Many believed the Reds made a risky move when they acquired Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians this past offseason. In short, those folks felt weary about sticking Choo in a position he had rarely played before in his 9-year MLB career (center field). Well, let's see where those naysayers are now.
I know it's still early on in the season, but Choo has turned out to be every bit as good as advertised, and then some. Entering Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Choo was leading the league in on-base percentage (.521), hits (26), and hit by pitches (10). Additionally, he also owned six doubles, three home runs, and 17 runs scored. Oh, and let's not forget that he is holding his own defensively in center field. He won't win a Gold Glove award or anything, but he's doing just fine.
With that being said, the folks over at ESPN.com came up with an "All-Underrated Team" and Choo deservedly made the grade. Here's what they had to say about the Korean native.
CF -- Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
He's finally getting some recognition thanks to his hot start (.366 average, better-than-Votto .521 OBP), but even then some people just want to talk about his shaky defense in center. He was a good player for the Indians for several years before coming to Cincy and I see his first All-Star Game in his future.
Enjoy watching the 30-year-old while you can, folks. Choo is primed to receive a big contract this upcoming offseason via free agency. Teams have been well aware of how valuable Choo is for awhile now, but the rest of the country is beginning to take notice now that he has finally landed on a winning ball club.
Check out the rest of the underrated team by clicking here.