The 2018 Major League campaign is at its midway point and it’s time to reflect on each team’s most overrated player, to date. Some players that made the cut for this list may have a star-powered name and have played on teams that have won World Series titles in recent memory, but that doesn’t exempt these Big Leaguers from being labeled as overrated on the baseball diamond.
Though, there are few ball clubs such as the Atlanta Braves that have shocked the baseball world with their youthful talent and have made the speculation difficulty to decipher for which respective player has been the most overhyped. But of course there are other underachieving teams this season that may have a number of overrated players, which could also entail some former Cy Young award winners from a starting rotation.
While some of the fans’ favorite and most entertaining players may have struck out and found their way onto this list, the reality is that there are too many overrated players around the Majors.
There’s always hope for after the MLB All-Star break for players to turn their seasons around, but let’s take a look at every MLB teams most overrated player from 2018.
30 Arizona Diamondbacks - Chris Owings
The Arizona Diamondback drafted outfielder Chris Owings with the 41st selection at the 2009 MLB Draft, and since that time the Charleston, South Carolina native hasn’t come close to meeting expectations of a first-round draft pick.
The right-handed batter has a career batting average of .251 since taking to the field out in the desert back in 2013 with the D-backs and has never recorded more than 51 RBIs in a season. Yes, Owings can play numerous positions, but he’s Arizona’s most overrated player in 2018.
29 Atlanta Braves - Julio Teheran
The Atlanta Braves are one of the league’s best feel-good stories on the year as 2018 nears the All-Star Break.
The National League East’s first-place Braves have had impressive outings all season from the team’s starting rotation, but then there’s Julio Teheran who is the team’s most overrated player and pitcher.
Teheran, 27, signed a six-year deal worth $32-million plus back in 2014 with Atlanta, but the right-hander has been an average pitcher at best while posting an ERA above 4.00 more often than not.
28 Baltimore Orioles - Mark Trumbo
The 2018 season has been dismal for the American League East’s Baltimore Orioles and the campaign hasn’t been much better for DH, Mark Trumbo.
The Anaheim, California native’s best playing days appear to be behind him, and Trumbo’s RBI production has been down this season in comparison to years past, too.
Perhaps the once considered power-hitter left his homerun power in San Diego, California when he participated in the 2016 Home Run Derby. Trumbo, 32, is set to make $11 million this season and next year.
27 Boston Red Sox - Eduardo Núñez
Entering the 2018 MLB campaign, the Boston Red Sox, and their loyal fan-base could look back at the past two seasons for infielder, Eduardo Núñez, and almost guarantee that the Dominican Republic native would more than likely be one of the team’s better hitters.
Though, after posting a batting-average about the .300 benchmark the former New York Yankee is currently batting below .260. The one-time all-star (2016) had a commendable season last year at Fenway Park, but he’s turned out to the Red Sox’s most overrated player to date.
26 Chicago Cubs - Jose Quintana
After spending parts of six seasons across the city with the American League’s Chicago White Sox, starting pitcher Jose Quintana has now found himself as the Chicago Cubs’ most overrated player on the team’s active roster.
No. 62 has never posted an ERA under 3.00 and while the left-hander is on pace for 14 wins in 2018, he’s probably not worth being the team’s third-highest-paid starting pitcher ($8 million-plus). The expectations were set higher than what he’s been able to perform at Wrigley Field for the past season and a half.
25 Chicago White Sox - Yoan Moncada
The Chicago White Sox acquired one of baseball’s (then) top prospects with the trade for Yoan Moncada in exchange for one of the game’s top pitchers in Chris Sale back in 2016 offseason.
Considering that Moncada is was supposed to provide a bright future for a perennial non-playoff contender in the White Sox, the infielder has been far from that projected all-star caliber Big Leaguer.
The right-handed bat has had a dismal batting average since joining Chicago’s American League squad, and he’s displayed that he’s not going to be the power-hitter that he was expected to be either (.417 slugging percentage).
