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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AL West IFA/Draft Combo

To finish up the AL.....

Fresno Fire
Top Draft Pick
SP/RP Jacob Hunter
Season 7, Round 1, Pick 21
Peak Rating - 84
Stats - 146-68, 2.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 x cy young, 1 WS ring
It was a tough call between Hunter and Silva, but in the end it was hard to go against a guy that is in the Top 5 all-time in ERA and WHIP. A perfect pitcher, only stamina and health held him from huge win totals. Regardless, he will win over 150 games and save over 100 games, which is quite a feat.
Runner-up - Harry Silva

SP Ramon Chen (active)
Season 3, $12.1 million
Peak Rating - 83
Stats - 3.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 277-222
Awards - 4 x all-star
The career leader in complete games and 2nd all-time in innings pitched and batters faced, Chen was as durable and dependable as they came. Had elite stamina, health, control, and durability. While never a star, his dependability was amazing.
Runner-up - Rafael Soriano

St. Louis Cardinals
Top Draft Pick
C Clinton Clifton (active)
Season 7, Round 1, Pick 3
Peak Rating - 86
Stats - .297 BA, .983 OPS, 639 HR's, 1860 RBI's
Awards - 12 x all-star, 12 x silver slugger, 5 x MVP, 2 x gold glove, 2 WS rings, ROY
Quite simply the best catcher 1530 has ever seen and a no-doubt HOF'r. In his prime, his contact, power, and eye rating were all in the high 90's. While not the best pitch caller, he had above average defensive ratings.
Runner-up - Heinie Conigliaro

SS Damaso Ortiz (retired)
Season 3, $3.4 million
Peak Rating - 79
Stats - .254 BA, .726 OPS, 219 HR's, 813 RBI's
Awards - 1 x each all-star, gold glove, WS ring
One of the few defensive SS's in the game that can also hit. Career .977 F% at SS as well as 53 plus plays at the position.
Runner-up - Pablo Lopez

Salem Aggies
Top Draft Pick
SP Hick Manning (active)
Season 16, Round 1, Pick 1
Peak Rating - 83
Stats - 3.90 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 81-55
Awards - 1 x all-star
A better pitcher than his stats and awards would suggest. Has very good rating across the board and it a prototypical #1 SP. Will put it all together one of these seasons.
Runner-up - Darren Hunter
3B Jose Segui (active)
Season 10, $17.8 million
Peak Rating - 87
Stats - .278 BA, .824 OPS, 280 HR's, 1015 RBI's
Awards - 4 x all star, 5 x silver slugger, 1 x gold glove, 3 x all star MVP
In his prime, one of the best 3B's in the game. Excellent glove to go along with 80'S across the board at the plate (aside from batting eye). Hard choice between him and all-time CL great Encarnacion.
Runner-up - Felipe Encarnacion

Vancouver Otters
Top Draft Pick
SP J.R. Beckett (active)
Season 5, Round 1, Pick 10
Peak Rating - 88
Stats - 3.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 253-100
Awards - 7 X all-star, 4 x Cy Young, 2 x WS Ring
A dominant SP with #1 stuff (90+ control, vs. LHB/RHB). Held back somewhat by average stamina, but still a HOF type career.
Runner-up - Phil Pride

Don Chen
Season 13, $28.1 million
Peak Rating - 86
Stats - .312 BA, .973 OPS, 305 HR's, 1018 RBI's
Awards - 5 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger
Chen is a LF with speed and contact ideal for the top of the order. A career .400 OBP guy, he's among the best #2/#3 hole hitters in the game.
Runner-up - Alfredo Nieves

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