There were several also-rans besides Francoeur . Most of these guys likely would have made the list if Mac’s list had been static, as they’re better Braves than the guys who were Nos. 40-44 in the Original List. But with the addition of seven new players, they no longer can bump somebody off. But they’re worth an honorable mention.
Julio Teheran: 40-30, ERA 3.44, WHIP 1.191, IP 633.1, 542 K
Teheran just fulfilled the three full seasons rule this past year. He’s actively waiting in the wings, just off the map in my view. Currently 12th lowest ERA for eligible pitchers, and 13th in Ks. But he’s a very shaky candidate at this point. It remains to be seen whether his stats improve or not. It could go either way.
Adam LaRoche: .281/.346/.512, 77 HR, 253 RBI, 217 RS, OPS+119
Adam made the Left Behind 18 before he returned for half a season in 2009. As noted, his slugging percentage as a Brave trails only four guys on this list: Hank, Chipper, Ryan, and Fred. LaRoche is a better candidate for the 44 than Claudell Washington, Lonnie Smith, etc. But all those guys have been kicked off the list by better players, and Adam isn’t quite good enough to replace Chris Chambliss, who is the anchor position player here.
Tommy Hanson: 45-32, ERA 3.61, WHIP 1.252, 635 IP, 592 K
Rest in peace, Tommy. AAR’s writeup said it all. Just misses, but can’t knock off Ron Reed as the last pitcher in. Neck and neck with Julio above, I’d probably have to go with Julio if I were forced to pick one. 11th in Ks among eligible pitchers.
Matt Diaz: .299/.347/.449 43 HR, 194 RBI, 185 RS, OPS+ 108
It took Matt seven years as a Brave to accumulate three full seasons worth of plate appearances. I loved this guy – kept him on my Rotisserie team in all weathers. He absolutely scalded the ball whenever he was in the game, and he sprinted out every ball he hit. He’s in the top 20 for OPS of guys eligible for this list; he’s in the top five for batting average. But he doesn’t fare so well in Runs Created because he just doesn’t have the at-bats. He needs back all the plate appearances he lost to stiffs like Ryan Langerhans and Gregor Blanco. While he would have been an arguable candidate to join the Original List, the New List he can’t touch.
Kris Medlen: 34-20, ERA 2.95, WHIP 1.155, 512.2 IP, 434 K
Can’t make minimum starts requirement to be eligible. Delighted to see him have some success this year with KC. If he’d had one more full season with the Braves, he’d have to be considered a serious candidate. Oh well.
Jair Jurrjens: 50-36, ERA 3.58, WHIP 1.329, 720 IP, 486 K
Jair pitched longer as a Brave than Teheran, Hanson, or Medlen, but not quite as dominantly. He’s much of a muchness with those four guys, all of whom can’t kick out Ron Reed as last man in.