The Most Under-Appreciated Player This Season: Chase Utley

Sports WriterCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 10:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a home run against The New York Mets in the eleventh inning putting the Phillies ahead 5-4 during their game on June 10, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Chase Utley. The Phils Second Baseman, a fan favorite, a world champion and who can forget " world ----ing champs!!"

He is my pick for baseball's most under-appreciated player this season.

Here are some states for ya:

55 Games, 195 At Bats, 42 Runs, 59 Hits, 15 Home-runs, 41 RBI's, .303 Batting Average, 5 Stolen Bases.

He has been an all-star the past three years, while also winning a sliver slugger the past three years.

In the past game with the Mets, Utley hit the game winning solo home-run in the top of the eleventh.

This guy is an all-star!

Now sure with hitters like Ibanez and Howard, Utley may go in unnoticed. While he is appreciated by Philadelphia, I do not think the rest of Major League Baseball see's how talented this guy really is.

His numbers are just as high as Howard, or any other of the Major League's top hitters. His batting average is actually better than Ryan Howard's, since Howard strikes out so much.

Utley came up big during the 2008 Season, with 33 homers and 104 RBI's, which helped the Phils to their first World Championship since 1980.

So come on baseball fans, check this guy out! He is scary every time he gets to the plate, so I am sure all your favorite teams managers have him on the top of their list.

 

Chase Utley: The All Star Second Baseman and my pick for Most Under-Appreciated Player.

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