Benji Gil, Rangers. A first-round draft pick in 1991 and a perennially touted prospect, Gil was one reason the Rangers didn't re-sign Kevin Elster this year. But at week's end Gil was hitting .234, had committed 12 errors and had lost his job to Ripken—Billy Ripken.
Pat Listach, Astros.
Scott Brosius, Athletics. Rhymes with atrocious. He hit .304 last season but has labored below the Mendoza line for most of 1997.
Shane Andrews, Expos.
Todd Hollandsworth, Dodgers; Bernard Gilkey, Mets; Greg Vaughn, Padres, Hollandsworth, the 1996 National League Rookie of the Year, was batting .229 with no power through Sunday and had spent 17 days in Triple A in June. Gilkey, who hit .317 with 30 homers last season, was at .215 with eight homers at the break. Vaughn, who signed a three-year, $15 million contract over the winter, had only 24 RBIs in increasingly limited playing time before he was traded to the Yankees last Friday. The deal was subsequently rescinded (following item), and now it looks as if the Padres are stuck with Vaughn for a while.
Gary Sheffield, Marlins.