On Friday morning, we ran down the biggest surprises from the first month of the 2023 MLB season, and now it's time for the other side of the coin.

From a team standpoint, the Chicago White Sox are floundering once again, while early struggles from the San Francisco Giants' cast of offseason pickups has left them on the outskirts of contention once again.

Individually, second baseman Kolten Wong is one of the biggest early disappointments, and both Jake McCarthy and Cole Irvin struggled to the point of already being demoted to the minors after solid 2022 campaigns.

Ahead, we've highlighted the 10 biggest disasters of the season's first month, and while there is still time for these individuals and teams to turn things around, the troubling early trends can't be ignored.


Edward Cabrera, Miami Marlins

Armed with a mid-90s fastball that touches triple-digits, a swing-and-miss changeup and a pair of breaking pitches, Miami Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera has some of the best pure stuff in baseball.

He made 14 starts last season, posting a 3.01 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 71.2 innings, and he was one of my breakout picks heading into the 2023 season slotted alongside Sandy Alcantara and Jesús Luzardo atop the Miami rotation.

At surface level, there are other pitchers who are off to a worse start. Over five appearances, he has gone 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 9.8 K/9, but it's his complete lack of control that has landed him on this list.

The 25-year-old leads all pitchers who have tallied at least 20 innings of work with a 19.2 percent walk rate, racking up 20 free passes in 22 innings. He issued 13 walks over 6.2 innings in his first two starts, so things are trending in the right direction, but he has not taken the step forward the Marlins were no doubt banking on when they pulled the trigger on trading away Pablo López.


Cole Irvin, Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles failed to make a splashy addition to their young starting rotation in free agency, settling on signing veteran Kyle Gibson to replace Jordan Lyles as the elder statesman on the staff.

However, they did swing an intriguing under-the-radar deal to acquire controllable left-hander Cole Irvin from the Oakland Athletics in late-January, and he began the year slotted in the No. 3 starter role.

The Athletics acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash considerations prior to the 2021 season, and in his two years in Oakland he logged a 4.11 ERA over 62 starts while chewing up 359.1 innings, and the O's were hoping he could be a similar workhorse in 2023.

He made just three starts before he was optioned to Triple-A after posting an unsightly 10.66 ERA with 17 hits and 15 earned runs allowed in 12.2 innings while opponents hit .327/.413/.538 against him. With a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings in the minors, it's clear he has some work to do before he returns to the big leagues.