The All-Underrated Braves: 2B

In 2003, Marcus Giles posted an OPS that would’ve led the 2013 Braves, .20 points ahead of Freddie. Giles’ 7.8 WAR was good for 4th in the NL, and his range factor was tops among the league’s second basemen. Not bad for a 53rd round draft pick.

A collision with Andruw Jones caused Giles to miss 60 games in 2004, but he still hit .311 with a .821 OPS. He was just as solid in ’05, with .826 OPS. Then, in ’06, his power numbers eroded to the point that he was non-tendered by the Braves, a decision justified by his .223 BA with the Padres in ’07. By 2009 his career was over.

There’s been much speculation about Giles’ possible use of PED’s, and the trajectory of his career makes that a reasonable assumption. But remember, no morals clause for the All-Underrated Braves.

Was he underappreciated? Debatable, but there’s no debating that, from 2003-05 he was as good a second baseman to ever put on an Atlanta Braves uniform.

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5 Comments on The All-Underrated Braves: 2B

  1. I wouldn’t say Giles was under appreciated. Those teams with Furcal as lead-off, Giles batting second and Chipper hitting third were some great years. Solid offensively with really good infield defense.

    Didn’t Giles set the franchise record for # of doubles in a season?

  2. Jack Straw // February 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm //

    Can it really be 10 years?

  3. Jack Straw // February 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm //

    Giles may or may not have been a juicer, but he played hard for us. Not everyone does.

  4. I think it would have been hard back then to field a competitive team of guys that were not juiced.

  5. roadrunner48 // February 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm //

    Giles/Furcal were the best keystone pair in the entire history of the franchise.

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