1. Pablo Sandoval – The Giants first and third basemen had a monster season in 2009, his first full year in the majors. The Kung Fu Panda is having a sophomore slump however, batting near .260 after he hit an impressive .330 last year. The balls aren’t flying off his bat like they did last year either, with the Panda having only six home runs so far, far from the 25 home run pace he had last season.
His season has been a disappointment but not worthy of dropping from your team. Some time on the bench until he figures things out is the way is the best move right now. His ability to play two positions and his potential make him too valuable to drop, which is why he is still owned in 99 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Aaron Hill – Toronto’s second basemen is hitting under the Mendoza Line and still playing for some reason. Hill is coming off a monster season just like teammate Adam Lind and will finish the year nowhere close to 2009 where hit .286 with 36 home runs. Having 13 home runs this year isn’t bad but having no average means he should not be in anybody’s starting lineup at all.
Even if Hill gets hot, the owners of Hill will have wasted opportunities keeping him in for so long. With 78 percent of ESPN leagues having him on a roster, it’s apparent too many owners are hoping he turns things around. Second base is a hard position to find power hitters but his home runs will not make up for his complete lack of hitting.
3. Adam Lind – Toronto’s designated hitter had a career season that shocked the league along with Aaron Hill. Right now it looks like 2009 was years away as Lind is struggling mightily, hitting near .210 with a dozen home runs after batting over .300 and 35 bombs last season. Whether this year is just a bad year or last season was just an anomaly, Lind owners are not getting what they thought they would get this year.
Lind still has power but his average is so low that he isn’t reliable right now. His OBP is only .270, making it difficult for him to score any runs at all. All power and low average players can be found available in every league that are doing better than he is right now. Being held in 65 percent of ESPN leagues, Lind is not worth having in your lineup right now.