Major Slump Report — 09 April 2012

Week one of the 2012 fantasy baseball season is in the books. There were some monster performances, and some not so monster performances over the weekend, and we have those not so monster players listed below. Granted, there are just three games of sample size in the stats, but these guys are worth noting. Good luck the rest of the way!

Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals

Gordon has yet to pick up his first hit of the 2012 campaign after signing a four year $37.5 million dollar deal just a few days back. The young Royal hasn’t had two consecutive solid seasons at the Major league level, so don’t think that he will suddenly start raking like many veteran players usually do. Keep a close eye on Gordon as the week progresses.

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals

Zimmerman is another player that signed a massive contract during the offseason. The Nationals’ third basemen killed the ball during spring training, but has only recorded one hit in his first 11 at bats this season. If Zimmerman stays healthy, fantasy owners can expect him to start hitting sooner rather than later.

Mike Napoli, C/1B, Texas Rangers

Napoli’s groin has been irritating him since the early stages of spring training, but he is scheduled to catch Yu Darvish’s debut Monday evening. In just seven at bats against the White Sox over opening weekend, Napoli only has one hit to his account. This bad start shouldn’t be an indication on how this season should go at the dish because he’ll be seeking a huge contract during the offseason, and performing well in this season can only help him when contract talks begin.

Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

Rollins is yet another player who signed a big contract during the winter. If this trend continues, there are going to be many unhappy general managers, but Rollins is a veteran, and his 2-12 start shouldn’t have anyone worried, yet.

Hanley Ramirez, 3B, Miami Marlins

The new look Marlins’ 1-3 start, certainly isn’t something to overlook, and Ramirez’s struggles have been a factor for a struggling Marlins squad. Hanley has kicked off the season hitting .133 (2-15), but he did hit a homerun on Saturday night. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go on some type of tear within the next couple weeks.

Nelson Cruz, OF, Kansas City Royals

Cruz has been known for getting off to really bad or really good starts, and 2012 seems to follow the trend of bad starts. In ten at bats Cruz has just one hit, and no extra base hits. The no extra base hits stat is alarming, considering Cruz’s knack for hitting homeruns, but a turnaround is on the horizon for the slugging Ranger.

Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants

Pagan is expected to bring speed to a Giants lineup that is much improved from last year, but he can’t display his speed if he isn’t getting on base. Pagan has only one hit in ten at bats to start the season, but has only struck out once. It will be interesting to see how long his rope is with Bruce Bochy.

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers

No one is going to replace Prince Fielder, but there are players that can come close, and Ramirez is one of those players. In three games, Aramis has only one hit, a double, in 11 at bats. An RBI guy like Ramirez has the potential to go on torrid streaks, but his early season struggles should be slightly concerning for fantasy owners.

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