After spending most of his first seven professional seasons in the minor leagues, Mark Bellhorn hit the ground running in his first full year in the majors with the Cubs in 2002. The 27 year old Bellhorn took the fantasy world by storm, clubbing 27 home runs with 86 runs, 56 rbi and becoming the first player in National League history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in the same inning. This all while maintaining a perfectly manicured five o’clock shadow and a stunning head of hair.
Sure, the .256 average and 144 strikeouts were alarming, but with visions of 30 hr 2nd basemen dancing in their heads, many fantasy owners invested in Bellhorn in the 2003 draft, only to be rewarded with 2 hr and 26 rbi. Despite a bad 2003, he still had one more useful year in him, hitting 17 hr with 93 r and 82 rbi, while winning a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004.
Bellhorn played 10 years in the majors (hello MLB pension), but was only good in two of them, as he never topped 8 hr or 30 rbi in any other season.