24 Cincinnati Reds - Billy Hamilton
Sure, outfielder Billy Hamilton has proven that he can steal bases almost better than anyone else to run the MLB’s basepaths recently, but Hamilton has been one of the Reds more overrated players since joining the big club back in 2014.
The Taylorsville, Mississippi native had a commendable rookie campaign in 2014, but since that time his performance level has arguably declined by each passing season. The switch-hitter is good for at least 50 stolen bases and 100-plus hits a year, but his on-base-percentage should be higher than it’s been over the past three seasons.
23 Cleveland Indians - Jason Kipnis
It’s been an exciting day at the ballpark recently for the city of Cleveland and its beloved Indians, but with success also comes players that are overvalued. For the Tribe that player happens to be, Jason Kipnis.
The longtime Indian and two-time all-star’s best days are already behind him, but the infielder is still valued by the Tribe as one of their top players. Yes, he adds a key veteran presence to the Indians lineup, but he also arguably is worth being the Indians’ second-highest-paid player on their roster at the moment ($13 million-plus).
22 Colorado Rockies - Carlos Gonzalez
The one-time 40 home-run hitter (2015) in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is currently the most overrated player on the Colorado Rockies.
A struggling Rockies team should have parted ways with Gonzalez over two years ago, but the team continues to treat the 32-year-old as an integral asset to Colorado’s everyday lineup.
The three time all-star has had his moments at Coors Field, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Rockies are betting off not re-signing one of their more overrated players in franchise history to date.
21 Detroit Tigers - Michael Fulmer
The Detroit Tigers are stuck most overrated player happens to be one of the team’s starting pitchers and a right-hander that won the league’s 2016 Rookie of the Year.
While Michael Fulmer is still young at the age of 25, the former first-round draft pick (2011, New York Mets) is already panning out to be an average Big Leaguer at best. The righty has yet to finish a campaign with an ERA below 3.00 and he’s already on pace to allow more runs this season than in 2017 with the Tigers (80).
20 Houston Astros - Dallas Keuchel
The American League West’s Houston Astros have more than one Cy Young award winning pitcher in their starting rotation, but it’s the likes of Dallas Keuchel who’s the team’s most overrated player.
His resume looks impressive on paper considering Keuchel, 30, has won three Gold Gloves, is a two-time all-star and helped the Astros win a memorable World Series Title last year but he’s still been catered more than he should be. Aside from one notable playoff performance, the left-hander has been average in the postseason and has had plenty of support with Houston’s all-star lineup for the past handful of seasons now.
19 Kanas City Royals - Alex Gordon
After winning the World Series in 2015, the Kansas City Royals are no longer kings of baseball. The team’s success was brief, and that also entails longtime Royal Alex Gordon as the team’s most overrated player.
While the former first-round draft pick (2005) has taken home five Gold Glove awards, he’s still proven to have been an average hitter at best for over a handful of seasons to date.
The American League Central could have arguably been one of the weakest divisions in the MLB when Gordon was first receiving praise as one of the best players on Kansas City, too.
18 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Kole Calhoun
Even with one of the best players in the MLB in Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have found themselves in the basement for the American League West.
There are a few players to blame for the team’s recent dive in the divisional standings, but outfielder Kole Calhoun happens to be the most overrated player on the Angels. After winning a Gold Glove in 2015, his offensive numbers have taken a dive just like Los Angeles’ direction in the standings. The Angels rewarded Calhoun with a nice payday back in 2017 worth $6 million (AAV), but he hasn’t since lived up to the hype.
17 Los Angeles Dodgers - Justin Turner
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been an exciting team to watch in recent memory, but the City of Angels’ most overrated baseball play is Justin Turner.
The infielder has had some impressive seasons on the West Coast since leaving the New York Mets after the 2013 campaign, but his performance on the baseball diamond has been overhyped. It appears that Turner, 33, has come back down to reality this season. The Fullerton, California native more than likely won’t finish the season with at least a .300 batting average for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.
