There are a handful of players across baseball who do not receive the attention they deserve relative to their contributions.

Sometimes, it’s a case of playing in the shadow of a bigger star. Other times, it can be a result of suiting up for a small-market team that simply doesn’t receive the same national focus as some of its larger-payroll counterparts.

At any rate, ahead we’ve highlighted 10 underrated MLB players who are poised to explode onto the national stage during the 2023 season.

In order to be eligible for consideration, a player had to have at least three seasons of MLB experience under his belt. That provided enough time to establish a player’s level of production relative to whether he is overrated, properly rated or underrated.


1B/OF Seth Brown, Oakland Athletics

Who is the best player on the Oakland Athletics following a complete roster upheaval over the past two years?

The answer might be slugger Seth Brown.

The 30-year-old posted a 116 OPS+ while leading the team in home runs (25) and RBI (73) last year, and it was the late bloomer’s second straight 20-homer season while bouncing around between first base and all three outfield spots.

Despite his age, there is reason to believe he can still take another step forward after he posted a .900 OPS with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 30 games over the final month of the 2022 season.

A 120 OPS+ and 30 home runs might be within reach provided he sees enough quality pitches to hit as the biggest threat in a weak lineup.


1B/3B J.D. Davis, San Francisco Giants

J.D. Davis was acquired by the San Francisco Giants last summer in a deal that sent Darin Ruf the other way to the New York Mets, and he could be a key bat in the middle of the lineup during his first full season in the Bay Area.

The 29-year-old had a 140 OPS+ in 158 plate appearances following the trade, and with veterans Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria both departing in free agency, there is a more clear path to regular playing time.

He is a below-average defender at the hot corner and might profile best in the designated hitter role, but if he gets 500 plate appearances, he could push for the team lead in home runs and RBI.

In 2019, he hit .307/.369/.527 with 22 doubles and 22 home runs in a career-high 453 plate appearances, so it could just be a matter of opportunity for him to put together a standout offensive season.