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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NL East Draft/IFA Combo

Chicago
Top Draft Pick
SP Wascar Franco (active)
Season 12, Round 1, Pick 1
Peak Rating - 84
Stats - 115-60, 3.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 1 WS Ring
This was not an esy choice as there were many good options to choose from. Franco is a true #1 with excellent control and pitches, with above average splits. He is a lefty, which means he can be hit, at times, hard by righties. Regardless, a very good SP that should end his career with over 200 wins.
Runner-up - Kurt Clemens
Top IFA
3B Enrique Vincente (active)
Season 15, $23 million
Peak Rating - 84
Stats - .282 BA, .854 OPS, 268 HR's, 816 RBI's
Awards - 4 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger
Another difficult choice, but for me, this plus defender with excellent contact and power gets the nod. Only 28, Vincente should hit over 500 HR's and knock in over 1500 RBI's.
Runner-up - Juan Vincente

Buffalo
Top Draft Pick
C Phil Iwazaki (retired)
Season 4, Round 1, Pick 23
Peak Rating - 74
Stats - .281 BA, .826 OPS, 567 HR's, 1662 RBI's
Awards - 5 x all-star, 5 x silver slugger, 2 WS Rings
Again a difficult choice, but for where he went in the draft, it has to be Iwazaki. A decent defensive C, he had excellent power to pair with very good vs RHP and eye ratings.
Runner-up - Cory Clark
Top IFA
SP Richard Aoki (active)
Season 3, $8 million
Peak Rating - 83
Stats - 302-247, 3.92 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
Awards - 5 X all-star, 5 X WS Rings
The career leader in many categories (batters faced, games started, K's, losses), Aoki is about as durable and dependable as they come. What he lacked in quality, he more than made up for in quantity. A very good pitcher for a very long time.
Runner-up - Jesus Pineda

Indianapolis
Top Draft Pick
SP Derrek Peters (active)
Season 5, Round 1, Pick 4
Peak Rating - 80
Stats - 253-161, 3.62 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
A craft lefty with excellent stamina and control, Peters was a top of the rotation SP for a long time. Excellent make-up has kept him as a viable starter into his late 30s.
Awards - 8 x all-star, 1 x Cy Young
Runner-up - Yorman Molina
Top IFA
SP Jae-Kuk Hasegawa (active)
Season 10, $8.6 million
Peak Rating - 74
Stats - 112-160, 4.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
Awards - NONE
SHOTGUN has never spent on IFA's, so there wasn't much to choose from. Hasegawa is a serviceable SP with very good stamina, control, and pitches.
Runner-up - Juan Romero

Norfolk
Top Draft Pick
1B Brendan Watson (active)
Season 7, Round 1, Pick 27
Peak Rating - 77
Stats - .283 BA, .909 OPS, 594 HR's, 1757 RBI's
Awards - ROY, 2 X all-star
Had a much better career than his awards would suggest. In his prime, had excellent power and eye ratings with decent contact and splits.
Runner-up - Manny Ramsey
Top IFA
CL Ricardo Samuel(retired)
Season 2, $5.5 million
Peak Rating - 75
Stats - 239 saves, 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
Awards - 4 X all-star, 1 WS ring, 1 Fireman
Another team that does not spend heavily om IFA's. Samuel was a very good closer in his prime - with >90 control and vs RHB.
Runner-up - Edinson Lee

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