four hitters who surprised this year
, our season in review continues as we take a look at the hitters who disappointed this year. I'm basing this on their average draft position and not fulfilling the expectations many had heading into the season.
Hitters Who Disappointed:
1. Minnesota Twins Center Fielder Byron Buxton - Fantasy owners have been waiting for the former top prospect to become a star, but it has yet to materialize. Even though Buxton has never become a star, fantasy owners continue to overdraft him; he was taken late in the sixth round and early in the seventh round in March. Unfortunately, Buxton was so bad he was demoted at the end of April and again for good at the end of May. The outfielder didn't hit a home run this season, and we'll again wonder if 2019 will be the year the talented youngster puts it all together.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder/First Baseman Cody Bellinger - The 23-year-old exploded onto the fantasy scene in 2017 when he hit 39 home runs during just 132 games, which led many to wonder the kind of production he could have if he played a full season. The inflated expectations pushed Bellinger into the third round of drafts. Unfortunately, Bellinger is batting .261 with 24 home runs and 73 RBIs during his first full season. I expected Bellinger to regress a little bit, but to see his power diminish as much as it has is disappointing. I'm still a big fan of Bellinger, and his down season will make him a nice draft day value as I still see a player who can hit more than 30 home runs on a consistent basis.
3. St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Marcell Ozuna - After finishing as a top-15 hitter in 2017 according to ESPN's player rater, Ozuna is ranked outside of the top 60 this season. Ozuna hit .312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs during his final season with the Miami Marlins in 2017, but he's been disappointing during his first season with the Cardinals. He's batting .279 with 23 home runs and 87 RBIs. It should be noted that Ozuna has played much better in the second half with a .296 batting average to go along with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs. This should bode well heading into the 2019 season.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers Second Baseman Brian Dozier - When you are drafted in the third round but are now ranked outside the top 115 in the ESPN player rater for hitters, there's no other way to put it: You were one of the biggest draft-day busts of 2018. Dozier hit 42 home runs in 2016 and 34 home runs in 2017, but he's sitting at 20 this season. Dozier was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Dodgers in July, but he's hitting under .200 for Los Angeles. The veteran has been known to finish strong down the stretch for fantasy owners, but that has not been the case this season. It will be interesting to see how far he drops on draft day next year.