Every season, a few big-name Major League Baseball players find themselves scuffling out of the gate. Some guys are prone to bad months of April and need time to re-acclimate themselves to big league hitting or pitching, some are just going through a slump, while others find that the skills that once made them so great are starting to erode.
Here is a look at five MLB stars who have gotten off to very poor starts in 2017.
5) Alex Gordon, OF, Royals
The Kansas City Royals’ offense has struggled so much this season that even Eric Hosmer could have found himself on this list. But based on the way he’s played in April, Gordon secures the spot instead.
Gordon is batting just .188 with just three extra-base hits this season — all doubles. His OBP (.270) and slugging percentage (.225) yield an OPS below .500. That’s well below what he would like to do and what the Royals need out of him.
Between 2011-2015, Gordon batted anywhere from .265-.301, posting an OPS over .800 three times. That helped him become a three-time All-Star and earn a four-year, $72 million contract extension from Kansas City prior to last season. But the 33-year-old slipped to hitting .220 last season, though he did have 17 home runs.
Is this the start of a decline for the former No. 2 overall pick? Gordon’s prime may have spanned his age 27-31 seasons, which is fairly typical of an MLB player, and this could be a sign of his aging.
The Royals better hope Gordon bounces back enough to give them some quality production over the remainder of his contract.
4) Victor Martinez, DH, Tigers