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Top 15 Most Underrated Players In The MLB Today

When talking about whether a player is underrated in sports, you have to first think about why exactly they are underrated. Do they not have a big personality? Do they play for a team in a small market? Have they been consistently good but never great? Usually its a combination of things. Sometimes players who are considered to be elite can even be underrated due to the fact that the rest of their team is unsuccessful. Some players have never had a chance to become household names because their team could never find championship success. There have been great players who were spectacular in the regular season but had very limited, if any time to play in the playoffs under the national spotlight.

Another important factor in how a lot of players become underrated is their actual journey to the big leagues. We see so many young pitchers considered to be "phenoms" who never pan out. Yet in spite of their early struggles, we still consider them to be elite simply because of their potential. Meanwhile, some pitchers drafted in later rounds make it to the MLB by pitching consistently through the minors and then continuing to do so in the majors. The New York Mets' pitching staff has received a ton of buzz from having top pitching prospects rise through their system in Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz. Yet, you could make the argument that Jacob deGrom, a ninth round draft pick who was converted from shortstop to pitcher, is the most consistently effective pitcher on the entire staff.

In baseball, the most underrated players are the quiet guys who are fundamentally sound. They're guys who can play multiple positions, are situational hitters, and give protection for the high profile bats in the lineup. They're the pitchers who will always give you quality starts and know how to get out of jams. Essentially, these are all players you want on your team.

15 Josh Reddick

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14 Kole Calhoun

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13 Carlos Carrasco 

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12 Alex Gordon

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11 Michael Brantley

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10 Marco Estrada

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9 Shelby Miller

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8 Jonathan Lucroy

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7 Martin Prado

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6 Brandon Crawford 

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5 Neil Walker

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4 Jose Quintana 

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3 Ben Zobrist

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2 Sonny Gray

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1 Eric Hosmer

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Eric Hosmer is a leader on the feisty Kansas City Royals who just won their first World Series title in 30 years. He is one of the best all around players in the game and doesn't get enough recognition because he doesn't hit for that much power, which is something you come to expect out of a first baseman. We'll take a Gold Glove caliber defender who hits for great average and on base percentage over a lumbering, nonathletic power hitting first baseman any day. Hosmer is very similar to Keith Hernandez, as he is an incredible defender, having won three straight Gold Gloves. Not only is he a great hitter, but he is incredibly clutch. His ability to deliver in the big moments of a game is a huge reason for the Royals' recent success.

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