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Since I hate slideshows with a passion, in order for others to avoid having to click the link:
Choo especially is almost certainly the real "most underrated" player.
I'm surprised to see him at the top of this list, but Young would be prominent on an Underrated at BBTF.ORG list.
Wait, wha? Young has a decent case for the worst player in MLB right now.
I should have been clearer: I didn't mean right now, I kind of meant over the years ... kind of a lifetime achievement award of BBTF underratedness.
...and yet even though he's having a terrible year, you still manage to sell him a little short. There is no way in hell he is the worst player in MLB right now, although if you amend to say the worst starting player he might have a case.
Robinson Cano is similarly underrated, probably because he's a Bobby Grich type--he does everything very well, but nothing spectacularly well.
Some prominent media guy (McCarver maybe?) insists that Cano is the best hitter for average in baseball.
Texas seems screwed though... benching Young might lead to a clubhouse revolt since he's the Face of the Franchise and is apparently a LEADER OF MEN. Trading him is impossible; he's a 10/5 guy getting paid a lot of money through 2013. I guess the best they can do is hope for a pulled hamstring or something.
Or they can make the safe bet that his hitting will improve to expected levels (or near) and not judge who he is based on 370 PA's....
If he performs at around 95-105 OPS+ in the second half with the ability to fill in at several infield positions he has some value.
What do you expect his hitting to improve to?
Who, other than the odd deranged Yankees fan, believes Cano is anything other than a top-20 player?
carroll is a really good defender as well as being a nice guy and players put a lot of stock in that combo
He will probably have a 95-105 OPS+ from here on out. That is more likely than he is "done" as a hitter. How many mid-thirties players have to bounce back from rough stretches before everyone re-learns the small sample size lesson? Ortiz was "done", Konerko has been "done" several times, Dunn is "done," Thome was "done" way back in 2005 etc etc etc etc etc
All those guys are 1B/DH types who were/are much, much better than Young as hitters. Young spent most of his playing time in the middle infield and has a career OPS+ of 105. You're comparing apples to wheelbarrows here.
But expecting an aging middle infielder on a clear declining trajectory....
Isn't that what Young was after 2008 after putting up OPS+'s of 131, 108, 106, and 95 in the prior years?
You are right that 95-105 OPS+ for rest of season is probably too optimistic, but to grudgingly say that him besting an OPS+ of 72 for the rest of the year is only a possibility and not the overwhelming likelihood just strengthens my view of him as underrated here.
People like Kipnis illustrate how "underrated" depends entirely on who you're talking to. Even though I don't have a fantasy team
With that said, Martin Prado is pretty underrated. He's excellent offensively and defensively and multiple positions (LF, 3B, 2B.)
You're most likely right that he can be expected to be better than a 72 OPS+, but so what?
I know it's OT since this poll was only about position players, but I think you can make a case that Jordan Zimmermann is the most underrated pitcher in the National League (if not the majors as a whole), as a measure of his reputation relative to his performance.
I mean, is it really all that hard to keep the Zimmermans on the team limited to one?
Which is sad, I miss them.
They already are.
Now that's just uncalled for.
Or is it the single 'n' thing at the end of the name?
Why do you hate the Joneses?
I don't hate all of them.
From 2009 to today, WAR by position players:
1. Albert Pujols
2. Ben ############# Zobrist
When you're the only plausible All-Star on your team, and instead of you the NL manager chooses a pitcher who's thrown 24 innings ... and David Freese instead of you as the third 3B ... and Cliff Pennington gets chosen over you on the Most Underrated Position Player list ... you just might be underrated.
I honestly had to read this 3-4 times to confirm that it wasn't written about Josh Reddick.
If Cano (aka the new Utley) is underrated, it's a by-product of the position he plays. Second basemen aren't supposed to hit for power...but wasn't that what we were saying about shortstops three decades ago?
My guess is Chase Headley, but I really don't see any difference between the two players to the point that anyone can be upset about.
I just find it ironic that a guy with a 0.365 OBA is named Chase.
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