10 Underrated Atlanta Braves Players Since 2000

Take a trip down memory lane and take a look at a few Atlanta Braves players who may not have gotten as much love as they should have.
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3. Julio Franco

Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves
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Like many others on this list, Julio Franco joined the Braves at an advanced age. Franco is the oldest. He didn't come to Atlanta until the age of 42 season. If you watched in the early 2000s, then you know Franco was a fan favorite. He was more of a role player but he played enough to make an impact. The fact that he had such a quality bat well into his 40s is incredible.

Franco played in parts of 23 major league seasons. His career slash lines match up with his six seasons in Atlanta REALLY well. Keep in mind, his time in Atlanta covered ages 42-46 with a short stint at age 48. Those are some Hulk Hogan numbers there.

As a Brave, Franco batted .291 with a .363 on-base percentage. His .424 slugging percentage was even a little better than his career .417 SLG.

2. Edgar Renteria

Edgar Renteria
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Edgar Renteria made a name for himself with the St. Louis Cardinals. Over 16 seasons, he batted .286 with a .343 on-base percentage. He stole 294 bases and had 436 doubles. He was a four-time All-Star and one of those selections came as a member of the Atlanta Braves in 2006. Renteria's time with the Braves wasn't long but it was impactful.

As a Brave, he hit .310 with a .374 OBP. He had the best slugging run of his career in an Atlanta uniform. In 273, games Renteria mashed 70 doubles and 26 homers, giving him a .451 slugging percentage and an .825 OPS.

1. Tim Hudson (The Hitter)

Tim Hudson
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Tim Hudson was a great pitcher and he is in no way underrated for that. However, he was a great hitter in college for Auburn. In his senior season, Huddy went 15-2 with a 2.97 ERA. He set strikeout records for the school and proved he was one of the greatest collegiate pitchers to grace Auburn's field. On top of that, he led the team in hitting with a .396 average, 18 homers, and a school record with 95 RBIs. Some of those skills returned to him when he hit .263 for the Braves in 2007.

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