Detroit Tigers’ 5 Most Undervalued Players

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Detroit Tigers' 5 Most Undervalued Players

Detroit Tigers 5 Most Undervalued Players
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On a team with massive superstars and the most contracts of 20 million or more per year, it is easy to get swept away with the big names like Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer Prince Fielder or Justin Verlander. Yes, all of those names listed are absolutely huge to the Detroit Tigers, but there is a stealthy side to the Tigers; a secret group of players that may not be the first name in a fans mind, but without them the team would not be able to find the success they have this season.

Think of these players as the agent, entourage or groupies to the stars. They may not get the same attention, they may not get the same money, but the work that they do allows the stars to be as effective as they are. You could have the nicest vehicle known to man, but if it doesn't have the gritty parts inside it, it isn't going to run.

Think of it like a Forrest Gump box of chocolates; you need the coconut pieces or the strangely filled ones that make you spit them out in disgust, because they just enhance the ones everyone is looking for, which is the caramels. Sure you could just have a box of caramels, but they would be redundant; they would be bland and wouldn't have the mix that make them so desirable.

Now that you are hungry for food, grab a box of chocolates and dive in to the Tigers' 5 most undervalued players. Without them, you wouldn't have a box to begin with; so thank them and appreciate those oddly colored filled chocolates just a little bit more today.

Brent Smith is a Detroit Tigers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @brentweets or add him to your network on Google

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#5 Don Kelly

#5 Don Kelly
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Don Kelly is the guy who never gets the girl, even though he is the most deserving. You can't help but root for him in his quest. He adds a silent value by being able to play any position on the field, and always has a knack for coming up with big hits out of nowhere.

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#4 Torii Hunter

#4 Torii Hunter
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How can Torii Hunter be undervalued? Well it's quite simple, his impact on the clubhouse. The Tigers have been tighter than my wallet on a date, that is until Hunter arrived. Now the Tigers are loose, and actually look like they are enjoying their jobs.

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#3 Brayan Pena

#3 Brayan Pena
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Who could've guessed the contributions Brayan Pena has added to this team this season? Alex Avila has had to go on the DL twice this season, and Pena has just stepped in hitting .300 and keeping the team churning. He also gives hope to everyone that if he could be a successful athlete, why can't I?

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#2 Drew Smyly

#2 Drew Smyly
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I can't have an article if it doesn't include how good Drew Smyly is. It's an obsession that is uncomfortable to write about without leaving everyone feeling awkward and scared to read my articles. Let's just leave it at that.

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#1 Anibal Sanchez

#1 Anibal Sanchez
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Anibal Sanchez's bank account isn't undervalued, making 15 million a year, but he gets almost no attention being wedged between Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Anibal has, and will be, one of the biggest keys to how far the Detroit Tigers can go this year.

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