We recently learned that Bryce Harper was voted the 'most overrated player in MLB,' which got us thinking about all of the other overrated players in baseball -- and there's a lot of them. Today we take a look at the most overhyped players in the American League Central -- let's see if you agree...
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Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago White Sox
Samardzija is seen as coveted starting pitcher and the White Sox received a lot of praise when they acquired him this past offseason. But an overall record of 36-48, with only two winning seasons (both as a relief pitcher) and a career ERA of 3.85, you can't help but wonder if he's truly the 'ace' he's been made out to be. Samardzija is almost 30 years old and has only had one really good season, 2014, when he finished with a 2.99 ERA, 202 strikeouts and only 43 walks in 213 2/3 innings pitched.
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Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals
Mike Moustakas has always been overrated -- but it's not his fault. He's just another victim of the hype machine. Drafted with the second overall pick of the 2007 MLB Draft, Moustakas was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in all of baseball when his professional career began. But as he rose up through the ranks of the Royals farm system, Moustakas had trouble adjusting at nearly every level, which delayed his arrival to the big leagues. Since his major-league debut in 2011, Moustakas has a career batting average of .236 with an OPS of .668 and he's never hit more than 20 homers in a season. That's not very good for a guy who was once deemed the future of the franchise. Unfortunately for any third baseman in KC (see Alex Gordon), you can never life up to what George Brett accomplished.
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Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis has made a habit of getting off to a hot start early on, then completely falling off in the second half. But last year he broke the trend by playing poorly for the entire season. He made the All-Star team in 2013, which put him on the map, but he's been unable to produce ever since. Once thought of as one of the most promising second basemen in all of baseball, Kipnis has a lot to prove heading into 2015. The Indians signed Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract last April, but with injury and performances issues, he has yet to show he's worth the long-term investment.
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Joe Mauer, 1B, Minnesota Twins
For starters, Joe Mauer makes a lot of money. He's currently in his fifth year of an eight-year, $184 million extension that he signed with the Twins in 2010. It remains the richest contract in the history in MLB history for a catcher. Mauer was the AL MVP and a three-time batting champion … Five years ago. When Mauer was at his best, he was an on-base machine who avoided outs with the best of hitters and hit enough extra bases to help offset his lack of home runs. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the 2010 season, and has been battling various injuries and ailments ever since. Mauer has struggled to remain healthy for the better part of the past five years, yet every season fans are optimistic about a comeback. 2015 is no different, as Mauer is said to be '100 percent healthy.'
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Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
It's hard to say a former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is overrated, but that's currently where we stand with Justin Verlander. Once considered one of the most feared pitchers in the game, Verlander saw an extreme decline efficiency, velocity and overall production in 2014. Normally his bread-and-butter pitch, Verlander's fastball downright failed him last season. In fact, his fastball velocity has been on the decline since 2009 -- down from an average of 97 MPH to 94 MPH. Not only has Verlander struggled with velo, but also with his ability to locate the strike zone. He averaged 239 strikeouts per season from 2009-2013, but in 2014 he struck out only 159. Time to take a John Smoltz approach and be the Tigers' closer and help a weak 'pen.