3 Philadelphia Phillies players who are having underrated seasons

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Phillies Ronald Torreyes
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Ronald Torreyes doesn’t hit for power often, but he’s made himself indispensable to the Phillies

Ronald Torreyes, officially known as “Toe” by his teammates and manager, doesn’t necessarily hit for power, and therefore, is not exactly the talk of the town.

Yet, over the summer, I called him the “most underrated guy in MLB,” so let’s circle back to that now that the regular season is almost over.

Offensively, Torreyes is having one of the best seasons of his seven-year career. After not homering since 2017, Toe has homered six times, far surpassing his previous season-high of three, and he doubled his record by his 71st game.

Torreyes is slashing .242/.286/.346 with a .632 OPS, his best numbers since 2018. They’re far from batting champion or MVP numbers, but Torreyes finds a way to come through. His 36 RBI tie his previous season-high set in 2017. He’s only struck out 34 times in 312 plate appearances.

The 28-year-old utility man has moved around the infield all season long, and has been especially helpful at third base, given Alec Bohm’s sophomore slump. He’s impressed former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., among others:

His manager has not held back when praising Torreyes, either:

"“He does so many things right. People say, ‘Why do you love Torreyes?’ He’s a ballplayer. That’s what he is. He really understands the game and I trust him wherever I put him. I don’t ever have to worry about him being prepared. That’s a luxury for a manager. I don’t know where we’d be without him.” – Joe Girardi"

That pretty much encapsulates these underrated players; where would the Phillies be without them?

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