15 MLB Players Flying Under the Radar in 2014

Players Who Aren't Getting Enough Attention

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Baseball has its fair share of superstars, but there are plenty of other players who play well and are overlooked every year. It could be that the player is overshadowed by bigger stars on their team, or they are young players who haven't yet made a name for themselves.

Here are 15 players who are flying under the radar so far in 2014.

15. Dan Haren, P

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15. Dan Haren, P

Dan Haren Underrated
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Haren had the worst season of his career for the Washington Nationals in 2013. He's bounced back with the Dodgers this year, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.68 ERA. He'll be overlooked in the rotation with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, but Haren appears to be pitching like the star he was in his prime.

14. Daniel Murphy, 2B

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14. Daniel Murphy, 2B

Daniel Murphy Underrated
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Murphy has quietly been one of the best second baseman in the National League for the past several years. He has the most hits of any left handed batter in the National League since 2012, and is hitting .308 for the 2014 season.

13. Wily Peralta, P

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13. Wily Peralta, P

Wily Peralta Underrated
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Peralta has been outstanding for the Brewers. He's 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA through seven starts, and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts.

12. Howie Kendrick, 2B

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12. Howie Kendrick, 2B

Howie Kendrick Underrated
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Kendrick has become underrated after coming up as a highly touted prospect for the Angels several years ago. With superstars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the Angels order, Kendrick has been overlooked despite hitting near .300.

11. Angel Pagan, OF

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11. Angel Pagan, OF

Angel Pagan Underrated
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Pagan had one of the hottest starts in baseball this year, hitting .412 through the first two weeks of the season. Even though he's cooled off a bit, he's still hitting .323 for the Giants with six stolen bases.

10. Victor Martinez, DH

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10. Victor Martinez, DH

Victor Martinez Underrated
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It's easy to overlook Martinez with reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera ahead of him in the order. However, Martinez is quietly putting up similar numbers to when he was an All-Star catcher with the Cleveland Indians. He's hitting .318 and his six home runs are actually two more than Cabrera has.

9. Alex Wood, P

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9. Alex Wood, P

Alex Wood Underrated
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With fellow starters Ervin Santana, Julio Teheran and Aaron Harang pitching exceptionally well over the first month of the season, Wood hasn't gotten a lot of attention. He's allowed two runs or less in six of his seven starts, but poor run support has resulted in a 2-5 record.

8. Christian Yelich, OF

Christian Yelich Underrated
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8. Christian Yelich, OF

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Yelich is frequently overshadowed by up and coming superstars Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez. Yelich is no slouch himself, having already picked up a 17-game hitting streak this season along with ranking seventh in the NL in runs scored.

7. Adam LaRoche, 1B

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7. Adam LaRoche, 1B

Adam LaRoche Underrated
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Notorious for being a slow starter in years past, LaRoche bucked that trend in 2014. He's currently eighth in the National League in hitting with a .324 average and has driven in 21.

6. AJ Burnett, P

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6. AJ Burnett, P

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Burnett was signed late in free agency, but has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies. He's 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA in seven starts this season, only allowing three runs over his last four starts.

5. Justin Morneau, 1B

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5. Justin Morneau, 1B

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Everyone seems to be hitting in Colorado, and Morneau is no exception. He's fifth in the National League in hitting at .331 and has seven home runs and 26 RBI to boot.

4. Scott Kazmir, P

Scott Kazmir Underrated
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4. Scott Kazmir, P

Scott Kazmir Underrated
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Kazmir's career has gained a second life since joining with the A's this offseason. He's 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA, and has more than a 4 to 1 SO/BB rate. If he can stay away from injury problems, which have plagued him over the last few years, he could have one of the best seasons of his career.

3. Huston Street, P

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3. Huston Street, P

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Formerly a closer for the A's and Rockies, Street has gone from being overrated in the past to now being underrated with the Padres. He's allowed only one run in 14 innings this season, and has picked up a save in two-thirds of San Diego's wins this season.

2. Jeff Samardzija, P

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2. Jeff Samardzija, P

Jeff Samardzija Underrated
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Samardzija is another hurler who can't get any run support when he toes the rubber. Despite being second in the National League with a 1.62 ERA, the Cubs right hander has an 0-3 record. He's gone at least seven innings in six of his seven starts, and hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his starts.

1. Melky Cabrera, OF

Melky Cabrera Underrated
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1. Melky Cabrera, OF

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Cabrera's history of PED use doesn't make him the most popular player, but the Blue Jays outfielder is raking at the plate in 2014. He leads the American League with 48 hits and ranks in the top five in batting average. He's overshadowed in the lineup by sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but Cabrera has been just as important to the team's success on offense in 2014.

Walter Bergeson is a writer for Rantsports.com.  Follow him on twitter @WalterBSports or add him to your network on Google

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