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Monday, August 27, 2012

AL South IFA/Draft Combinations

Jacksonville TIMUCUAN'S
Top Draft Pick
3B Zach Page (active)
Season 9, Round 1, Pick 4
Peak Rating - 89
Awards - 9 x all=star, 1 silver slugger, 1 WS Ring
Stats - .284 BA, .777 OPS, 202 HR's, 892 RBI's, 1452 runs
A plus glove at 3B, Page has been among the league leaders in runs scored since his debut in Season 13. Still only 34, he has a shot a finishing in the all-time Top 5 for runs scored. Classic lead-off hitter.
Runner-up - Max Winn
Top IFA
RP Al Castilla (active)
Season 9 - $12.4 million
Peak Rating - 78
Awards - 4 x all-star
Stats - 3.93 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 263 out of 312 saves
Not elite, but very good. Off the charts durability and health to go with solid stamina for an RP made him an every day reliever. Would struggle at times vs. LHB, but otherwise a very good performer.
Runner-up - Welington Chavez

Oklahoma City Falcons
Top Draft Pick
SS Ahmad Bell (active)
Season 9, Round 1, Pick 2
Peak Rating - 91
Awards - 3 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger, 1 gold glove
Stats - .269 BA, .839 OPS, 420 HR's, 1328 RBI's
Would have won many more awards if he was a better defensive SS. In his prime, there were few players better than him. A defensive plus at anywhere other than SS, he had elite power and a keen batting eye. Relatively weak contact and vs RHP will likely keep him out of the HOF.
Runner-up - Chad Clarke

IFA
Benny Taveras
Season 22, $15.9 million
Peak Rating - 75 (and climbing)
Awards - none
Stats - 3.64 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 16-34 (minors)
Taveres projects as a #2/#3 type SP. He has good stamina, control, and vs RHB. In a pinch, he is also a serviceable defensive 1B. He should have a nice career with appearances in multiple all-star games and maybe a shot at 150 or so wins.
Runner-up - Jorge Flores

Monterrey Firestorm
Top Draft Pick
3B Garry Francis (active)
Season 7, Round 1, Pick 6
Peak Rating - 83
Awards - 5 x all-star, 2 silver sluggers
Stats - .281 BA, .828 OPS, 393 HR's, 1291 RBI's
Like Ahmad Bell, Francis was a plus defender at any position other than SS. Hampered by injuries (4 stints on the DL), Francis never realized his true potential. He also struck out way too much due to his average batting eye.
Runner-up - Troy Everett

IFA
LF Omar Barcelo (retired)
Season 5, $7 million
Peak Rating - 79
Awards - 1 gold glove, 1 WS ring
Stats - .256 BA, .747 OPS, 222 HR's, 841 RBI's
IFA Pickings are slim at Monterrey and Barcelo was the best of the bunch. He was best suited for COF, but played just about everywhere. Offensively, he had above average power, vs LHP, vs. RHP, and batting eye.
Runner-up - Juan Amaral

Charlotte Racers
Top Draft Pick -
RP Timo Hall (retired)
Season 2, Round 1, Pick 32
Peak Rating - 74
Awards - 5 x all-star, 2 x Fireman, 1 x WS Ring
Stats - 4.30 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 324 out of 386 saves
Hall would struggle vs RHB's, but otherwise was a very good closer for a very long time. His stamina, control, and velocity were all superior in his day.
Runner-up - Ralph Jennings

IFA
2B Edgar Alvarado (active)
Season 19, $11.6 million
Peak Rating - 85 and rising
Awards - 1 all-star, 2 x silver slugger
Stats - 272 HR's, 775 RBI's, 66 HR's, 276 RBI's,
Alvarado is a rangey 2B with an average glove. He has a great durabiltity/health combination with speed to spare. Very good contact and batting eye, but only average otherwise. A candidate to lead the league in at-bats every season.
Runner-up - Santo Calderone

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