After five underwhelming seasons, Ryan O'Hearn was finally designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday as the team continues to clean house.
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O'Hearn burst onto the scene in 2018, batting .262/.353/.597 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in 44 games. The first baseman hasn't come close to duplicating those numbers since, however. His OPS dropped 300 points in 2019 and never recovered, hovering between .600 and .650 every year from 2019-2022.
The Royals gave O'Hearn plenty of chances to prove himself with over 1,000 plate appearances, but in the end it just didn't work out. His numbers are underwhelming for any position, but they're simply unacceptable at a bat-first position such as first base. A .219/.293/.390 slash line with more strikeouts (287) than hits (210) isn't going to cut it.
Perhaps the 29-year-old will find more success elsewhere, but this could be the end of the road for him. If you can't hold a job on one of the worst teams in baseball, it's probably not a great sign for your MLB future. He did play the outfield a bit in Kansas City, however, so perhaps another team will appreciate his defensive versatility.