Position Players that have to step up
Least Valuable Position Player runner-up: A.J. Pollock
Since hitting a game-tying three-run home run off Madison Bumgarner on Opening Day, Pollock has not produced in the leadoff spot.
Things should change, but Pollock is hitting .196 with a .226 on-base percentage. He is swinging and missing at a lot of hittable pitches. He is also giving in to bad pitches. Pollock’s early struggles could correlate with missing the majority of 2016,
Least Valuable Position Player: David Peralta
Missing the majority of last season could also help explain Peralta’s early struggles, but he needs to get it going.
Peralta is swinging and missing at an alarming rate. The Diamondbacks right fielder has struck out 14 times in 45 at-bats. He has hit two home runs and his BABIP is considerably lower compared to other hitters. Peralta will continue to sit against southpaws and bat lower in the order against righties until he finds his swing.