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Angels biggest duds of 2016 - position players

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These are the guys that let us down or didn't live up to their expectations this season

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

This is part two of the duds article.  Go here to read the pitcher version.  I didn't put in anyone with less than 50 plate appearances here, ie., Todd Cunningham.

Nick Buss also just missed this list.  He didn't even bat .200 this year but managed a postive 0.1 WAR, which is more than I can say for the guys on this list below.  Buss will probably end up back in AAA somewhere in 2017.

Gregorio Petit just missed this list.  Petit had the highest number of errors per innings played after Yunel Escobar.  He made the highlight reel a few times, but overall his fielding was pretty lackluster.  Like many of the Angels this year, his baserunning was also subpar and scored in the negative range.  He almost hit .300 in OBP and his OPS was a modest .647.  His strikeout rate was very high for a non power hitter at nearly 23%.  The Angels have him for another year so assuming they keep him, hopefully what he did this year can be improved upon.

50+ PA WAR AVG OBP K% OPS
Kaleb Cowart -0.4 0.176 0.184 26.4 0.443
Rafael Ortega -0.4 0.232 0.283 11.4 0.575
Ji-Man Choi -0.3 0.170 0.271 20.9 0.611
Craig Gentry -0.2 0.147 0.237 15.4 0.413
Cliff Pennington -0.2 0.209 0.265 29.3 0.573
Daniel Nava -0.2 0.235 0.309 19.1 0.611
Shane Robinson -0.1 0.175 0.257 15.3 0.492

1. Kaleb Cowart. This dude just can't figure it out in the big leagues.   His fielding was an asset, but between last year and this year he now has a combined 131 big league at bats and a career .176 average.  He had a very high K rate and doesn't walk much.  In fact, he didn't walk AT ALL for the Angels in 87 plate appearances this year.  He not (yet) the answer we are looking for at third base.

2. Rafael Ortega. In April, Ortega was showing promise when he hit .282 with a .333 OBP.  Of course he has just about zero power.  Ortega doesn't make a lot of hard contact (only 22%) and it shows.n  Guess what happens with you make a lot of medium and soft contact and hit 58% of your balls on the ground?  Unless you get lucky in a hole, you are probably gonna be out.  Ortega also had the second worst UZR on the team next to Nick Buss, but he did have 7 outfield assists which tied Mike Trout for second place behind Calhoun with 9.

3. Ji-Man Choi. Rule 5 picks rarely work out and Choi is a prime example.  Fortunately he was cut early enough in the season and then ended up back in AAA after - surprise - no other teams wanted him.  Not sure why they wanted to see him again in September because he just does not look like a big league player.  He show some power with 3 homeruns which is about the only reason his OPS is over .600.  Choi also has a good eye and walks a lot.  That's about it.  Negative defense, negative offense and someone we don't really need in the organization next year.

4. Craig Gentry. Half of the original left field platoon that pretty much none of us thought was going to work out.  Gentry was cheap and the A's didn't even want him which should tell you something.  This dude is a rapid decline and he couldn't even hit will in the minors this year.

5. Cliff Pennington. The Angels have this pile of poo under contract through 2017, so we have that to look forward to.  Pennington has never really been all that great.  His baserunning was sub par, his offense was terrible, but his fielding was pretty good.  About all he is good for is a late inning defensive replacement, but why waste space on your roster for a guy like that?  Don't even get me started about his near 30% K rate which is just plain catastrophic.

6. Daniel Nava. He was the better part of the left field tandem, but that's not saying much.  Although, Nava was the only guy on this list to put up an OBP over .300.  He's no longer ours to worry about and judging by how well he's done for KC, he probably won't be their for much longer either.  Nava had a pretty good 2014 with Boston but has been a pile of suck for 3 teams since then.

7. Shane Robinson. He's got a beard and that's about all I got on him.  Robinson has always been a 4th or 5th outfielder type and has a career .228 AVG in the majors.  He's pretty fast and can steal bases, but you need to get on base to do that.  Like Pennington, his defense was a plus side, but not really enough to keep a guy like that around - it was good enough to keep his negative WAR from topping this list.