We, as usual, had a lot of fun on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball podcast. Though, this one was particularly interesting because host Adam Aizer spent a good deal of time yelling at me, but it was only because we had some spirited debates.
We talked about players like Giants catcher Buster Posey, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Mets third baseman David Wright and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia being busts. I really didn't like the term bust. I'm more comfortable at this stage calling players disappointing since we still have a long way to go.
But the segment this morning did get me thinking about other disappointing Fantasy options thus far, so here is a short list of players that I feel have underachieved.
Tony Cingrani, SP, Reds: Maybe Cingrani is one of the few players I'm ready to call a bust because it is what it is. He came into the season with expectations of being a breakout Fantasy player, but now he's headed to the bullpen with Mat Latos set to come off the disabled list.
Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays: Longoria on average was a second-round pick in standard mixed leagues this spring, but he's currently the 11th-highest scoring Fantasy third baseman in Rotisserie leagues and 12th-highest in points leagues. The .386 slugging percentage is really deflating his Fantasy value.
Matt Cain, SP, Giants: Cain was another player Fantasy owners were hoping would bounce back this season after he went 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 2013. He was drafted on average in the fifth round this spring, but Fantasy owners were hoping for better than a 1-4 record and 3.84 ERA through 10 starts. I bumped Cain all the way down to No. 37 in my SP rankings.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Rangers: Like Cain and Longoria, Choo was an early round pick this spring and widely considered a top 15 Fantasy outfielder. Heck, I still have him in my top 10 rankings for outfielders, but his production has been lacking. He's had just four Fantasy weeks with 20 or more Fantasy points and isn't among the top 30 Fantasy scoring outfielders in either Head-to-Head or Rotisserie formats.
Jean Segura, SS, Brewers: Segura has been better from a Fantasy standpoint as of late, averaging 16.6 Fantasy points over the last five scoring periods after averaging 10.8 Fantasy points the first five scoring periods. Though, Segura was in that top group of shortstops to draft this spring, and he's being outscored by the likes of Erick Aybar, Alcides Escobar and even Brandon Crawford in points leagues.
I'm sure we could talk all day about more players that haven't quite lived up to their Draft Day expectations, but I wanted to share a few others since we didn't have time to talk about them on the podcast.