While I understand the frustration of Phillies fans, I don't think he qualifies as a below average player, at least not in fantasy terms if that is what we are referring to (obviously I recognize the real life defensive and baserunning liabilities given the foot issue.) With the exception of the mediocre batting average, he was actually on pace to replicate last year's numbers, especially the HR and RBI totals. He obviously whiffs too much, but that is often the price to be paid for the HR and RBI's. We knew what we were drafting him for (power), and anyone who did their homework at the beginning of the season knew then that the foot problem was a lingering issue. Were it not for the foot problems I doubt that many owners, even those in Philly, would be complaining too much since the power numbers are there. He will obviously never live up to being a number one pick, especially in a tough sports city like Philly, but I don't recall much positive mention of him last year despite 32 HR, 117 RBI, .892 OPS which is outstanding coming from any other player.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax