MLB: The 10 Most Underrated Players in Baseball

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4- Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

2012 Stats: .244 AVG, 30 HRS, 64 RS, 85 RBI

Before last season, Alvarez looked like a failed prospect. He was taken in the draft before Buster Posey and in 2011 he hit .191 AVG, with 4 HRS.

I can already tell this might be the guy who makes most baseball fans jump off of my list; just because you have one season with good power doesn’t make

July 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) at bat against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

you underrated.

Still, a look at both his age and his rookie year when his line was a .256 AVG, 16 HRS, and 64 RBI. You can’t tell me this guy should be getting at least some ink, however most fans don’t even know who he is.

My girlfriend,who has above average knowledge in baseball, thought he was a relief pitcher.

I managed to grab him in round 22 of my fantasy league draft. No other power hitter gets less respect than Pedro, who could make the jump to a 40 homer season as early as this year.

3-Mike Morse, OF/1B, Seattle Mariners

2012 Stats: .291 AVG, 18 HRS, 53 RS, 62 RBI

Did I say no other power hitter gets less respect? Mike Morse may not have the raw power of Alvarez, but he probably has every reason to have a beef with that statement.

February 22, 2013; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse (38) at bat during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What makes him get so little press outside of trade rumors? How many fans off the top of their head even remember he was finally dealt to Seattle?

Of course, Morse may have one of the best nicknames in the game: the Beast. The past three seasons, while getting slightly less at bats than most regulars, he has hit 64 combined homeruns; with 31 the only season he got more than 500 at bats.

His averages during those same three years have been .289, .303, and .291. He is a high average, high power hitter who pretty much spent this entire offseason sitting on his hands while the Nats decided on what to do with Adam LaRoche.

He may be the rare, underrated player that is seems not only fans but front offices also ignore.