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Former GreenJackets

  Moises Alou (1988)

A highly regarded prospect, the Pirates drafted Moises Alou 2nd overall in the 1986 draft. Alou played his third year of professional baseball in Augusta, hitting .313 with seven home runs and 62 in a 105 games with the Pirates.

Although his career marred with injuries, Alou still managed to play for seventeen seasons, hitting .303 for his career with 332 home runs. Alou was a six time all star, a two time Silver Slugger and a World Series Champion in 1997 with the Florida Marlins.

Alou's most famous moment on the field, however, occurred when he was unable to catch a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. The infamous Steve Bartman reached over the stands and inadvertently knocked the ball away from him and the Cubs went on to lose the game and the NLCS the next night.  

  Tim Wakefield (1989)

Tim Wakefield's journey to the majors didn't start as the knuckleball pitcher we all know today, during his time in Augusta Wakefield played corner infield before a scout told him he'd never make it past Double-A with his skill set.

In his eleven games in Augusta, Wakefield hit .235 with five RBI.

Since making it big as a knuckleball specialist, Wakefield has won 178 games, two World Series and has become one of the faces of the Red Sox franchise. At 43 years old, he doesn't look to be stopping any time soon.

  Jason Kendall (1993)

The twenty-third pick of the 1992 draft, Jason Kendall started his first full season in Augusta in 1993. In 102 games Kendall hit .276 with seventeen doubles, four triples, a homer and forty RBI.

Kendall made it to the majors in 1996 and hit a solid .300 in 130 games, was named an NL All-Star and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting.

Kendall was an All-Star in 1998 when he hit .327 with twelve homers and seventy five RBI and again made the squad in 2000 when he hit .320 with a career high fourteen homers.

Currently Kendall is the active leader in hit by pitches and is sixth all time.

  Aramis Ramirez (1996)

Aramis Ramirez signed with the Pirates in 1994 at the young age of 16. Two years later he made his debut with the GreenJackets but stay in Augusta was short, only lasting six games in 1996. He hit .200 in 20 ABs with a homer and two RBI.

Ramirez's first full season in the majors in 2001 was quite successful. He hit .300 with 34 homers and 112 RBI.

In 2003 Ramirez was traded to the Cubs and has established himself as one of the top third baseman in the National League. He hit 36 homers in 2004, 31 in 2005 and 38 in 2006.

Ramirez was an NL All-Star in 2005 and 2008 and was the 2008 recipient of the Hank Aaron Award.

  Freddy Sanchez (2000)

An 11th round draft pick out of Oklahoma City University, Freddy Sanchez played thirty games of his first year in Augusta. He hit .303 with seven doubles, seventeen runs and fifteen RBIs.

In 2003 the Pirates traded for Sanchez and he finally broke through for good into 2005 hitting .291 in his first full year in the bigs and following it up in 2006 he won the National League batting title, hitting a staggering .344.

Sanchez was named an NL All-Star in 2006 and 2007.

  Kevin Youkilis (2001-2002)

A largely unknown player coming out of the University of Cincinnati, Kevin Youkilis was drafted by the Red Sox as the 243rd overall pick in the 2001 draft.

Youkilis' made the second stop of his minor league career in Augusta, playing five games at the end of 2001 and fifteen at the beginning of 2002. He hit .283 in his second year with the GreenJackets with a solid .810 OPS.

Youkilis broke into the majors in 2004 and was immediately rewarded with a World Series championship. Although starting 2005 in the minors, Youkilis made his way back to the majors later in the year and has stayed there ever since. He was a key component in the Red Sox 2007 World Series win, including hitting an insane .500 in 28 ABs in the ALCS.

Youkilis has improved steadily every year he's been with the Red Sox, was named an All-Star in 2008 and has the record for most consecutive errorless games at first (238).

  Jon Lester (2003)

A second round draft pick out of high school, Jon Lester was given the highest signing bonus of any 2002 second round pick that year.

With high expectations, Lester started his career in Augusta and did not disappoint. In 106 innings Lester had a 3.65 ERA with 71 strikeouts and only 44 walks.

In June of 2006, Lester made his debut with the Red Sox, going 7-2 with a 4.76 ERA in fifteen starts. Late in the though the season Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma and missed the end of 2006. He made it back to the Red Sox in July of 2007 and ultimately won the final game of the 2007 World Series.

To cap his amazing comeback off, Lester threw a no-hitter in May of 42008 against the Kansas City Royals.

  Hanley Ramirez (2003)

After destroying the rookie ball leagues, Hanley Ramirez came into Augusta with immense expectations on his shoulders. At age 19 he was already the top rated prospect in the Red Sox system and was one of the top twenty prospects in all of baseball.

Ramirez met the challenge by hitting .275 with eight homers and fifty RBI's in 111 games for the GreenJackets. He also stole 36 bases and scored 69 runs.

In 2005 Ramirez was involved in on the bigger trades in Red Sox history when he was traded to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. In one of the rare occurrences, it ended up being a great trade for both teams. The Red Sox went on to win the 2007 World Series with Beckett as the MVP, Ramirez exploded onto the scene in Florida.

In 2006 Ramirez won the NL Rookie of the Year and followed that season up by hitting .332 with 29 homers in 2007 and .301 with 33 homers in 2008. Ramirez has established himself as one of the, if not the most talented shortstops in baseball and was rewarded with a six-year contract extension.

  Dustin Pedroia (2004)

After being drafted out of Arizona State University as the 65th overall pick in 2004, Dustin Pedroia was sent to Augusta to begin his professional league career. Although his time in Augusta was brief, Pedroia hit .400 with a homer and five RBI and an impressive 1.034 OPS in his twelve games for the GreenJackets.

Since graduating from Augusta, Pedroia has gone onto reach the superstar stratosphere. In little over three hundred games Pedroia has accomplished more then most players do in an entire career.

In 2007 he was named the American Leagues' Rookie of the Year while his Red Sox went onto win the World Series, and in 2008 he was named the American Leagues' Most Valuable Player, an American League All Star, a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove winner.

  Jonathan Sanchez (2005)

In his first full year in the minor leagues, Jonathan Sanchez started twenty-five games for the GreenJackets, posting a 5-7 record with a 4.08 ERA in 125.2 innings.

Sanchez was fast tracked to the majors less then a year later has maintained a solid career. He's won 13 games in 37 starts and was named to the 2009 Puerto Rican team during the World Baseball Classic.

  Brian Wilson (2005)

After being drafted out of LSU, Wilson began his professional career in Augusta pitching in 26 games and flat out dominating in them. He posted a 5-1 record with a ridiculous 0.82 ERA and thirteen saves.

Wilson was quickly moved up through the Giants system, reaching AAA by the end of his first year.

He came into his own in 2008 when he became the Giants closer, putting up a 3-2 record with 41 saves, good for second in the NL. He was named a National League All-Star in 2008 as well.