Atlanta Braves: Top 5 Players Likely To Disappoint In 2014
Atlanta Braves: 5 Most Disappointing Players of 2014
Every season, teams will have players that play well and then they will have guys that just don’t play up to the team’s expectations.
2013 was a season that cost the Atlanta Braves a lot of money on players who weren't putting up numbers like they should. All of the money was really focused on two players: B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla.
Neither player hit over .200 by the end of the season, and Uggla hasn’t performed to expectations since he came to Atlanta in 2011. Upton, who signed a then franchise record-setting contract, played so badly that Jordan Schafer was getting starts (and playing well) during his season-long slump.
In 2014, the Braves hope that these two guys have put in some extra work to correct whatever troubled them last season. Even if those guys are right this season, there is a chance that there will be someone on the team who will not play up to the expectations that the team, city and fans have put on them. It could be not hitting .300 like they did last season or only winning 10 games when the team expected them to win 15. With the team going out and spending a lot of money on their future, any setbacks in the 2014 season may raise some red flags for future spending.
Expect guys like Freddie Freeman to go ahead and hit .300 and 20 home runs this season, and then expect no less than a Gold Glove award for Andrelton Simmons at the end of the season. However, there are question marks on the field for the team.
5. Mike Minor
Minor won 13 games last season with an ERA of 3.21 and pitched over 200 innings for the first time in his career. The team is hoping that he can get close to that 15-win mark again this season, but it might not happen. Look for his ERA to end up in 2014 around 3.80 or 3.90. No 200 innings for Minor this season either.
4. David Carpenter
Carpenter is probably going to compete for the seventh-inning job this spring as the team was impressed with his pitching last season. In 56 games, he had an ERA of 1.78. Yes, that isn't a typo. In a year and a half with the Houston Astros, his ERA was closer to 4.50. Expect him to climb into the 3.50 range in 2014 and slide out of the seventh-inning job pretty quickly -- that is if he even gets it.
3. Jason Heyward
Steamer has projected Heyward to hit .271 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs from the leadoff position with 10 stolen bases. 2013 was a good year for him in the leadoff spot. However, his average will be closer to the CAIRO projection of .257 and the 17 home runs -- a down year for Heyward.
2. B.J. Upton
Upton made the list of both possible breakout players and possible busts in 2014 for one reason. Nobody knows what he’s going to be able to do on a consistent basis. He is projected to hit .223 with a .302 on-base percentage and 13 home runs. The team didn't pay that much money for a guy to hit that badly. Let’s just hope he ends up more on the breakout side of the conversation.
1. Chris Johnson
Johnson was 2013’s breakout star for the team. His .321 average was his highest since 2010, when he hit .309. Don’t look for him to contend for another batting title in 2014. An average of .285 will be good for him as the season goes on, and his defense will still be just as bad.
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