by us all, I mean you, because I didn’t draft any of these chumps (ed. I did draft Beckham. One time). We’re looking for players who have the league’s worst BABIP and no excuses for their sorry play. We’re talking bad Batting Average of Balls In Play numbers, low Line Drive Percentages and ginormous Fly Ball Percentages. Tales of big slumps and even bigger slumpbusters. Close your eyes and swing baby, welcome to the Aaron Hill All Stars!
Rod Barajas C enters the second half just outside the bottom ten in BABIP (.232) and LD% (13.8%). Rod’s claim to fame is his 66.3% FB%. Mark Reynolds was so intimidated by Rod’s Fly Ball Percentage, he declined his invitation to the Aaron Hill All-Stars. None of this is new to Barajas, he is used to putting up these kind of ugly numbers. Honorable mention goes to Kurt Suzuki.
Carlos Pena 1B is tied for the sixth worst BABIP (.223) and the ninth lowest LD% (13.6%). Both numbers would be career lows for him. Pena however, isn’t reaching for the skies anymore, he is transforming his game from power to speed. Pena is hitting more ground balls than ever (46.6% GB%). I’m sure he’ll eventually work to get his upper cut swing back, his Batting Average back up to .230 and everything will be back to normal.
Our man of the hour, Aaron Hill 2B not only has the league’s worst BABIP (.182), but he also has the honor of having the league’s lowest LD% (9.2%). With a career low in BABIP, comes a career high in FB%. Hill’s career average for FB% is 40.2%, but this season it’s up to 53.3% and the early showings in July (59.3%) are not encouraging. This is a freak show ladies and gentlemen, gaze from afar. Honorable mention goes to Gordon Beckham.
Juan Uribe SS was a little forced here, but his .265 BABIP and 17.9% LD% are both below his career averages and it wouldn’t be an All-Star team without someone who didn’t quite belong. Juan Uribe is the Omar Infante of the Aaron Hill All-Stars.
José Bautista 3B joins his team mate among the league’s worst. Bautista’s 53.8% FB% contributes to the league’s eighth worst BABIP (.224). Bautista’s FB% trails only that of Barajas, Reynolds and Aramis. His 16.4% LD% is pretty bad, but it is actually one percent above his career average. Honorable mention goes to Pedro Feliz.
Carlos Quentin OF doesn’t usually have a good BABIP (career .249) or LD% (career 15.8%), so it is no surprise to see him sitting here at the All-Star break with a .223 BABIP and 14.9% LD%. Quentin is also the proud owner of the league’s ninth highest FB% (50.7%). Even with his huge week heading into the break (six HR in four games), he still has a 10.5% LD% in the month of July.
It’s likely there was a lot of hate mail mixed around with Nate McLouth‘s OF invitation to join the Aaron Hill All-Stars. McLouth is experiencing a career low in BABIP and a career high in strikeouts. McLouth’s LD% (16.5%) is nearly two percent below his career average and his FB% (45.5%) doesn’t do much to help utilize his speed. It’s no wonder why he has a .176 Batting Average
Shane Victorino OF joins the team with a .253 BABIP, 15.2 LD% and a FB% (41.3%) that is six percent above his career average. The Pineapple Express usually posts a 19.0% LD%, so his 15.2% clip is a far cry from the norm. Early showings in July (13.2%) were not encouraging. He can be a streaky hitter, enjoy the ride. Honorable mention goes to Carlos Lee, Juan Rivera and Mark Kotsay.
Andruw Jones is a great DH for the All-Stars as he brings to us, the league’s second worst BABIP and LD% and no defense. His .209 BABIP is sixty-five points below his career average (.274) and his 10.6% LD% is nearly seven percent below his career average (17.5%). To top it all off, Jones is hitting fly balls at a 45.4% clip. Not a career high, but above average for him.