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    Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    A few that come to mind:

    Mariano Duncan
    Joe Oliver
    Bo Diaz
    Norm Charlton
    Jeff Shaw
    Eddie Taubensee
    Dmitri Young

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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    I was thinking Mariano Duncan as well. The second name that come to mind was Billy Hatcher.

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    Bip Roberts
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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Scott Sullivan....the set-up types sometimes get forgotten

    Eric Davis...still underrated

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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Scott Sullivan
    Bip Roberts
    Eddie Milner (The equivalent of Harry Craft)
    John Franco
    Mariano Duncan

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    Jason LaRue.

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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    This should go back 40 years...... beacuse Mike De La Hoz is clearly, hands down...the most underrated.

    Besides myself.

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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Mario Soto
    John Franco
    Kevin Mitchell
    Bip Roberts
    Jason Larue
    Scott Sullivan
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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Sullivan
    Milner
    Franco
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    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.
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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Jason LaRue
    Mike Cameron
    John Franco
    John Smiley
    Bo Diaz
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    Re: Top 5 most underrated Reds players of past 25 years

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    Most of the guys people are calling underrated, are guys I always thought were good.
    I'm looking at it from the perspective of "baseball fan" versus "Reds fan". I knew always that Mario Soto was good. But if you ask 100 baseball fans who were the best three NL Starting Pitchers were through the early 1980's, I doubt you'd hear more than one who'd say "Mario Soto".

    Even after being beat to death by a horrible team the guy finished his career with 1730.3 IP while allowing 1395 Hits.

    From 1982-1985, Soto threw 1025.3 IP and allowed 786 Hits. That's ridiculous. His BB rate was 3.13 per 9IP. His HR rate was 0.90 per 9 IP. The guy never played with a truly great team. Never played with a truly great defense. Always had to struggle to get through every Inning on his own.

    I simply can't think of a Reds player who was more underrated in the context of overall baseball than was Mario Soto. If that guy had been on a good team who knew how to handle him, we might have seen a Hall of Fame career.
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