All-Underrated MLB Team
Snubs are made whether it be during the All-Star break or post-season awards.
Thus, we can classify them as underrated, if they're not getting the proper accolades from the fans or even sportswriters. This isn't fantasy world, this is real world contributors.
Here are 12 guys who performed well in 2009 but didn't get the respect they deserved.
Catcher: Miguel Montero
Miguel Montero has competition from Chris Snyder, but the starting spot is likely his. Montero has a nice swing and surprising power. He also caught a quarter of people trying to steal.
2009 stats: .294 avg, 16 HR, 59 RBI, .832 OPS
First Base: Billy Butler
Butler's either overshadowed because he plays on the Royals or in the same division as Miguel Cabrera and Justin Morneau. Butler finally showed the world what he was made of.
2009 stats: .301 avg, 21 HR, 93 RBI, .853 OPS
Second Base: Adam Kennedy
This former ALCS MVP put up decent numbers while playing in a pitcher's park in Oakland. He has since signed with the Nationals making that lineup all the more potent.
2009 stats: .289 avg, 11 HR, 63 RBI, 20 SB, .758 OPS
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera
Besides having an awesome name and decent glove, Cabrera carries a consistent bat in the Indians lineup.
2009 stats: .308 avg, 6 HR, 68 RBI, 17 SB, .799 OPS
Third Base: Casey McGehee
Overshadowed by a talented 2009 rookie class, McGehee was let go by the Cubs in a decision they should regret. McGehee is versatile, and can play multiple positions.
2009 stats: .301 avg, 16 HR, 66 RBI, .859 OPS
Left Field: Juan Rivera
Rivera is overshadowed because the rest of his team is full of stars, but he can play really well, too.
2009 stats: .287 avg, 25 HR, 88 RBI, .810 OPS
Center Field: Franklin Gutierrez
What does this guy got to do to get a Gold Glove? Gutierrez is the best fielding outfielder in the game, and his bat is pretty nice, too.
2009 stats: .283 avg, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 16 SB, .764 OPS
Right Field: Shin-soo Choo
Choo is a good fielder and good offensive player. He turns 28 in July meaning he might have to go to serve in the Korean military, which would be a huge blow to the Tribe.
2009 stats: .300 avg, 20 HR, 86 RBI, 21 SB, .883 OPS
Designated Hitter: Luke Scott
When he's healthy and he's on, Luke Scott is a very dangerous hitter. Not to mention he'll give the O's some games in the field.
2009 stats: .258 avg, 25 HR, 77 RBI, .828 OPS
Right-Handed Starter: Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez might be the most underrated player in baseball. Jimenez has nasty stuff and has gotten his control problem mostly fixed.
2009 stats: 15-12, 3.47 ERA, 198 Ks, 1.23 WHIP
Left-Handed Starter: Wandy Rodriguez
Wandy got absolutely no love last year despite his fine line of work. If he continues his stellar pitching and Roy Oswalt comes back to form, the Astros will be scary.
2009 stats: 14-12, 3.02 ERA, 193 Ks, 1.24 WHIP
Closer: David Aardsma
Aardsma doesn't get enough credit for having to switch to the closer position in 2009, and he was a big reason Seattle won a lot of games.
2009 stats: 38/42 saves, 2.52 ERA, 80 Ks, 1.16 WHIP