16 Miami Marlins - Wei-Yin Chen
Yes, Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins are in a rebuild but that doesn’t mean that South Beach can’t also play the role of host for one the Marlins’ most overrated players.
Miami’s starting pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen, is currently overvalued by the Marlins considering he’s on the books for $10 million a year.
The left-hander has an ERA above 5.00 and hasn’t shown any signs of being a 10- game winner any time soon, again. One can wonder that if No. 54 wasn’t a lefty that if he’d even still be in the Big Leagues.
15 Milwaukee Brewers - Ryan Braun
Yes, years after Ryan Braun was suspended for an extended period of time for breaking the league’s substance policy, he’s still considered the most overrated player on the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
The fact that the former National League MVP (2011) is still valued and the highest paid player on the Brew-Crew speaks volumes. Braun, 34, will more than likely reach 20 home runs this season, but he’s still one of the more overrated players in recent memory, for obvious reasons.
14 Minnesota Twins - Miguel Sano
Two years removed from almost winning the American League’s Rookie of the Year, and less than one year removed from being an all-star, Miguel Sano can now be labeled as the Minnesota Twins most overrated player.
Sure, the youngster has displayed power at the plate early on in his career, but his overall performance level has plateaued in the Twin City. Entering this year’s MLB All-Star break, the right-handed batter is barely batting above .200. The struggling Twins will need a big second half from Sano to prove the doubters wrong, but it doesn’t look promising for either side.
13 New York Mets - Jeurys Familia
It hasn’t been pretty in 2018 and in the Big Apple for the New York Mets. While the team has had a number of players underperform, the Mets’ closer in Jeurys Familia would be New York’s most overrated player.
Familia has displayed signs of being a potential all-star closer, but more often than not he struggles to get batters out and with little work to accomplish from the start.
He’s flashy, but he’s been overrated since joining the Mets back in 2012.
12 New York Yankees - Masahiro Tanaka
It seems that both of New York’s Big League teams have overrated players that are pitchers. However, for the New York Yankees that player happens to be a starting pitcher. Masahiro Tanaka has been teasing Yankees fans since his sensational rookie campaign in 2014, but the reality is that he’s been overrated since that time.
Tanaka, 29, has recorded more than 10 wins in each of his last four seasons but he’s had plenty of run support in the process. The Itami, Japan native has been inconsistent more times than during the regular season, but because of his brief postseason success, he’s overvalued by the Bronx Bombers.
11 Oakland Athletics - Jonathan Lucroy
Catcher and first baseman, Jonathan Lucroy, has been overhyped for years since joining the Majors back in 2010. Now, the 32-year-old finds himself as the Oakland Athletics' most overrated player.
Lucroy’s power numbers have dropped and so has his batting average since relocating to the Bay Area. The former two-time all-star was pursued and acquired by the Colorado Rockies at last year’s MLB Trade Deadline, and perhaps Colorado’s air took a bigger toll on one of the league’s most overrated players.
10 Philadelphia Phillies - Jake Arrieta
The City of Brotherly Love can only hope that times change for its latest expensive addition to the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting rotation for 2018 and beyond.
Right-hander, Jake Arrieta, was once a Cy Young award-winning pitcher and World Series champion in the same year; but now the 32-year-old is the most overrated player on the Phillies.
Arrieta hasn’t been able to strikeout hitters as often as he used to, yet he’s playing in a weak National League East Division.
9 Pittsburgh Pirates - Gregory Polanco
Yes, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has only been in the Big Leagues for four seasons, but the 26-year-old is still the Bucs’ most overrated player. There was hope that Polanco would be one of the league’s more dynamic players when he first donned a Pirates’ uniform back in 2014, but that hasn’t been the case.
The left-handed batter hasn’t been able to take advantage of PNC Park’s favorable outfield dimensions when he’s at the plate, and at this rate, the Pirates have overvalued him. Polanco signed a five-year deal worth $35 million last season, and he’s now found himself on this list.
