Does anyone have an explanation for why he sucks so bad at the plate right now? Most people (myself included) had him pegged as a borderline top ten fantasy 2B. Rookies' MDP report
saw him going at about #117 in drafts.
The past few seasons he has played below average defense at 2B but he made up for it with his bat. This season - a complete reversal - he has been terrific in the field at 3B but his hitting is beyond awful. Most of his numbers are well below their career averages.
He's never going to walk much but he had shown pretty steady growth at the plate in some areas for 3-4 straight seasons. His contact rates look great as usual, but his power has completely evaporated. He started slow last year and turned it around but it was never this bad.
Is there a reason for this? Or is this just going to be a down year for him and the Mariners?