Today’s Random Player From The Baseball Project That May Or May Not Amount To Anything is Darrell Evans. Evans just might be the most underrated player in the history of baseball. Unlike glove guys or power hitters or speedsters, Evans did a lot of things well. He walked more than he struck out. People look at his .248 batting average but ignore his .361 OBP. He hit 414 homeruns and hit 40 twice, 12 years apart. He was a solid third baseman and then moved to first. He played for the Braves, Giants and Tigers.
Because he played in an era when batting average meant everything to baseball people, he was never thought of as a great player. But he averaged 22.5 Win Shares per 162 games, 3.5 bWAR, and 3.7 fWAR in his career. His JAWS (a ranking system that compares career totals with peak seasons) ranks him 18th all-time among third basemen. Why two guys whose last names are both Evans are as wildly underrated as Darrell and Dwight are is beyond me.