Is there any player in the game today more underrated than Bobby Abreu of the Phillies?
Despite consistently being one of the best hitting outfielders in the game, Abreu is constantly on the trading block and has been repeatedly been overlooked by All-Star and postseason awards voters.
However, this season maybe the year that the player once traded away for Kevin Stocker catapults from relative obscurity to superstar status. Coming into Sunday’s game, Abreu led the National League in pitches seen per plate appearance with an astonishing 4.44, and was on pace for 170 walks.
The only two other players in Major League history to walk that many times in a single season were two fellows named Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds.
But although Abreu is outdoing himself in the walks department, he has long been known as a guy who could get on base. The knock was always that he did not hit enough home runs for a corner outfielder. Sure enough, this year he is only on pace for a paltry 22 homers, but in every other department he has been putting up MVP-like numbers.
If Abreu were to continue going at his current pace, he would end the season with 140 RBI, 138 runs, 50 doubles, and 29 SB to go along with his 170 walks and .448 OBP. With RBI and run totals like those, what does it matter if he gets them via the long ball or not?