Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years
In terms of "underrated," the first guy to come to mind is Dan Driessen. Growing up, I thought of him as a weak offensive first baseman, and a guy with unfulfilled promise (peaked at age 25).
Having learned more about run creation (and out-avoidance), he actually seems to be a pretty decent (at least average, if not above average) offensive player for his era... even at first base.
His batting average and homer totals were subpar. But he got on base and had an rc/27 well over 5.00 for his Reds career.
Most of the guys people are calling underrated, are guys I always thought were good.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids