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The Most Overrated Player on Every MLB Team

Labeling anything as overrated has a negative connotation. In sports, in this case baseball, it can’t possibly be good, can it?

Baseball players tend to be rated from an early age. Coaches put you into a lineup based on how you rate and move you to a position where they believe you will be most effective. There are also plenty of statistics where we can compare how you rate to others.

Then when players hit college, they are rated in the draft by MLB teams selecting them in a certain spot. Rating baseball players is necessary and unfortunately some of them become overrated, even when they are good players.

Calling someone overrated always means at least someone out there likes them. On this list you will find plenty of All-Stars. You will also find guys who have earned MVP consideration or have come within striking distance of a Cy Young Award. Some are overrated because many placed their expectations too high. Others are overrated because scouts see something we don’t, then insist it’s only a matter of time before they turn it around. Then there are those players who are overrated because they don’t live up to their contracts.

Every team in the MLB has overrated players. Some have more than others and there are teams where it was tougher to find a guy who is more valued than the truth. We did our best to remain fair. For the playerswe  believe have the opportunity to improve, we made sure to at least acknowledge their potential.

There are far worse things to be called than overrated. So to the thirty men, one on each team, who made our list, just remember you’re only overrated because someone else loves you more than we do.

30 Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock 

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

29 Atlanta Braves: Julio Teheran 

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

28 Baltimore Orioles: Chris Tillman 

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

27 Boston Red Sox: Pablo Sandoval 

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

26 Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester 

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

25 Chicago White Sox: Melky Cabrera 

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

24 Cincinnati Reds: Todd Frazier 

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

23 Cleveland Indians: Carlos Carrasco 

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

22 Colorado Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez 

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

21 Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez 

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

20 Houston Astros: Evan Gattis 

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

19 Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez 

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

18 Los Angeles Angels: Garrett Richards 

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

17 Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig 

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

16 Miami Marlins: Marcell Ozuna 

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

15 Milwaukee Brewers: Jean Segura 

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

14 Minnesota Twins: Phil Hughes 

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

13 New York Mets: Matt Harvey 

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

12 New York Yankees: Brett Gardner 

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

11 Oakland Athletics: Josh Reddick 

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

10 Pittsburgh Pirates: Francisco Liriano 

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

9 Philadelphia Phillies: Odubel Herrera 

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

8 San Diego Padres: James Shields 

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

7 San Francisco Giants: Jeff Samardzija 

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

6 Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager 

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

5 St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn 

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

4 Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria 

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3 Texas Rangers: Derek Holland 

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2 Toronto Blue Jays: Russell Martin 

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

1 Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg 

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s end this list with as much controversy as we started it with. Stephen Strasburg is the most overrated player on the Washington Nationals. There, we said it and we'll continue to say it until he departs and joins a new team, in which case he will probably become that city’s most overrated MLB player. As the first overall pick in 2009, the hype was huge for Strasburg. Unfortunately he has a career 3.09 ERA and is a frequently on the DL. Strasburg was an All-Star once in 2012 and only received Cy Young consideration when he finished 9th in 2014. Still a very talented pitcher who deserves praise, he's simply not as good as many believe he is. With one complete game on his resume, Strasburg is overrated because we thought he would be much better.

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