Augusta's greats after 25 years of pro baseball

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No surprise he was the top vote-getter for pitchers. He was lights out for Augusta in 2008, recording a 1.46 ERA in 24 starts. He owns a 3.11 ERA in five seasons for the  FILE/STAFF
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Madison Bumgarner l 2008 No surprise he was the top vote-getter for pitchers. He was lights out for Augusta in 2008, recording a 1.46 ERA in 24 starts. He owns a 3.11 ERA in five seasons for the

JASON KENDALL • 1993

Three-time All-Star hit .288 in a 15-year major league career. Kendall’s unique skill to his position was speed, stealing 189 bases and often hitting at the top of the lineup. Hit .276 for the Augusta Pirates. Kendall hasn’t played in the majors since 2010.

FIRST BASE

KEVIN YOUKILIS • 2001-2002

A late bloomer who became a world champion in his first year in the majors in 2004, just two years after playing in Augusta. Youkilis is a three-time All-Star, a Gold Glove winner and finished third in MVP voting in 2008. He has struggled through injuries with the Yankees this season, hitting .219 in 28 games.


SECOND BASE

DUSTIN PEDROIA • 2004

Took the Buster Posey route to immediate success. Pedroia was a Rookie of the Year, MVP and world champion within a two-year span to begin his major league career. The little infielder is a career .301 hitter who had 20 hits in just 12 games for Augusta in 2004. He’s having another outstanding season for the Red Sox.

THIRD BASE

PABLO SANDOVAL • 2006

One of the first two inducted into the Augusta GreenJackets Hall of Fame this year. Sandoval is a two-time All-Star and world champion who hit .330 with 25 homers in his second major league season. The big-bodied third baseman, known as Kung Fu Panda, hit .265 for Augusta in 2006. He’s having another steady season for the Giants this year.

SHORTSTOP

HANLEY RAMIREZ • 2003

The highest-ranked prospect to come through Augusta since prospect lists began at No. 19 overall in 2003. Ramirez hit .275 with 36 stolen bases for Augusta that year and went on to become Rookie of the Year in 2006. Three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and finished second in MVP voting in 2009. He’s thriving for the Dodgers this season.

LEFT FIELDER

MOISES ALOU • 1988

One of the most well known to come through Augusta. Alou was a career .303 hitter with 332 homers who went to six All-Star Games. He hit .313 with seven homers for the Augusta Pirates in the team’s first season. His last major league season was 2008.


CENTER FIELDER

BRANDON MOSS • 2004

One of two Georgia natives on the team. Moss set the Augusta record for RBI in a season with 101 in 2004, which was later tied by Chris Dominguez in 2010. Moss hit .339 for the GreenJackets that season. He’s a late bloomer who has 20 or more homers in each of the past two seasons for the Athletics.

RIGHT FIELDER

JOSE GUILLEN • 1995

Known for a tremendous arm in right field, Guillen totaled 214 homers over a 14-year career. He hit .235 in 10 games for the Augusta Pirates in 1995 but thrived at every other level in the minors. Guillen had at least 20 home runs in five major league seasons. He last played in the majors in 2010.


DESIGNATED HITTER

ARAMIS RAMIREZ • 1996

Two-time All-Star has finished top 10 in MVP voting three times. Ramirez has 349 home runs over a 16-year career so far, including 30 or more in four seasons. He led the league in doubles last season with 50. Ramirez continues to hold his own with the Brewers this season.


ROTATION

MADISON BUMGARNER • 2008

No surprise he was the top vote-getter for pitchers. He was lights out for Augusta in 2008, recording a 1.46 ERA in 24 starts. He owns a 3.11 ERA in five seasons for the Giants, including his first All-Star appearance this year. Two-time world champion who has a sub-3.00 ERA this season.

JON LESTER • 2003

An equally-strong lefty with a career 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons, Lester is a two-time All-Star who finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2010, and he has a world title under his belt. He had a 3.65 ERA in 24 appearances for Augusta in 2003.

BRONSON ARROYO • 1996

The ever-durable Arroyo has thrown 200 or more innings in seven of his 14 major-league seasons. He’s an All-Star and Gold Glove winner with a career 4.17 ERA. Arroyo had a 3.52 ERA in 26 starts for Augusta in 1996. He has a 3.40 ERA for the Reds this season.

TIM WAKEFIELD • 1989

The first member of the GreenJackets Hall of Fame this year. He was a shortstop for the Augusta Pirates before turning to pitching full time the following season. Known for his knuckleball, he had a career 4.41 ERA in 19 seasons. Two-time world champion last pitched in 2011.

ZACK WHEELER • 2010

He won the affection of those who watched him in Augusta. The first-rounder out of Dallas, Ga., had a 3.99 ERA that season. He has since mowed through the minors and made his major league debut this year, currently with a 3.49 ERA in 12 starts for the Mets in his rookie season.

MANAGER

ROBERTO KELLY • 2005-2007

The winningest manager in Augusta history, his teams went 258-157 in three years. The GreenJackets were second-half division champions in 2006 and first-half champions in ’07. Kelly is now first base coach for the Giants.


BENCH

• Lew Ford, 2000

• Orlando Merced, 1988

• Tony Womack, 1992

• Thomas Neal, 2008

• Freddy Sanchez, 2000

• Lou Collier, 1994


BULLPEN

• Brian Wilson, 2005

• Mike Gonzalez, 1997-98

• Sergio Romo, 2006

• Henry Sosa, 2007-08

• Justin Duchscherer, 1999


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