Reds fans are fully aware of the value that Mat Latos brings to the team. After all, it took a handful of players to acquire him from San Diego, and the tall right-hander has yet to disappoint.
In two full seasons with the Reds, the 26-year-old has compiled a 28-11 record, 3.32 ERA, 1.186 WHIP and 3.05 K/BB. He's been a reliable workhouse thus far and empirical evidence suggests that he will continue to be so moving forward.
With that being said, it should surprise no one that Latos was included among 11 players chosen for an imaginary "all-underrated" team, composed by MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.
Castrovince aimed to identify players who have yet to garner multiple All-Star appearances, lucrative contracts, or major awards, but whose value to their respective team shouldn't go unnoticed.
Here is what Castrovince had to say about tabbing Latos as the starting pitcher:
Among those with at least 500 innings pitched since the beginning of 2010, Latos' first full season, only 15 guys have a better ERA than Latos' 3.27 mark, and all 15 of those guys have had at least an All-Star selection, something that has eluded Latos to date. He did receive down-ballot National League Cy Young Award support in his breakout 2010 campaign, and his role as a major acquisition by the Reds before the 2012 season obviously upped his national profile. But Latos is just 26 and has established himself as one of the more steady starters in the game, with room perhaps to improve.
Kudos to Latos for getting some well-deserved recognition.
As a quick side note, former Reds third basemen and current Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion made the team as well, occupying the slot for first base. I'm stating the obvious here, but wouldn't it be nice if Encarnacion still suited up and played his home games in the Queen City?
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