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Monday, August 20, 2012

Best IFA/Draft Combination - AL East

Boston
Top Draft Pick
RF Rogers Torrealba (retired)
Season 2, Round 1, Pick 6
Awards - Hall of Fame, 8 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger, 1 MVP
Stats - .306 BA, .936 OPS, 582 HR's, 1783 RBI's
Peak Rating - 82
Prototypical RF with excellent power and vs. lefties. Average eye and vs. RHP kept him from becoming a legend. Eight seasons of 600+ ABs showed his elite durability and health.
Runner-up - Omar Johnson
Top IFA
Alexi Terrero (active)
Season 15, $17 million
Awards - 4 x All-star, 2 x Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
Stats - 3.63 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 130-68
Peak Rating - 86
A workhorse #1 SP with excellent vs RHB, control, and velocity. Average set of pitches and relatively weak durability are the only concerns. Should win over 250 games and maybe another Cy Young or two.
Runner-up - Saul Gil

Washington DC
Top Draft Pick
RF Eddie Reese (retired)
Season 2, Round 1, Pick 14
Peak Rating - 86
Awards - 9 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 3 x MVP, 1 gold glove
Stats - .306 BA, 1.032 OPS, 726 hr'S, 1987 RBI's
An absolute monster at the dish, Reese had elite power to go along with above average contact, splits, and eye. He is 2nd all-time in both home runs and RBI's.
Runner-up - Victor Sierra
Top IFA
Alfonso Ramirez (active)
Season 20, $9.6 million
Peak Rating - 76 & climbing
Awards - none
Stats - 3.97 ERA, 1.31 ERA, 8-4 with 13 saves
This franchise has never invested heavily in the IFA market. Ramirez is the best of the bunch and is a solid LRA, SUA, or Closer with excellent control and health.
Runner-up - Ivan Crespo

Durham
Henry Wise (active)
Season 9, Round 1, Pick 17
Peak Rating - 78
Awards - 9 x all-star, 9 x silver slugger, 4 x MVP, 2 WS rings, 1 gold glove, 1 ROY
Stats - .323 BA, 1.064 OPS, 594 HR's, 1759 RBI's
One of the best hitters the game has ever seen, Wise has elite contact, power, eye, and vs. LHP. He could challenge for the all-time HR and RBI records if he stays healthy.
Runner-up -Davey Wood

Top IFA
2B Juan Johnson (retired)
Season 2, $10.2 million
Peak Rating - 85
Awards - Hall of Fame, 11 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 1 WS ring, 1 ROY
Stats - .313 BA, .928 OPS, 561 HR's, 1954 RBI's
The all-time leader in hits, Johnson had excellent durability and health to pair with solid batting ratings. He had over 600 AB's in 10 seasons.
Runner-up - Don Iwamura

Philadelphia Bacharach Giants
Top Draft Pick
2B Wendell Reed (active)
Season 9, Round 1, Pick 8
Peak Rating - 87
Awards - 5 X all star, 4 x silver slugger, 1 MVP, 1 ROY, 1 gold glove
Stats - .295 BA, .894 OPS, 300 HR's, 1024 RBI's
Reed is a tough choice as there's an excellent history of drafting in PHI. He is excellent in the field and at one time was rated over 70 in all offensive categories.
Runner-up - Cristobal Mantalban

Top IFA
RF Luis Lopez (active)
Season 16, $19.4 million
Awards - 1 x all-star
Stats - .271 BA, .827 OPS, 190 HR's, 679 RBI's
Solid RF with excellent speed. Only weakness is vs. RHP, which, of course, is a big one.
Runner-up - Nate Stoddard

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