5 Under the Radar Players to Start the 2023 Season
Everyone has been hearing about Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, and many others. As they do deserve all the credit they have gotten, let's take a look at some players who aren't getting talked about enough.
1. Franchy Cordero, OF, Yankees
Franchy Cordero was signed by the Yankees in late March as a last second decision on who will take the final outfielder spot on the club. The deal for Cordero is $1 million in the big-leagues and $180,000 in the minor leagues.
This seemed to be just a final addition to take one of the last bench spots and that just hasn't been the case. Cordero is consistently finding himself in the starting lineup and is producing at a high level. He's slashing .286/.348/.762 with 3 home runs and a team leading 10 RBI.
The Yankees have to be pleased with the production he's bringing and is a breath of fresh air to a Yankee bench that hasn't been a strength in recent years.
2. Bryson Stott, 2B, Phillies
Bryson Stott is just down right hitting. The Phillies youngster was brought up early last season and has been a constant ever since. Not only a constant, but a pretty good one at that. He's currently slashing .432/.444/.500 with 3 RBI all while having a .944 OPS.
As mentioned above Stott is just hitting. He's making it look extremely easy at the plate. He's playing respectable defense at 2B where he had to slide over with the addition of Trea Turner. Stott is off to a great start and is a huge contributor to this Phillies team.
3. Isaac Paredes, 3B, Rays
Isaac Paredes isn't a household name but he's currently apart of the best team in baseball and is off to a hot start. The Rays are known for finding diamonds in the rough and Paredes is just another one added to that list.
Paredes is currently slashing .314/.385/.571 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. The Rays are currently undefeated and Isaac is a reason why they are where they are.
4. Jake Fraley, OF, Reds
Jake Fraley is a name that was quite known a few years back during his time with the Seattle Mariners. He was shipped off to Cincinnati in exchange for Jesse Winker & Eugenio Suarez. During his time in Cincinnati, Fraley has turned himself into a solid player for the Reds.
He is currently slashing .370/.486/.556 with 1 home run and 9 RBI. He's also playing some stellar defense in the outfield. Fraley is a player who isn't going to be on too many highlight reels but he's going to do exactly what the Reds need him to do. Produce.
5. James Outman, OF, Dodgers
The Dodgers are filled with young talent. Added to that young talent is outfielder James Outman. Outman made his debut last season with the club and is starting his 2023 off the way Dodger fans expected him to.
Outman is slashing .300/.462/.800 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI. If Outman keeps this pace up, adding him as a regular to this lineup is going to do wonders to this Dodger team. Paired with Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and other youngster Miguel Vargas is a great sight for Dodger fans.