8 San Diego Padres - Freddy Galvis
It’s been a rough stretch for the San Diego Padres over the past two decades, but that’s no excuse for shortstop Freddy Galvis. After spending six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, the switch-hitter signed a friendly one-year deal worth $6 million-plus with San Diego during the offseason.
Though, Galvis continues to prove that he’s been overhyped since joining the Majors back in 2012. He’ll show signs of potential every so often, but the 28-year-old has been inconsistent more times than not and is currently the second highest player on the Padres’ roster.
7 San Francisco Giants - Brandon Belt
Yes, he’s won two World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants, but Brandon Belt is the most overrated player on the Bay Area’s beloved Giants.
The one-time all-star (2016) has been average at the plate considering how valued he is year after year at the beautiful AT&T Park.
The 30-year-old is the fourth highest paid player on San Francisco’s roster, while bringing in $16 million a year. That’s a steep price for a player that’s never batted above .300 and doesn’t own a Gold Glove, either.
6 Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez
He’s been labeled as the King in Seattle, but starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been one of the more overrated players in recent memory. The Mariners’ right-hander has brought a sense of excitement to the sport and for fans alike, but for a player that’s received as much hype as King Felix, one could argue that he’s overrated.
No, the Mariners haven’t given Hernandez much offensive or defensive support since joined the club back in 2005, but considering that he only had one Cy Young award also reiterates his overvalued performance on the mound in Seattle.
5 St. Louis Cardinals - Marcell Ozuna
There was a lot of hype surrounding outfielder Marcell Ozuna after he entered the Majors with the Miami Marlins back in 2013. It was from that point on that the Dominican Republic native was highly sought by playoff contending teams to acquire, but it was the St. Louis Cardinals that landed the two-time all-star this past offseason.
Aside from last season, Ozuna has been overrated and his days in St. Louis can prove that. The right-handed batter is not performing anywhere near the level that he was in the past, and even then one could argue that Ozuna was still overrated and just stood out on bad Marlins’ teams.
4 Tampa Bay Rays – Kevin Kiermaier
It’s easy for a small market fan-base and organization to fall in love with their own players, and that’s a prime example of Kevin Kiermair with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Yes, the outfielder can bring an uncanny sense of energy to the Rays’ dugout and out on the diamond, but consider that he’s never recorded more than 40 RBIs in a season should be eye-opening.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native has shown signs of exceptional flair and power at the plate, but it’s been inconsistent. Perhaps Tampa could have been better off parting ways with this overrated player, or maybe that valuable trade possibility is too late.
3 Texas Rangers - Cole Hamels
It may be hard to believe, but starting pitcher Cole Hamels is the highest paid player on the Texas Rangers’ roster ($22 million AAV). Hamels was a solid pitcher for Philadelphia from 2006 until 2015 when he was traded to the Texas Rangers, but since joining Texas the former first-round draft pick (2002) has been overrated.
Hamels, 34, has been inconsistent and has only been an all-star once in the past five seasons. For someone he’s making as much money as he is, one would think that the left-hander would have more to show for in recent memory.
2 Toronto Blue Jays - Russel Martin
The Toronto Blue Jays have shown signs of hope over the past handful of seasons, especially when the Jays made back-to-back appearances in the American League Championship Series (2015-2016). Though, 2018 has been disappointing and also for the team’s most overrated player in Russel Martin.
Martin, 35, was named an all-star during his first season North of the Border back in 2015, but since that time the catcher has been overrated and valued by Toronto.
In addition to being average at the plate, Martin has only one Gold Glove to show for which he collected back in 2007.
1 Washington Nationals - Anthony Rendon
Since 2013, third baseman Anthony Rendon has had an inconsistent start to his MLB career with the Washington Nationals. His MVP-like seasons in 2014 and 2017 have left fans alike to believe that he’s one the game’s top players, but the reality is that he’s the Nats’ most overrated player.
Rendon, 28, has only posted a batting average above .300 once since joining the Majors and the Houston, Texas native is already on the verge of having another disappointing campaign after he was in the running for MVP last season.