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Postby The_Natural » Wed May 07, 2008 12:58 am

Who are the players that you can think of that weren't projected to be great in the big leagues but have? (Let's keep it to bats)
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Re: MLB players who have came out of nowhere?

Postby AussieDodger » Wed May 07, 2008 1:18 am

Hanley Ramirez.
He was a "name" and he was touted as good, but his minor league numbers were pretty un-sexy.
He's definitely one from a numbers perspective.
Whoever lit a fire under him in Florida needs to be touted as a genius. ;-D
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Postby dorje3 » Wed May 07, 2008 1:40 am

AussieDodger wrote:Hanley Ramirez.
He was a "name" and he was touted as good, but his minor league numbers were pretty un-sexy.
He's definitely one from a numbers perspective.
Whoever lit a fire under him in Florida needs to be touted as a genius. ;-D

That's really quite eerie. The first player that came to mind was Hanley as well. Not becuase people didn't expect big things out of him, but I don't think anyone expected the 30+ HRs.
But really, though. I thought I would have been the only one in the world to have answered H Ramirez to the question posed, and I thought better and moved on. Strange.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed May 07, 2008 8:52 am

Ortiz was dropped by the Twins.
Pujols and Thome were 13th round selections.
Abreu was traded for Kevin Stocker.
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Postby Yoda » Wed May 07, 2008 8:56 am

Mike Piazza is the poster boy for players coming out of nowhere. Drafted in the 62nd round as a 'favor' to Piazza's relative. Became arguably the 2nd best hitting catcher of all time.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed May 07, 2008 9:25 am

deerayfan072 wrote:
Pogotheostrich wrote:Ortiz was dropped by the Twins.
Pujols and Thome were 13th round selections.
Abreu was traded for Kevin Stocker.




After the Rays took him from the Astros because they left him unprotected, than we traded him :,-( :,-(

I know this is about hitters but Abreu and Santanta were both rule 5 picks from Houston. !+)
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Re: MLB players who have came out of nowhere?

Postby markj11 » Wed May 07, 2008 9:29 am

Matt Holliday.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Wed May 07, 2008 9:51 am

Rick Ankiel :-D
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Re: MLB players who have came out of nowhere?

Postby hot4tx » Wed May 07, 2008 9:58 am

Sammy Sosa. Early in his career with the Rangers he was too small and couldn't hit for enough power to be a ML outfielder. :-S
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