Our MLB staff writer touches upon some “under the radar” players which may prove to play a vital role in this upcoming postseason.
Low Profile Players potentially a 2015 MLB Postseason Hero
It’s not too early for looking ahead to the 2015 postseason. In this article, I’m going to look at three specific players that get very little recognition, but who I see as being crucial to their team’s postseason success.
Ben Revere (Toronto Blue Jays)
The speedy centerfielder was acquired at the trade deadline from Philadelphia. That deal was overshadowed by the acquisitions of former CY Young winner David Price, and a perennial all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Revere brings a much needed element of speed to this otherwise power laden batting order. Revere had 24 stolen bases with Philadelphia this season before being traded, and has swiped 169 in his career while compiling a stellar 80.8% success rate. Toronto has opted to have him hit 9th in the batting order, hoping for him to be a table setter for powerful bats that follow. He’s yet to attempt a steal with Toronto, and I don’t expect that trend to continue. By the way, Revere has a very good .294 batting average and .333 OBP in his major league career.
Mike Moustakas (Kansas City Royals)
Let me put this season’s numbers into perspective pertaining to the Royals third basemen. Moustakas slugged 15 home runs and had 54 runs batted in 500 regular season plate appearances last year. He’s posted identical numbers this season in just 486 plate appearances, and there’s still better than a month left in this 2015 campaign. As a matter of fact, things became so bad for Moustakas at one point least season that he was demoted to the minors. He was a key player during the Royals run to the 2014 World Series by hitting 5 postseason home runs. In a lineup that sorely lacks power, the bat of Moustakas will be a much needed asset when the playoffs convene.
Wilmer Flores (New York Mets)
Flores entered his third season of big league ball in 2015. During his first two seasons he had a combined 354 official at bats, hit 7 home runs, and knocked in 42 runs. He’s taken on a more prominent role as the Mets every day shortstop this season, and he’s certainly taken advantage of the opportunity. Flores is currently hitting .264 with 14 home runs and 54 knocked in this year. He also possesses an impressive .414 slugging percentage. There a lot of major league teams that can only wish for that kind of offensive production at the shortstop position. His continued offensive success, in addition playing at a high level defensively, can prove to be vital for his team’s postseason chances.