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
29 Atlanta Braves: Julio Teheran
28 Baltimore Orioles: Chris Tillman
27 Boston Red Sox: Pablo Sandoval
26 Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester
25 Chicago White Sox: Melky Cabrera
24 Cincinnati Reds: Todd Frazier
23 Cleveland Indians: Carlos Carrasco
22 Colorado Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez
21 Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez
20 Houston Astros: Evan Gattis
19 Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez
18 Los Angeles Angels: Garrett Richards
17 Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig
16 Miami Marlins: Marcell Ozuna
15 Milwaukee Brewers: Jean Segura
14 Minnesota Twins: Phil Hughes
13 New York Mets: Matt Harvey
12 New York Yankees: Brett Gardner
11 Oakland Athletics: Josh Reddick
10 Pittsburgh Pirates: Francisco Liriano
9 Philadelphia Phillies: Odubel Herrera
8 San Diego Padres: James Shields
7 San Francisco Giants: Jeff Samardzija
6 Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager
5 St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn
4 Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria
3 Texas Rangers: Derek Holland
2 Toronto Blue Jays: Russell Martin
1 Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg
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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