Everybody Loves Jayson
MLB.com polled baseball executives and managers about the most underrated players in the National League, and Jayson Werth found himself atop the list with San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Here is what some people had to say about Werth:
“He probably gets lost a little with [Jimmy] Rollins, [Chase] Utley and [Ryan] Howard there, but he’s a very good player. He does everything well,” Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. “He’s such an instinctual player, and he’s the kind of player who can really hurt you.”
“He always plays so well against us,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “But when you think of the Phillies, folks will think of the first baseman [Howard], the second baseman [Utley] and the shortstop [Rollins] first. And now they have [Raul] Ibanez. But Werth hurts you in every way. And he’s getting better as a hitter.”
“I think he does a lot more than people think,” Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said. “He’s a good runner [and] he has a good arm in the outfield. He’s very under the radar, because for as good an offensive club as [the Phillies] are, he brings the right-handed balance.”
Chicago’s Ryan Theriot, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart, Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino, Pittsburgh’s Ryan Doumit and Colorado’s Garrett Atkins were the only other players who received two or more votes from Major League executives and managers.