Three most underrated players in Mariners' quest for playoffs

A couple of utility infielders and former first-round pick could be instrumental during stretch run.
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The Professional: Josh Rojas

When Jerry Dipoto, Seattle's President of Baseball Operations, shipped out clubhouse leader and lockdown closer Paul Sewald to Arizona, fans poo-pooed the inclusion of Josh Rojas in the return. Dipoto doubled down after the trade, stating Rojas was vital to the transaction. Well, it took the 28-year-old infielder a bit to acclimate to his new surroundings (0-14 in the first week), but he's turned it around.

Over his last ten games, Rojas is slashing an insane .395/.439/1.044 with four extra-base hits and 15 total hits. That's a nice little run, especially when you compare his performance to his predecessor, Kolten Wong. The lefty-swinging Wong was supposed to provide a veteran presence who could work the count, provide solid defense, and swipe double-digit bags, and we all know how THAT turned out. Wong is toiling in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, and Rojas is showcasing a well-rounded offensive profile from the bottom third of the Mariners' lineup.

Another feather in Rojas' cap is his ability to play the hot corner and second base. Having a guy like him on the roster makes manager Scott Servais' job easier, takes the pressure off the stars in the lineup, and can help you steal a run or two, which could make all the difference down the stretch.