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Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

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Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI.

Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing.

LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168) – Nady
3B Athletics – .424 (.133/.186/.238) – Josh Donaldson
3B White Sox – .435 (.178/.217/.218) – Brent Morel
2B Tigers – .436 (.148/.208/.227) – Ryan Raburn
SS Padres – .439 (.138/.248/.191) – Jason Bartlett
CF Cubs – .469 (.183/.248/.221) – Marlon Byrd
C Pirates – .473 (.156/.240/.233) – Rod Barajas
SS White Sox – .476 (.196/.217/.259) – Alexei Ramirez
1B Indians – .484 (.150/.234/.250) – Casey Kotchman
RF Twins – .492 (.156/.221/.271) – Clete Thomas
2B Athletics – .493 (/165/.229/.264) – Jemile Weeks
DH Tigers – .497 (.183/.218/.279) – Delmon Young
1B Mets – .503 (.182/.231/.273) – Ike Davis
DH Mariners – .504 (.184/.223/.281) – Jesus Montero
SS Angels – .506 (.211/.259/.248) – Erick Aybar
SS Pirates – .507 (.172/.204/.303) – Clint Barmes
SS Phillies – .516 (.214/.268/.248) – Jimmy Rollins
3B Twins – .515 (.198/.219/.297) – Danny Valencia
2B Giants – .520 (.235/.275/.245) – Ryan Theriot
SS Mariners – .525 (.174/.275/.250) – Brendan Ryan
2B Twins – .532 (.228/.260/.272) – Alexi Casilla
C Padres – .538 (.171/.252/.286) – Nick Hundley
C Athletics – .540 (.217/.257/.283) – Kurt Suzuki
CF Brewers – .540 (.205/.246/.295) – Nyjer Morgan
SS Twins – .542 (.208/.304/.238) – Jamey Carroll

- It’s pretty hard to believe, but in Chase Utley‘s absence, Phillies second basemen have still outproduced the shortstops and third basemen. That’s because Pete Orr has been a nice surprise with a .714 OPS in nine games. Freddy Galvis has a .571 OPS in 26 games at second base.

- The Pirates’ big winter signings both appear on the list, as Barajas and Barmes have really brought the offense down. They were picked up more for their gloves, of course, but they’ve made it really tough for the Pirates to get anything going towards the bottom of their lineup.

- If I had a better feeling who to blame among Ron Gardenhire and Terry Ryan for the Twins’ right field mess, I would have listed him instead of Thomas. Minnesota’s original plan was to play Josh Willingham in right and Ben Revere in left, but Willingham was moved to left late in the spring and right field has been a disaster area since. Revere wouldn’t have been anything special either, but he almost surely would have been better than this.

  1. buffalo65 - May 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Better double check on Montero. He has been good so far

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      He’s been great as a catcher: 1.225 OPS in 10 games. As a DH, he has a .470 OPS in 17 games.

      Same deal with Delmon Young: .794 OPS in 12 games as a LF, .373 OPS in 8 games as a DH.

      • halladayslabia - May 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        well if we break it down like that…..Chris Davis, P, Orioles, .000/.000/.000

  2. micker716 - May 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    At least Jason Bartlett is consistent. He can’t field either.

  3. jwbiii - May 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    And yet the Nationals are in first, despite getting Cheetos out of an offense first position.

  4. jlovenotjlo - May 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    White Sox with 2 positions in the top 8. Starting to feel like last season’s bum-filled lineup. 2B led by Gordon Beckham would be up near the top too if he didn’t just hit like a professional baseball player for most of last week.

    Can we just play the Twins already?

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